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Galaxy Note 10 may come with three-stage variable aperture, but what does it mean?

21 June 2019 0

Out of all the information we are sinking in, the latest tip on the Galaxy Note 10 seems to be the better one and it does bring some curiosity to us. According to the tipster Ice Universe who puts forward some information on particularly Samsung’s unannounced products has now come up with something very interesting about the next Galaxy Note.

According to their latest tweet, the Galaxy Note 10 camera will use three-staged variable aperture, this means the camera will stop at f/1.5, f/1.8, and f/2.4. This variable aperture setup in the camera will offer more flexibility to the users to play around in different lighting conditions. The varying aperture will help the camera to produce sharp images while retaining the great low-light performance.

Note that Samsung has been making use of variable aperture since the Galaxy S9 series. The phones came with dual aperture and now, with the Galaxy Note 10, the company may debut the three-staged variable aperture for even better performance.

But, what does variable aperture actually mean? Or how does it going to improve your photography?

Smartphones are slowly and yes steadily gaining some DSLR-like features so as to offer better photography skills in the hands of the users in a most portable way. And, this variable aperture is one of those efforts where the smartphone companies want to offer better camera prowess.

While announcing the new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, Samsung introduced the idea of the variable aperture by touting it to be “the revolutionary camera that adapts like a human eye.” Well, this marketing mantra is actually right as well. The aperture of our eye adjusts itself according to the situation of light. When the light is bright, our eye shrinks and when it’s dark our eyes open wide so as to let more light to come in.

The Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S10 as well have two aperture settings – one wide open and the other narrower (f-stop at either f/1.5 or f/2.4). So as to get the best balance of exposure and sharpness, the camera automatically switches between its two apertures. So, if you’re taking shots in a dark lighting condition, the S9 might switch to its wide aperture to gather as much light as it can. This would help in producing bright shots even in low-light. On the other hand, the S9 lens will switch to a narrow aperture setting in a bright light condition and also avoid overexposing a shot. So, S9 uses f/2.4 to capture sharp images in bright light and switches to a wider f/1.5 aperture to gather more light in a dark environment.

The Galaxy Note 10 will work on the same idea, however, there’s a third aperture setting as well which stays between the f/1.5 and f/2.4. It’s assumed that the third aperture which is the f/1.8 will bring more flexibility to the users to produce better images.

Note that it was the Nokia N86 to first come up with three-stage variable aperture (F2.4, F3.2, F4.8).

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is available at Amazon Marketplace for $ 579. To see others 4 offers click here.
(last update 20 March 2020 @ 09:18)



Galaxy Note 10 may come with three-stage variable aperture, but what does it mean?
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