Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera specs & features detailed, include Side Touch and four selfie modes

By Alexandra Burlacu | Aug 22, 2014 07:54 AM EDT

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As the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is getting closer to launch, more details are surfacing and the camera features are the star of the latest leak.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is one of the most highly-anticipated devices of this year and is expected to make its official debut early next month, on Sept. 3. The next-generation flagship phablet from Samsung will surely boast great improvements over its predecessor and sport high-end specs and features all around, and some new bits of info reveal exciting details in the camera department.

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The folks over at SamMobile claim to have received a lot of exclusive information regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and promise to reveal more details on a daily basis. For now, the publication has shared what it has learned about the Note 4's camera specs and features.

SamMobile reveals that the Galaxy Note 4 will come with a 16-megapixel Sony IMX240 rear camera sensor with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), capable of shooting UHD (3840 x 2160) video at 30fps. As the publication points out, Samsung has already used this sensor in the Korean Galaxy S5 LTE-A, but that model lacked OIS.

Moreover, while Sony has so far used 2.1-megapixel front shooters on its devices, the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 will reportedly feature a better 3.7-megapixel front camera, capable of shooting video and capturing photos in WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution. SamMobile doesn't have exact information regarding this front camera sensor technology, but it does have some exciting details when it comes to features.

According to its sources, Samsung is testing a feature called Side Touch for its Galaxy Note 4. Previously rumored to debut on the Galaxy S5, this Side Touch feature consists of a sensor built into the bottom right side of the device, where a physical camera button would normally be located. Users will reportedly be able to take a picture simply by tapping this sensor, which should make it easier to take selfies. On the downside, Side Touch will come with some limitations, such as the inability to use it in Portrait Mode, Easy Mode, or while recording video. Also, unlike a physical dedicated camera button, this sensor will not allow users to focus with a half-press.

When it comes to software, Samsung has reportedly created a gesture-based shortcut as well. Users will be able to quickly access the camera when the screen is off simply by tapping the display with two fingers and swiping them apart.

Lastly, Samsung will add four new camera modes to improve the experience, and three of those new modes are specifically designed for selfies. These three modes include Wide Selfie, Selfie, and Selfie Alarm, while the fourth mode is called Create a GIF File. These are just additional modes, but all of the other modes and effects present on previous iterations will be on the table as well. Furthermore, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will also borrow all of the neat camera features of the Galaxy S5, including HDR Live, Selective Focus, Fast Auto-Focus, and others.

SamMobile has also made a comprehensive list of all camera modes, effects, picture, and video resolutions that will grace the upcoming Galaxy Note 4, so head over to its website to learn more.

As always, however, it's best to take all leaks with a grain of salt until an official announcement.


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