The camera performance in today’s best smartphones continually impress us. Personally, it has become my primary way to capture my trips as of late, despite also having a DSLR on-hand. The DSLR undoubtedly has the advantage when talking about visual technicalities, but when it comes to the consideration of both convenience and performance, the smartphone puts up a overwhelming argument. The performance gap isn’t vast, at least to the unprofessional eye.
So to put my money with my mouth is, I exclusively used my Samsung Note 8‘s camera to try to truly capture the majesty of Iceland in a winter flavor this past December. Was that a mistake? This Synopsis covers the results of the Note 8 camera against Iceland’s tremendous landscapes.
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Most of these shots were captured in sites along the south of Iceland, in the middle of December 2017. It includes a couple of the popular attractions, like some dazzling waterfalls and the Jokulsarlon iceberg lagoon and beach, but also some hidden gems. Unfortunately, the Northern Lights were no where to be found in my few days there; would’ve liked to see how well the Note 8 could capture that spectacle.
Iceland’s weather is known to be unforgiving in the winter, but it’s not consistent. You can luck out with clear, clam days or be faced with treacherous blizzards – you never know what you’re going to get. This trip was relatively mild: lots of clouds and intermittent rainfall and wind, but fortunately numerous times when the clear sky could peek through and light up the landscape. And you don’t take the daylight for granted when it only lasts from about 11:30am to 3:30pm.
I had used the Note 8 a while before putting it to this test. I knew the camera was an excellent performer, but these results have enhanced my appreciation for it. No, it doesn’t form a perfect reproduction, and some conditions fare better than others. But so often it was able to capture the drama of the moment, through its excellent contrast, colors, and detail. I’m able to revisit the emotional awe I felt in many of these scenes, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s mission accomplished.
That said, we’d like to hear what you think. Do you also find these shots impressive, or think we’re not yet at the point of leaving behind our trusty dedicated cameras? Let us know in the comments section!