Iceland’s wintry beauty, shot on Note 8

This Synopsis

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.

Also Read: Samsung Note 8 Smartphone Synopsis

The Scope

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.

My route simply followed Iceland’s Ring Road, reaching the popular Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

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.

The Gallery

Skogafoss WaterfallIceland Note 8 Smartphone

Iceland Note 8 Smartphone


Iceland Note 8 Smartphone


Vatnajokull Glacier (Ice Cave)

Iceland Note 8 Smartphone

Iceland Note 8 Smartphone
Iceland Note 8 Smartphone
Dark cave didn’t stop the Note 8


Iceland Note 8 Smartphone


Jokulsarlon Iceberg Lagoon

Iceland Note 8 Smartphone
Iceland Note 8 Smartphone

Iceland Note 8 Smartphone


Jokulsarlon Ice Beach

Iceland Note 8 Smartphone
Iceland Note 8 Smartphone

Iceland Note 8 Smartphone


Iceland Note 8 Smartphone


Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon

Iceland Note 8 Smartphone

Iceland Note 8 Smartphone


Svinafellsjokull

Iceland Note 8 Smartphone
Iceland Note 8 Smartphone

Iceland Note 8 Smartphone


Iceland Note 8 Smartphone


Svartifoss (Black Waterfall)

Iceland Note 8 Smartphone
Iceland Note 8 Smartphone

Iceland Note 8 Smartphone


Iceland Note 8 Smartphone


Bruarfoss Waterfall

Iceland Note 8 Smartphone
Iceland Note 8 Smartphone
Live Focus (Portrait Mode) of a tiny snowman also enjoying the view.

Iceland Note 8 Smartphone


Iceland Note 8 Smartphone
Iceland Note 8 Smartphone


Reykjavík City

Iceland Note 8 Smartphone
Iceland Note 8 Smartphone


Final Thoughts

Samsung Note 8

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!

Josh is so enthused about tech that he writes about it. After time at several tech publications, he launched The Synops - concise and quality gadget synopses with information that readers want to know and details they want to see. You can also follow him at on Twitter (@joshnor713) and Google+ (+JoshNoriega). Email any inquiries to josh@thesynops.com.

2 Comments

    1. Thanks man. I plan to go back; amazing place.
      Only true Android enthusiasts will know what “Shamu” means anymore :). +1 Nexus 6

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