The Pacific Northwest’s Springtime Beauty, Shot on Galaxy S9

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This Synopsis

The camera performance of today’s best smartphones continually impresses 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 Galaxy S9‘s camera to try to truly capture the glamour of the Pacific Northwest, in its blooming Springtime flavor. Was that a mistake? This Synopsis covers the results of the Galaxy S9 camera against some of the PNW’s glorious landscapes.

Also See: Iceland’s Wintry Beauty, Shot on Note 8

The Scope

Most of these shots were captured at sites on the west end of Washington state, at the end of May 2018. It includes a couple top attractions, like the grand Mount Rainier and picturesque west coast, and of course some of the lush, green forests of the Evergreen state.

Pacific Northwest Map Route
The route.

Washington is typically consistently gray and chilly throughout the Spring. But luck strikes here and there with pleasant, sunny weather. I was fortunate to get some of that on this trip, giving the Galaxy S9‘s camera a lot of contrast and color challenges. Without further ado, here are my selected, comprehensive results.

*Every image shown was shot on the Galaxy S9, only in Auto mode and default camera settings. None were tweaked – this is exactly what the camera outputted.

The Gallery

Mount Rainier National Park

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Hoh Rainforest

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La Push

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Lake Crescent

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Hurricane Ridge

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Final Thoughts

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Sunset at Kingston Ferry. The Galaxy S9 is a low-light champ.
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Current Price of Galaxy S9 on Amazon.

I had used the Galaxy S9 a while before putting it to this test (check out our Galaxy S9 and S9+ Synopsis). I knew the camera was an excellent performer. Samsung’s latest smartphone cameras against magnificent landscapes continues to impress me. Some folks pass off the smartphone camera as an authentic option, but based on these results, we have a hard time not saying you won’t be fine using it solely on a big trip.

No, the reproduction isn’t perfect, and some conditions fare better than others (particularly with areas of dark or bright extremes). But so often it was able to capture the drama of the moment, through its excellent contrast, colors, and detail. The sharpness is also exceptional, compared to others. Most importantly, I’m able to revisit the emotional awe I felt in many of these scenes. 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!

Also See: Iceland’s Wintry Beauty, Shot on Note 8

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.

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