Samsung has just announced the S9 and S9+ smartphones, which feature what Samsung says is the company’s most advanced camera ever. The low-light camera is the first in the smartphone industry to use a dual aperture lens.
“Good lighting is the secret to any great photo,” Samsung says. “But often, photos are taken in less-than-ideal lighting conditions and most smartphone cameras have a fixed aperture that can’t adjust to low or bright lighting environments resulting in grainy or washed out pictures.”
Samsung’s solution to this problem is a new camera that operates more like a human eye, which expands and contracts its iris. The new Dual Aperture lens can toggle between f/1.5 and f/2.4 depending on the situation.
The S9 features a single 12-megapixel rear camera, while the S9+ uses a dual camera setup (the wide-angle dual aperture lens 12MP camera and a 12MP telephoto camera). Both phones have Dual Pixel wide angle sensors, optical image stabilization, and both feature an 8-megapixel front camera.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be available in three colors (Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, and Coral Blue) starting on March 16, 2018, with price tags of $720 and $840 (respectively) when purchased unlocked.