Taking holiday photos with Samsung Galaxy S8 phone = Bubbablue and me
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Holiday photos with Samsung Galaxy S8 from Three

I love having a new phone (don’t we all), but I’m on a sim only contract so buy my phones outright and make them last 3 years.  So I’m some way off being able to change to the Samsung Galaxy S8 that I was loaned by Three.  I’m an Android girl through and through (can’t cope with no back button) and I’ve had 3 Samsung phones, so I know what I like…and the S8 I definitely like.

The S8 camera is the best phone camera I’ve seen.

Taking holiday photos with Samsung Galaxy S8 phone = Bubbablue and me

One of the main things that is top of my essentials when choosing a mobile phone is a good camera. And when I say a good camera, I mean a camera that takes photos that most people can’t tell are from a phone vs a good camera.  Generally I use my camera on manual, and I’m a big fan of my macro lens, but tbc a lot of the time using a phone is easier and faster when you’re taking photos of children.  The phone is there, and I can whip it out and quickly take a snap, or very easily burst shots.  Samsungs do have great photos, and unless you’re looking for bokeh and the depth of field blur you get from cameras, I’m happy with my phone camera.

But the S8 camera is something else.  It’s easy to use and has lots of built in features. The front facing camera has a whopping 8MP – I don’t do many selfies, but when my brother tried the phone and accidentally switched it to front camera, he got a bit of a shock when he saw how clear it was.  There’s also filters (no need to use the ones in apps before sharing to social media if you’re so inclined) and the fun overlays which N had fun with.

pulling silly faces

I don’t find the settings as intuitive as those on my current S6 phone.  But every phone takes a bit of getting used to.  There’s HDR and flash options, and more manual photography options than I have on my current phone.  You can also shoot in RAW although I’d be paranoid I’d run out of space using that and don’t really need it when I do very little editing of my photos post shot.

I tried out the exposure and manual settings to try and snap a photo of the moon, but I really needed to go and check the best settings to use for that type of shot to get it right.  But the zoom was pretty good on the phone and the camera copes well with low light shots in restaurants etc.

I’m also impressed with the close up pictures I can get.  While I love my macro lens on my mirrorless camera I generally find I have to manually focus to get it right, so they take time.  With the S8 I just get in close, maybe zoom in a touch if needed, and take the photo. They’re really clear photos.  I’ve not tried to blur the backgrounds yet, but that’s easy enough with a phone camera assuming the background to subject are far enough apart.

rose petals and buds in the garden

Overall thoughts on the Galaxy S8

Away from the camera, the Galaxy S8 is miles ahead of my S6. We live in a poor area for mobile signal (it never used to be but has got shocking recently with emergency calls only every day), but I’ve not had the same problems with the Three signal.  The phone itself is so fast to move between apps and the 4G was the superfast in the Welsh countryside.  And a bonus, the battery is lasting me 3 days.  Admittedly I’ve not got all the apps I usually would installed, but even halving that, it’s better than I was getting from my current phone in the beginning.

The only bugbear is the keyboard.  I managed to turn on the punctuation so it shows on the standard keyboard, but all the punctuation is in totally different places to my current Samsung.  I don’t know what the S7 is like, but I can’t understand why they changed it.  Surely people upgrade phones generally to the next one, they don’t want to relearn how to type.

Once I’ve got the value out of my phone, the S8 will definitely be top of my wish list.

Here’s a selection of the holiday snaps and others I’ve taken with the S8.  You can see more on my posts 2 beaches in Wales and Rhossili bay.

white house at rhossili bay - old rectory

watching over rhossili bay

looking out over rhossili bay

starfish rockpooling at caswell bay

Living Arrows 2017 week 31 - digging on the beach

blenheim palace on Countryfile live show

colourful helter skelter at countryfile live


Disclosure: I was loaned the phone by Three for the purpose of review. All words and opinions are my own.

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  1. Oh this is looking great! I’ve got the s7 and have been eyeing the s8… Unfortunately I’ve still got a year until my upgrade so waiting for s9. The cameras on these phones are superb- exactly the reason why I got mine in the first place!

    1. I’m not so keen on what I’ve seen or heard about the S7. I get mine sim free so I need to know they’ll last 2.5 years to do better on breaking even. Last time I waited for the S6 Edge, so I might do the same and wait for the S9, although not sure I’d justify paying the prices for those.

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