Galaxy S5, One M8 & Google Camera Depth of Field Test

Depth of field is trend: when taking a photo you gotta keep you less and less so, which sharp you have put area. Samsung has already announced the selective focus on the Galaxy S5 at the launch in February, HTC moved in March with the one M8 and UFocus. Since the update in April, the camera app from Google will also have a focus effect.

How the Manufacturer Create the Depth of Field?

To achieve the depth of field effect, accused Samsung of the photo of the 16-Megapixel camera of the Galaxy S5 of its software to the pitting and provides you a close-up, a long and a pan-focus selection. HTC built a second camera that complemented the recordings of 4-megapixel main camera with information about the depth of field, so that you can completely freely choose the focus point at the end into one M8. The new version of Google camera is available only for devices with Android 4.4, and takes a picture with depth information with its focus. To do this you have to slowly pull the Smartphone after the photo shoot upwards. During this movement, the app collects the necessary information for the focus effect.

For the depth of field effect is, at least one object must be closer than two metres in front of the lens of your Smartphone. When shooting landscapes or macro images, the effect has no effect. Samsung is even recommended that the subject is less than 50 cm away from the camera and at least 1.5 m distance to the background.

The Depth of Field Effects Work as Well?

The focus effect of Google camera can see her only in the app itself and adjust. This moves you the focus point without restrictions across the entire image and with a slider in addition, determines the depth of field should be. You like a setting you stores them and sharing via the usual channels.

When the HTC one M8, you select the photo in the top app and finds the UFocus edit-> effects. Then you completely releases the focus point. At Samsung, it also invokes the image recorded with selective focus in the gallery app and decide about buttons for a Nah-wide – or pan-focus – focuses on more or less where the entire photo will appear.

Depending on motive edges at all three apps are clear and clearly, partially incorrectly identify them but also land and put them out of focus, even though they are in the foreground and in the background.

Conclusion: Google Wins

The depth sharpness effect thanks to the second camera when shooting requires no special attention while the HTC one M8 can be in wonderfully fit in post processing. The Google camera also delivers a demonstrable effect at the depth you can even more influence than in the one M8. But must you slightly move the Smartphone for raised up and more for the recording using a so thought. When the Samsung Galaxy S5 suffice to keep the Smartphone can make multiple shots and putting together short still. However, the software following provides such poor results, that you should better install the app from Google.