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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 leak promises next-level camera tech

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Will the Galaxy Note 4's cameras set new standards?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will boast one of the most impressively specced-out cameras ever seen on a mobile device, according to reports on Thursday.

The well-connected folks at SamMobile have published a raft of information relating to the snappers allegedly sitting within the next-gen phablet, scheduled for launch at the IFA tech show in less than two weeks.

According to the report, the camera will have a 16-megapixel sensor, producing pictures at a maximum 5312×2988 resolution. It will also the bring optical image stabilisation technology missing from the Samsung Galaxy S5’s camera.

The camera will also be able to shoot 4K video (3840 x 2160) at 30 frames per second, a la the S5.

However, Samsung plans to step up its game with the front-facing camera set to offer a 3.7-megapixel sensor, compared with the 2.1-megapixel camera on the Galaxy S5. According to the report, it’ll be able to record video at a qHD resolution of 2560×1440.

If true, Samsung could set new standards for front-facing cameras with these tech specs.

According to SamMobile the camera could feature the neat Side Touch feature rumoured but eschewed on the Galaxy S5.

Side Touch replaces the dedicated camera button with a sensor that can take a picture by tapping it. The report claims it'll have some limitations through and only allow users to take in landscape mode. It also will not allow for video recording or tap to focus, the article asserts.

On to software now and the site’s sources reckon Samsung will introduce four new shooting modes with the Galaxy Note 4. Unsurprisingly, three of which appear to be geared towards selfies.

'Wide Selfie' will enable users to fit more people within the frame, 'Selfie' takes the snap by smiling or winking instead of reaching for the camera button, while 'Selfie Alarm,' will allow users to use the rear camera by autofocusing on the face.

The other new msoftware feature is reportedly a 'Create a GIF File' tool, which uses the burst mode to combine images into a shareable video-like GIF.

Alongside those features, Samsung reportedly plans to introduce a two-finger gesture to enable device owners to access the camera, even when the display is locked. The report says this gesture is likely to be swiping two-fingers apart.

All in all it looks like the Note 4 might be Samsung’s most impressive handset yet when it comes to photography.

We only have to wait until the Unpacked event on September 4 to know for sure.

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