The native camera app of the Galaxy Note 3 is quite comprehensive.
It offers a multitude of shooting modes, including drama, for multiple exposures; and sports, for fast-moving objects. ISO, white balance, exposure compensation and voice control are among the many settings that can be changed.
While it lacks a dedicated shutter release button, you can set the voice control to activate the shutter release when you say "capture", "shoot", "smile" or "cheese". But you can also customise the volume buttons for shutter release use.
You can use the volume buttons for digital zooming. But I would strongly discourage this as it will degrade the quality of the photos.
On the downside, there is no physical or virtual short-cut button to access the native camera app straight from the lockscreen.
Photos taken with the Note 3 in bright sunlight are sharp, although not on a par with those taken with an iPhone 5s or a Lumia 1020. The Note 3's shots tend to be a little over-saturated. The sky looks way too blue for my liking.
In low light, the colours looked right, but the photos showed signs of having been over-processed to eliminate image noise. This noise reduction process results in loss of details, especially in the darker areas.
Using flash in low light gives an unnatural bluish tinge to the photos which makes your subjects look pale.
The HDR function is a mixed bag. While the difference between the dark and bright areas was minimal, the bright areas were rather washed out.
The panorama feature is not bad, but not as smooth as the iPhone 5s.
Some areas of the photo looked way underexposed.
There are plenty of great features in this phablet, but the camera needs a firmware update to improve.
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