Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

There's Beauty in the Blur; Samsung's New 5G Phone Built for Speed, Video

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

There's Beauty in the Blur; Samsung's New 5G Phone Built for Speed, Video

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Byline: Mark Furler

SAMSUNG'S new 5G phone is not only its fastest on Netflix movie downloads - by a country mile - but also its best shooter.

The newest feature to come to smartphones is bokeh, or blurred background video, and it's something to behold.

But like the early iterations of portrait or live mode, it's not perfect and in the wrong setting or location can look more like someone has put Vaseline on the edge of the lens rather than what you would see out of a high-end video camera.

Live Focus Video works by focusing on something close at hand - you need to keep it within 1-1.5 metres - and then watch as everything behind that is blurred.

It's a great feature for shooting a person or object up close but it can struggle a little when you are on the move, as you would expect.

But like Live Focus or Portrait mode in an iPhone, it adds a new level of creativity to your video making.

The S10 5G comes with six different cameras, including a beautiful 16MP ultra wide angle lens, which works exceptionally well, especially when you are trying to pull in all the beauty of the beach or a rainforest setting.

It's also great when you are trying to shoot a large group of people in a very tight spot, as we found at a friend's birthday party.

Looking back at what you have captured on the edge-to-edge 6.7-inch screen shows off the colours spectacularly.

Photos and videos can be a little too colourful, but in my view vivid is better than dull.

The Samsung S10 5G is being promoted as a phone for the future, and it certainly is given many areas of regional Australia don't have 5G yet.

Telstra says 5G, which is already in regional centres like the Gold Coast and Toowoomba, and in our cities, is being rolled out rapidly.

During the next 12 months, the telco expects its 5G coverage to increase in area almost five-fold and reach into at least 35 Australian areas.

5G not only promises to revolutionise our entertainment and gaming, it promises a bright new future for everything from high-tech medicine to driverless cars. …

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