Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018): First Camera Samples

The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) is the world’s first rear quad-camera smartphone ever! BUT, does the camera performance justify the premium price?

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018): First Camera Samples
The rear quad cameras of the A9 (2018)


The rear cameras are composed of a 24MP f/1.7, a 10MP f/2.4 telephoto 2x optical zoom, a 8MP f/2.4 ultra-wide, and a 5MP f/2.2 depth sensor with autofocus and LED flash. while the front facing camera is a 24MP F2.0 with LED and screen flash!

The rear camera also has the new ‘Scene optimizer’ tab along side the Auto, Live Focus, Beauty, Pro, Slow Motion, AR Emoji, and Hyperlapse.

8MP f/2.4 wide lens with 120 degrees field of view
8MP f/2.4 wide lens with 120 degrees field of view

24MP f/1.7 standard lens
24MP f/1.7 standard lens

10MP f/2.4 Telephoto
10MP f/2.4 Telephoto

In the Auto tab, you are given a slider that slides to each of the three different cameras that you want to use.

While the front facing camera has the usual Selfie Focus, Selfie, AR Emoji and Wide-Selfie modes.

Priced at a whopping PHP 32,990, is the camera performance worth the premium price point? Let’s find out.

Disclaimer: The Galaxy A9 that was loaned to us for several hours is pre-production so performance may improve until the retail unit has been released.

Camera Samples

Standard lens daylight!
Standard lens daylight!

Telephoto / 2x Zoom lens daylight!
Telephoto / 2x Zoom lens daylight!
Wide angle lens daylight!
Wide angle lens daylight!

Standard lens indoors!
Standard lens indoors!


Telephoto / 2x Zoom lens indoors
Telephoto / 2x Zoom lens indoors

Wide lens indoors!
Wide lens indoors!
Standard lens in low light!
Standard lens in low light!

Telephoto / 2x Zoom lens in low light!
Telephoto / 2x Zoom lens in low light!

Wide lens in low light!
Wide lens in low light!


The standard lens from the rear camera produces the best images with great detail and colors with good contrast in daylight. In low light, it softens because of the grain and noise reduction but it is well controlled.

The telephoto lens images that aren’t as sharp or vibrant as the standard lens but it is good enough. In low light it performs nearly as good as the standard lens but struggles more with light sources which blows out the highlights quicker than the standard lens.
The wide lens is the softest of three but it is sharp enough to discern some detail when pixel peeping. It also produces a darker exposure when focusing/exposing at the same point in the frame.

In low light, noise is more apparent than the standard or telephoto lens which causes more softness. Compared to other  wide angle lenses, this is one of the better wide angle lens cameras.

When shooting the same subject with the three cameras, the exposure and white balance changes. It may be due to the different optics and sensors involved. It is noticeable when comparing images side by side.

Daylight selfie!
Daylight selfie!

Daylight selfie focus!
Daylight selfie focus!
Indoor selfie!
Indoor selfie!

Low light selfie!
Low light selfie!
AR Emoji Selfie!
AR Emoji Selfie!

Panorama Selfie!
Panorama Selfie!
The 24MP selfie camera produces highly detailed images with good color reproduction and decent contrast when shot in daylight. In indoors and low light situations noise appears but is negligible. 

We did notice that it had a hard time adjusting white balance with orange or warm colored light sources.

The detail from the standard rear camera and the selfie camera are top notch while the wide angle camera and telephoto camera produces images that is softer than the standard camera but performs near or on par with similarly priced phones with similar concepts.

The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) is priced at just PHP 32,990 and will be available nationwide on December 1, 2018!


Do you agree? And have you noticed something we missed? Tell us in the comments below.

Stay tuned for our full review!

Author: Marshmallow

Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).