Slowly but surely, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is becoming the worst kept secret in the world of wireless. Recently the South Korean electronics maker’s next flagship smartphone made an early appearance on a retailer’s website, outing much of the device’s specs and today new information about the phone’s camera have hit the web.

Like most modern smartphones, the Galaxy Note 4’s rumored 16-megapixel shooter is said to be capable of capturing 4K video, but Samsung’s focus on the handset’s camera doesn’t end there. The company is reportedly testing a new type of shutter button referred to as “Side Touch.” Instead of pressing a physical button to capture photos, the Note 4 might use a touch capacitive sensor to snap pictures. In addition to a new learning curve, SamMobile notes that Side Touch won’t be accessible during Easy Mode, Portrait Mode, or video capture.

In addition to adding another gimmicky sensor to one of its smartphones, Samsung is reportedly hopping on the selfie bandwagon by pre-loading the Note 4’s camera with three new modes dedicated to the popular trend. The first option is a wide-angle mode used to fit more people into your shot’s frame. The second option is a hands-free self-portrait capturing mode that takes a picture when a subject winks or smiles at the camera. Lastly, “Selfie Alarm” utilizes the device’s rear-facing camera to automatically take a photo after detecting and focusing on a person’s face.

Perhaps cashing in on another internet fad, the Note 4’s camera software will ship with a feature the lets users create GIF files by using a string of multiple pictures. As for you serious shutterbugs, don’t worry, Samsung’s next big thing ships with industry standards like HDR Live, selective focus and best photo.

The Galaxy Note 4 is starting to sound really impressive on paper, however we’re reserving our judgement until we spend some quality time with the device, which should be happening in less than two weeks.

(via SamMobile)

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