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Midrange Samsung Galaxy A72 Photo Examples




The Samsung midrange A series certainly look good. But how good are the cameras?

Let’s look at the A72, the top model out of the range.

It has a 64MP Main Camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) and Ultra Wide Camera.

On top of that, the A72 has 3x optical zoom and 30X Space Zoom on the Telephoto Camera with OIS.

It also has a 5MP macro camera.


  • Rear Camera – Resolution 64.0 MP + 12.0 MP + 8.0 MP + 5.0 MP

  • Rear Camera – F Number F1.8 , F2.2 , F2.4 , F2.4

  • Rear Camera – Auto Focus Yes

  • Rear Camera – OIS Yes

  • Rear Camera – Zoom Optical Zoom at 3x , Digital Zoom up to 30x

  • Front Camera – Resolution 32.0 MP

  • Front Camera – F Number F2.2

  • Front Camera – Auto Focus No

  • Front Camera – OIS No

  • Rear Camera – Flash Yes

  • Front Camera – Flash No

  • Video Recording Resolution UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)@30fps

  • Slow Motion 240fps @HD

I took the following images on an overcast day at Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour.

As long as you are using these shots as framed, you’ll be very happy with the results.

If you try to crop in on the original jpegs then you’ll start pulling the images apart.

Given that – my opinion of the shots below is based on the frame at its highest resolution. Not zoomed in.

Shutter: 1/1,236 F-Stop f/2.2 Focal Length: 1.74mm ISO: 50Shutter: 1/1,236 F-Stop f/2.2 Focal Length: 1.74mm ISO: 50

Shutter: 1/1,236 F-Stop f/2.2 Focal Length: 1.74mm ISO: 50

A lot to like about this image.

The texture of the clouds and the water is frozen beautifully due to the high shutter speed.

With low ISO there is no noise and I have to say it’s a realistic capture of the real moment.

It’s sharp too with dimensions of 4000 x 3000.

Shutter: 1/1292 F-stop: f/2.2 Focal Length: 1.74mm ISO 50Shutter: 1/1292 F-stop: f/2.2 Focal Length: 1.74mm ISO 50

Shutter: 1/1292 F-stop: f/2.2 Focal Length: 1.74mm ISO 50

This adds a bit of colour in the foreground.

Shutter: 1/842 F-stop: f/2.4 Focal Length: 7.12mm ISO 40Shutter: 1/842 F-stop: f/2.4 Focal Length: 7.12mm ISO 40

Shutter: 1/842 F-stop: f/2.4 Focal Length: 7.12mm ISO 40

Same spot using the optical zoom.

Another great image that really shows the compression qualities of a zoom lens. The exposure is spot on and there’s plenty of detail.

Very clean shot for a 3264 x 2448 original.

Shutter: 1/1663 F-stop: f/2.4 Focal Length: 7.12mm ISO: 40Shutter: 1/1663 F-stop: f/2.4 Focal Length: 7.12mm ISO: 40

Shutter: 1/1663 F-stop: f/2.4 Focal Length: 7.12mm ISO: 40

This zoom shot across the water to the Opera House isn’t as good as the others.

A lot of noise in the water, ferry, Opera House sails and clouds.

Shutter: 1/187 F-stop: f/2.4 Focal Length: 7.12mm ISO: 40Shutter: 1/187 F-stop: f/2.4 Focal Length: 7.12mm ISO: 40

Shutter: 1/187 F-stop: f/2.4 Focal Length: 7.12mm ISO: 40

This is the 30x Space Zoom in action. The image is 3264 x 2448 in size but that doesn’t really help.

Only use this for emergencies!


Shutter: 1/456 F-stop f/2.2 Focal Length: 3.72mm ISO: 40

This is the front facing camera in HDR mode.

The sensor is a massive 32MP and I have to say it’s a really good front facing camera.

Some HDR shots can look fake when the clouds are factored into the final image.

But this is great result.

The iPhone at the bottom is shooting video of my selfie experience.

You can see that in the video in this story.

This is a good camera system for a midrange phone.

It’s not 5G but until we see millimetre wave take off in Australia, that’s a minor concern.

So if you want one, the A72 goes for $749 AUD.

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Telstra Lends Helping Hand as 3G Shutdown Approaches



Telstra has started handing out 12,000 free mobile devices to struggling customers ahead of its 3G shutdown on 31 August, 2024. People in difficult financial situations, who live in rural and remote areas or the elderly, will be targeted in the handout.

“This initiative will benefit the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Major Brendan Nottle from The Salvation Army.

Telstra’s Consumer Segment Executive, Marty McGrath with Major Brendan Nottle from The Salvation Army.

“Ensuring that every Australian, from any background or level of income, can take part in our modern digital society is crucial. A phone can be a gateway to social inclusion, community connection and support, and with the upcoming closure of 3G networks in Australia it is important for us to reach out and ensure that this can continue for everyone.”

Although most Australians have moved on to 4G/5G devices, there are many people still using old handsets. Telstra says it will be communicating with eligible customers in the coming weeks to let them know a device is on its way. The devices will be

Telstra’s 3G network will close 31 August, 2024

Along with a new device, customers will receive instructions showing them how to switch to their new phone on the 4G network. Around 156,000 customers from consumers to small business are using devices that are either 3G only, do not support Voice over 4G (VoLTE), have 4G coverage limitations, or are 4G enabled but hardwired to use 3G for Emergency calls. These users are currently receiving pre-recorded messages when making an outgoing call to alert them about the change.

If you’re unsure, SMS 3 to 3498 (3GXT) to check your phone or contact Telstra directly.

There’s a lot more information here about the 3G shutdown.

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Exclusive Preview: Samsung Lights Up Vivid with AI Inspired Display



Samsung is back at Vivid Sydney, Australia’s annual light show spectacular, with an AI inspired display that will give Instagrammers plenty of sweet content to share online. Image Matrix Tech had an exclusive preview tour last night and this is what you can expect.

Lots of Light Globes

Located in the prime position of First Fleet Park, The Rocks – the Samsung ‘Chorus of Light’ is made up of 20,000 RGB light globes hanging from 1,600 strings (cables). It’s open from 6pm tonight, every night until June 15, 2024.

AI Inspired

Chorus of Light’ is inspired by Galaxy AI. Samsung is using the event to promote to AI features introduced with the S24 range earlier this year. The display will use Galaxy AI to help with photography or as Samsung calls it, NIGHTOGRAPHY.


As you walk among the hanging lights you’ll be directed to a couple of photo ‘platforms’ where a very polite guide will take a photo for you with an S24 Ultra. They can share it with you immediately using Quick Share. This works by generating a QR Code. It’s very fast and works with iPhone too. Given the team knows how the lighting works, it’s probably better they take the shot.

The other part of the interactive journey pays homage to Vivid Sydney 2024’s theme of ‘Humanity’. Visitors are asked to record a personal message of hope for the future in one of the 16 languages available with Galaxy AI. Each attendee’s message will then be live translated and expressed as a unique light display. The visuals are made possible by by renowned international media artist, Susan Kosti.

The recorded messages will later feature in an original track produced by multi-genre Australian musician and beat maker, Ta-ku. The track will be crafted entirely from vocal samples recorded within the Chorus of Light installation and launched on Samsung’s YouTube on 12 June for the world to hear.

Great View

The other section is a massive viewing platform that allows visitors to look down on the whole display. There are Galaxy phones and staff to help you capture the scene if you want the best result. They can fit about 60 people up there while the numbers going through the hanging lights is tightly controlled.

Wait – There’s More!

At the end of the tour, visitors can scan a QR code for a chance to win a travel prize. The prize pack includes a Galaxy S24 Ultra, Galaxy Buds2 Pro, Galaxy Watch6, and a $5K travel voucher.

Opening Times

The display is open to visitors from 6pm each night at First Fleet Park in The Rocks for the duration of Vivid Sydney. Vivid Sydney runs from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June 2024. Plan your Vivid Sydney trip at

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Samsung Upgrades Its A-Series Galaxy Phones – A35 and A55



Samsung’s latest A-Series phones borrow some the best flagship traits to give consumers a compelling cheaper option in 2024.

Starting with the A35 you’ll pay A$549 then A$699 for the higher spec A55. Both devices come with Knox Vault security, a hardware-based security solution.

“With the Galaxy A series, we are expanding our latest technologies to a wider audience so that more people can benefit from them,” said TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics.

“We are excited to open up even more possibilities on the Galaxy A series this year, including offering Samsung Knox Vault for the first time on this lineup. We’re proud to enable Galaxy A series users to safely and reliably enjoy outstanding mobile experiences.” 

Samsung Knox Vault offers protection against both hardware and software attacks by constructing an environment is physically isolated from the system’s memory.

Samsung Galaxy A55 5G

The A55 has a pretty impressive camera setup for this price-point.

  • 12MP Ultra-Wide Camera F2.2 
  • 50MP Main Camera F1.8, AF, OIS 
  • 5MP Macro Camera F2.4 
  • 32MP Front Camera F2.2 

I’ll be publishing examples late this week. I think you’ll be impressed.

Samsung Galaxy A35 5G

The A35 has a solid camera array which shares some of the A55 specs.

  • 8MP Ultra-Wide Camera F2.2
  • 50MP Main Camera F1.8, AF, OIS
  • 5MP Macro Camera F2.4
  • 13MP Front Camera F2.2

They both have a 6.6-inch FHD+  Super AMOLED Display with up to 120Hz refresh rate Vision Booster. The frame is aluminium on the A55, plastic on the A35 but the 5,000mAh battery with fast charging, is the same. You’ll find 8GB + 128GB of memory on board the A55 and 6GB + 128GB on board the A35.

The Galaxy A55 5G and Galaxy A35 5G will receive up to four generations of Android OS and One UI upgrades and five years of security updates.

Pricing and Availability:

The new Galaxy A55 5G and A35 5G will be available to purchase from 25th March from the Samsung Online Store and retail partners for A$699 and A$549, respectively. The Galaxy A55 5G will come in Awesome Navy and Awesome Lilac, while the Galaxy A35 5G will be available in Awesome Navy and Awesome Ice Blue. 

Users who purchase the Galaxy A55 5G from the Samsung Online Store before the 15th April will also receive a bonus pair of Galaxy Buds FE in the same transaction.

Galaxy A35 5G customers will receive $100 off their purchase from the Samsung Online Store until the 15th April.

With the purchase of either of the new A series devices, customers will also be offered a $100 bonus with trade-in for a limited time.

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