Putting the Camera to the Test- GALAXY NOTE 3 { #VZWVOICES #MOM}


“Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Moms Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.”

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Like most modern day mobile phone users the ability to take photos at any moment is a preferred convenience.  I own a large Canon SLR, but it is not easy or handy to carry such a large camera. Smart phones have enabled us to leave our bulky cameras behind to reap the benefits of being able to take a picture with our phone-  anywhere.  There is no question that cell phone cameras are a necessity for many of us. 

I received a number of comments regarding the potential photo quality of my new Galaxy Note 3 from my last post. Once I had my email functions created appropriately my next “to-do” item was to explore the camera. A few weeks ago my family took a leisurely Sunday fall stroll, my perfect setting to put this cell phone camera to the test.


I will readily confess my photos displayed here are edited. I always edit my photos…..even my SLR shots.  That’s just good blogging.   But these edited images can still showcase the ability of the Galaxy.  Either the potential for a good, clean shot is there or it’s not.  Editing can only do so much.  As a comparison I’ve included below an edited version (mostly boosting of color) versus a completely unedited shot. 

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Based upon my experience I can confirm the Galaxy Note 3 has a camera capable of suiting my photo needs. Actually the camera is probably more than what I need. I’m mostly a shoot and click kind of gal.  I may occasionally experiment with features, but typically I don’t have time.  I need a camera that works effectively, quickly without much fuss.  I am the mother of three boys.  


While I prefer a simple method of photography with my mobile device, there are a LOT of options with the Galaxy Note 3.  Some top aspects to consider. 

1. Beauty Face– enhance facial features automatically when taking portrait pictures.  A girl will take all the help she can get.  I’m not getting any younger.

2. Best Photo– Take a series of pictures, and then select the best to save.  Awesome feature for a mother.  Kids are never maintain the perfect pose for long.  This feature allows you to make the most of the moment. 

3. Best Face– Select the best picture of each person from 5 consecutive pictures to get the best merged group picture.  Multiple children? Enough said. 

4. Sound & shot– Enrich pictures by adding background sounds for a few seconds. Definitely a luxury feature. Not necessary, but fun! 

6. Lots of editing features– There is no need to upload your photo into photo editing software.  Perfect your photo within the phone itself, as there are a variety of photo editing options available.  





Look for my next Verizon post when I will discuss cell phone coverage.  Oh yes. I’m going to dip into the conversational topic of adequate cell phone reception.  


  1. Stephanie F. says

    I have a basic iPhone 4 and I’m not impressed with the photo quality. This Samsung Galaxy takes beautiful photos!

  2. Looks like fun times. The colors really come out for the autumn months.

  3. I own a Samsung Galaxy S3 and love the camera. I’m dying to upgrade to a Note.

  4. michelle oakley warner says

    i have a galaxy and it takes awesome pictures im so happy with it. great post i love it thanks for taking the time to check out the camera functions, i didnt know it had all of those functions

  5. it did a great job capturing those leaves!

  6. Very nice


    The camera on this works great!

  8. Sherri Lewis says

    I love the best photo and best face options….. they would definitely come in handy

  9. Dawn Forbes says

    Wow – hard to believe that a phone took those pictures! I really love the idea of the Best Face feature. My husband just got a Galaxy – I will have to mention this to him.

  10. Sacha Schroeder says

    These are incredible. They look better than pics I take with my expensive camera!

  11. I like the haystacks photograph a lot! The edited edition of the creek is great, too!

  12. The note sounds like a great option for a budding photographer.

  13. The camera on androids makes me want to make the switch from iphone!

  14. Wow! Those were taken with a camera phone?!

  15. my husband has this phone! thanks for letting me know about the cool photo features we didn’t know about!

  16. I have been looking into getting a Samsung Galaxy and have heard great things about the camera and this post has made me want to purchase one. The pictures look like they’ve been taken with a super expensive camera. It’s incredible that it’s from a phone! Thanks for the review!

  17. Thanks for sharing these photos! We don;t have fall colors here in Hawaii!

  18. concordian925 says

    I didn’t even know my phone did some of these things!

  19. Sounds like there are a lot of features to the Galaxy Note! The pictures are great, it’s nice to see ground that it’s snow covered! LOL

  20. I love the edited version this is amazing that we can do this to pics these days.

  21. Christy Anderson says

    Looks like it takes great photos! I love having a camera on my phone to take pictures no matter where I am.

  22. Beth Dunlavy Hoppe says

    Love the photos! Looks like great quality.

  23. Michelle Cobb says

    Looks like a great day captured by great photos!!

  24. I’m way behind the power curve when it comes to phones. Mostly because I can’t afford the monthly charges for a smart phone. This does take beautiful picture.

  25. Tyler Johnson says

    Wow! I looked at the picture and thought, “That looks really nice!” Then I looked up and saw that it was taken by a Galaxy Note 4 and was shocked!

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