While I am awaiting the return packaging of this phone (yes, cannot bear the visible fingerprint reader issue) I have noted something else while messing with the camera
You cannot turn off HDR in photos.
Normally, you take a pic and the HDR icon appears telling you it is going to get stuck in after you take the shot. Take the phot and view it and you can see this happen.
Now, in the camera settings, turn off the "HDR (rich tone)" option and the icon no longer appears when you are taking a photo.
Take another photo with HDR and look for yourself
HDR kicks in and the 2 photos look IDENTICAL
And yes, the scene optimizer is completely off.
Was this a complete rush?
It's 25.10.2019 now, and it's still an issue. An unsolved issue. Shame.
The only way to "disable" HDR if I shoot Burst shots, so the phone doesn't have "time" (capacity) to apply HDR on all photos...
I still can't understand, how is it possible that "HDR Off" means "HDR sometimes on, sometimes off" for Samsung...
Will be it fixed ever...?
I really don't think there's a solution for this other than using a different camera app. The HDR looking post-processing applied on the pictures is on purpose and you can't turn it off. It's probably part of the race between companies on making photos that people like the best. And people are stupid.
On the iPhone, there's also a weird HDR looking post-processing, my friend with off HDR sending it to me all the time. It's just ugly even on the iPhone.
Use Gcam or buy a proper camera, they not gonna fix this as nothing is broken.
Still and Issue. So weird. Every other manufacturer allows you to shut it off. Also every other manufacturer has the option as a button on the camera interface. I don't care about beauty features let me swap that out for actual HDR control.