After the MWC 2019, I had a choice: stay for a few days in Barcelona or leave for a weekend in some new European country. As a result, he stopped at the second option – and made a small detour to Amsterdam. I will not talk about the city itself, although at first I thought I was outlining something like a mini-guide as additional content. The blogger Instagram is so-so by me, but in several publications I have told some useful things about Amster – so you can read in my profile. And now all the attention is the main thing – I tried a new Galaxy S10 + camera and is ready to share my impressions of footage on the new flagship Samsung.
This year, the producer decided to bet on the triple module and expand the possibilities of shooting by adding a new focal length. And at the same time – gradually improve all the previously existing developments in camera software and technical tools for photo and video creation. The Galaxy S10 + now uses a 12-megapixel telephoto lens for dual optical zoom and portraits, a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera for everyday shooting, an ultra-wide 16-megapixel camera for photos and video with maximum display.
Three cameras differ not only in the focal length (and in the case of "width" resolution), but also in the technologies used. The main camera is equipped with optical stabilization, Dual Pixel technology and Samsung's proprietary variable aperture with transition from F / 1.5 to F / 2.4, depending on lighting conditions during shooting. The telephoto lens also has optical stabilization and autofocus, an F / 2.4 aperture. The ultra wide angle with a 123 degree view has an aperture of F / 2.2 and the focus is infinitely fixed, there is no optical stabilization in this module.
At present, the camera layout presented in the Galaxy S10 + is considered optimal and covers all possible shooting needs. Although there are also alternative approaches to implementation. For example, Huawei offers a triple optical hybrid zoom and five times instead of the common double, while LG and Nokia this year have started using the optional Time of Flight light sensor, which offers better focus, a separation more efficient than background objects in portrait mode and also offers the possibility of implementing fewer popular features: 3D modeling and collaboration with augmented reality.
If there are also conceptual differences in the approaches. For example, Apple in the iPhone continues to shoot "with a single button", when without confusion with the settings you get predictable quality photos, even if without exceptional features. Google in Pixel smartphones, as well as Huawei in the night shooting implementation, are experimenting with algorithmic photography and at program level are looking for radical qualitative changes. It is true that these innovations are more evident in extremely difficult (and rather rare) shooting conditions and in the everyday scenarios the quality of the flagship photographs has already reached such a high level that there is no reason to expect incredible discoveries.
As it has now become fashionable in the market, Samsung has begun experimenting with artificial intelligence in mobile photography. From the recognition point of view, there is an obvious gap here, the Galaxy S10 + is able to determine only 30 scenes and select the best settings for them, while for some other manufacturers the score has exceeded one hundred. However, I can't call it a serious problem. AI algorithms often add different strengths to photographs and can rarely improve the quality of photographs. Color correction is always best done with the help of third-party applications like VSCO, and personally I try to immediately disable all AI technologies. However, for filming in Amsterdam, I did not do to show how the smartphone shoots in fully automatic mode with all the default settings.
Among the interesting features that are not available from other manufacturers, Galaxy S10 + AI offers defect recognition and recovery assistance. For example, the camera application shows notifications about the need to clean the lens, which many users forget to do and receive insufficiently clear photos or creeping rays from light sources. Furthermore, the application suggests the optimal composition and helps to build the lines correctly without a flat or vertical falling horizon. When this mode is activated, the optimal point appears on the screen where the center of the frame should be. If you point the camera at it, the image will be taken automatically. These technologies will be of great help to beginners and experienced users will be able, if they wish, to deactivate all assistance and filming add-ons, relying only on their experience.
In fact, I liked the Galaxy S10 +. The image, traditionally for Samsung, turns out to be very sharp, the artificial intelligence in the camera slightly more than necessary increases the saturation of the color, but at the same time does not go too far with the acid tones as the algorithms of some other manufacturers. There are some minor problems with white balance, the Galaxy S10 Plus has a strong desire for warm tones. For comparison, the iPhone turns blue when it resumes more than necessary. In general, it turns out that both cameras are in white balance in their own way. Judging by the survey in our Telegram channel, the majority (around 60 percent) like the warm colors in the images. The daytime photo taken by Samsung is slightly more spectacular and most likely will appeal to most buyers. However, I believe that in the case of the iPhone and the Galaxy, the truth is somewhere, so the photos resulting from one of these smartphones should be edited in the editors.
Left iPhone XS, right Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Left iPhone XS, right Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
As for the night shots, before the release of Huawei P20 Pro and Pixel 3, Samsung's flagships were at the top and almost all other smartphones were playing for photo quality, but now the situation has started to change. For some reason, the creators of Galaxy have decided not to pay much attention to the development of photo quality in the most difficult lighting conditions, so according to some indicators they even started losing iPhones when they never managed to break night shots. Look at the crocuses below. If by color (in particular for the neon lamps of the red-light district) the result of the Galaxy S10 + seems a little better, then it loses in the work with the sky. On the iPhone, you can see a uniform and quite tolerable noise due to the increase of ISO values, and on Galaxy, you get a glaze with artifacts from the work of AI algorithms and noise cancellation.
Left Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, right iPhone XS
If we talk in general about the functionality of the Galaxy S10 + camera and the quality of the shooting, this smartphone will satisfy even the most demanding customers. First of all, it is very interesting that a three-chamber system is now used with a choice of three different focal lengths. Secondly, if the quality of Samsung's image is not in the first place, it is still in the list of the best smartphones on the market. Thirdly, the camera is perfect even for those who are very far from any photo, but still want to be able to take beautiful, high-quality photos. Another important point: Samsung smartphones have always been fantastic in terms of sound recording quality and optical stabilization performance during video shooting.