These Galaxy S20 camera features are available elsewhere at a lower price


So far, only influencers have the first test devices of the Galaxy S20(+) and S20 Ultra in their hands. The new high-end smartphones have not yet reached the mass market either. Samsung, however, is not getting tired of continuing to stir the advertising drum vigorously. In the latest support article, The Koreans proudly introduce seven new tricks of the cameras. What is so exciting about them, and where you can already find similar features, we will tell you in this article.

Samsung has equipped its new smartphones, which will soon go on sale for 899 to 1,549 euros, with the best camera and chipset technology available. In response to Samsung’s new Service items Let’s show you that a similar amount of fun and good photos with the phones is possible, which doesn’t cost as much as a used small car. Some competing smartphones already offer similar features – for significantly less money. That’s why we go through the promises:

1. Detailed images up to 108 megapixels

High megapixel numbers have long been regarded as pure marketing. Consumers and testers were quick to realize that image quality depends on significantly more factors than the number of photo pixels. However, as the 100-megapixel mark has been broken in younger devices, the game seems to be starting again.

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The idea behind the many megapixels in the cameras of the Galaxy S20: Just take a snapshot and take care of details later. / © Samsung

Only the particularly expensive Galaxy S20 Ultra gets the 108 MP sensor. The Smaller Get Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus models Merely 64 MP. In both cases, we only have to find out in the test whether the cameras actually output this resolution ex works. Manufacturers often install high-resolution sensors, but reduce the pixel count of JPEG files actually issued for many reasons.

By the way, if you are looking for a cheap smartphone with the camera of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, you will find it at Xiaomi. Their Mi Note 10 was launched in November 2019 and is available in Germany for around 450 euros; about 1,000 euros cheaper than the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Mr Stefan has tested it extensively and judged that he would leave his DSLR at home, at least when travelling.

2. Hybrid zoom

Colleague Julia had already skipped the pseudo-zoom of the Galaxy S20 extensively. The experts from Notebook check had first revealed that the cameras of the new devices offer only 1.06x magnification visually; the rest is cut out as an image section from the excess sensor pixels mentioned above and optimized by software.

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The space zoom comes almost completely from the software. / © Samsung

The Galaxy S20 and S20+ models come with their software improvements to 30x zoom, S20 Ultra even to 100x zoom. This is called Space Zoom and is appropriately touted with shots of the moon.

Samsung is hitting back after Huawei set up the zoom crown of smartphone cameras with the P30 Pro (now available for less than 600 euros) last year. In the test, the P30 Pro camera has not only proven its strengths with its 50 x zoom.

3. Still images from videos

Admittedly, the Galaxy S20 will be the only smartphone you can record 8K videos on until further notice. A still image from an 8K video corresponds (according to Samsung) to a photo with 33 megapixels. The catch is known to be that such videos can only be recorded for one minute. The Galaxy S20 then retreats to process the data mountain. So, as 8K videos prove in everyday life, the extensive camera test of the Galaxy S20 would still have to show – and we are known to owe it to you.

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Still images from an 8K video resolve the Samsung Galaxy S20 with 33 MP. / © Samsung

Dominate your current smartphone Only 4K images, this means a resolution of eight megapixels for still images. This should be more than sufficient for most snapshots; especially since you are setting up 30 per second. Thus, Jesus moments such as the one above should also be optimally preserved.

Samsung also advertises that 8K videos can be streamed directly to Samsung TVs. Although the manufacturer is proud of its proprietary island solution, wireless lytication from smartphone to TV has not been a technical miracle since 2015 thanks to Google Cast. Both FireTV-Stick and Google Chomecast make it possible – directly from the Google Photos app. Admittedly, only Samsung currently dominates all this in 8K.

4. Multiple scenes from a take

Here we have a feature that could actually stand out from the crowd. Samsung calls it “Single Take”: you hold your camera for three to ten seconds on an exciting scene (the more movement, the better) and afterwards the software suggests a series of still images and offers to make a video from the material from several cuts.

However, it is only a matter of time before TikTok or Instagram replicate this feature in their apps, making it available to users of the cheaper alternatives to Samsung’s new Galaxy S20 smartphones.

5. Software stabilization for videos

Even if the wobble camera has been made acceptable by modern series and film formats, video recordings should at least be stable to some extent. Since smartphone videos are rarely shot with tripods or gimbals, the risk of shaky shots is particularly high here.

With “Super Steady”, Samsung wants to calm your shaky shots as soon as they are created. Here, too, it takes advantage of the lavish sensor size and megapixel abundance. Often, cropping-based video stabilization comes at the expense of maximum resolution. Here it has to be seen whether Samsung also creates at least “super-stable” 4K videos. That would put it on par with the iPhone 11 Pro (Max). If you get super-stable Full HD videos, you’ll get them with older versions of the Google Pixel series. They often change hands on eBay for less than 200 euros.

6. Night mode

We have known the night mode for photos in smartphones for some time. Here, too, Huawei was thrilled with the P30 Pro in our camera test. What is new, however, is the night mode for videos, which, according to the expectation, finally makes recordings at parties and in the bar seem less dusty, muddy, blurry and noisy. Whether the smartphones of the Galaxy S20 family achieve as good results as Apple with the iPhone 11 Pro, we will have to find out in the test.

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The Huawei P30 Pro can also turn the night into a day – at least in photos. / © AndroidPIT

For smartphones with android operating system, the low-light videos of the Sony Xperia 1 (for camera testing) are currently valid according to MoMo Film Festival as the best. Its successor Sony Xperia 1 II has already been introduced. The original, meanwhile, costs only around 600 euros.

7. Peer-to-peer sharing

Due to the high resolutions of the Galaxy S20 cameras, the data volume of the photos and videos is correspondingly large. After compression, 8K videos will contain 600 MB per minute , or 10 MB per second (!). Then you hardly want to send the photos and videos via WhatsApp to your mates – especially since they lose their charm with its compression. Samsung offers to use them via Quick Share to the mates who are in your immediate vicinity. The catch? You must have a Galaxy device.

However, sharing is similarly simple with the Google Files app: Install the app, find friends nearby and connect directly; the Internet, then, bypasses. Your data volume will not be affected accordingly. In many cases it can also be done without an app: In the sharing menu you will find the right tools with “Wi-Fi-Direct”, “Android Beam” or the like. These methods automatically establish the fastest direct connection available between two smartphones. In the case of Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), the data transfer rates are up to 80 MB per second. If you know an alternative, please leave a comment.


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