Images we captured with the Samsung Galaxy S10 cameras are disappointing


Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 family have finally been announced, and they all share the same camera hardware, though the higher end models have extra sensors. All three get a regular 12MP dual aperture camera and a wide-angle 16MP camera, while the Galaxy S10 and S10+ get an extra 2x zoom 12MP lens with optical image stabilization.

First of all, it’s awesome that even the $749 Galaxy S10e shares the same sensors as the $999 Galaxy S10+, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice camera performance when going for the smallest and cheapest device in the lineup. Second, we love that Samsung decided to use an ultrawide sensor instead of a zoom sensor on the cheaper model; between the two, the wide angle is infinitely more useful. It’s great to have all three, but you’re not giving up much losing 2x zoom.

While at Samsung Unpacked 2019, we shot some sample photos with the devices for you to check out! The lighting conditions in the showroom weren’t ideal, but it could have been a lot worse. Take a look at these images and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Frankly, these samples are not impressive. The dynamic range is good, but the photos are noisy and lack sharpness. The camera hardware on these phones is final, but there’s a good chance that Samsung is still tweaking the camera software to ensure that retail units deliver better images than there. To say that we’re disappointed would be an understatement. Samsung devices generally take great photos, so we’re expecting things to get much better by the time these phones show up on store shelves next month.

Dima Aryeh
A tech nerd from childhood, Dima also enjoys building and racing cars as well as photography and video games to pass the time.

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