samsung galaxy s10 camera review

Samsung Galaxy S10 Camera Review

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One of the best improvements that Samsung has made on the S10 is in the camera compared to the one that was included in the S9. We take a look at what makes it stand out here.

The Basics

The S10 includes three cameras on the rear of the phone. The main camera is a 12-megapixel camera that shifts between f/1.5 and f/2.4 depending on the lighting conditions. This is coupled with a 12-megapixel telephoto camera for zoom work, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera for landscape and vision shots. This combination means that you have cameras suitable for most shots that you will take with the phone.

In Performance

Samsung has marked improved the white balance and exposure with it’s new camera, and the HDR mode is also much further improved. This can be seen in your day to day shots.

The phone uses a piece of software called Scene Optimizer in order to automatically tweak the settings on your phone to make the most of the conditions in which you are shooting. Taking a high contrast photo with both lighter and darker areas really shows off the improvements to the HDR mode which before tended to make glass buildings turn sky blue and blend into the background.

The night mode has also seen some tweaks, and this has resulted in photos being less washed out than they were before as the phone struggled to pick out the details. The over exposure is gone and if anything, it tends to under expose. This does however result in greater detail being captured with the phone.

Food/Portrait Mode

The Samsung also features dedicated modes for taking pictures of people or for taking pictures of food. These modes come with a variety of options. The main focus is in keeping the object of interest in perfect focus while blurring the background slightly so that the focus really pops. Whilst the modes are similar, they do have different options.

You can tweak the settings on the picture before or after taking the photo and change things like the amount of blur or apply effects like spot colouring. What this does is not only blur the background, but drains the colour from the background, so you can go as far as having a black and white background. This really does make your subject stand out. The fact that you can change these settings post shot as well means that you can experiment a little without your subject getting bored. 

Subject Helper

 Samsung also has a Shot Suggester mode, and what this does is give you directions on how to focus your shot with the phone and then it will take the shot automatically once the optimal picture has been found. This is great as it means that you don’t have to press the shutter button, which means that you can control the camera with both hands and line up the perfect shot. It may tend to take more photos than you want, but you can always delete the extras.