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As one of many first main high-end smartphones of 2019, the Samsung Galaxy S10 launches beneath excessive scrutiny by analysts and followers alike. As essentially the most profitable high-end franchise on Android, the Galaxy S has constructed a popularity for its glorious digicam efficiency. How good is the 2019 version? We reveal all of it! Be taught extra: what’s our Digital camera IQ rating?

Key Digital camera Specs and Uber-G Digital camera HW Rating

Galaxy S10 / S10+

Rear Digital camera System (three cameras)Main: 27mm, f/1.5, 12 Megapixel, OIS, Twin-Pixel PDAFZoom: 52mm, f/2.four, OISUltrawide: 12mm, f/2.2, 16 Megapixel

The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ be part of the membership of extraordinarily versatile cellular cameras with a focal vary of 12mm – 52mm that covers the commonest conditions folks use their cameras in.  Be taught extra: what’s our digicam hardware rating?

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Picture High quality Evaluation

Essential: let’s make clear some terminology we’ll be utilizing:

“picture processing”: software program work that improves the picture information high quality“picture filtering”: software program work that modifications the model (aesthetic) of the photograph.context photograph: an amazing approximation of what we seeTogether with how darkish the scene truly isOnly to supply the context of the shot.

A notice in regards to the Uber-G Digital camera IQ Rating: our digicam scoring system relies on 4 “Pillars” or sub-scores that gives much-needed nuance: day, night time, zoom and ultrawide pictures.

Daylight Pictures:187

One of many principal enhancements of the Galaxy S10 digicam over the Galaxy Observe 9 is the administration of HDR scenes. We now have talked about up to now that the Observe’s 9 weak level was an inclination to over-expose barely, which might result in coloration and element loss in very vivid areas away from the primary topic.

Context photograph

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The above image is an efficient instance, with higher HDR on the S10 (vs. Observe 9) within the shadowed tree branches, and the yellow constructing on the upper-left. Beneath, the iPhone XS darkens the branches (within the shadows) a bit an excessive amount of, however has a extra pure rendering of the grass and tree bark texture.

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Context photograph (sky is a bit over-exposed)

*Observe: the context photograph’s sky is a bit over-exposed, however the remainder of the scene is a wonderful illustration of what we’re .

In some cases, we are able to see that the Galaxy S10 digicam tuning has modified from the S9/Observe 9. This picture illustrates this nicely. Each S9 and Observe 9 output almost similar photographs, however the S10 has a really totally different look, which is nearer to what an iPhone XS would produce on this scene.

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The publicity and distinction are higher, matching the general lighting of our context shot and nearer to the iPhone XS, the present prime daylight digicam with the OnePlus 6T. In reality, the OnePlus 6T is the general higher shot on this scene because the XS produces a barely unnatural photograph.

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Context Picture

Context Picture (cropped)

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The Fireplace station picture is an efficient instance to point out that once more; the S10 digicam shoots barely extra pure and life like photographs than S9 and Observe 9 which had the tendency to over-contrast photographs, most likely as a part of its tuning “model” to make photographs extra pleasing. Apparently, the XS struggles with white steadiness right here (sky is just too blue), but it surely does very nicely typically.

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However occasions change, and it looks like Samsung is shifting a bit nearer to a extra pure model that’s typically extra capable of protect the unique temper and texture of the scene. That mentioned, within the S10 image, there are nonetheless seen synthetic distinction ringing alongside the perimeters of the cables, wall, and so forth.

The Galaxy S10 has improved barely over the Galaxy Observe 9 in some methods (publicity) however not in each approach (coloration). That’s sufficient to push it to a degree the place it equals the iPhone XS and is forward of the Mate 20 Professional / P20 Professional.

The daylight IQ rating of 187: three handsets with totally different traitsS10 / S10+ : crisp, well-balanced photographs, with slight picture filteringiPhone XS : essentially the most pure model with good texture, however much less edge sharpnessOnePlus 6T : finest high quality particulars, however with heavier picture filtering at occasions

Low-Mild Pictures: 194

With a Galaxy Observe 9 title of Finest Low-light Digital camera of 2018 to defend, Samsung has rather a lot at stake on this class. As we put together to make some night time pictures for this evaluate, this image illustrates how difficult issues change into when gentle turns into scarce:

Our main daylight telephones (iPhone XS, OnePlus 6T) seize colours which can be unusually unnatural at nightfall as they battle with determining what the scene is, and tips on how to deal with it. The Galaxy S10 manages to seize the correct coloration hues which can be closest to the context photograph (what we see), leaving you all of the choices for filtering. Bear in mind, in low gentle photograph brighter will not be all the time higher.

Context photograph: exhibits precise colours on the hill (sky is barely over-exposed)

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The iPhone XS makes use of HDR a bit an excessive amount of and produces photographs which can be flatter because of the elimination of shadows by artificially over-brightening darkish areas as a part of its filtering-style.

Context photograph: exhibits precise colours on the hill (sky is barely over-exposed)

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Beneath a difficult night time scene with complicated HDR and delicate lighting. As normal, all smartphones brighten up the scene nicely past what you see – that’s to be anticipated. You may also see that they’re all affected by the excessive ranges of pink coloration coming from the Christmas lights.

Context photograph: what the scene seems like

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The Huawei Mate 20 professional goes approach overboard with the picture filtering and turns the center-left cherry tree virtually into a light-weight supply and alters the scene very considerably.

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The iPhone XS does a reasonably good job at exposing the small lights, however the total photograph is boring and fairly noisy in the event you look nearer.

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The distinction between S10 and Observe 9 are small: typically, the Galaxy S10 has a bit extra sharpness and the Observe 9 is a bit much less noisy. Digital camera engineers usually need to discover a steadiness with these settings and in 2019, they opted for a crisper picture.

We beforehand observed that Observe 9 produced barely “gentle” photographs up to now, with a little bit of fuzziness at occasions. Within the slider under, you possibly can see how the trash bins and fence posts are a bit “softer” (blurrier) on the Observe 9.

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Above, the road indicators have a extra pronounced ringing (a vivid halo across the edge) on their proper aspect. This exhibits that Samsung has cracked-up its sharpening filter.

Beneath, the Mate 20 Professional’s filtering may be very noticeable whenever you zoom in. The noise-filter eliminated noise on the trash bins, but additionally the feel of the fence posts. The sharpening ringing on the decrease avenue indicators and across the automotive can be very sturdy.

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Yet another scene to point out delicate variations between Observe 9 and S10 on this shot. First, some context, then we’ll evaluate:

Context: what the scene seems like

Context: we’re going to have a look at this space

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We beforehand talked about the Galaxy Observe 9’s tendency to go in direction of hotter tints as a part of its filtering model. Samsung has tuned it to seize extra pure coloration hues and barely higher particulars (wheel, rearview mirror). Galaxy S10 isn’t higher than Observe 9 in each single night time shot, however total, the progress is plain.

Samsung has had a successful low-light technique by utilizing superior lenses as a substitute of going for a bigger sensor. Nevertheless, as we’ve seen in our Pixel three digicam evaluate, software program tuning can solely assist you a lot.

If you wish to see extra low-light comparisons between Observe 9 and different telephones Learn our Galaxy Observe 9 Digital camera Assessment.

Zoom Pictures: 89

With regards to zoom pictures, the Galaxy S10 has a 52mm lens just like the Galaxy Observe 9, however in our exams, the S10 digicam software program took really sharper photos, particularly when coping with the intricate nature particulars.

Context: what the scene seems like

Galaxy S10 2X zoom

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The above picture was chosen as a result of the distinction was very noticeable, making it a super instance. On common, it’s not as dramatic, however the Galaxy S10 reliably produces sharp photographs in 2X mode.  Now in opposition to the iPhone XS:

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In our Huawei Mate 20 Professional Digital camera Assessment, we’ve got illustrated how no present 2X optical zoom cameras can compete with its 3X optical zoom and the Galaxy S10 is not any exception. Additionally, we are able to’t wait to check OPPO’s 10X optical zoom.

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Ultrawide Pictures: 134

Ultrawide pictures is the place essentially the most vital hole happens. Samsung had none and was late to the sport, however its first high-end ultrawide digicam performs nice.

Galaxy S10 12mm

LG V40 16mm

Observe: due to the broader angle, the S10 will function much less pixel sharpness if we zoom in the identical space.

Within the comparability under, the V40 loses element in shadowed areas on account of its HDR digicam tuning. The S10 has a extra life like rendering of that space, regardless that the inexperienced plant are nonetheless too darkish:

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The Galaxy S10 handles HDR higher than the LG V40, a weak level for LG which was highlighted within the LG V40 Digital camera Assessment.

In daylight, the Galaxy S10 is superb however not good. Whereas it captures good colours, the S10 particulars and textures are a bit extra fuzzier the Mate 20 Professional, a few of it on account of image-filtering. Once more, 12mm and 16mm aren’t simply in contrast, however Samsung has room to enhance on the software program aspect.

At night time, the Galaxy S10’s ultrawide digicam pulls forward of the LG V40, the ultrawide chief till Jan 2019.

Galaxy S10 Uwide

LG V40 uwide

Huawei Mate 20 Professional, uwide

On a laptop computer / desktop PC, it’s best to be capable to see that V40 has extra noise (sky, trash bins, however all over the place, actually). Each seize nice colours, however the S10 has an edge with barely extra pure ones. If not, this crop will assist.

You probably have any doubt in regards to the recognition of Ultrawide pictures, verify this informal T-mobile survey:


Conclusion: The Galaxy S10 Takes The Crown

The rear digicam system of the Samsung Galaxy S10 is spectacular and really nicely balanced. Samsung did make incremental enhancements over the Galaxy Observe 9 (and S9) functionalities, however it’s actually the addition of a wonderful ultra-wide digicam that takes the S10 to the subsequent degree of cellular pictures.

The Galaxy S10 and S10+ digicam is now a prime participant in Daylight pictures, stays the king of the hill in Low-light and manages to steal the Ultrawide IQ (picture high quality) crown from the LG V40!

With three out of 4 cellular pictures pillars in hand, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is actually essentially the most highly effective cellular digicam system as we speak that will get an unprecedented Uber-G Digital camera IQ rating (full rating desk right here).

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Uber-G Digital camera IQSub-scoresDay187Evening194Zoom89Ultrawide134


The bar is now set for the remainder of the trade, and there’s little doubt that 2019 goes to be very attention-grabbing. Beforehand, the “Final Digital camera IQ” title was held by the Huawei Mate 20 Professional with a rating of 167.

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