Samsung is famous for fantastic smartphone photography, but which of its many devices has the best camera? We're going to take you through some of the most recent Samsung releases, so you can select the right handset for you.
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Accompanied by the intelligent S Pen, this big-screen flagship arrives comes with an impressive triple-lens camera system with added Laser AF sensor on the rear, and a 10MP selfie camera.
The rear camera on the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra promises to deliver beautiful photos and videos, no matter what environment you're shooting in. The 108MP main lens ensures even the finest of details can be captured, and colours will remain vivid and vibrant - even when light levels are low. Meanwhile, the innovative 12MP telephoto lens not only makes producing a blurred bokeh background effect easy, it also makes sure you can zoom in freely without compromising on the quality of your snaps. In fact, you'll be able to reach up to 5x Optical Zoom and 50x Space Zoom - a super resolution zoom enhanced by intelligent AI Samsung tech.
The final lens on the handset is a 12MP ultra-wide lens, perfect for landscape pics, or for large group photos. With a 120-degree field of view, fitting everything inside the frame will never be a struggle again.
Thanks to 8K and 4K video recording, creating a professional-looking video has never been easier on a smartphone. When shooting in 8K, you'll be able to select any 33MP still you please from a recording (perfect for thumbnails on YouTube, or if you want to make sure you don't miss the perfect moment), and with Super Steady Mode activated, Advanced AI stabilisation technology will smooth out your footage for you.
Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Note20 5G
Built into the Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G, you'll find two cutting-edge cameras. On the rear, you'll find a triple-lens camera system, with a 12MP main lens, 64MP telephoto lens and 12MP ultra-wide lens working together to produce stunning photos. The 64MP telephoto lens, in particular, will help you add depth to your photos, and you'll also have the ability to use up to 30x super resolution zoom, and take close-up shots of objects from just centimetres away. On the front, there's a 10MP camera, which is fully equipped to take fantastic selfies and to help you make high-quality video calls with loved ones back home.
Taking pictures in low-light conditions has been made easy thanks to Samsung's Night Mode. Colours will appear as vivid as ever, and the smaller details won't get lost in the darkness. Flaw Detection is also on hand to make sure you never end up with unusable pictures - you'll be notified if someone blinks in a photo, if there's any unwanted blur or if you have a smudge on the lens.
Shoot in 4K or 8K and activate Pro Video Mode to gain full control over things like ISO, shutter speed and manual focus. When recording 8K video, you'll be able to use Video Snap, which will allow you to take a 33MP still from any moment in your video. Live Focus Video also helps you to adjust and control the amount of background blur too, while Super Steady ensures unwanted shakiness is a thing of the past.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
The most premium handset in Samsung's S20 range, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has been marked by Samsung as the smartphone that will revolutionise photography. Why? It might have something to do with the S20 Ultra's quad-lens camera, which includes a jaw-dropping 108MP wide-angle lens. Combined with a 48MP telephoto camera, 12MP Ultra Wide lens and a DepthVision sensor, this device has everything you could ever need to take professional-looking photos that showcase outstanding clarity and colour.
With 108MP to hand, you'll be able to zoom in impressively on this high-spec rear camera. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra offers a 100x Super Resolution Zoom and 10x Hybrid Optic Zoom, so you can crop photos to your heart's content without worrying about picture quality. The 12MP Ultra Wide lens, meanwhile, enables you to capture more of the world around you, and it performs wonderfully when trying to capture landscapes or group photos.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra offers a plethora of camera features too, from a built-in photo editing suite to Pro Mode, that'll help you manually adjust ISO, shutter speed and exposure, just like you can on a DSLR. Bright Night will help you take photos in darker locations, and it'll intelligently combine three variations of the same photo to create one refined image. Live Focus helps you to adjust background blur as well, on both the rear and front cameras.
The 40MP front-facing camera is capable of amazing selfies and video chats. You can record in 4K on the front, and at an amazing 8K using the rear camera. With VideoSnap, you can even take 33MP stills from any 8K video.
Samsung Galaxy S20+
The Samsung Galaxy S20+ has also been built with a quad-lens camera, and shares many of the specs and features of the S20 Ultra. Available at a slightly cheaper price point, it's certainly one to consider if you're interested in an incredible smartphone camera.
For the rear, you'll find a 64MP telephoto lens, 12MP Ultra Wide lens, 12MP wide-angle lens and that all-important DepthVision sensor. As well as providing you with greater control over portraits, DepthVision is key to some of the phone's AI features. The 3D Scanner uses it to scan real-life objects through the rear camera to produce 3D animations, while Quick Measure calculates the dimensions of objects around you.
As for the camera itself, you'll never have to worry about the quality of your photos. It can capture colour beautifully, and thanks to the 3x Hybrid Optic Zoom and 30x Super Resolution Zoom, you can also focus on the smallest details. The wider field of view makes this an ideal camera for landscape shots, or for large group pictures.
The Galaxy S20+ can record in 8K, 4K, Full HD and HD, and Video Snap is available on any 8K video. You'll find Bright Night mode, Night Hyperlapse, Live Focus and Samsung's built-in photo editing studio on board too.
Samsung Galaxy Note10+
For Samsung Galaxy Note series fans, the Samsung Galaxy Note+ is the device to go for if you're serious about your smartphone camera. This handset features four cameras: a 16MP + 12MP + 12MP triple-lens rear camera with added DepthVision lens and a 10MP front facing camera.
Starting with the rear, the 16MP Ultra Wide lens shoots with a 123-degree field of view which matches that of the human eye. You'll never feel limited by the camera's scope, and you'll be able to squeeze more into the frame, making it perfectly suited for shooting outdoors. The 12MP wide-angle camera, meanwhile, features a dual aperture, and automatically flips between the two, to bring light to dark scenes and make sure details remain sharp even in bright daylight. There's also an added Night Mode which utilises the camera's dual-aperture feature for super low-light photos.
The final 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom is an essential for taking portraits, and for the device's bokeh abilities (both for photo and video). The additional DepthVision lens enhances the handset's ability to create this professional blurred background effect, giving you greater control over the focus of the image. Samsung's Quick Measure and 3D Scanner features, which are also found on the Samsung Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra, are also present.
The Samsung Galaxy Note10+ can record up to 4K UHD at 60fps, and uses HDR10+ and Dynamic Tone Mapping for more true-to-life colour. Live Focus video helps you achieve a blurred background effect in film, and there's a selection of special effects to choose from to add an artistic touch. The built-in editing studio can be used on both photos and videos too, and you'll be able to do everything from adding subtitles and inserting transitions to changing the speed of a video with a few taps.
You can also make the most of the Zoom In Mic when recording on the Note10+, which can focus in on specific sounds as you zoom in or out. Pinch and zoom in on a subject, and the sound it's making will become clearer.