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 S21/S21+
Whether you prefer the Samsung Galaxy S21, or the slightly larger S21+, you'll find identical camera systems on both handsets. Designed by Samsung to make photography and videography a breeze on your smartphone, this triple-lens camera setup is sure to have all your needs covered.
From the moment you open up the 12MP+12MP+64MP rear camera, you're sure to be impressed. The main 12MP lens on both S21 devices comes with optical image stabilisation to keep your shots in focus, while the second 12MP ultra-wide lens helps you fit more into the frame without needing to take a step back. The final 64MP telephoto lens is all you need to create a sense of depth in your shots too, and it's perfect for portraits.
Photography features like Single Take, Night Mode and Super Steady Mode help to take your photos and videos to the next level - ensuring you can capture a single moment at multiple angles, shoot in darkness and steady any unwanted shakiness in a recording. Speaking of video, the S21 and S21+ are capable of filming in 8K - the highest resolution currently available. You can even edit in 8K using the S21 duo too, without having to import footage to a different device.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
The premium handset from Samsung's 2021 flagship series, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra certainly doesn't hold back when it comes to cameras. Front and back you can enjoy the very best Samsung photography tech, starting with the outstanding triple-lens rear camera. The rear camera system not only features a cutting-edge dual telephoto lens, but it includes an advanced Laser AF sensor to keep your shots focused.
The main 108MP wide lens on the S21 Ultra is the star of the show, and it's more than capable of producing beautiful, professional-quality photos in any environment. Every detail can be captured with accuracy, and colours will always appear true-to-life even in bright or low-light environments. In fact, with Samsung's Night Mode switched on you can even shoot in extremely dark conditions.
Accompanying the 108MP main lens, there's also a 12MP ultra-wide lens and a dual-lens 10MP+10MP telephoto camera with both 3x and 10x optical zoom. With a few taps you can produce amazing portrait photos or nail closeups from mere centimetres away.
You're more than covered when it comes to video too. Just like its predecessor - the S20 Ultra - the S21 Ultra can record 8K video (that's four times better than 4K), 12-bit RAW video, and you can even edit in 8K directly on the handset. Super Steady Mode will be your best friend for action shots - just switch it on to instantly stabilise your footage.
Of course, we can't forget about selfie cam either. The wide-lens 40MP camera is guaranteed to capture your good side, and auto focus on the front will help to counteract any unwanted blur.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
A new Samsung release for 2020, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has been designed with two brilliant cameras on the front and back. When it comes to ultra-clear video calls, vlogging and picture-perfect selfies, the 32MP front camera has it covered, while the triple-lens rear camera system offers everything you could need to take professional-looking photos day and night.
Diving into the rear camera system further, you'll find three unique lenses. The first is the main 12MP wide-angle lens, the second is a 12MP lens with an ultra-wide field of view while the final 8MP telephoto lens is a must for taking closeups, macro shots and recreating the popular blurred background effect known as bokeh.
The camera has some impressive zoom capabilities, with both 30x Space Zoom and 3x Optical Zoom available. You can focus on the smallest details, or get closer to action happening further away without having to worry about sacrificing photo quality.
There are plenty of useful, Samsung-exclusive photography features built into the handset. Night Mode, with some help from Samsung's largest dual-pixel sensor yet, means you can shoot in dim conditions and still receive a vibrant, well-lit shot, while the innovative Single Take ensures you'll never miss the winning shot. Once you switch the feature on, just press the shutter button and the handset will automatically take the best photos, alongside videos ranging from 3 to 10 seconds in length.
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 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.