Samsung Galaxy S10 Camera Review

The technological beast of the S10 is arriving alongside the Galaxy S10+ and more affordable Galaxy S10e. See how the camera stacks ups.

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Galaxy S10 Camera Review

Our Thoughts & Field Notes

We’re already impressed with the size-able Galaxy S10, which recently appeared at the Samsung Event in San Francisco on February 20th. As Samsung’s new flagship, this bad boy has a lot to live up to when compared to the likes of the Galaxy S9 — a device we know so well and love. However, this technological beast is arriving alongside the Galaxy S10 Plus and more affordable Galaxy S10e, enticing Android lovers from all around the globe.

Take a peek at our hands-on review for more information regarding Samsung’s latest device.

S10 Phone Specs:

  • Screen size: 6.1-inch
  • Screen resolution: 1440 x 3040
  • Screen aspect ratio: 19:9
  • Rear cameras: 12MP, 16MP, 13MP
  • Front cameras: single camera
  • Chipset: Exynos 9820/Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB-1TB
  • OS: Android 9 Pie
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Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Galaxy S10 Front Camera

Definitely Worth The Upgrade

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is shaping up to be a more significant upgrade compared to last year's relatively incremental spec bump from the Galaxy S8 to the Galaxy S9.

The Samsung S10 has a  fresh-looking all-screen display, however, it possesses a “punch-hole” front-facing camera embedded in the screen's top right corner. Samsung adopts an in-screen fingerprint sensor and is, in fact, the first phone device to launch a phone with the Snapdragon 855 chipset (among the US variant, at least).

Hottest Features

Details about the standard S10 include a single-lens punch-hole camera on the front, tiny bezels above and below the screen, a triple-lens camera on the back, a USB-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone port and speaker on the bottom.

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Galaxy S10 Wide Camera
Galaxy S9 Standard Camera

Galaxy S10 vs Galaxy S9

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Galaxy S10
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Galaxy S10 vs Galaxy S9

Camera Specs

Samsung wants users to snap happy at every angle by marking the S10 with a triple-lens camera system with a 12MP regular lens and a 12MP optically zoomed telephoto lens, and a freshly designed 16MP ultra-wide lens.

On the front, you’ll see a single 10MP camera with dual auto-focuses. By upgrading to the S10+, you’ll be able to have an 8MP camera that everso enhances portrait photography with its AI powered enhanced depth. The edges around the front-facing camera light up so you know where to aim your eyes, as well.

Optimized for 10 brand new categories, Samsung’s camera AI is now able to decipher the sheer difference between a cat and a dog and fine tune manual controls, like white balance or ISO. All three new phones are powered by the “Shot Suggestions” feature; users are able to utilize a neutral processor engine to nudge you to the correct levels of over 30 different scenes. That’s a win, win!

For filmmakers, Samsung’s software has been upgraded to now record in HDR10+ with Digital Video Stabilization. Say hello to buttery smooth video and crispy detail. Additionally, both front and rear main cameras support UHD video recording.

Samsung Meets Moment

The S10 and S10+ will have 3 built-in camera lenses on the back, one more than the current dual lens phones. A standard lens, tele lens, and the new 3rd ultra-wide lens with a field of view of 128 degrees.

So what does that mean for us? Are our Wide and Superfish lenses still relevant? Absolutely, because they will offer different looks than the new ultra-wide on the phone. The ultra-wide is only 128 degrees FOV, while our wide is 100 degrees and Superfish staring at 170 degrees. Our Wide and Superfish lens will still shine a unique look compared to the new built in Wide of the phone. It gives the user another focal length to play with and even more creative control over their photography. We celebrate this as a part of our story.

Only caveat is that our lenses will only work with 2 of the 3 native cameras. On the S10, S10+, and the S10E, you are able to connect with the Wide and Tele — NOT the ultra-wide.

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