Before 2020, it was quite evident that smartphone brands were playing the numbers game for the camera feature. If I recall, it was about 3 years ago when a 24MP camera sensor got introduced, then it jumped to 32MP, 48MP, 64MP, annddd suddenly there's a 108MP version. Will it ever stop? Unlikely, but I digress. Today, we are going to ask an important question - is the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G's 108MP camera good?
When the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G made its debut, it was also the first time for the company to equip such tech specs for the camera. Alongside the 100x Space Zoom, 8K video recording, Bright Night mode (which was round 1, take a look here!) and others, you can tell Samsung mean business in mobile photography. However, taking photos during the Movement Restriction Order is a challenge because I can't really go anywhere. Thankfully in this round 2, I will be focusing on the 108MP photo quality so that means I can take shots of something far or near to look at the finer details. Anyway, without beating around the bush too much, I managed to take some 108MP photos and you can be the judge of that.
108MP photo samples
Hmmm, how should I start? First, I took a shot on that apartment building and true enough, you can read the word when zoomed in
Medium shots work fairly well, the flowers there are rather clear
If you take a closer look at the photo corners, it's kind of a blur but the centre is focused quite well
Some greens for the 108MP test, not bad!
This photo is my favourite one. When you zoom in at it, you can see the veins on the leaf!
Finally, saved the best for the last. This billboard was taken before the partial lockdown nearby The Gardens, Kuala Lumpur
Verdict - Best used for the 'ultra' mile
I think overall, the 108MP performed alright on the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G. Its strength lies in taking long-distance shots just like the two building photos above. When cropped or zoomed-in, the device managed to retain the quality as expected without much-pixelated boxes in it. This is really useful when you have a photo you want to crop, cutting out the stuff that you don't want.
On the other hand, doing close-up shots depends on the angle. For example, the leaf under the sunlight photo is really great. But if I were to shoot at an object or subject much closer, the bokeh effect tends to appear and this will distort the 108MP quality except the centre. The example of this is the flower and sand photo.
So what do you think of the 108MP photos? If you're interested to find out more, you can visit the official Samsung Online Store right here and own one of the best camera-centric smartphones in the market now. To refresh your memory, the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G also sports a 12MP ultrawide lens and a 48MP telephoto lens, accompanied by a DepthVision sensor. In addition, there's also an Exynos 990 chipset, 5G connectivity, 12GB of RAM, 128GB internal storage, a 5000mAh battery pack and more.
Stay tuned for our future Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G review at TechNave.com.