The new S20 phones from Samsung look conventional, but they contain incredibly meaty cameras & are filled with new AI functions . The company even claims that its Unpacked event was filmed on an S20 device. But what does that mean? What are the camera specifications of the Galaxy S20 and what special things can you do with it?
First of all, Let & # 39; s Talk Megapixels and 8K
Every phone in the Galaxy S20 line-up sports a set of incredibly high resolution cameras & # 39; s. The two cheaper devices, the S20 and S20 +, have 12-megapixel wide and ultra-wide lenses, in addition to a 64-megapixel telephoto lens and a 10-megapixel selfie camera.
But the Galaxy S20 Ultra goes one step further. It sports the same 4-camera array as the standard S20, but the wide-angle lens has been upgraded from 12 megapixels to 108-megapixels . Samsung claims that this sensor also has a 12-megapixel mode – in case you want to save some of your local storage.
As you would expect, these wild cameras can take high-resolution photos in any situation. But they can also record 8K video. And since every phone in the S20 series is built for 5G, you shouldn't have any problems uploading your 8K videos directly to YouTube with a mobile connection. Samsung even suggests that you watch your 8K video & # 39; s on Samsung brand QLED TVs & # 39; s – a good idea, given that the S20 setup is WQHD + (4K-ish) screens used.
These high-resolution photos and 8K videos will take up a ton of local storage. But don't worry, the S20 line-up can achieve a maximum of 1.5 TB of storage in combination with a 1 TB MicroSD card and the 5G capabilities of the phone must ensure fast cloud backups.
Zoom Zoom Zoom!
Samsung is really proud of its groundbreaking "Space Zoom" technology. It is a neat combination of AI-powered digital zoom and old-fashioned optical zoom that allows you to zoom in on any subject without serious quality loss.
The Galaxy S20 and S20 + provide a maximum of 30x zoom and the S20 Ultra provides a maximum of 100x zoom. For reference, the Galaxy S10 could only zoom in up to 10x. This is a huge upgrade that should change the way people take photos and videos. Just think of how these increased zoom frequencies can improve video & # 39; s of sporting events, concerts or a beach vacation. They can even increase the intensity of your next walking tour, as long as you are not afraid to break your beautiful new phone.
Of course digital zoom is never perfect. We need to assess the zoom frequencies of the S20 and S20 Ultra if we have the opportunity to try them out personally.
Action camera stabilization and the Single Take Mode
With their 8K cameras and ridiculous zoom frequencies, it is only logical that the S20 series has advanced image stabilization. Samsung the new Super Steady AI makes video & # 39; s look like they were made "with an action camera." It removes camera shake and bumps from video & # 39; s without creating aqueous stabilizing effects. use phone to record videos while cycling or skating, and these stabilization effects can make the S20 a fantastic (albeit expensive) dashcam.
But this AI is not alone for sports videos, it is also an integral part of the Single Take camera mode – a new version of burst photography. With Single Take, your phone retrieves 10 seconds of content from every rear camera. It then parses that content into photos, ultra-wide photos, small clips, or even boomerangs.
This prevents you from having to choose the type of photo or video you want to take. Take a photo in Single Take mode and decide what you will like later. With the Single Shot mode, it should be easier to quickly capture fast memories. Of course, Samsung also claims that you can take high-resolution photos of every 8K video that you take on an S20 device, but these still images are not as strong or versatile as single shots.
The S20 series sets a new standard for telephone cameras & # 39; s. They have incredible high megapixel sensors and their AI-powered image stabilization, digital zoom and Single Take functions are unique. Hopefully these cameras are just as beautiful as they look on paper.