Galaxy S20 Ultra camera comparison

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Introduction

We’re kicking off Samsung Galaxy review season with the S20 Ultra, and we’ve already had it in the office for about a week. During this time we’ve managed to gather some early impressions, but also more than a handful of camera samples. Seeing how the Ultra’s camera sets it apart from the crowd in more ways than one, we figured you’d appreciate an early look.

One of the S20 Ultra’s key differentiators when comparing to the regular S20s and the bulk of competitors on the market is its zoom capability. Samsung calls it ‘Space zoom’ and prominently features it on the back of the phone, joined by an ambitious ‘100X’ promise.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra camera comparison review

We took the Ultra out for some zooming action, and we brought the Huawei P30 Pro along (another popular phone with 5x-ish periscope tele) as well as the Galaxy Note10+ (to see how much better a 4x-5x zoom is compared to a 2x).

On a separate note, we wanted to see how the Galaxy’s 108MP main shooter compares to the other 108MP phone we had on hand – the Xiaomi Mi Note 10. First things first, though, off to space!

If you are curious to see some straight-up regular photos by the Galaxy S20 Ultra without any zooming and how it compares to the other phones, here’s a taster.

Scene 1, 1x zoom: Galaxy S20 Ultra - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/2232s - Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra camera comparison review Scene 1, 1x zoom: Huawei P30 Pro - f/1.6, ISO 50, 1/7692s - Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra camera comparison review Scene 1, 1x zoom: Galaxy Note10+ - f/2.4, ISO 50, 1/4208s - Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra camera comparison review
Scene 1, 1x zoom: Galaxy S20 Ultra • Huawei P30 Pro • Galaxy Note10+

Here are our test scenes, first shot with the main cameras. You will find more on the following pages with our analysis.

Scene 1, 1x zoom: Galaxy S20 Ultra - f/1.8, ISO 640, 1/25s - Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra camera comparison review Scene 1, 1x zoom: Huawei P30 Pro - f/1.6, ISO 500, 1/50s - Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra camera comparison review Scene 1, 1x zoom: Galaxy Note10+ - f/1.5, ISO 640, 1/25s - Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra camera comparison review
Scene 1, 1x zoom: Galaxy S20 Ultra • Huawei P30 Pro • Galaxy Note10+

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