The Galaxy S21 Ultra is supposed to be the king of the hill, especially in the camera department. However, it appears that it isn’t as good as the lower-priced Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ when it comes to slow-motion video recording. The company’s flagship smartphone can’t natively record 960fps videos.
Although all three Galaxy S21 series smartphones can record 960fps slow-motion videos, the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21+ can do that natively. The Galaxy S21 Ultra, on the other hand, “digitally enhances” 480fps videos into 960fps slow-motion videos, which means that it duplicates frames. As a result, 960fps slow-motion videos recorded using the Galaxy S21 Ultra won’t be as good as those captured by the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21+.
Samsung has clarified that the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s shortcoming is due to the larger ISOCELL HM3 108MP camera sensor, which has a slower shutter speed than the 12MP sensor used in the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21+. Instead of limiting the smaller Galaxy S21 phones to 480fps videos, the company decided to extrapolate the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s videos. The South Korean tech giant had taken the same route last year with the Galaxy S20 Ultra by enhancing 480fps videos to 960fps.
We are not sure as to how many people use the ultra slow-motion video recording feature on their smartphones, but if you are someone who uses the feature extensively, you should keep the distinction between the Galaxy S21 phones in your mind while making the purchase.