Photography and video
Samsung accustomed us to the fact that even the cheaper middle-guys offer a good quality of photos. In Galaxy A50 it cannot be any worse, but the manufacturer decided to add one more lens, which gives wide-angle photos. Besides the 8-megapixel wide-angle, we have a 25 Mpx matrix with a nice f/1.7 aperture shutter and a supportive 5-megapixel eye for the background blurring. The only thing that it lacks is an optical image stabilization. We must rely on a digital one.
Photos taken during the day are simply good. It is difficult to complain about anything, and if I had to criticize something – it would be a minimum length from which the autofocus works. It starts working from 20-30cm, which makes it difficult to take a macro shot. It is a pity, because apart from this – AF is fast, great and precise.
In night time photos it is slightly worse, but it does not mean that A50 is worse than its competition. Here only the details level slightly drops, we can see some noises in darker and even parts of the shot, and in addition the phone strongly “warms” photos, by adding them a bit of an autumn, yellow-orange vibe. Sometimes the effect is desired, but not always…
There is of course AI, which in Samsung is called Scene Optimizer. It often happens that a photo taken after switching it on comes out better than the one without it. After over a dozen of tries I turned it on permanently – I was not disappointed.
However, I was a bit disappointed with the manual mode. It only allows modifying sensitivity, exposition and colours balance. It is a pity that we cannot change the shutter opening time – maybe night time photos would have jumped on a level close to flagships…?
The wide-angle lens has a fixed focus and a weaker aperture (f/2.2), which is why night time photos give way to those from the main camera. However, we achieve a really wide angle, thanks to which we do not back away from the object, in order to fit it in the shot. The fish-eye effect is noticeable, but in most cases it gives eye-pleasant effects. It is a pity that there is no digital image geometry connection, which can be found in S10 flagships.
The background blurring needs a good background and properly posing a model in order to work correctly. In other cases it can get slightly “lost” in hair – but even with my bald head it managed a few time to make an unnecessary blur… It could have been slightly better, especially that the system using two lenses requires a noticeable distance that we need to maintain form the object – 1.5 meters.
On the other hand, the panorama mode works nice, digital zoom gives pleasant effects as well, and the easy way to record GIFs is a cherry on top. After marking an appropriate option in the camera’s settings, we just need to hold down the trigger button. The camera function is complemented by animated avatars, hyperlapse or Bixby Vision, which I was using for scanning codes or translating texts, based on the image from the camera.
On the opposite side of the housing we have a single selfie camera. What is interesting it can blur the background as well. And even though it does not have an additional matrix for help, it does not work worse than the main one.
Basically we can be pleased with the quality of selfies, though it is worth being mindful of a too bright background. Otherwise the front camera has a tendency to overexpose. When it comes to video recording – I have no major concerns, neither to the back nor the front camera.
|Samsung Galaxy A50 - sample videos
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I will commend the possibility to record videos with the wide angle lens, but I will rebuke it for the fact that we cannot switch cameras while recording. I am not astonished by the quality of videos in slow motion either. Some cam be bothered by the lack of 4K – both in the front and the back camera. On the other hand, I do not think that anybody could complain about the camera interface. It is simple and readable.