Samsung Galaxy S10+

By: Adam Łukowski

Just like every year…

Photography and video

Top Samsung models have been known for their good quality of photos for years now. In Galaxy S10 and S10+ the Korean manufacturer introduced a highly desired modification. For the main lens they added not only a telephoto lens (which is already known from Note9 or S9+), but the “fish-eye” as well – and with a decent angle, that is 123 degrees.

The software was slightly changed as well. The known, rather simple and comfortable interface was enhanced with Scene Optimizer. Yes, we had it in previous models, but in the S10 series it recognizes more scenes. The camera software has an “assistant” that shows some hints on how to achieve a better shot, the smartphone can signalize the possibility of having a bad shot – for example when the phone was moved or the photographed person closed their eyes…

The main desktop of the app is minimalistic and simple, but the best thing to commend is how easy it is to switch between particular lenses. On the other hand, I can reproach hiding some important options in the settings menu, under Save options.

Is it a place where you would be looking for a mirror selfie or the correction of the wide angle lens photo geometry…? As a consolation I will add that there is a manual mode in the interface, and the selfie camera in Galaxy S10+ offers not only background blurring, but a wide angle lens mode as well, though it is a bit of cheating. There is no “fish-eye” here, and the darker shot is just a cut-out of a wider shot – which has 6.5 instead of 10 megapixels.

I think I need to finally talk about the quality of photos. There is not much to write about – it is perfect. Let us start from novelties, that is the wide angle lens. The typical problem of the “fish-eye” are images distortions. Galaxy S10+ is not free of them – but truth to be told, deformations are a lot smaller than in the cheaper Galaxy A7, and the shape corrections hidden in the software decreases them additionally as well.

On the other hand, the characteristic image distortions can give some interesting effects in some cases… The quality of wide angle shots is great – both when it comes to the colours and details representation. However, it is worth knowing that in this case the focus is fixed, so we need to maintain a longer distance from the photographed object.

Other two cameras – the main one and the telephoto – are basically the same as in Note9 or Galaxy S9+. And they still take great photos. Whether it is night or day, we can count on pleasant effects, however it is worth remembering that the telephoto lens has a lower brightness than the main one – and it is best to use the second one at night.

There are of course some novelties. One of them is the additional night time mode, which turns on in appropriate conditions, or when the Scene Optimizer is active. It slightly enhances the sensitivity, which gives a more noticeable noise, but it adds a bonus – a “star” effect around brighter elements, like, for example, street lights. Cameras in S10+ offer background blurring as well. It works pretty nice, and what is more – we can select between a few blurring effects.

Blurring can be found in the front camera as well. It works well enough that the presence of “binoculars” on the display is not as bothersome. Standard selfies should please the most demanding users of this type of photos, though truth to be told, I have expected slightly better effects with the weaker lighting.

But we must say this – it is good. Just like in the video recording section. We can record in the maximum resolution of UHD+ with 60 frames per second, but then we cannot use image stabilization. So it is better to decrease the resolution – and then we can use the additional stabilization that uses the wide angle lens. We lose autofocus, but on the other hand, we receive an unmoved image, cut out from a larger frame. The possibility to switch between three matrixes without interrupting the recording can be useful – but we can only do this when recording in 30 frames per second. The cherry on top is the enhanced recording mode in slow motion. We can record a longer fragment and the recording can start automatically after detecting an “action” in the shot. The quality of slow motion is lower than the one in other modes. You can see the compilation of review videos below:

Samsung Galaxy S10+ - sample videos
video: GSMchoice.com, via YouTube

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By: Adam Łukowski

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