Galaxy S23 Ultra’s new 200MP camera – a blunder that made the competition go too far?

Galaxy S23 Ultra’s new 200MP camera – a blunder that made the competition go too far?

If Samsung’s latest release schedule is anything to go by, we’re about three months (or less) away from focusing on the new brand. Galaxy S23And the Galaxy S23 + And the Galaxy S23 Ultra. For better or worse, we already know almost everything about the hardware in the new device Galaxy S23 series, including their camera systems. But we’re here to talk about the Galaxy S23 Ultra in particular!

According to reputable tipsters Yogesh Brar and Ice Universe, Galaxy S23 Ultra will come with a new 200MP primary camerabut will keep the same 12MP ultrawide camera and two 10MP telephoto cameras (at 3x and 10x optical zoom).

But wait… Why in the world Samsung It gives us a 200MP camera when the rest of the phone world is going for better and better… CameraThings? Is Samsung focusing on the wrong side of the camera hardware here and will the South Korean company regret the move?

let’s talk…

The Galaxy S23 Ultra offers a 200MP camera but that’s nowhere near as exciting as it seems…

So here’s the thing…

Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo (and possibly other phone makers) are all expected to introduce their new flagship phones within the next 1-2 months. They will have one thing in common, because they will use the IMX 989 mobile camera sensor that we first saw in Xiaomi 12S Ultra earlier this year.

According to reports, IMX 989 is an innovation Sony And the xiaomi We invested and developed together but the most important variable here is that this is the first 1-inch sensor ready for mass production and use in mainstream flagship phones…and it will be! Not only from Samsung.

I can’t stress this enough, but this is a file big deal For the world of the smartphone camera. The 1-inch sensor, just like the sensors used in nearly all pocket cameras, has been the target of phone makers and a dream of phone camera enthusiasts (like me) for years!

The benefits of the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s 200MP camera may pale in comparison to the benefits of the 1-inch sensor that will be used in the Xiaomi 13 Pro and other Android flagships.

But times are different now! Judging by the awesome Xiaomi 12S Ultra photo samples lurking all over the internet, phones are now 100% ready to move to 1-inch type camera sensors. So, I think you can understand my utter disbelief when Samsung seems to be focusing on something different and simple like pixel count, rather than sensor size.

The benefits of a larger 1-inch camera sensor are too important to ignore

  • A larger camera sensor gives you better bokeh/background separation, which is one of the main (if not key) photography features that makes photos taken with a phone look like they were taken with a “real camera”
  • The larger sensor brings you more light, which is essential for phone cameras, which are already struggling in low-light conditions; More light means less need to use software processing which (as we’ve seen a million times) can often make photos look good…

There are some advantages of a 200MP HD camera but it is not likely to make a difference for the average user

On the other hand, more megapixels gives you two main advantages that, in my opinion, are not nearly as central to the average user’s photo/video capturing experience…

  • More megapixels allow you to take … higher megapixel shots that you can then zoom in (but that’s what zoom cameras in phones do)
  • The higher megapixel count allows manufacturers to use a technique called “sensor cropping” – phones are smart enough to be able to crop the middle portion of the sensor with a large number of pixels and give you lossless zoom quality at 2x zoom (an example is the iPhone 14 Pro which gives you photos Optical quality at 2x zoom thanks to the 48MP primary camera)

Is the 200MP camera what the Galaxy S23 Ultra really needs? Mostly not…

But this is where the advantages of an ultra-high-resolution camera come in, and also where the most confusing part begins…

The Galaxy S23 Ultra will feature a 3x telephoto camera for short-distance zoom and portraits, as well as a 10x long-range optical zoom lens, making the need for sensor cropping even smaller.

On top of all that, a 108MP camera is found in Galaxy S22 Ultra It actually provides a lot of detail (when used in Full Resolution mode) that many people will never use, unlike the 1″ camera sensor you’ll literally be using all the time (duh!).

For example, in our test (as you can see above), the . file iPhone 14 ProThe impressive 48MP mode works in circles around the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s 108MP mode, delivering better and purer details. Even the iPhone 14 Pro beats Motorola-made Moto X30 Pro, which is the first phone with a 200MP sensor (and ironically, made by Samsung). For the record, the Galaxy 23 Ultra is expected to use a different 200MP sensor, as well as improved processing thanks to the unreleased Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip. So, there is no doubt that Samsung’s flagship phone will be better than other 200MP phones in the market. But what is much better?

Samsung hasn’t faced tougher competition in the camera space since Huawei’s dominance in the camera phone market, and Xiaomi is in a (very) hot spot.

Well (p), of course, we can’t judge a book by its cover, especially when we don’t see the cover, let alone read the book. Forgive the silly analogy – I didn’t have lunch.

So, for sure… I can’t tell you that the Galaxy S23 Ultra will lose out to the Xiaomi 13 Pro/Ultra, Vivo X90 Pro and Oppo Find X6 Pro before seeing what all these cameras can do. But one thing is for sure, the current evidence (read: Xiaomi 12S Ultra and Galaxy S22 Ultra camera scores) doesn’t entirely work out for Samsung.

What makes things even more exciting is that after a long absence from the global phone market, the premium flagship phone from Xiaomi is now expected to be sold in markets other than China.

Aside from that, somewhat surprisingly, the more modest Xiaomi 13 Pro is also expected to feature a 1-inch Sony IMX 989 sensor, which means two things – Samsung’s more affordable Galaxy S23 and S23+ models will face tougher competition in The camera, and the Xiaomi 13 Ultra (expected to arrive in mid-2023) is sure to hide even bigger surprises in the camera (for the Galaxy S23 Ultra & Co).

So, the game has begun! apple And the The Google New phones won’t be releasing anytime soon, but the big three from China (Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo) could make Samsung’s life difficult. The last time Samsung was hit with Chinese camera pressure, the company didn’t exactly win. The Huawei P and Mate series phones dominated the Galaxy for years before the US trade ban…

Will history repeat itself?

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