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S20 Ultra vs Note 9 Camera

For the record, I'm not picking on Samsung's S20 Ultra camera purely because of all the hype generated on its launch. I'm only going to pick up the two phones I have. My previous Note 9 which I have put into use for the additional overseas locations I use it for and my current S20 Ultra and go straight into Photo mode and shoot.


S20 Ultra Shooting Notes

  • Exynos CPU - would be interesting to hear if anyone who has problems are using the Snapdragon CPU
  • Point and Click settings - Unless otherwise specified, the camera has the following settings: Scene optimizer on, Ultra wide shape correction, Auto HDR on, Full Ratio, 1.0x zoom to avoid digital zoom issues
  • Phone camera was mounted on phone tripod on some shots otherwise shot on fairly still hands

 

Note 9 Shooting Notes

  • Exynos CPU (purchased in Singapore)
  • Point and Click settings - Unless otherwise specified, the camera has the following settings: Scene Optimiser on, Rear Picture size Full (7.9M) 4032x1960 (default on Note9 for me, no ability to choose resolution on S20 Ultra except 3:4 108MP), HDR enabled, Full Ratio, 1.0x zoom to avoid digital zoom issues
  • Phone camera was mounted on phone tripod on some shots otherwise shot on fairly still hands

 

I'll let you be the judge. From my point of view, I will only say that personally, I thought the only photo I think the S20 Ultra turned out better was the photo of my children's book collection while calling out that the S20 Ultra photos were a bit over saturated. The S20 Ultra shots were blurred the closer you move towards the frame/edge of each shot.

 

Another interesting note is that I could not change the photo resolution on the S20 Ultra except to shoot it all the way up to 108MP which would not be the norm for me.

 

Software Build Number: G988BXXU1ATCH, Android 10, Kernel 4.19.87-18186339

 

In a room, brightly lit by natural sunlight (around 3:30pm)

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Overcast afternoon around 5:30pm

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In a room lit by medium intensity halogen downlights

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Dimly lit by natural light shining through a window

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Dark room with flash set to auto

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Dark room, flash off

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S20 Ultra Night Mode

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Macro shot on the S20 Ultra box label, natural light

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Comments welcomed.

 

Edits: Added software build version and smudged barcode.