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Portrait mode - S21 Ultra doesn't use telephoto 3x lens

(Topic created: 01-23-2021 08:00 AM)
myapps1989
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Does anyone knows why Samsung doesn't use 3x telephoto lens for portait shots in S21 Ultra? It has dual pixel Af and portrait shots will be far better with telephoto lens.

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bill-e
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Possibly because 3x is too long.  The sweet spot for 35mm portrait lens is 85mm which in smartphone terms is a bit under 2x, maybe 1.75x.   It's not an issue to take a portrait with 3x you'll just need to be a bit further from the subject and the bokeh might not be as good.  For serious portrait shooting I would shoot raw with the best lens I could...which might be the 3x, and then import them into Lightroom or Photoshop for post processing.

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myapps1989
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I think 3x results would be better when compared to digitally zoomed 2x shots. Look at iPhone 12 pro max - it uses 2.5x zoom lens for portait shots and they do far better than Samsung S21 Ultra. I hope Samsung adds 3x telephoto portrait as an option.
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myapps1989
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hi, any feedback on this. Looks like lot of users wants 3x telephoto for portraits shots as it's the best focal length for portrait.
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userbOfVXZIJsM
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I agree and I guess most of the people will. Even the lens is 70 mm which is perfect for portrait shots and the aperture is f/2.4 which is also in range for perfect portraits. I don't know if I am missing any information which would make the portraits weaker from the 3x telephoto.

myapps1989
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Agreed, 70mm is best for portrait shots. Also, it will require less processing since 3x will achieve some blur naturally.
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Faze33
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I agree if they unlock 3x for portraits it will be pretty sweet tbh
myapps1989
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yep, I don't know why Samsung didn't thought of this.
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