Hey Coley, I had the same problem as you and found a solution:
Go to Camera- Camera Assistant- Capture Speed - Under High resolution choose the option: Faster Post Processing.
This will stop the auto processing after you take a picture that make the photos look unreal.
Galaxy S23 Ultra
Model Number: SM-S918U
One UI Version: 5.1
Android Version: 13
I love my S23 Ultra camera but I don't like how it automatically enhances each photo I take.
To demonstrate, I took a screenshot of my hand lotion as viewed in the Camera App lens (left) and put it side-by-side with the captured photo saved in Gallery (right):
The captured photo is a bit sharper, more saturated, and has a reddish tinge to it that you cannot see on the camera lens alone - and that, to me, is the issue. I want my photos captured in the exact way that I see them. I think that any enhancements should be done only when prompted, as some users like myself want complete artistic control of the image. After all, when we hit the shutter button on our cameras, we expect the photos to come out as we saw them on the lens, right?
I also understand that most users aren't like me, and want the photos coming out in their best possible versions without the hassle of editing. I believe auto-enhancing is fine, as long as we have the option to disable it.
Anyone else experiencing this issue? Anyone with a fix? I already disabled whatever enhancers are available, like scene optimizer in camera settings, but the issue persists.
I spoke with Samsung Chat Support and asked them to escalate this to the appropriate department. Not sure if they really did it (I didn't get a ticket number) or how effective that really is, but that's the extent of what I can do at the moment.
Hoping for a software update to improve this.
Thank you for your input! I know it's unusual but yes, I would prefer a "true to life" image over unexpectedly post-processed anytime. At the risk of using a bad metaphor (lol, please bear with me), it's kinda like ordering plain ham and getting a smoked one; when you had a specific recipe in mind but now need to tweak things in order to accommodate for the unwarranted difference. I have the same mindset with photos. I want them "raw" so I can "cook them up" exactly how I want to, and that's if I do decide to edit afterwards.
There have been a few times when I've captured a really nice shot only to have the auto-enhancing ruin the color values, contrast, etc. The sample photo I've provided demonstrates how the auto-enhancing significantly changes what should have been the result.