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Here are our first Galaxy S10+ camera samples

Samsung s10 Camera App
Samsung s10 Camera App (Image credit: Android Central )

The Galaxy S10 and S10+ each have three rear cameras that provide different focal lengths and opportunities for creative visual styles. The biggest change to the setup is the addition of an ultra-wide lens, which offers a 123-degree field of view for incredible landscape, creative portraits, and everything in between.

Samsung's also promising improved image quality all-around, including better low-light results, a bevy of new fun options Live Focus, and improved scene recognition for more accurate colors and exposure values in particular situations.

Of course, the proof is often what you need, and before we dive into a full review, I thought I'd share a few of the photos Android Central (me and Andrew Martonik) and TechnoBuffalo (Nirave Gondhia) have taken over the past few days with the Galaxy S10+ walking around San Francisco, New York, and Barcelona.

We'll let the results speak for themselves, but it's clear that low-light photography has been improved somewhat over the Galaxy S10 series, while daytime photos remain and vivid and sharp as ever. And though the ultrawide-angle lens does introduce a fair amount of distortion in the corners, it's tons of fun to use, and that's all that really matters.

Daytime photos

During the day, the Galaxy S10 is as good as any other camera — incredibly clear, sharp images with plenty of dynamic range, vivid colors, and lots of detail. It's also really good at getting close to subjects, making the best of a Foodstagram scenario.

Wide-angle

The Galaxy S10's 16MP wide-angle camera has a fixed-focus lens with a 123-degree field of view. In other words, it's about as wide as you can go without things turning into fisheye, and it's so much fun to experiment and shoot with. Yes, other phones have had this feature before, but it's new on the Galaxy S10, which means that millions of people who haven't used LG phones for the past few years, or didn't get a chance to pick up the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, will have an opportunity to take these kinds of interesting shots.

Low-light shots

I think everyone is hoping for Samsung to make improvements to low-light photos with the Galaxy S10 series, and while it's clear the phones can take decent low-light shots, they're not quite near Pixel 3 levels, even without that phone's Night Sight mode turned on. Samsung claims to have a setting called "Bright Night" that, like Night Sight, fuses a bunch of photos together to improve low-light performance, but it's not currently working in our review units.

Still, I'm definitely impressed with a lot of the low-light photos that came out of the GS10. Not pictured, though, are dozens of basically unusable low-light photos that were either blurry, too-soft, or just badly exposed.

Here's a comparison of the Galaxy S10 next to the Pixel 3 on Auto and the Pixel 3 with Night Sight.

Galaxy S10+ (left) | Pixel 3 auto (middle) | Pixel 3 Night Sight (right)

Final thoughts

We're just getting started shooting photos with the Galaxy S10, but from our initial tests, the main camera is pretty much unchanged from the S9, which wasn't a huge upgrade from the S8. And while Samsung's certainly getting better at computational photography, with far more pre-determined scenes, the output, especially in low light, still lags behind the market leaders like the Pixel 3 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

Keep in mind that we're not using final software and that Samsung can and probably will make some changes to the camera processing through firmware updates, so we'll reserve our final judgement until the review, which is coming very soon.

Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central. 

15 Comments
  • Could you guys make sure you try out some photos that have motion? The Note 9 was terrible at this as pictures of my very young son constantly come out blurry because he's always moving, and we are going to upgrade to the S10+ in hopes that this is fixed!
  • Have you tried using the "sports" mode?
  • I can attest to it, I have the note 9 and anything indoors with motion is atrocious. I side loaded gCam and it was miles better than samsung's poorly optimized Camera app. And there is no "sports" mode available anywhere for the Note 9. They did away with it for that model.
  • For video 3rd party cameras are close to useless, and there are a lot of things you simply cannot access in photo cameras incomplete Camera2 implementation. A lot of what the camera dies is in the FW. Software can't change it. So a lot of what you think you see is placebo effect.
  • Videos work just as well in those scenarios. Sometimes you just have to understand the limitations and adjust accordingly.
  • Today's smart cameras have too many things going on l, especially in auto mode.
    Try the following:
    Shoot in Pro mode (manual) which takes more time to set up but the camera will behave more like a professional digital machine.
    Have enough light to shoot in sequential mode in Pro mode by pressing continuously on the shutter when your child is about to go into an active cycle
    Shoot in 4K 30 fps in four second bursts. Extract the best frames to still mode. Surely at so many shots per second you won't miss a moment. Shoot close, full frame for quality. Use the optical 2X zoom if your model has it.
    Check my recent www.techuntangled.ca blog on 4K Photos. Video to Photos is a good free app for that.
  • In the comparison with the Pixel 3 at the end, I think the Sammie pics look better than either Pixel shots. The Night Sight pics are my least favorite. They may be brighter, but they're so cold looking.
  • Agreed. There is a certain warmth and character that comes from night shots that Night Sight omits. The tech is cool and it is handy, but I prefer to see photos at night where it still looks like night.
  • The pixel shots have normal colors. The Samsung shots are yellow tinted. How can you look at these images and not see the Pixel is better. Fanboy?
  • Far from a Samsung fanboy. I’m pretty neutral on Samsung. I just prefer the warmer color in these particular shots. In others I may prefer the Pixel. I don’t plan on using either phone. Just my subjective opinion.
  • Doesn't S10 have some sort of night sight as well with longer exposure and higher iso?
  • Samsung has proper night sight via manual controls(long exposure) without all the computational wizardry though for the average user the night sight feature is much easier to access and use.
  • Show some indoor shots with people moving. IF the camera is the same as the S9 and Note 9 series, people that upgrade to these are going to have a bad time...
  • In low light conditions, Pixel Night Sight blows away everything else (including iPhone).
    Just another reason why I'll hold onto my P2XL a little longer.
  • Look no further... Huawei P30 PRO, 26 March... Samsung Galaxy S10+ leaved chat.