Samsung S10 Lite Camera Review – Superb Value For Money Smartphone Camera
This samsung has ten light in this video. I want to review the camera performance of this smartphone. I am a photographer, you give me any camera I’ll be very through to play with it. Let’S get started before we go any further. Here are some very important disclaimers. I do not own this particular phone. The Samsung S 10 light is a loner unit from Samsung Malaysia. I have to return this phone to them after this review purposes. I have no affiliation with sonsoo Malaysia. This is not a sponsored video some. So Malaysia did not ask me to do this. Video review I’m doing this, because I genuinely wanted to and I’m curious to see how the camera in the latest smartphone can perform I’m. Not attacking gadget reviewer, but I am a photographer, so I’ll only be reviewing specifically the camera performance of the Samsung S 10 light looking at the purpose specifications. There are three separate camera models at the back of this samsung s, 10 light. There is the main, wide angle: camera the ultra wide angle, camera and a dedicated macro camera. The main Wanga camera can shoot for the 8 megapixels has an equivalent 26 mil focal length and f2 bright aperture. The main camera is also image stabilized. The ultra wide angle. Camera can shoot 12 megapixels has 12 mil given focal length and a bright aperture of f28 too, while the macro lens can shoot. 5 megapixels has an equivalent focal length of 25 mil and f 2.
2 bright aperture, both the ultra wide angle and the macro camera models do not have image stabilization. The main camera can record up to 48 megapixels, but the default camera setting for this Samsung S 10. Light is set to 12 megapixels and believe me, 12 megapixels is more than sufficient for any photography purposes, even for today, in 2020, looking at the images captured from the main camera, the images cannot share. The detail has good dynamic range has very good contrast. The colors are very punchy and true to life, perhaps a little bit oversaturated and yes, the JPEG processing is very heavy. There is some hedged er computational photography happening. The camera does analyse the scene and apply the best processing to optimize the image output I’m. Looking at the samsung s10 light from a consumers perspective, not necessarily from a professional photographers perspective, most people would prefer the images to come out beautiful and ready to post immediately, while the heavier processing aims to deliver beautiful images straight out of the camera. The heavier processing does cause a slight loss of detail if you pixel, peep and scrutinize the images there are traces of over sharpening and the images doesn’t really look very natural, but we don’t look at images at 100, magnified view. If you look at the images as it is, I think the processing works wonders for consumer level, photography looking at the 48 megapixel images taken from the main camera in comparison to the 2 megapixel capture, I don’t really see that big of an advantage.
Yes, images appear more detailed and sharper, but once you actually resize the images down to the normal view in sizes that is typically in facebook, Instagram or any websites, you cannot really tell part whether the image was taken away for the email, pixels or 12 megapixels. The main camera also delivers the best image quality of all the three cameras. It should be the main camera I used for the Samsung s10 light moving on to the ultra wide angle, camera model of the Samsung s10 light. I think it is amazing that a lot of smartphone cameras now include an outro wide angle coverage. This is certainly useful where you need to fit a little bit more into the frame. We do a huge group photograph, but you don’t have a lot of space to stand far away from the group or you want to fit a bit more in your landscape shot. The ultra wide angle does come in handy in some of these situations, however, do bear in mind that the ultra wearing a camera in the social estate light does not have autofocus. It is fixed focus, meaning that all you have to do is just point the camera, at whatever you want to shoot, and you just press the record button and the camera will capture the image. This is not a surprise considering that the camera has a very, very small image sensor and the focal length it’s very white. This gives an a finite depth of field, meaning that the camera can record everything in focus without the need of using any autofocus.
The ultra wide angle, camera was very fun to use. I did get some very interesting shots, shooting urban landscapes and the buildings in Kuala Lumpur. The camera does feature an auto correction for distortion, so the images that comes up from this Samsung testing light it’s already corrected. You don’t have to worry about any ugly barrel distortion. Moving along to the macro camera module of this Samsung s10 light, it shoots five megapixels. Well, some people may complain that the five megapixels is not enough for any photography use. Today, I would like to argue otherwise I would prefer to have a good 5 megapixels performance over say a 64 or 100 megapixels, which is not really optimized, and I think that the firing up is some macro lens it’s, very useful. If you want to go really close to your subject, for example, if I shoot jewelry anything I’ll go really close up, many finds some really fine details in product photography, similar to the ultra wide angle, camera module. The macro lens does not have autofocus. So anything that falls within a close up range, a very, very close up. Distance from the lens will be in focus. All we have to do is just hit the record button and a camera will capture a shot when we should in low light environment the Samsung S, 10 light can still perform quite well without even activating the night mode. The Samsung S, 10 lights, main camera. Can capture very clean images in very dim situation, thanks to two very important features.
One the bright aperture of f2 is the image stabilization that is built into the camera for most urban landscape night photography, the samsung s M lights. Camera can perform very well. Unfortunately, the ultra wide angle lens does not have image stabilization, so that makes it a little bit less useful to shoot night tog Rafi, but you should be really using the main camera to get the best out of this samsung s. Tenth light I’ve tried the cameras dedicated night mode. I don’t think there’s anything to write home about the night mode. All the night mode is trying to do is brighten the image using slow, shutter speed and create an image days, probably overexposed. I was still prefer to use the default camera mode for the main camera, which is more than sufficient to produce excellent night low light photography. The Samsung s10 light camera also has a pro mode. The promote allows the control of ISO white balance and exposure compensation. Unfortunately, we cannot control the shutter speed from the pro mode. Also, it is worth noting that adjustable I saw in the promo is from 100 to 800. I personally wish that ISO starts a bit lower, perhaps eyes of 50 or ISO 64, and it would go higher than ISO 800. Iso 800 being the cap it’s barely sufficient for a lot of low light photography. Looking at the high ISO performance, I will say that I’m happy with anything up to ISO 400 and even the ISO 400.
We cannotice quite a lot of noise in the image already I wouldn’t go beyond ISO 400 and ISO 800 image has too much noise to be usable. I highly recommend that you use ISO 200 alors for optimized image quality, perhaps the biggest complaint I have of this Samsung S 10 light is the lower refresh rate and slight lag enos of the live view display. First of all, I don’t deny that the super large 6.7 inch Super AMOLED plus screen was a joy to look at. It is bright, it is contrasty. I have no issue using this large screen even under bright sunlight. Like a frame, I compose my images on screen. Very easily, however, the screen has a refresh rate of 60 Hertz, but the live view of the camera is not 60 Hertz. I don’t know why No view is mentioning this in the gadget reviews, even the very large and respected sites. No one has ever mentioned that the refresh rate of the live view is not 60 Hertz to me, it seems more like about 20 to 30 frames per second anyway. We are shooting in fast moving situations when the subject is moving or when we pan the screen. We can actually feel that the screen is not smooth. I have also reported the same issue in the Samsung Note 10 Plus review previously, and this issue is still here in the Samsung S, 10 light and I’m sure this problem is not exclusive to Samsung.
This is a general problem with a lot of smartphones, even expensive, flagship smartphones out there. Why can’t, we have a smooth lag, free, high, refresh rate live view display on the smartphone. Besides the lower refresh rate, which is quite annoying when I’m, trying to compose a certain situations, there is a slight delay in the display of the live view. This is, of course, not a deal breaker. It is not a big problem by any means. Of course, if you are a consumer, if you’re not a serious photographer, you don’t really need that super super fast response from your camera, but I am a photographer I’m sure. A lot of photographers will agree with me. Every single bit of display will cause us to miss that critical moment. I don’t think that, having a very powerful processor such as a snapdragon 855 built into the smartphone and advanced camera mode, you they will be able to minimize the lag that is on the live view. The autofocus in the S 10 light is not the fastest in the market. I noticed a slight delay, maybe half a second or less, but everything adds up. The view is, or it is slightly delayed and then there is the delay of the autofocus and then there is shutter lag, which means after you press the shutter button. There will be some tiny lag between the press of the button and the capture of the image. Everything adds up cumulatively and that causes me to lose some critical shots.
Nevertheless, the smartphone camera is not meant for you to use in professional environment. You shouldn’t be doing anything too serious in the smartphone. If you want a rule camera performance, you should be using a real camera for what it is for a smartphone camera. The samsung s taillight does perform really really well. There are a few more minor issues that I do have to mention, but this again are not do breakers. These issues are not exclusive to Samsung, but I have to mention it because this is a photography specific test. If you point the camera straight at the Sun or any strong source of light, you do get some flare problem and it’s very evident. It can be destructive to the photograph. So all you can do to rectify this problem is try to angle the camera away from the source of light. If you can or don’t shoot directly at the source of light for the ultra wide angle, it is quite evident that there is purple fringing problem notice in brightening contrasty areas and the corners of the ultra wide angle lens is quite soft. Again. This is nick picking. If you really pixel peep and zoom into a certain area, you’ll find flaws, but for general consumer use for general smartphone photography, the ultra wide angle lens performs considerably well and should not pose any real problems. I’M now testing the video recording of this samsung s10 light. Currently, I’m recording in Full HD with super steady on the full image stabilization to give the gimbal light effect to smoothen any shake.
While the camera is moving I’m walking a quite a fast pace. The camera is doing a great job in making the footage really really steady and smooth. Unfortunately, this stabilization it’s not available for 4k recording that will have been really awesome if they make it for 4k, but this is only for Full HD and so far the video looks really smooth. The details looks really crypts. I, like the color from the video everything, looks really steady. This is almost like gimbal, like I think, stabilization in the video recording for smartphones has improved so much over the years. You can just hand hold this smartphone and just running gun with no issue now. Let’S. Take a look at the pond, we do have the clock tower in the reflection beautiful. This is the Sutra of the summer building in Kuala Lumpur, let’s slowly pan up until we see the clock tower against a bright sky, it is slightly oval, it is slightly backlit, but this is a good test to see how the camera handles dynamic range and I Think the s10 light video shooting is quite good and I’m recording this portion of the video using the full K, video recording on this samsung s 10 light. Everything is straight out of the camera I’m recording the audio from the smartphone’s microphones. I didn’t edit the audio there’s, no grading done through the video footage as well. Everything is as scene straight out of camera. I think that the video recording is a huge, integral part of any smartphone cameras.
Today, everyone is a vlogger. Everyone wants to be a youtuber. Everyone is posting video content on social media such as IG TV or even Facebook. Video has become a very, very important part of social media today, but personally I would still want to use an actual camera for vlogging for better image quality for better controls, but I do have to admit that having the convenience of a smartphone, they can carry everywhere With you going into places where sometimes camera is been having a very high quality, video recording capability in a smartphone can make a difference, and the Samsung s10 light is capable to record 4k video up to 60 frames per second. That is incredible because a lot of other cameras or even very expensive cameras do not even have 4k 60, all in all I’m, very happy with the performance of the camera. In the Samsung S 10th light, the camera is capable to produce very beautiful images they perform. Well, in low light, the images come out sharp clean with beautiful colors and I think they are ready to use and they’re very very optimized. My only real complaint as a photographer is the slight delay and the lower refresh rate as seen on the live view of the camera. I certainly wish that some cyka improved the responsiveness of the Super AMOLED screen when in use for the cameras live view in the future four and everyday carry around. Do it all camera.
I think that Samsung S thing like provides excellent performance and good value for money. If you have enjoyed watching this video, please give me a thumbs up. Please consider subscribing to this channel and I’ll definitely see you again in the next one and till then. Please remember to go out and take more photographs.
Thank you for such a detailed review. Please advise us which phone is the best these days in camera.
Wonderful👏 thanks for review
No front camera review?
Can you review another great budget phone camera Xiaomi Mi Note 10?
Able to do a review of Iphone 11 camera?
Thanks Robin for that review. That’s exactly what I wanted to find out before purchasing the s10 lite. Like you I’m a photo enthusiast and having a mobile phone camera offers a lot of convenience my DSLR don’t. I don’t expect it the quality of the pictures to be as good as a DSLR (of course not else they’ll be out of business) but a reasonably convenient backup.
In this range its a good camera phone with good processor?
Great review. You seem very nice!
Proud owner of s10 lite
what do you think about A71 ? When we compare to A71 and s10 lite cameras can we say really different like a morning and night ?
Watching this on my s10 lite lol
Thx from Germany
is it possible to adjust shutter speed using any alternative apps
s10 lite + google camera = 🤔
I heard from so many youtubers that the s10lite can't shoot 4k60fps?
Does it support aptx codec?
Hi Robin, great work first of all.
Do you think with the new update that upgrades the Android security patch and adds new camera features such as 4K video recording at 60fps, Super Steady mode at 4K resolution, improvements to picture quality and other general stability and bug fixes will solve the issues you described?
Excellent Video Review!
Interesting and thorough, as ever. Many thanks!
Excellent review, as usual, Robin! I'd love to see your review of the iPhone 11Pro – maybe Ming can loan you his! Keep up the great work and happy shooting!
Thanks for the review. Samsung and Google Pixel 4 or even 3a, I am sure render great images. Only concern is privacy, but then again, with the Internet tracking, we are naked to the world anyway. For most users, a $399 to a top line iPhone range of phones will be more than enough camera for their use. I do get a kick out of the people at the butterfly park taking photos of butterflies some twenty of so foot away. I imagine they get something of little orange dots image wise of the Monarch butterflies. New cheaper iPhone is a possibility — news to come on the last day of March. -Loren https://lorenschwiderski.smugmug.com/
Excellent review as always.
Hi is it updated to the feb security patch when you were recording this?
thanks for your blogs can the S 10 shout raw if you have an app
Thanks Robin, my Pixel 4 camera is always with me on my shutter therapy road bike sessions in my city in SoCal. Using a smartphone camera daily whets my appetite to take my Pen F and 17/25/45 little primes out for deeper therapy sessions. You're the Man.
You know man this phone is very close to price of used aps-c like xt2 xt30 and a6300 it will be great to just try to compare bang to the buck photography wise
Mobile photography has come so far it’s amazing. Looks like a great phone