The galaxy s21 ultra has the most advanced camera setup we’ve seen from samsung. Yet it has four cameras, including two zoom lenses, but in our main review of the phone we mentioned that these cameras weren’t reaching their full potential. What do we mean by that, and are these cameras worth upgrading to if you already have a recent samsung flagship we’ll, try to answer that in our s21 ultra camera review, the s21 ultra is samsung’s premier flagship phone and it brings a more advanced camera setup than Any of the others. There are four cameras on the back: a 108 megapixel, no nacelle main camera, a 12 megapixel ultrawide with autofocus and two zoom lenses, a 10 megapixel 10 times folded, periscope zoom and a traditional 10 megapixel three times telephoto, both with dual pixel autofocus and ois. I have to mention that ours is the version of the phone with the exynos 2100 chipset. There may be slight differences from the snapdragon version. Let’S start off with 12 megapixel photos from the main camera. These are excellent. There’S plenty of resolved detail outstanding, dynamic range. Almost no noise and natural looking colors, we do feel that these photos are a bit over sharpened, though, which you cannotice in areas of complex detail, here’s, a comparison to the main camera’s output from the galaxy s21 and last year’s s20 ultra. The differences are quite small. Slight changes in colors, sharpening and dynamic range due to the camera processing samsung’s live focus mode is now called portrait mode.
By default, the phone uses a two time. Zoom cropped from the main camera, though you can opt for a wide portrait too subject. Detection and separation are outstanding even with messy hair, and you get excellent levels of detail and great colors megapixel shots from the ultra wide camera are good, with accurate, colors and decent contrast and dynamic range, but overall these aren’t great they appear to be over processed with Heavy noise reduction and you lose out on fine detail because of that, the ultra wide photos from the s21 or the s20 ultra aren’t any better, though they’re all equal in quality. There is one clear improvement here: the ultrawide has autofocus, so you can use it to take close up macro style shots. These are lovely, they are sharp and colorful with some very nice intricate details, even though both of the s21 ultra’s telephoto cameras have a 10 megapixel sensor, they output photos in 12 megapixels. This is consistent with the other cameras, but it means that there is some upscaling involved and loss of quality because of that three times, zoomed shots are decent with accurate, colors and low noise and great dynamic range. We aren’t fans of the processing, though there seems to be additional, sharpening thrown in to offset the effects of upscaling here’s a comparison to the three time. Zoom you get from the s21. The ultras are sharper more detailed and less noisy, since it has a true three times telephoto, while the s21 achieves its zoom by cropping and upscaling the center of a large sensor.
The s21 ultra’s 10x zoom camera is really nice. We’Ve never had this level of optical zoom on a samsung before you get great dynamic range, accurate, colors and good contrast too. But the detail level is just average. Maybe thanks in part to the upscaling – and you can see, processing artifacts here and there, especially around moving objects. A similar zoom level on the s20 ultra would just be done digitally on top of the native four time zoom. So it makes sense that the s21 ultras is much nicer now on to low light, shooting low light photos from the main cam are just okay. The detail, level isn’t great there’s plenty of noise and highlights are clipped still the quality lines up with what we got with the s21 or the s20 ultra. The differences are quite small if you turn on night mode on the s21 ultra, the improvement is remarkable. There is pretty good detail and you get balanced sharpness, very low noise, saturated colors, restored, highlights and well developed shadows night mode photos from the main cam of the s21 or the s20 ultra are nearly identical too shooting in auto mode, with the ultra wide cam at Night, won’t get you great results. These are dark with poor detail and plenty of noise. The low light results from the s21 or s20 ultra’s ultra wide cameras are nearly the same as those from the s21 ultra, which makes sense because they all use the same sensor.
But again, the night mode really saves the day it gets rid of the noise improves. The exposure, restores clipped, highlights and exposes more detail in shadowy areas. Colors look much better too. The results are very similar from all three smartphone models, except for small differences like the colors when zooming in low light. The s21 ultra is the clear winner, thanks to his three times optical zoom and dedicated ten times telephoto, the three times telephoto is able to take shots at night if it isn’t too dark. These photos are decent with enough detail and the noise is kept low. Night mode again works its magic here, bringing you quality that’s, just as great as the main cams, with improved detail, excellent exposure and color saturation and low noise in a similar fashion. The 10 time zoom camera will kick in only if there is sufficient light. Its photos at night are good, with surprisingly low noise and accurate colors night mode, isn’t so useful with this camera, though it improves exposure, but otherwise there isn’t much improvement and unless you stabilize the phone somehow you may end up with a blurry result. Unlike the other s21 models, the s21 ultra has a 40 megapixel quad bayer front facing cam, which has autofocus it’s the same selfie cam we saw on the s20 ultra by default. Selfies come out in a cropped, 5 megapixels, but you can opt for a wider 10 megapixel photo overall. These are among the best we’ve seen from a smartphone there’s plenty of detail, wide dynamic range and spot on colors.
You can also shoot in the native 40 megapixels, and these are incredibly detailed, great if that’s, what you’re after in a selfie moving on to video recording the s21 ultra, can shoot selfie videos in 4k resolution and at 30 fps. The quality is excellent. With enough resolve. Detail great contrast and colors wide dynamic range and low noise. In fact, we could say the same about the 4k footage at 30fps from the rear cameras as well they’re, not the sharpest we’ve seen from a flagship, but in all other respects they are excellent. We aren’t fans of 4k videos taken at 60fps, though they appear to offer only about half the amount of detail and look rather soft here’s an example from the main cam. You also have the ability to shoot video from the main camera in 8k resolution at 24. Fps, this footage isn’t very good, it’s quite soft and suffers from compression artifacts. It is useful in that you can take snaps out of the 8k footage as stills. This way you can capture a series of quick or exciting moments. Once you manually downsize the full res snaps, they look decent and electronic stabilization is available on all shooters in all modes. It does a great job in smoothing out your footage, so there you have it guys. The galaxy s21 ultra delivers an excellent camera experience, it’s the most versatile setup, we’ve gotten yet from samsung. However, we do have a couple of complaints here.
The first and most obvious one is that the camera quality is hardly any better than what you could achieve with the lower tier galaxy s21s or even last year’s, galaxy s20 ultra sure you have more options and better quality when zooming, but the rest is so similar That it makes it hard to justify upgrading just for the camera’s sake alone, and our second issue here is with the camera. Processing. Zoomed photos would probably look a lot better without the upscaling and sharpening photos from the main cam could do with a little less sharpening too, and the ultra wide seems to have some excessive noise reduction. But these are all things that can be refined by samsung through software updates. Don’T get me wrong at the end of the day. We like these cameras, however they’re not above and beyond what we’ve seen before and that’s definitely worth taking into account before buying such an expensive device.