Camera test: S21 Ultra vs. Note20 Ultra

15 February 2021


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  • HYL

Gio Lynx, 26 Feb 2021All cheap phones have memory card support, exept top lines,... moreTop lines aren't made for joking, actually that's the reason they made intentionally not include extended storage to ensure their true performance not interfered by external hardware as a potential performance bottleneck.

All cheap phones have memory card support, exept top lines, are they joking on people

Rkm, 22 Feb 2021Saw someone on reddit using gcam which had portrait mode on... moreIf it can, for sure its better than what Samsung provided.

Shui8, 21 Feb 2021Yeah, what a waste decision, Samsung.Saw someone on reddit using gcam which had portrait mode on 70mm telephoto. It was rather good.

  • Alex

Sean, 21 Feb 2021Samsung is one of the top phone manufacturers with the best... moreRiiiight, and Exynos 990 is the proof :-)

Or did you mean that Samsung has the best marketing team? That seems to be their major effort recently.

  • lamedroid

This test was done prematurely. 4 updates since release and AUB9 is the latest and greatest.

  • Sean

Rkm, 19 Feb 2021I know. I'm just pointing out that Samsung is refusing... moreSamsung is one of the top phone manufacturers with the best r&d teams, think they know what's best for phone design and feature set

Rkm, 19 Feb 2021I know. I'm just pointing out that Samsung is refusing... moreYeah, what a waste decision, Samsung.

Shui8, 19 Feb 2021No problem if you use 85mm as half of the body portrait as ... moreI know. I'm just pointing out that Samsung is refusing to use the tool which they have in them.

Rkm, 19 Feb 202185mm for headshot and 50mm for body shots above hip or incl... moreNo problem if you use 85mm as half of the body portrait as well. Professional photographers done that, for years already. Basically it bow down to each preferences.

But the fact is, the most favourites portraits FL by researchers, are at 80/85mm.

Shui8, 18 Feb 2021The most favourable portraits focal length of all time are... more85mm for headshot and 50mm for body shots above hip or including shoulders. The 70mm s21 have can be a great middle ground for both.

Anonymous, 17 Feb 2021Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 take portrait photos at a 40mm equivale... moreThe most favourable portraits focal length of all time are at 80mm (×3 zoom). 50mm (×2 zoom) are closed second.

  • bbecker1983

Comparing a phone with 3-4 months of updates to the camera software to a new phone with new hardware and no updates is stupid. I bet next patch and we would see dramatic differences

  • beto

Anonymous, 17 Feb 2021Pixel peeping on those 10x zoom images the Note 20 Ultra 10... moreIn note20, it's a 5x zoom image plus a 2x digital from a F 3.0 lens. On the S21, it's a F 4.9 lens.

  • Anonymous

The low light night mode 240mm equivalent photos are very impressive. I wonder whether a tripod was used?

  • Anonymous

Nick Tegrataker, 16 Feb 2021The problem is that unlike some other companies Samsung sti... morePixel 2 and Pixel 3 take portrait photos at a 40mm equivalent field of view. 24mm x 1.7 = 41mm
But I think that ≈55mm is the best field of view for portraits. Though in the future there might be smartphone cameras with a lower depth of field, then 65mm could be the best option as there would be more natural background blur at 65mm.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 17 Feb 2021Pixel peeping on those 10x zoom images the Note 20 Ultra 10... moreI don't know at which images you are looking, but the 10x daylight photos of the S21 Ultra contain more detail than the 10x daylight photos of the Note 20 Ultra.

Also theoretically, the S21 Ultra periscope camera hardware has a 1.32x lossless zoom advantage regarding detail per angle (in comparison with the Note 20 Ultra) and an approximately 2.1x lossless zoom advantage regarding daylight noise.

dragserb, 16 Feb 2021I have the snapdragon versions of the 21 Ultra and my wife ... moreYou just nailed it man!!

Anonymous, 17 Feb 2021Pixel peeping on those 10x zoom images the Note 20 Ultra 10... moreYes. I find 10x pictures from Note 20 Ultra more appealing than those from S21U.

  • Anonymous

Pixel peeping on those 10x zoom images the Note 20 Ultra 10x hybrid looks better than S21 Ultra 10x Optical. What's up with that Samsung??