So, we have a new trio of Samsung phones to look forward to — the Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 all roll out in early March. Exciting!
Samsung really talked up all three devices when it presented them at the Unpacked event earlier this month. Here’s the gist of it — all three rock very similar, cutting-edge hardware. The Ultra goes above and beyond with a crazy telescopic 10x optical-zooming camera, which can go up to 100x zoom when the digital algorithms kick in.
If you look through the specs sheets of all three phones, you will see that the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ are listed as having telephoto cameras. Now, traditionally, smartphone telephoto cameras are instantly associated with optical zoom. Since it’s in the telephoto lens’ nature to magnify things a bit more.
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So, that’s something you can achieve with a Galaxy S10e’s main camera — just pinch in and zoom to 3x. Well, the Galaxy S20’s sharpness will probably be much better — we are pretty sure that’s why there are 64 MP sensors behind the so-called telephoto cameras of the S20 and S20+. So that they can provide more information for the crop.
It turns out that only the Galaxy S20 Ultra has a proper optical zoom and what can be called a telephoto lens, with a nice, narrow angle.
Is this proof that the Galaxy S20’s cameras will suck?
Also, putting “telephoto” in your specs when your phone clearly simulates this with a digital zoom is gray area marketing to say the least.