What will happen if we pit the new Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 100x Space Zoom against a pro-level Sony A9 camera with equally expensive Sony 200-600G zoom lens? That’s the question on this Korean photographer’s mind, and, on the even of Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series preorders start, he took the Ultra for a spin around town.
Needless to say, the S20 Ultra doesn’t fare as good as the $6000 camera kit of Sony, but still the results up until 30x Space Zoom, and especially 10x optical hybrid zoom, are the best you can currently get on a phone.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra camera specs
Samsung’s most noteworthy and exclusive S20 series camera specs belong to the Galaxy S20 Ultra:
- First-in-class 108MP sensor with record 2.4 micron Bright Night virtual pixels
- 5x periscope zoom, 10x hybrid optical, 100x digital Space Zoom
- 8K 30fps or 4K HDR 120fps video recording
- 48MP Sensor: The sensor on the S20 Ultra is a 48MP sensor which switches between tetra-binning and re-mosaic depending on the shooting conditions, such as brightness level or zoom ratio. Tetra-binning combines 4 pixels into 1, resulting in a 12MP photo with larger pixels. When the RGB pixels are re-arranged with the re-mosaic technology, each pixel operates independently to use a sensor crop and provides up to 10x high ratio zoom.
- Folded lens: The Galaxy S20 Ultra leverages a folded zoom lens to squeeze more zoom capability into a small space. The lens lays flat and is positioned at the bottom of the camera on the phone. Light coming in from the back of the phone is redirected by a prism into the lens, refracting to the right at a 90-degree angle through a series of stacked optical elements which increases the focal length, much like the way a periscope works. Cutting down both the height and width of the camera, we are able to deliver groundbreaking zoom capabilities.
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