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Samsung S20 Ultra’s Whopping 108MP Camera and 100x Super Zoom

by: srb photographic | February 2020
Samsung S20 Ultra’s Whopping 108MP Camera and 100x Super Zoom
This week saw the roll out of Samsung’s new flagship smartphone models at its Unpacked Galaxy 2020 event. Among which was the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, which introduced the smartphone photography world to a jaw-dropping 108MP camera with 8K video recording.

Revealed alongside the Samsung S20, S20+ and the much-anticipated Z Flip, the Galaxy S20 Ultra was the pick of bunch. Not so much so for its 5G support, 120Hz OLED display, or its lack of headphone jack, but for its camera.

Built with the same sized image sensor as Dxomark’s top scoring mobile camera, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, the S20 Ultra’s camera enables some remarkable features. In fact, the 1/1.33” sensor is one of the largest image sensors ever found in a smartphone, second only to the Nokia 808.
First, the front-facing camera. Preferred to the dual-camera setup that was used on the previous Galaxy S10, Samsung have opted for a single camera with a mighty output of 40MP. You’ll also find a single camera lens at the front of the S20 and S20+ models too, letting you snap the perfect selfie in 10MP.

But it’s the rear of the phone that will grab the attention of smartphone-photography-enthusiasts. The S20 Ultra has been designed with the same lens arrangement as the S10 and the Apple iPhone 11 Pro, though with improved sensors to allow a significantly larger intake of light. It features an ultra-wide lens, a telephoto lens, and a wide-angle lens. With the latter of the three sparking the most interest.
Samsung S20 Ultra 108MP Camera
Equipped with Samsung’s ISOCELL HM1 sensor, the wide-angle lens can snap high-res images at an impressive 108MP. It’s also powerful enough to allow 8K video recording at 24fps.

Though measuring a camera’s quality in mega pixels may seem a little archaic, the killer feature lies in the image sensor’s ‘Nona Binning’ technology. It takes the original 4-in-1 pixel binning and increases it, putting the light of 9 pixels into one shot. This means, not only is the lens capable of catching high-res 108MP in good lighting conditions, it can also use Nona Binning to produce quality 12MP shots in low light situations.

Combined with a 12MP ultra-wide angle lens and a 48MP telephoto lens, the S20 Ultra will prove tough competition to beat in the current smartphone photography field. And that’s not to mention its other impressive party piece; 100x super zoom.
The zoom capabilities of the S20 Ultra are staggering, allowing users to magnify an image and get up to 100x closer to a subject. Along with 10x lossless zoom, the zoom is something “you’d expect from a telescope”; according to Samsung.

The 100x zoom is achievable thanks to the enormous size of the 48MP telephoto lens. In fact, it is so large that Samsung laid it on its side and had to bounce light off of a mirror.

And then there’s the video capabilities.

Thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, the S20 Ultra can record 8K at 24fps, 4K at 60fps, and 1080p at 60fps. While allowing slow-motion recording at 1080p at 240fps.

Other noteworthy specs included wireless charging, IP68 water resistant, in-screen fingerprint reader, up to 16GB RAM, and up to 512GB phone storage. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is available to pre-order from February 21st and will cost an eye-watering £1199. The S20+ comes in at £999, and the S20 is a little more reasonable at £799.