Nokia X30 5G and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra camera tests

06. 11. 2022 Sunday / By: Robert Denes / Features / Exact time: BST / Print this page

C heck out this camera performance comparison video, in which Nokia's recently introduced Nokia X30 5G smartphone was compared with the recently introduced Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra camera performance.

In the videos, you can also see that the cameras of Nokia phones take much sharper, clearer and noise-free photos than Samsung's camera. Watch the videos and decide which one is better? Nokia or Samsung?

The X30 5G has a dual camera system on the back with the usual suspects (wide-ultrawide configuration). The main camera is a 50 MP sensor under a 1.8 aperture lens with optical image stabilization and phase detection autofocus.

The ultra-wide snapper is a 13MP f/2.4 camera and the front has a 16MP selfie camera. Nokia is proud to introduce Camera 2.0 software for the X30, with bells and whistles like Night Mode 2.0, TriPod Mode, Dark Vision, AI Portrait, and more.

The main camera works well even in good lighting conditions, although I wouldn't classify it as a flagship. Mileage will vary as always - using these modes requires a steady hand and is very dependent on the frame you're trying to shoot. On the plus side, the effect is quite subtle, and night shots don't look like those taken in broad daylight (some Far Eastern models are guilty of this).

The Nokia G60 5G's main camera sensor is 50 megapixels and comes from Omnivision. Photos are taken at 12.5 megapixels by default to use larger and therefore more light-sensitive pixels. If desired, full resolution can be enabled in special mode.

Photographs often look a little gloomy and washed out outdoors, but overall they offer a decent range of detail and color tones. In low light, the brightening succeeds only at the expense of a patchy display of larger color areas and rather low sharpness. There is hardly any drawing even in very dark areas.

Videos can be recorded in 1080p and 30 fps. Brightness adjustment works well, but autofocus is very slow. The wide-angle lens can also be used for video recording, but you cannot change the camera during recording.

Speaking of wide-angle, the 5-megapixel camera takes decently lit images, but some look very grainy, with distant objects appearing as a mush of pixels. You can use them as snapshots, but they don't meet the higher demands.

The front-facing camera takes decent selfies in good light, but you shouldn't zoom in too much or the grainy color areas will be very noticeable.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 (Exynos) is the junior model of the Korean company's 2022 high-end S series and uses the same Exynos 2200 chipset as the flagship S22 Ultra.

On the rear camera, the S22 ditches the Ultra's 10x long-range telephoto lens and laser AF. There are also smaller sensors in the 3x telephoto and primary cameras. The latter also uses a 50MP sensor compared to the Ultra's 108MP. Video specs are the same, with the S22 capable of recording 8K video at 24fps and 4K at up to 60fps.

Now, it's easy to condemn Samsung for putting the same 108MP sensor behind the Galaxy S22 Ultra's main camera. However, the sensor... is not the only factor that affects the image. There are others, such as the lens itself and the software that supports the camera.

Samsung has doubled down on AI with the Galaxy S22 Ultra, squeezing every ounce of its ISOCELL HM3 sensor capabilities. Additional tuning makes the main camera more light-sensitive, increasing the amount of light it captures in low-light environments. In fact, Samsung claims that the Super Clear Glass lens is responsible for much of the improved low-light image quality.

Super Clear Glass Lens is just a fancy term for the fact that the main camera lens of the Galaxy S22 Ultra is covered with an anti-reflective nano-coating. This helps more light reach the sensor and reduces reflections and halos, resulting in a clearer image.

What's more, Samsung has made the optical image stabilization (OIS) on the S22 Ultra 58% wider, so it can handle even more dynamic conditions. The combination of the new OIS and Video Digital Image Stabilizer (VDIS) reduces shake by 48% compared to its predecessor.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra has three more snappers on the back, including two telephoto cameras with new 10MP Sony sensors – one with 3X optical zoom and the other with 10X. The ultra-wide camera, on the other hand, is the same as the S21 Ultra's 12 MP. Last but not least, the front-facing selfie shooter wrestling 40 MP.

Unfortunately, when comparing the Exynos (EU) and Snapdragon (US) versions of the Galaxy S22 Ultra, there is a noticeable difference in quality, the former being worse. It's also worth mentioning that the S22 Ultra tends to overexpose images, causing a slight halo effect around some objects. It seems to have warmer colors compared to its predecessor.

Unlike the Ultra model, the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus have a brand new main camera sensor, namely the 50 MP ISOCELL GN5. It excels in focusing speed, primarily thanks to Dual Pixel Pro technology, which enables instant focusing.

In addition to the Ultra model, the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus have something called Adaptive Pixel. This is a new image processing technique introduced by Samsung that combines a photo taken in 108 MP mode with a 12 MP pixel image processor and then combines them to produce a brighter, more color accurate and clearer image.

Of course, the theme this year is night photography, which the GN5 also helps with. According to Samsung, this new sensor delivers balanced images that are sharp and clear even in low light, thanks to its 23% larger size compared to the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra has undergone the most noticeable visual changes this year, at least when it comes to the layout of the camera array. The camera island that we have become so accustomed to over the years is now a thing of the past. Instead, the lenses boldly protrude from the body.

As for the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus, it has received a less drastic redesign compared to the Ultra model. The camera island is still present and the triple camera setup is still similar to the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus. This includes ultra-wide, wide and telephoto.

Galaxy S22 camera: How many megapixels?

The megapixels of the Galaxy S22 series remain largely the same, with the only exception being the main cameras on the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus, which are now 50MP. The ultra-wide camera is 12 MP and the zoom telephoto is 10 MP.





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