Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G vs Samsung Galaxy S10+: Ultimate camera comparison

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Specification overview

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Samsung Galaxy S10+
108 MP, f/1.8, PDAF, OIS (wide) 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, Dual Pixel PDAF,
OIS, (wide)
48 MP, f/3.5, PDAF, OIS, 10x hybrid zoom
(periscope telephoto)
12MP, f/2.4, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
(telephoto)
12 MP, f/2.2 (ultra-wide) 16 MP, f/2.2 (ultra-wide)
0.3 MP, TOF 3D, f/1.0, (depth)

Front camera

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G comes with a 40MP selfie sensor that is rivalled by the Galaxy S10+’ dual 10MP + 8MP setup. The Galaxy S20 Ultra produces sharper images, also offering a much better night selfie mode. For video, the Galaxy S10+ until very recently could only record 4K 30fps footage however, now it too can record up to 4K 60fps footage just like the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Day-time performance

If not for the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s greater sharpness in photos and zoom versatility, both these smartphones show fairly identical results. At times, the Galaxy S20 Ultra gets exposure a bit better but the Galaxy S10+ offers an experience that competes quite closely.

With video footage, the transition between the wide and ultra-wide angle lens when capturing video is smooth on the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Dynamic range and that extra 8K 24fps video option too makes the Galaxy S20 Ultra the more versatile choice but when capturing super steady video, the Galaxy S10+ is better. This is something that continuous software updates should fix.

Night-time performance

When sticking to its normal mode, the Galaxy S20 Ultra shows some fairly great image processing. However, with night mode enabled, the Galaxy S10+ makes up some solid ground over it as long as you are not excessively zooming into images at night.

For video at night though, it is difficult to differentiate both samples in certain situations. Both smartphones produce results that are on par however at times, the Galaxy S10+ is seen to be doing better.