The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra falls short of the competition in the camera analysis


DxOMark is now testing the Galaxy S23 Ultra, Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone. Much has been made of Samsung’s new 200MP camera, with the company moving away from the ISOCELL HM3 in the Galaxy S22 Ultra. In our opinion, there is a noticeable improvement in camera quality from the Galaxy S22 Ultra to the Galaxy S23 Ultra. However, we noted that the upgrade from the former to the latter is largely not worth it, with the ISOCELL HP2 suffering from shutter lag. The differences between the Galaxy S22 Ultra and Galaxy S23 Ultra’s other cameras are also relatively minor.

So it should come as no surprise to learn that DxOMark thinks the Galaxy S23 Ultra falls short of the best camera smartphones like the Mate 50 Pro, Pixel 7 Pro, Magic4 Ultimate or the iPhone 14 Pro series. On the one hand, all cameras provide a wide dynamic range and good levels of detail. Similarly, the Galaxy S23 Ultra delivers solid zoom results, precise autofocus and effective video stabilization.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S23 Ultra falters in some areas, such as its tendency to underexpose faces in low-light videos. Additionally, cameras often suffer from noise when shooting indoors and in low light. The device also dropped marks for how it handled backlit scenes. In short, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is a step up for the Galaxy S series. However, this step up still puts the Galaxy S23 Ultra behind its competitors, most of which will be replaced later this year with devices with even better cameras.

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