Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs DSLR Camera: The Smartphone Doesn’t Yield

Samsung released the Galaxy S21 series of smartphones in January 2021. The flagship model Galaxy S21 Ultra sports a 108MP 1/1.33-inch outsole main camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a single camera, a telephoto lens with an effective focal length of 70mm and a super telephoto lens with an equivalent focal length of 240mm. Both support optical image stabilization and dual-pixel autofocus.

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Recently, Samsung showed a real outdoor comparison chart of the Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphone and a full-frame DSLR camera. The chart compares the image quality and image stabilization effect of the ultra-wide-angle lens, wide-angle lens, and telephoto lens.

The first is the field of view comparison of the smartphone camera. On the photo page, click on the small tree icon below to switch the quad-camera. We can see that the 10x telephoto lens has excellent image quality performance, and the color effects of the quad-camera are also consistent.

Super wide-angle lens comparison:

Main wide-angle lens comparison:


Contrast of equivalent 70mm triple telephoto lens:

10x telephoto lens comparison:

S21 Ultra 10x telephoto lens’ image stabilization effect comparison:

From this set of comparison photos, we can see that the screen resolution of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is similar to that of a SLR camera. The dynamic range and color performance benefit from the optimization algorithm inside the phone. The effect is better than that of a full-frame SLR. However, the super wide-angle lens zoomed in to see the details, there will still be some smear marks. Although the picture definition is not as good as the fixed shooting with a tripod, it still retains enough information and details.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra camera scored 121 points in DxoMark, ranking only 17th.

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