The Galaxy S20 is the brand new flagship telephone from Samsung and its finest but for images; introduced in February 2020, it follows final 12 months’s S10, however Samsung’s rebranded the collection, so as a substitute of S11 we’re skipping straight to the S20. I had a short likelihood to strive it out at an official Samsung press occasion and in my first-looks video beneath I’ll present you what’s new, concentrating on the digicam aspect – as all the time, that is an early video that shall be followed-up by an in-depth overview, so look out for that together with pattern photographs. Proper, let’s get on with it! PS – should you want a written model, you’ll discover the textual content beneath the video!

Like earlier generations, the S20 is available in a number of flavours, differentiated largely by display dimension, battery and digicam specs: there’s three fashions at launch, beginning with the bottom S20 which has a 6.2in display and 4000mAh battery, {followed} by the S20+ with a 6.7in display and 4500mAh battery, whereas the top-end S20 Extremely boasts a 6.9in display and 5000mAh battery. So all of the screens and batteries are bigger than the earlier era.

All three screens additionally share the identical Quad HD+ decision of the S10 with AMOLED panels and Infinity O styling, which is Samsung’s method of claiming just about the complete entrance floor is the show; all of them help HDR 10+, whereas the refresh charge has now been doubled to 120Hz and the contact sensitivity to 240Hz, making them extra responsive for gaming. Additionally they all help 5G as customary, though a barely cheaper model of the S20 base mannequin shall be obtainable with 4G at finest. All three share the identical 64 bit Octa core processor working as much as 2.73GHz, and the bottom reminiscence for the 5G fashions is 12GB of RAM with 128GB of storage, though the Plus and Extremely fashions may even be obtainable in 512GB, and the Extremely with as much as 16GB of RAM; in the meantime all three have a Micro SD slot that may help 1TB playing cards, however no analogue headphone jack.

SIM-free pricing is just like the S10, so within the UK you’re 899 kilos for the S20 (or 799 should you go for the 4G solely model), 999 kilos for the S20+, 1199 kilos for the S20 Extremely. Clearly there’ll be cheaper offers with a community contract.


Proper, now onto the cameras which is what I’m actually concerned with – and apparently additionally the primary cause most individuals improve their telephones.

I’ll begin with essentially the most inexpensive S20, which has a triple digicam system, now organized in a vertical line. The principle extensive digicam shoots at 12 Megapixels with an f1.eight lens and optical stabilisation – the 1.eight micrometer pixels listed here are slightly larger than the S10’s essential digicam, however the lens slightly dimmer. That is joined by an extremely extensive digicam, capturing twice the sphere of view with 12 Megapixels utilizing an f2.2 lens – so it’s slightly decrease decision than the 16 Megapixel extremely extensive digicam on the S10, however this in flip makes the 1.four micrometer pixels fatter and extra delicate. In the meantime for longer photographs, there’s the telephoto digicam that grabs 64 Megapixel pictures utilizing an f2 lens with optical stabilisation. The 0.eight micrometer pixels are smaller than the S10’s telephoto digicam, however there’s much more of them and the lens is a bit brighter too. The important thing distinction although, is that the S20’s telephoto digicam now sports activities a 3x optical zoom, which due to the upper decision sensor, can work collectively to ship a 30x complete digital vary.

Transferring on, the S20+ with its larger display and battery, has a quad digicam system, sharing the identical three cameras for imaging as the bottom S20, however including a fourth DepthVision digicam for producing extra reasonable shallow depth of subject or blurring results. In the meantime the S20 and S20+ additionally share the identical front-facing digicam built-into the show which takes 10 Megapixel selfies utilizing an f2.2 lens and 1.22 micrometer pitch; in order that’s the identical sensor spec because the S10, however with a barely dimmer lens.

The flagship S20 Extremely is the place issues actually begin to get fascinating and the clue lies inside the chunkier panel on the rear. First issues first: the S20 Extremely shares the identical extremely extensive digicam because the S20 and S20+, and likewise contains the DepthVision digicam of the Plus. The front-facing digicam additionally has an f2.2 lens however now shoots larger res selfies at as much as 40 Megapixels; set it to shoot at 10 Megapixels and it’ll sport barely fatter 1.four micrometer pixels than the primary two fashions, so the sensor’s slightly larger.

However the S20 Extremely does issues very otherwise for its customary and telephoto cameras. The S20 Extremely’s customary digicam now sports activities a bigger 1 / 1.33in sensor with an formidable 108 Megapixel decision utilizing an f1.eight lens with optical stabilisation. The large decision ends in 0.eight micrometer pixels, however cunningly it could actually mix a three-by-three sq. of them into make one extra-fat pixel – this reduces the photograph decision to 12 Megapixels, however will increase the pixel dimension to a beneficiant 2.four micrometers. So the decision would now match the S10, however the pixels would boast thrice the floor space, making them way more delicate in low gentle; it is a actually massive deal for high quality.

However the S20 Extremely’s telephoto digicam raises the images sport even additional, squeezing-in a 10x optical zoom utilizing folded optics on their aspect. The decision’s 48 Megapixels with 0.eight micrometer pixels, downsizing to 12 Megapixels with fatter 1.6 micrometer pixels, whereas the lens is f3.5 with optical stabilisation. The Extremely’s two new cameras by default function at 12 Megapixels to carry out higher in low gentle, however use their further pixels to ship extra attain with a digital zoom, or you may pressure the primary digicam to shoot at its full 108 Megapixel decision if most well-liked.

Because the Extremely zooms from 0.5x to 100x, it typically makes use of only one digicam, however extra generally a mixture of the lenses and pixels at its disposal. Longer zooms present your place in relation to an even bigger picture in a thumbnail within the nook. Unsurprisingly the standard suffers on the longer finish, however hold your zooming modest – say as much as 10x – and also you’ll get pleasure from respectable outcomes and a spread that’s nonetheless spectacular for any telephone; the ultimate pictures in playback may also look higher than the dwell preview. As quickly as I get a closing manufacturing pattern, I’ll be posting pattern photographs right here.

Past longer zoom energy, the S20 fashions additionally purpose to ship higher high quality in low gentle with their Shiny Night time mode. First right here’s a standard photograph taken with the S20 Extremely, and now one taken with Shiny Night time that captures a burst of 30 photographs, some with excessive ISOs, some with totally different exposures, that are then mixed into a picture that ought to ship brighter particulars with higher element and decrease noise.

In the meantime for photographers who can’t determine how finest to take a shot, the Single Take mode grabs a mixture of stills and video, whereas encouraging you to regulate the composition, earlier than then exhibiting a bunch of various approaches to the identical scene. You’ll see extensive photographs, lengthy photographs, movies in ahead and reverse, results and extra, so there needs to be one thing that appeals or not less than surprises.

Like most fashionable telephones, you may select whether or not to document photographs in customary JPEG or HEIF codecs, the latter utilizing extra environment friendly compression to supply smaller file sizes. Alternatively should you’d like to regulate your photographs later, recording in RAW offers you extra flexibility. I’m confirming with Samsung about bit depths for the HEIF and RAW modes, however I imagine HEIF is simply used for smaller sizes slightly than larger tonal vary.

All three Galaxy S20 telephones can movie 8k video at 24p, in addition to 4k or 1080 at 30 or 60p; I’d want there to be extra body charges obtainable, particularly 24 or 25p for 1080 and 4k, however let’s not let that wreck the very fact the S20 telephones can now truly movie 8k seemingly with out compromise, with no obvious crop or time restrict past reminiscence so far as I might see. Yeah, that is it recording 8k and nothing seems to be melting up to now.

Whilst you can solid 8k video to appropriate Samsung TVs, most of us will use it for video-grabbing frames at a substantial 33 Megapixels. The S20’s 8k Video Snap perform is designed to do exactly that, and right here you may see a body grabbed from a promotional video and the element it comprises.

Samsung’s additionally conscious that shakiness spoils many movies, so has improved its stabilisation. I wished to strive it for vlogging, however wasn’t allowed to carry any recordsdata residence from these early samples, so till I can do my very own assessments right here’s one in every of Samsung’s personal demos exhibiting it in motion whereas the videographer was working; the unstabilised footage is on the left and the stabilised model on the proper. It’s fairly spectacular stuff,, however once more I actually need to check all of this myself earlier than casting judgment.

What’s undoubtedly welcome although, is the addition of a Professional mode for video that unlocks full publicity management for motion pictures, and it’s additionally potential to movie in excessive resolutions and downconvert if desired. Since 8k is simply obtainable in 24p, this hopefully ought to can help you generate decrease res variations additionally in 24p, however once more I’ll want to check this for my full overview.

That’s all I can say for now, based mostly on my temporary time with the telephone. The Galaxy S20 actually seems like a giant bounce ahead within the collection, particularly for photographers, and significantly with the flagship Extremely mannequin. Rivals had beforehand taken a lead in low gentle or zooming capabilities, however the S20 Extremely fights again with not only a bigger than common sensor with an extremely excessive res mode for the primary digicam, but in addition by squeezing-in a 10x optical zoom for the telephoto digicam. These two options alone will make the S20 Extremely a really tempting telephone for photographers, whereas the addition of 8k video grabs and a bunch of crafty software program modes might seal the deal. The beefed-up digicam spec of the Extremely has resulted in a chunkier than regular panel on the rear, but it surely wasn’t noticeable in my pocket and a case would create a extra flush rear floor if most well-liked.

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