First photos taken with the new cameras of the Galaxy S20 Ultra


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Early today, I had the new Samsung in my hands Galaxy S20 Ultra, a phone built to be a source of photos and batteries. Trust me, my colleagues and I are going to check every corner of this $ 1,400 device. Prepare for hundreds of photos, deep dive camera functions and photo comparison tests with the best brands in the market.

For now, I'm afraid you'll have to be content with the handful of photos I took this afternoon in downtown San Francisco. I took pictures with each camera, even with the Space Zoom 100x lens, the first for Samsung, and a function designed to rival the excellent zoom functionality in Google's Pixel 4 and Huawei P30 Pro and Mate 30 Pro.

These photos are not retouched or edited in any way unless indicated (for example, trimmed). However, keep in mind that they have been processed by the CNET content image tool: you will not see all the pixels, but we hope to see enough to give you an early idea of ​​the camera performance of the S20 Ultra.

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You are getting many more photos, including low light photos (it is not yet dinner time here on the west coast), indoor photos, group photos and basically any scene that catches my attention. For me, a photo is as good as its personal meaning. I will share the images of articles and people that I would naturally like to show. If you capture a moment, a feeling or an emotion better than another camera, then, for me, you have already done 90% of your work. (Don't worry, my colleagues will be more technically inclined.)

I'm also testing the normal video camera and in 8K mode, but those files are huge and harder to share here. However, there will be many images in the final review.

Galaxy S20 Ultra cameras

  • 108 megapixel main camera: You must select the quick setting of 108 megapixels to take a super high resolution photo. Part of the benefit of such a high resolution image is to get a more detailed view when cropping (see below).
  • 12 megapixel wide angle lens: Samsung redesigned the sensors, so this is not the same camera as in Galaxy Note 10 or S10 phones.
  • 48 megapixel telephoto lens: 10x hybrid optical zoom, "spatial zoom" up to 100x. The higher the zoom, the more shaky your photo will be (a monopod or tripod is key).
  • DepthVision camera: I still did not do my best to try this, but it is intended to help with various camera modes.

Main camera and standard resolution.

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Ultra wide angle shot.

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Main camera, standard resolution.

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Main camera, standard resolution.

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Standard resolution image cropping.

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Cropping an image resolution of 108 megapixels.

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Main camera, standard resolution.

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SF Museum of Modern Art. No zoom

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10x optical hybrid zoom.

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30x optical hybrid zoom.

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100x optical hybrid zoom.

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Mandatory backlit selfie. There you go.

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