Samsung Galaxy S10 (SM-G973) Review – Editor’s Choice!

Samsung Galaxy S10 Camera + Photography Features

Samsung Galaxy S10 Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) boasts a new front camera that pairs a 10 MP Dual Pixel sensor with a wide, bright f/1.9 aperture and a 80° viewing angle.

Dual Pixel is an autofocus technology that uses the dual photodiodes in every pixel on the image sensor for phase-detection autofocus.

This allows for faster and more accurate focusing, because it uses many more autofocus pixels, instead of just a few dedicated pixels (usually less than 5% of the total).

However, it lacks the 8 MP depth sensor of the Samsung Galaxy S10+ (US | UK | MY), which allows for accurate software bokeh effects and Live Focus capability.

In the back, the Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) features a triple camera system, which consists of :

  • a 12 MP dual-aperture camera (f/1.5 and f/2.4) – 77°, Dual Pixel, OIS
  • a 16 MP ultra wide-angle camera (f/2.2) – 123°, 0.5X optical zoom
  • a 12 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4) – 45°, 2X optical zoom, OIS

Look at how useful the three cameras are in aiding your creative composition :

Note that only the main dual-aperture camera, and the telephoto camera (both with 12 MP sensors) support optical image stabilisation (OIS). The new ultra-wide angle camera does NOT support optical image stabilisation.

This is important when you take videos, because you will lose optical image stabilisation if you switch to the ultra-wide camera. Your video will still be stabilised by electronic image stabilisation though.

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HDR10+ Video Recording

The Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) not only comes with a HDR10+ certified display, it also has the ability to record HDR10+ videos!

HDR10+ is an improved version of the HDR10 standard. It maintains the 10-bit colour depth of HDR10, but replaces its static metadata with dynamic metadata. This improves the dynamic range by allowing the brightness boundaries to be adjusted on a frame-by-frame basis.

However, please note that HDR10+ videos recorded on the Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) will only display properly on devices and TVs that support HDR10+, like the 2018 Samsung QLED TV range.

Samsung says that you can convert HDR10+ videos into non-HDR videos using its Gallery app. However, the functionality does not appear to be included in current version of their Gallery app. Enabling HDR10+ video recording also disables the more-efficient HEVC format.

Later in the review, we will show you what happens when you try to display or view HDR10+ videos on a platform or display that does NOT support HDR10+.


Improved Super Slow-mo

Like the Galaxy S9 Plus and the Galaxy Note9, the Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) supports Super Slow-mo, which allows you to record 720p video at 960 fps. It has been improved though, with Samsung doubling its recording time from 0.2-0.4 seconds to 0.4-0.8 seconds.

The Super Slow-mo videos can be instantly edited, with a random selection from preloaded choices. Or you can use your own music / songs. You can also create a GIF from the recorded video, with three style of looping – reverse, forward or swing.

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