While the Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 Ultra boast an incredible camera system, it seems early adopters of the device are suffering from underwhelming features. According to Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra reviews, the camera system is leaving much to be desired and the 100x zoom is just a terrible experience with even worse results.
Early review units have been sent out to publications in the US and so far they are not happy with the overall experience. PC Mag and Input both report that the autofocus system is unreliable and often takes too long to lock onto a subject and focus on it. Sometimes it fails to lock on completely.
One major flaw in the device is its so-called “100x” zoom which tech journalists have now discovered is actually just a glorified digital zoom. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 100x zoom also fails to focus on any object when making use of the feature and according to hand-on reports, the image quality is blurry, it shakes too much and the overall result is less than impressive.
Input reports in their review that the camera system is great up until you go past the 30x zoom then it is unusable, image quality is extremely bad and you can just take a normal photo and pinch-zoom into it to get the same result.
Above – Statue of Liberty at 100x zoom (Input)
PC Mag explains how the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra camera system is really just a 10x camera with a digital zoom
We have not received a phone to review from Samsung and I don’t think we ever will so we can’t share our experience. However, if you plan on buying the device to make use of the 100x zoom then maybe hang on and see what consumers say when the phones are released early next month.