Today, when it comes to capturing precious moments, spectacular weather or delicious food, the camera on our smartphones is an absolute must. It should come as no surprise that, according to a Samsung survey, an overwhelming number of consumers rank the camera and its related features among the top three factors that matter most when buying a new phone. The importance of the camera has increased as social media platforms have become more popular and more smartphone users have started creating their own content.
Since launching its first camera phone, the SCH-V200, in 2000, Samsung has remained an industry leader by advancing relentlessly in the camera phone segment, and the innovators in the Galaxy S series are the culmination of years of experience in the development of innovative technologies. Read on as we explore how much the cameras in the series have evolved over the past 11 years, from the launch of the first Galaxy S in 2010, to the recently introduced Galaxy S21.
Galaxy S Panorama Shot – Wider than you can see
The first Galaxy S device featured a VGA-class front camera that was capable of video calling, as well as a 5-megapixel (MP) rear camera that could record HD videos. The rear camera also featured built-in autofocus, facial recognition, and anti-shake functions, and featured the Panorama Shot mode, which allowed users to capture an image of a scene that was much wider than what they saw on their screen.
Galaxy S2 LED Flash: Capturing Photos in Low Light Settings
Introduced a year after the Galaxy S, the Galaxy S2 featured a completely improved camera. Upgrades included pixel count increases – two megapixels on the front and eight megapixels on the rear – and an LED flash to make night shots easier. Other fun additions included an improved autofocus feature, which has made it easier to focus the camera on a desired subject, and a cartoon-inspired feature that transformed photos into hand-drawn images.
Galaxy S3 Burst Shot: Record and take up to 20 photos
Introduced with the 2012 Galaxy S3, Burst Shot offered users the perfect tool to capture moments that we miss for a second – like fun, jumping shots in the air. Both the front 1.9 megapixel camera and the rear 8 megapixel camera supported the mode, allowing users to take up to 20 photos in the space of 3.3 seconds. The cameras also featured a Best Photo mode, which helped users select the best photo from eight continuous shots, and a Zero Shutter Lag mode, which ensured there was no delay between when the user pressed the button. shutter and produced image.
Galaxy S4 Dual Shot: Adding a photo in picture effect
The Galaxy S4 has ushered in the era of over 10 megapixel cameras by combining a 2 megapixel front camera with a 13 megapixel rear camera. Mobile also introduced features that have changed the way users capture special moments and, in doing so, have transformed their images into stories. For example, the camera’s Dual Shot mode has allowed users to capture images with both cameras at the same time, producing a photo in which the photographer and the subject occupy the same frame. Other unique features of the Galaxy S4 camera experience include Sound & Shot, which allows users to record audio to accompany their images, and Drama Shot, which allows users to take multiple photos in rapid succession and combine them into one image that tells the story better than just a photo could.
Galaxy S5 Rich Tone HDR: Take sharp photos in any environment
The Galaxy S5 was a landmark release, as it was the industry’s first smartphone to feature a 16-megapixel ISOCELL camera. The ISOCELL image sensor has improved image quality with less interference between pixels, allowing clearer photos to be taken even in the dark. The camera also featured an enhanced HDR mode to optimize photos, and when taking photos or recording videos, the application of the HDR function allowed users to enjoy vibrant images even in dimly lit rooms or environments with bright backlight.
Galaxy S6 0.7 seconds – Capture the moment in less than a second
To make it easier for smartphone users to capture more moments, Samsung introduced a Quick Launch feature with the Galaxy S6 that has allowed users to launch the camera in just 0.7 seconds, simply by tapping the home button twice on any screen. . A function that automatically tracks and focuses on moving objects improved image sharpness, while a 5-megapixel F1.9 lens was installed on the front to improve the quality of selfies.
Galaxy S7 Dual Pixel Image Sensor
Offering fast and accurate autofocus
The Galaxy S7 incorporated a dual-pixel image sensor – a technology found in high-end DSLR cameras – to allow users to take sharp, clear photos quickly, even when in the dark. The sensor worked by dividing each pixel into two photodiodes for on-chip phase detection, providing vastly improved autofocus performance. The camera also introduced a selfie flash mode, which would make the screen glow when taking a selfie to produce a brighter shot. Together, the Galaxy S7’s camera innovations achieved a record DxOMark Mobile Score of 88 points.
Image signal processing algorithm: turn every photo into a masterpiece
A perfect photo requires adequate lighting and minimal subject movement. Unfortunately, while those may be the perfect conditions, they are also conditions where we rarely find them together when taking a photo.
To help users take better photos, the Galaxy S8 introduced an improved image signal processing algorithm that ensured clear and stable images regardless of time or location. He achieved them by taking three consecutive photos and selecting the best one. Because the device’s large 6.2-inch screen1 might be difficult for some to operate with one hand, gesture-based controls were also introduced to help users operate the camera. For example, with the camera open, swiping left or right with your thumb would toggle between filters or modes, while swiping up or down would allow you to switch between the front and rear cameras or zoom in or out of the picture.
Galaxy S9 double aperture: capture moments on the brightest days and darkest nights
To help ensure users’ photos turned out well in various environments, the Galaxy S9 introduced a Dual Aperture camera that would automatically adjust to ambient light just like the human eye – it zooms in in the dark and shrinks in light. sparkly. The camera featured the brightest F1.5 / F2.4 lens available in a smartphone at the time, which allowed it to absorb approximately 28% more light than the previous model, resulting in clearer images even in dark environments.
Samsung also improved the camera with features designed to help users express themselves more effectively. The camera’s Super Slow-mo feature allowed users to record video at 960 frames per second, making it possible to capture movements or moments that are too fast for the human eye to see. Once they had finished recording, the feature made it easy for users to share these epic moments in slow motion as GIFs on social media. Another notable addition was AR Emoji, a feature that used the camera and augmented reality technology to allow users to create AR avatars that could mimic their facial expressions in real time.
Galaxy S10 Super Steady – Crisp, clear videos in any condition
When the Galaxy S10 launched in 2019, smartphone users were creating more content than ever. To meet this trend, the Galaxy S10 introduced Super Steady mode. The feature greatly improved the quality of users’ recordings through video stabilization, making it perfect for recording smooth content while enjoying activities such as cycling and dancing. The Galaxy S10’s HDR10 + support produced lifelike colors in user videos, while its 16 megapixel ultra-wide camera captured scenes as seen by users with a field of view similar to that of the human eye (123 degrees).
Galaxy S20 Space Zoom: zoom in without losing image quality
The excellent performance of the Galaxy S20 has raised the bar for photography on mobile devices. Both the 108 megapixel camera of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, and the 64 megapixel shooter that equips the Galaxy S20 and S20 +, have been designed to capture each and every detail in a given scene.
Perhaps the most striking camera upgrade was the Space Zoom feature, which combined hybrid optical zoom with AI-powered digital zoom. This has allowed users to zoom in on images much more – up to 100x in the case of the Galaxy S20 Ultra. In addition to supporting 8K video recording, the camera also featured an improved Super Steady mode that has taken camera stability one step further thanks to an anti-roll stabilizer and AI-based motion analysis.
Integrated AI device – capture professional photos and videos
To give users the ability to capture moments of their lives in more meaningful ways, Samsung has equipped the Galaxy S21 series with a professional-grade camera that refines content using the device’s embedded AI. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first Samsung smartphone to feature two telephoto lenses and five cameras in total: a 40-megapixel front camera (F2.2), a 12-megapixel ultra-wide rear camera (F2.2), a camera 108 megapixel rear main camera (F1.8), a 10 megapixel rear telephoto camera (F4.9) and a 10 megapixel rear telephoto camera (F2.4). Meanwhile, the Galaxy S21 and S21 + feature a total of four cameras: a 10-megapixel front camera (F2.2), a 12-megapixel ultra-wide rear camera (F2.2), a 12-megapixel rear main camera ( F1.8) and a 64 megapixel telephoto rear camera (F4.9).
The Galaxy S21 series cameras are packed with features designed to help the user capture the moments that matter most. The combination of anti-shake technology, 10x optical zoom, and dual-pixel and laser autofocus enables the cameras to produce results that rival those of high-end DSLRs. Meanwhile, the new Director’s View feature helps users choose the perfect lens for their photo by placing three preview screens below the camera’s viewfinder. The Galaxy S21 series also offers creators the ability to use the selfie and rear cameras simultaneously to create unforgettable video content.
Additionally, each camera supports 4K video recording at 60fps (frames per second), and the dual telephoto lens configuration is especially well suited for capturing vivid photos from virtually any distance. Plus, with an improved 108 megapixel lens and nona-binning technology, the Galaxy S21 series ensures bright, clear photos even in low-light environments.