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Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra have 3 camera lenses. Here’s what they can do


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Samsung’s Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are filled with superior tech that places these phones squarely within the elite class alongside the Galaxy S20 Plus and iPhone 11 Professional. With 5G connectivity, large screens and the S-Pen stylus, each telephones are well-equipped for workplace life. However how helpful are they for photographers? 

We have taken the Galaxy Word 20 Extremely out and about to get a more in-depth take a look at the digicam options.

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Note 20 Ultra main camera

The triple camera setup is pretty standard — there’s a standard view, a super-wide angle view and a telephoto lens to zoom in on distant objects. 

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Note 20 Ultra standard zoom lens


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Note 20 Ultra standard zoom lens


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Note 20 standard zoom lens


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Note 20 standard zoom lens


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Images from the standard camera look great, with plenty of detail and a great balance of exposure between the bright and dark areas. Colors can look a bit over saturated on occasion — something we’ve found to be the case on most recent Samsung phones. 

Note 20 Ultra’s huge resolution

While both phones have a triple-camera setup on the back, the Note 20 Ultra’s has the superior specs. The biggest upgrade is in the resolution of the main camera, which tops out at 108 megapixels on the Ultra for improved zoom, which I’ll come to shortly. The regular Note’s main camera has a 12-megapixel resolution.

Shooting at full 108-megapixels on the Note 20 Ultra produces huge 12,000×9,000-pixel image files — roughly 26MB instead of around 3-4MB 4,000×3,000-pixel images in the normal mode. It allows you to crop in much further to your image, but in my experience so far, there’s not a huge amount of actual image detail, even at such a high resolution. 

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Note 20 Ultra standard view, normal mode (rotated to fit)


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This is an image taken in the normal resolution, rotated to fit more easily in this article.

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Standard resolution, 100% crop


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108-megapixel mode, 100% crop


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At 100% crop, it’s clear to see that you can get much closer into your images when using the 108-megapixel mode, but the details are very soft and fuzzy. The standard mode may not have the same resolution, but it seems to produce sharper images. My advice would be to leave it in the regular shooting mode.

Both phones use optical image stabilization on their main camera lenses which should help keep still images looking nice and sharp while hopefully minimizing camera shake when shooting video.

Note 20 zoom lenses

The Note 20 Ultra’s telephoto zoom lens has a 12-megapixel optical zoom that provides a 5x level of zoom. The standard Note 20’s telephoto has a 64-megapixel zoom lens for a 3x hybrid (optical and digital cropping) zoom. 

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Note 20 Ultra 5x zoom


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Note 20 Ultra 5x zoom


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Note 20 Ultra 10x zoom


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At 5X zoom, images are still packed with detail to the point where I’d doubt you’d know they weren’t taken with the regular lens and even at 10x zoom there’s still a satisfying clarity to the shots.

That’s not the end of the story though as the Ultra can use the huge resolution of its main sensor to offer zoom levels all the way up to 50x. It’s not quite at the same level Samsung achieved with the Galaxy S20 Ultra, which used a “folded” 48-megapixel lens to achieve a whopping 100x zoom. That said, we weren’t impressed with the quality of images taken at 100x zoom on the S20 Ultra, and even the 50x zoom on the Ultra doesn’t produce particularly attractive images.

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Note 20 Ultra 50x zoom


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The overall shape of this oil rig is clear enough — there’s no question about what it is at least — but the details are so mushy that it looks more like an impressionist painting than a digital image.

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Note 20 Ultra 50x zoom


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It’s much the same story here with this image of a cormorant. It’s just about possible to tell what the bird is, but beyond that this image is so poor quality that I’d never want to use it for anything.

Wide-angle lenses

The Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are on an even footing with their super wide angle lenses, with the same 12-megapixel lens found on both. On paper, that’s the same ultra-wide lens found on the S20 Ultra, so it’s no surprise that performance is similar.

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Note 20 Ultra super-wide angle lens


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  Note 20 Ultra super-wide angle lens


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Note 20 Ultra super-wide angle lens


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The Note 20 Ultra’s wide-angle lens can capture vibrant, sharp images, with little degradation of the image towards the edges of the frame. I love playing with this shooting view as you can capture so much of the scene in front of you, leading to some really interesting compositions. 

8K video 

Each telephones can shoot video in a whopping 8K decision at 24 frames per second, simply outstripping the 4K decision out there on most different high-end telephones proper now. However it’s not nearly decision. Samsung has geared up the Notes with professional video choices for taking guide management over settings. Additionally they have the flexibility to shoot in a 21:9 side ratio, which provides a extra cinematic, widescreen look to your footage.

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The optical picture stabilization discovered on the primary cameras of each telephones ought to assist preserve your footage good and clean, though whether or not you should use the stabilization when capturing at full 8K decision is not but clear, however we’re within the technique of testing 8K video on the Extremely and can replace this piece with our findings simply as quickly as attainable.

Word 20 night time mode

Just like the S20 Extremely, each Notes have night time modes to seize brilliant pictures in low-light situations by taking a number of pictures over a number of seconds and merging these exposures to maximise the out there gentle, whereas minimizing picture noise. 

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Word 20 Extremely night time mode


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We’re but to totally take a look at the Word 20 Extremely’s night time mode, however out preliminary assessments are promising. This picture wanting into a protracted, extraordinarily dimly-lit tunnel has a number of clearly-visible element and it would not appear like picture noise is way of an issue. The S20 Extremely impressed us with its night time modes, however with most flagships — together with the iPhone 11 Professional and OnePlus eight Professional — packing wonderful night time capturing abilities, the Word 20 has quite a lot of competitors.

Word 20 selfie cameras

It is an equal taking part in discipline right here as each the Word 20 and Word 20 Extremely pack 12-megapixel front-facing cameras. They’re single lenses, very like the only lens discovered on the entrance of the S20 Extremely. It may need been good to see a wider-angle digicam to allow you to squeeze extra of your folks into a bunch shot, however given the Word is the extra enterprise and productivity-focused vary in Samsung’s lineup, it is maybe not shocking that including extra selfie choices is not excessive on the precedence record. 

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