- Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 phones have more cameras than the majority of other smartphones out there.
- The Galaxy S10 Plus, in particular, has a total of five cameras.
- I’ve taken some photos with each lens to show you what each does, and how the photos look.
Up until about 2016, it was pretty typical for smartphones to have two cameras, including the primary rear camera and a selfie camera.
Fast forward three years later, and you get phones like Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 Plus, which has a grand total of five camera lenses. There are three on the rear, and two on the front. The regular Galaxy S10 also has three cameras on the rear, but “only” a single selfie camera on the front.
I can tell you what each lens does and what their photos look like, but it’s better to show you.
Check out photos from each of the Galaxy S10 Plus’ camera lenses to see what they do:
Let’s start with the main, primary camera that every smartphone has. On the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, the camera is 12 megapixels with a field-of-view of 80 degrees.
The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus also have a 2x zoomed lens, which has become pretty common on many Android flagship phones. This zoomed lens is also 12 megapixels and has a 45-degree field-of-view.
The third lens on the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus is a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera with a 123-degree field of view.
You get a better sense of your surroundings with the ultra-wide angle lens, but there’s some noticeable fish-eye style distortion going on, where the edges of the photo curve in toward the center of the photo.
Onto the selfie cameras. There’s the main, primary 10-megapixel camera with an 80-degree field-of-view.
The S10 Plus’s primary selfie camera can also take slightly wider-angle selfies.
It’s not the widest angle selfie camera we’ve seen, but it’s better than nothing!
The secondary selfie lens is depth sensing camera that’s purely designed to help in achieving that blurry background ‘bokeh’ effect in portrait mode shots.
The portrait mode in this shot, where the background is blurred out against me, is pretty good.
Here’s another setting taken with each lens, starting with the primary rear camera again.
Now the 2x zoom lens.
And now the 123-degree ultra-wide angle lens.
Again, you capture more of your surroundings with the ultra-wide angle lens, like the door on the left with the beautiful design. But some things do look warped, like the back of the brown van and the building’s wall on the right.
Here’s the primary selfie camera at work.
And now a selfie with a slightly wider field-of-view from the primary selfie lens.
And a portrait mode selfie.
In this selfie, the Galaxy S10 Plus’ secondary depth-sensing camera didn’t work quite as well. The side of the left headphone cup in the selfie, for example, shouldn’t be blurred out.
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