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PsiPhiDan

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Absolutely! Especially at 10X, the S20U blows the Note 20 Ultra out of the water.


And space zoom, 50X on both phones looks nearly identical.


This is definitely a downgrade especially if you had the 16GB RAM on the S20 Ultra.


This is essentially an S20 Ultra, aka gimped, with a bigger screen and s-pen.


Definitely disappointed, usually the Note series stands out from the S series. This is essentially a sidegrade at best and if you're noticing these things, a big disappointment.

Kind of silly my nearly year old 11 Pro Max camera trashes this one, especially video and night mode. iOS 14 night mode is incredible!
Every comparison I've watched has the Note20 Ultra tied or beating the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Picture AND video.

The funny thing is if you read note 10's plus topic for the camera it turns out s10s camera was better, if you read, s10s topic it turns out note 9s camera was better... You get the point, hah? To me the camera is great, and don't forget that it's just the start of the note 20s life cycle and the quality will improve significantly with the software updates.

The Note 1 had the best camera! /s

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And that's where the problem lies.
Yes I've seen them too and I would not say it's better across the board...


But video? iPhone 11 Pro is the one to beat. Samsung's audio is laughable especially outside. And you can hear it in the reviews. Sounds like it's raining. They still have YET to fix it. Perhaps, perhaps using a different source may but I suspect there is no way to bypass a bad DSP which is the same as post in photography...


Indoors audio is pretty decent and can capture a kickdrum close mic'd on stage over 125dB. Just remember to turn off that audio zoom feature! Which incidentally, Apple is using some sort of audio zoom that cannot be turned off. It doesn't clip/distort when in use on stage but it does wreck the sound of the horns. Can't have it all.



And night mode, iOS14 which is a beta and a real reviewer shouldn't be running it, is demonstrably superior. I've put the (Note 20 Ultra) on a tripod and it goes up to 20 seconds but still cannot compare to Apple's capture even at 10s. Manually overriding iOS will get up to 30 seconds with expected improvement.


Not to say it won't improve with updates but the sensor/aperture/lens combo on both the S20 Ultra and Note 20 Ultra have serious focal uniformity issues. Some like how it will make bokeh effects without gimmicky processing. No decent mirrorless or SLR kit does this.


It's disappointing when I snap a pic of a nameplate on an engine or instrument cluster and the corners are showing serious blur artifacts. My S9+ takes perfect shots, embarrassingly so in such example.


I "live with it" because in USA there is no dual sim option, yet for the past two generations it's worked perfectly with Apple. So I carry two phones (again) and use the 11 Pro Max for the text/panel shots. Thank goodness for dropbox photo upload/sync. ;)
 

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I took this with the note 20 Ultra yesterday.
 

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devilsmack

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I'm getting the opposite N20U better than S20U both exynos

Mine is the US unlocked version. I think it's a software issue. Since then the s20 ultra got updated to One UI 2.5 and now the pictures are just as bad as the note. The problem was with 20 sec exposure or greater. It would look fine until the last few seconds, then it would all of a sudden get out of focus and blotchy.
 

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I don't know if it's just me or the settings, it just something Samsung does but there's definitely a softness, or smoothness, to my photos vs. my previous phone, the iPhone 11 Pro Max. My wife is using the iPhone currently and I took a few photos to compare, the iPhone definitely showed more detail. Has anyone else noticed this, and it's there a way to fix/change it?
 

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I don't know if it's just me or the settings, it just something Samsung does but there's definitely a softness, or smoothness, to my photos vs. my previous phone, the iPhone 11 Pro Max. My wife is using the iPhone currently and I took a few photos to compare, the iPhone definitely showed more detail. Has anyone else noticed this, and it's there a way to fix/change it?

That's typical Samsung post processing. try this setting, it might improve your experience a little bit.

In camera setting, turn scene optimizer off, and in save options, choose HEIF. Helps a bit in details from my experience.

If you really want the sharpness, contrast and less blur in slightly moving images, you have to install Gcam.
 
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This 50x moon click surprised me. Never a smartphone camera reachee to this level of zoom that is so clear.
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This 50x moon click surprised me. Never a smartphone camera reachee to this level of zoom that is so clear.
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Show me the footprints. Then I'll be impressed and people will shut up about the conspiracy theories.

That's typical Samsung post processing. try this setting, it might improve your experience a little bit.

In camera setting, turn scene optimizer off, and in save options, choose HEIF. Helps a bit in details from my experience.

If you really want the sharpness, contrast and less blur in slightly moving images, you have to install Gcam.

I've used pretty much every Galaxy S and Note device and I've never had great detail in pictures with the Samsung stock camera. With a lot of ambient light you get some great scenery pictures, but indoor shots where you want great details (like pet photos) always lose details in postprocessing. A few things you can try are using Pro mode and keeping the RAW files (which seem to have more details) or try turning off scene optimizer while also turning on HEIF. Someone with a tripod that can accurately recreate the exact same picture with various settings should give those a try and post the results. I'm just relaying things I've tried that appear to help.

My ultimate hope is that the Adobe Photoshop Camera delivers on it's promise to be a truly universal camera app for Android that can take advantage of the hardware and processing power of various makes/models to be the best all-around camera experience. They've already acquired some of Google's talent behind the Pixel 4 camera which, IMHO, is still the absolute best Android camera.
 
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As suspected, laser autofocus makes it impossible to shoot video or take stills at night through a window pane!


It's not a matter of acquiring focus or lock, but the IR is picked up by the sensor and produces all sorts of pink looking artifacts.
 

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Show me the footprints. Then I'll be impressed and people will shut up about the conspiracy theories.



I've used pretty much every Galaxy S and Note device and I've never had great detail in pictures with the Samsung stock camera. With a lot of ambient light you get some great scenery pictures, but indoor shots where you want great details (like pet photos) always lose details in postprocessing. A few things you can try are using Pro mode and keeping the RAW files (which seem to have more details) or try turning off scene optimizer while also turning on HEIF. Someone with a tripod that can accurately recreate the exact same picture with various settings should give those a try and post the results. I'm just relaying things I've tried that appear to help.

My ultimate hope is that the Adobe Photoshop Camera delivers on it's promise to be a truly universal camera app for Android that can take advantage of the hardware and processing power of various makes/models to be the best all-around camera experience. They've already acquired some of Google's talent behind the Pixel 4 camera which, IMHO, is still the absolute best Android camera.

There you go. No edit no filter.
Note 20 ultra is here to kill
 

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Anyone know if you can change the color temperature when taking pics on the N20U? I like the realistic temperatures/AWB of the Note 10+/Pixel phones/iphones instead of the highly saturated "fake" looking colors of the N20U.
 

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Anyone know if you can change the color temperature when taking pics on the N20U? I like the realistic temperatures/AWB of the Note 10+/Pixel phones/iphones instead of the highly saturated "fake" looking colors of the N20U.

Have you tried missing with pro mode? There you have control on all aspects.
 

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