So it's time to compare the brand new Galaxy S20 Ultra and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. Phones are by far the best when it comes to optical zoom quality. March 26 Huawei, of course, should introduce the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Premium Edition, and that's where we'll see an improved 10x optical zoom, but so far there are no new products, it's time to compare the current flagship Huawei with the new flagship from Samsung.
Galaxy S20 Ultra vs. Huawei P30: whose zoom is cooler?
Koreans boast so much about their 100x optical zoom, but is it really revolutionary? The situation is, in truth, controversial. Galaxy S20 Ultra offers users a 48-megapixel periscope camera, which is complemented by a 108-megapixel module in zoom mode. The device uses 4x optical zoom, 10x hybrid and 100x digital. Meanwhile in the Huawei P30 Pro we are dealing with 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid and 50x digital. We have already written a material in which we spoke in detail about the new S20 Ultra periscope module and its capabilities.
In Huawei P40 the Chinese will present a smartphone with the world's first 10x optical zoom, while in the S20 Ultra we are dealing only with 4x real zoom, so in this matter, we can say Huawei on year ahead of Samsung.
However, the Koreans still managed to improve the quality of the images. If you compare the S20 Ultra and the P30 Pro, you can understand that thanks to various software enhancements, the photos on the Galaxy S20 Ultra are more interesting and clear, and this despite the fact that the S20 has only 4x optical zoom, while the P30 Pro has 5x.
Probably, it was the additional help of the 108-megapixel module that allowed Samsung to receive more information about the scene during the picture and thus significantly improve the picture.
Below is a comparison of cameras:
5x optical zoom Huawei P30 Pro
5x optical zoom Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
10x optical zoom Huawei P30 Pro
10x optical zoom Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
50x optical zoom Huawei P30 Pro
50x optical zoom Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
You can see that the Galaxy S20 Ultra looks sharper at 50x, and this is probably due to improved software and image processing from the sensor. The S20 Ultra seems to apply more sharpness, and it also interpolates pixels using neural networks, which makes the picture clearer. Something similar is used in the Mi 10 by the company Xiaomi, if you evaluate the DxO tests.
In other scenes, smartphones behave very similarly, a full comparison with the original quality can be viewed at this link. I would also like to note that at 5x zoom, the Galaxy S20 Ultra noticeably blurred the picture.
To tell the truth, there is no need to talk about any significant superiority. Yes, the S20 Ulta does take quality photos, but the average user will hardly notice the difference. In addition, you probably noticed that the examples at 100x are not shown in the pictures, because they simply do not make sense. This is pure marketing, because even the 50x zoom in the S20 Ultra doesn't seem as sharp as we would like.
Huawei P40 will be the new leader?
If now with 4x zoom and software enhancements of photos the manufacturers show such good results, imagine what the camera Huawei P40 will be capable of with a true 10x optical zoom. I have no doubt that Huawei will lead the DxO rating, to which, of course, there are many questions, but there are no alternatives to it yet, so sorry.
I have previously written about why the S20 Ultra is not worth the money. And now we can once again make sure that the approach in the S20 Ultra is just marketing. Huawei P30 Pro with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory is currently available in stores for 45 thousand rubles, while the S20 Ultra with 12 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory is estimated at 100 thousand rubles. Who needs 12 GB of RAM? Few people, but 256 GB of internal memory is always good, so objectively the P30 Pro at the moment seems to be a much more attractive decision in the matter of choosing a quality flagship with a good camera.
Personally, I don't see any clear advantages of the S20 Ultra over the P30 Pro. Yes, 8K shooting is available. So what? Is it worth paying 100 thousand instead of 45 thousand for it? An interesting question. I propose to discuss this topic in our chat and do not forget to subscribe to us in Yandex Zen.
Based on materials from phonearena