There is a lot of expectation from Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, Galaxy S22 Ultra. This latest flagship series comes with some decent features. However, its performance in some areas is very disappointing. Yesterday, DxOMark released the camera evaluation score of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Exynos). This smartphone scores 131 points ranking 13th. It trails behind two years old smartphones like the Huawei P40 and Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra. Many 2020 flagships have better cameras than the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. On DxOMark, the photo score is 134 points while the video score is 114 points.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
The new Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Exynos) is a phone full of accolades. Samsung also says the Exynos 2200 is its fastest chip ever, and the 6.8-inch screen is its brightest display yet. Furthermore, the Samsung S22 Ultra is also the first S-series model with a built-in S-Pen, a feature previously exclusive to the Note series.
In the camera array, the main module is a 108-megapixel sensor that combines nine pixels into one in low light, resulting in a very large 2.4μm pixel size. There’s also a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and two dedicated telephoto cameras. The task of mid-range telephoto is taken up by a 3x lens with 10-megapixel resolution. For more extreme long-range magnifications, it comes with a 10x periscope-style module. Also, the main camera also features an ultra-low-reflection nano-coating designed to reduce lens flare.
In video mode, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is capable of recording 8K footage at 24 frames per second. It can also record 4K resolution files at up to 60 frames per second.
Key camera specs:
- Main camera: 108MP 1/1.33-inch sensor, 0.8μm pixels, 85-degree field of view, f/1.8 aperture lens, OIS, PDAF
- Ultra Wide Angle: 12MP 1/2.55-inch sensor, 1.4μm pixels, 120-degree field of view, f/2.2 aperture lens, Dual Pixel AF
- Telephoto: 10MP 1/3.52-inch sensor, 1.12μm pixels, 11-degree field of view, f/4.9 aperture lens, dual-pixel autofocus, 10x optical zoom
- Telephoto 2: 10-megapixel 1/3.52-inch sensor, 1.12μm pixels, 36-degree field of view, f/2.4 aperture lens, dual-pixel AF, 3x optical zoom
- Laser autofocus
- 8K up to 24fps, 4K up to 60fps, 1080p up to 60fps (tested at 4K/30fps)
- HDR10+ video (can be turned off by default as an option in advanced video recording settings, not tested)
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Exynos) test summary
- Satisfactory white balance and color in any situation
- Good exposure in most scenes
- Wide dynamic range
- Natural simulated bokeh effect
- Good color and exposure at all zoom settings
- Fast and smooth autofocus in video
- Good exposure and wide dynamic range in bright light and indoor video
- Decent color and skin tones in the video
- Good video stabilization when walking during shooting
- Autofocus is slow for photos in many lighting conditions
- Occasional local loss of detail in dark areas of HDR scenes
- Luminance noise in most lighting conditions
- Image artifacts, including ringing, ghosting, and hue shift
- Slight shadow clipping and choppy white balance in low-light video
- Inconsistent sharpness between video frames when the camera moves while shooting, especially in low light
- Texture artifacts appear in high-contrast video scenes