Camera module fully upgraded Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra hands-on experience

As a leader in Android smartphones, the Galaxy S flagship series products released by Samsung at the beginning of each year will always bring some innovative experiences to users. In addition to using the top-level hardware configuration, it also leads the industry in design. A typical example is the hyperboloid screen design of the Galaxy S6 edge. Today, a large part of domestic mobile phones still use this screen design.

With the rise of domestic mobile phones in recent years and reasons well-known last week, the Samsung Galaxy S series' market share in the country shrank for a while. In the face of this competition, Samsung not only launched the conventionally upgraded S20 + And S20, also launched the flagship hardware configuration and the world's top camera module in one product-Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

"Hundred times zoom", "Billion-megapixel", and "8K video recording" tags that were originally only found on digital cameras are now implemented on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. The appearance of this product has also brought more possibilities for mobile phone camera photography functions. Below I will give you a hands-on experience with this product.

The first is the appearance. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra also surpassed the Note 10+ released last year by 6.9 inches. Of course, as Samsung's flagship series, the S20 Ultra also uses its own best screen on the screen. It adopts a 20: 9 ultra-sensory full-view screen and supports WQHD + (3200 x 1440) resolution. This screen is in the S20 series. The biggest upgrade is to add support for a high refresh rate of 120Hz. However, for the consideration of power consumption and screen life, Samsung does not support the setting of WQHD + and 120Hz at the same time. Although it is for the user's long-term battery life, this type of setting forcing users to make choices has been criticized by many people.

Recently, with the frequent publicity of various manufacturers, I believe that everyone is no stranger to the concept of high refresh rate screens. Since last year's OnePlus 7 Pro, smartphone products have upgraded the refresh rate to 90Hz, which has brought very good to users. Experience. By the beginning of 2020, various flagships are also working hard on screens, and high-refresh screens have become standard for flagship products. Whether it is text brushing, waterfall, or gaming, the high-refresh screen can effectively reduce smear when used, and high frame rate game support also brings users a very smooth picture. Compared to other hardware upgrades, high-refresh A high-level screen experience upgrade is the most intuitive. The following is the actual demo difference between the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra with 120Hz refresh rate and 60Hz. The biggest difference in the design of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the hyperboloid on both sides of the screen. With the follow-up of curved screens by some companies, when some manufacturers even came up with the waterfall screen design, Samsung went the other way, reducing the screen curvature and returning to a design style similar to the previous 2.5D glass. If you observe carefully, you can't even notice the existence of the curved surface. Unlike the previous clever designs that use curved surfaces to reduce the sides of the phone from the visual effect, the S20 Ultra directly narrows the sides and narrows the distance from the screen side to the border. Later, it provides the same visual effects as the curved surface design, and the entire screen is on a flat surface, and there is no phenomenon of "light leakage" due to refraction on both sides of the curved surface. At the same time, this design can reduce the occurrence of false touch on curved screen .

In order to allow users to have a better visual experience, the three Samsung Galaxy S20 series phones have reduced the size of the opening in the screen. The same center design as the Note 10 will not affect the notification bar and time display on the left and right sides. It retains the previous user ’s visual habits for mobile phones. Due to the reduced size, there is no obvious interference when watching movies and playing games in full screen. In addition, as you can see from the above picture, the width of the top frame of the S20 Ultra is 1.5mm. With the small curved surfaces on both sides, the width of the black border is minimized, and the visual perception of the screen is very comfortable.

The frame part of S20 Ultra is made of 7S10 aviation aluminum. Its hardness is 20% higher than that of 7033. It provides better protection for the whole machine. The front screen and the frame are more natural. The back glass is more curved than the middle frame. There will be a noticeable change in the transition, but because the position is closer to the edge of the screen, the hand feeling during holding is not affected. The weight of the 220g is not particularly exaggerated in large-screen mobile phones, and it is acceptable.

In order to ensure the reliability of the screen, the S20 Ultra is equipped with Corning Gorilla's sixth-generation glass. The fingerprint unlocking is still the way of ultrasound on the screen. It is the same as the previous S10 series. In actual use, it feels that the fingerprint unlocking speed of the S20 will be slightly faster. Due to the large volume of the rear camera module, the entire module has a very obvious bump. If it is placed directly on the table, it will obviously lay a layer. If it is used normally, it may cause a fall, glass. Although the surface is good-looking, it is easy to get fingerprints and needs to be wiped frequently. Therefore, the protective case has become an essential accessory for users who buy the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

The prominent camera module has been mentioned in the appearance. Next, we will focus on taking pictures. One of the major upgrade points of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the camera module on the back. The 108M pixel sensor has left us extremely Impressive: Not only is the pixel high, this sensor is also very large. In good light, it can capture so many details, and we can crop the image without losing quality.

If the size of a 100-megapixel photo is too large, Samsung uses a technology called "virtual image merge" by default. This technology combines nine pixels into one pixel. By default, the photo is taken. The final result is a 12MP Photos (9: 1 output on 108MP cameras), and 108MP can be turned on in the settings interface when needed.

108MP photos and 12MP output sizes for comparison (scaling at the same time, 12MP photos in the upper right corner)

Because the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is equipped with a larger camera sensor, especially the 1 / 1.33-inch main camera, the amount of light is further increased, not only the color performance is richer, but also the noise in the night photos will be well controlled.

Looking at the shooting advantages of 100 million pixels from the above perspectives, it is obvious, but the use of outsole sensors will also cause some problems, such as the depth of field effect that can not be avoided when taking photos, especially when shooting documents, because The focus point is close, and the edges of the picture will be blurred, resulting in unclear text. The same close-up shot of the object will also have this problem, depending on the focus point, the front or back of the shot will show different degrees of blur.

Too close to the shooting object will cause the edge blurring problem (above the car roof and the trailer are all blurry)

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra's rear 4-camera also includes a 48MP f / 3.5 telephoto camera, a 12MP f / 2.2 wide-angle camera, and a ToF depth-of-field camera. In terms of zooming, it can provide a zoom effect up to 100 times. Although it is said that the screen shakes very much under the 100X zoom state, even if there is a finder frame indicating the position, the area that needs to be enlarged cannot be accurately found. At the same time, there is still a problem that the object cannot be seen clearly at 100x zoom However, zoom is still a very useful feature for mobile phone shooting. Even though 100 times seems to have no practical value, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra can perform excellently at 2 times or even 10 times zoom. Zoom power now. This kind of zoom is very suitable for shooting distant text. I can clearly capture the line map in the subway by using the 5x zoom, which saves time for closer viewing. And in the case of zoom shooting, you can still use the 108M mode to increase details.

Turn on 5x zoom for subway map

4x zoom shooting

10x zoom shooting

In terms of video shooting, Samsung has also worked hard to provide 8K video video recording. The significance of this shooting is that it makes it easier to crop photos or videos without sacrificing details. Even if the final output is 12MP and 1080P, it can provide a high degree of freedom when editing the work. When shooting 8K video, users can also take 33MP photos on the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Just tap the camera app and it will provide a 33MP snapshot to capture the situation at the time.

Switching from photo shooting to video shooting, the scene in the framing frame will be cropped to ensure image stabilization

In the video shooting mode, in order to ensure the anti-shake effect, the camera crops the shooting picture. Compared with the shooting mode, the picture in the viewfinder frame is enlarged after the video recording mode is turned on. Moreover, when the focus is slightly lagging during video shooting, auto-focusing always has a delay that is visible to the naked eye.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra video shooting focus demonstration

Samsung's "Super Fast" charging has also returned on the S20 Ultra. The maximum power of the optional charger is 45W, but it may be for safety reasons that the maximum power of the charger included in the box is 25W. The Galaxy S20 Ultra can also achieve 15W wireless fast charging. Of course, you can directly connect to the display through the Type-C interface to implement the DeX mode, and use the phone screen as a keyboard and touchpad.

In terms of actual experience, this time the S20 Ultra has greatly improved its photography through the stacking of hardware. It has very good imaging quality and color, but the blur of the corresponding outsole sensor has also made some close-range items. Shooting has undesired blurring, and the shooting of the document is not good. Although the significance of the Samsung S20 Ultra is far beyond its actual value, the camera module with the highest specifications currently allows us to see a brand new possibility of mobile phone photography, and also opens up a new direction for mobile phone photography. Brand-new hardware, brand-new design and excellent screen quality combined with the outstanding overall performance of the Samsung S series. With the upgrade and optimization of the camera, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra will become a new benchmark for mobile phone photography in the true sense.