Tuesday, 13 August 2019 20:39

VIDEO: Samsung's Galaxy Note10+ 5G gets top DxOMark score for front, rear photos, and video


Beating out the Huawei P30 Pro to now sit atop the DxOMark chart, the full DxOMark review has been published, and as you can expect, there's plenty of dispute in the article's comments, but Samsung can now claim the best smartphone cameras available.

DxOMark's review of the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G's cameras is now available, with a rigorous breakdown of all the elements, with plenty of photos, videos, zooms, crops and a YouTube video highlighting the pros and cons, too.

Naturally, Samsung is very pleased, noting the Note10+ 5G "has received the number one ranking on the DxOMark both front facing and rear facing cameras, as well as the top score for video", and explains that "the DxOMark scale provides a ranking system to evaluate the image and video quality of smartphone cameras".

In the article, you can see comparisons of photos between the Note 10+ 5G, the S10 series, the Huawei P30 Pro and the iPhone XS Max.

The Galaxy Note10+ 5G was unveiled during last week’s Unpacked event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, alongside the Galaxy Note10+ which delivers the same image and video quality experience, with iTWire's writeup of the event featuring several videos including the full and must-see keynote presentation here

Samsung is keen to remind us all that its Note10 and Note10+ models "put state-of-the-art tools to capture stunning video and photos at users’ fingertips and have been built with content creators and everyday users in mind. Through a combination of advanced imaging technology and software, the Galaxy Note10 takes videography and photography to the next level, allowing the user’s social media channels, stories and posts to make an even bigger impact".

We're also told that the "Galaxy Note10+ 5G scored first place distinction on the DxOMark Selfie scale for its front facing camera with a score of 99, and it also received first place, earning an overall mobile score of 113, for its rear cameras".

Here is DxOMark's video on the Note10+ 5G's cameras:

The DxOMark review makes the following conclusion, with the article definitely recommended to read in full.

"With the continued improvement of camera performance for both mid-range models and cheaper flagship devices, there’s pressure on Samsung to keep improving the image quality on its premium devices. Fortunately, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G does just that.

"Thanks to hardware advancements such as a new chipset and a wider aperture on the tele-camera, improved algorithms and fine-tuning, the Note 10+ 5G has further improved on the excellent performance of previous high-end Samsung devices, making it the top-ranked device for image quality in our database.

"It’s a solid all-rounder, with excellent still image and video quality in most lighting conditions. The Note 10+ 5G’s combination of excellent exposure, colour, detail and bokeh for stills, together with excellent all round video, means that it steals the top-spot spoils from the Huawei P30 Pro for now."

Here are the pros and cons for the photo and video capabilities:

Photo pros

  • Fast, accurate and repeatable autofocus
  • Accurate target exposures outdoors and indoors with wide dynamic range
  • Pleasant bokeh with good blur gradient and nice spotlights
  • Well-controlled noise
  • Vivid and pleasant color in most conditions
  • Good detail in zoom shots at close and medium range
  • High detail in flash shots

Video pros

  • Good detail in indoor and outdoor videos
  • Well-managed noise in indoor and outdoor videos
  • Generally good exposure with wide dynamic range
  • Bright and vivid color
  • Fast, accurate and repeatable autofocus
  • Effective stabilization

Photo cons

  • Ringing, aliasing, and loss of localized detail
  • Some oversaturated color and occasional white balance casts
  • Occasional noise in dark areas in indoor and outdoor shots
  • Some depth estimation failures in bokeh shots
  • Fine detail lost in long-range zoom shots

Video cons

  • Pinkish color cast in low light
  • Coarse noise in low light
  • Loss of texture in low light
  • Exposure instabilities when tracking 

Samsung notes that the Note10 and Note10+ are "equipped to capture pro-grade video without requiring extra gear. Featuring Live focus video and Zoom-In Mic to enhance and amplify video content, Note10 brings priority subjects – both images and audio – to the forefront. New Super steady stabilizes the footages – even during Hyperlapse mode.

"Galaxy Note10 users can also edit-on-the-go, without having to connect to their PC. The native video editor enables easy editing functionality right on the phone. With the S Pen, users can choose the precise moment they want to trim. Additional features, including Screen recorder, AR Doodle, 3D Scanner and Night Mode on the front facing camera, round out an upgraded Galaxy Note10 camera experience that has resulted in this high accolade from DxOMark."


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