Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra - Five Cameras, 8K Video, 10x Optical Zoom
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The newly introduced Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has a total of five cameras – 12 MP ultra-wide, 108 MP wide, two 10 MP telephoto cameras and a 40 MP selfie camera. All of them can record 4K UHD video at up to 60 frames per second, and the 108MP main camera can also record 8K video at 24 frames per second. The phone also has features like Director's View, Night Mode and 8K Video Snap.

As expected, Samsung recently presented the new Galaxy smartphones and some other new devices at an online event called “Unpacked”. At the top of the S21 range is the Galaxy S21 Ultra. I find this phone and its cameras very interesting. Let's take a quick look at it.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Samsung's new S21 Ultra has a new design for the camera bump on the back of the phone. It's still thicker than the rest of the phone, but it blends in better. Personally, I'd love to see the phone as thick as the camera while filling the extra space inside with a larger capacity battery. What do you think? Do you prefer a thin design or longer battery life?

Galaxy S21 Ultra cameras. Source: Samsung

The 6.8-inch AMOLED display offers an adaptive refresh rate of 10 to 120 Hz and a peak brightness of 1,500 nits. The casing of the phone measures 75.6 x 165.1 x 8.9 millimeters, weighs 229 g and is IP68 protected for protection against moisture and dust. The battery has a capacity of 5,000 mAh and supports 25 W fast charging or 15 W wireless charging. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is available in two colors – phantom black and phantom silver.

Galaxy S21 Ultra. Source: Samsung

Aside from the fact that the phone no longer has a headphone jack, it also no longer has an SD card slot. It comes with 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of internal storage. The 512 GB version has 16 GB of RAM, while all other versions have 12 GB. In most regions, the phone will feature the new 5nm Snapdragon 888 processor and in other regions the new Samsung Exynos processor.

Five cameras

Do you remember the Light L16 device announced in 2015 with 16 cameras in one housing? When it started shipping in 2017, I wrote that folded telephoto lens technology was finally finding its way into smartphones. With a lot of the latest smartphones, and especially the new S21 Ultra, we are slowly getting there to match the somewhat bizarre look of a device with many cameras on the back.

Light L16Light L16 – Will Smartphones Look Like This Soon? Source: light

The Galaxy S21 Ultra has a total of five cameras – four cameras on the back of the phone and a front-facing selfie camera:

  • 12MP ultra-wide camera with 1: 2.2 lens, 120 ° FOV and Super Speed ​​Dual Pixel AF
  • 108MP wide-angle camera with 1: 1.8 lens, 83˚ field of view, laser autofocus (PDAF) and optical stabilization. The size of the sensor is 1 / 1.33 ". According to Samsung, the sensor can stitch 9 pixels (3 × 3) together and produce a cleaner 12-megapixel photo for better low-light performance.

S21 Ultra – 10x telephoto camera. Source: SamsungS21 Ultra – 10x telephoto camera. Source: Samsung

  • Two 10 megapixel telephoto cameras – The phone uses two camera modules for telephoto focal lengths. One is a 3x zoom camera (35 ° FOV) with a f / 2.4 lens and the other is a new 10x zoom camera (10 ° FOV) with an f / 4.9 double-fold lens (periscope) . The new 10x zoom lens should improve results with the Samsung 100x space zoom, which uses a combination of optical and digital zoom with some software improvements. The zoom lock can stabilize recordings in zoom mode.
  • 40MP selfie camera with 1: 2.2 lens, 80˚ field of view and phase detection AF (PDAF).

Galaxy S21 Ultra cameras. Source: Samsung

Logically, only the 108MP main camera can record an 8K video (7680 × 4320), which is also limited to 24 fps. It's good to hear from Samsung that 4K UHD (3840 × 2160) video recording at up to 60 fps is available on all of the phone's cameras. Unfortunately, there is no 10-bit mode like the new iPhone 12 Pro. The 8K video snap function can get 33MP still images from the 8K clips.

S21 Ultra – Director & # 39; s View. Source: Samsung

Another interesting camera feature is the new night mode, which takes a series of photos and stack them to get less noise in the resulting bright image. In Director View, users can view images from all cameras at the same time to choose the right angle.

Price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will be available soon, and pricing starts at $ 1,299.

Are you using Android or iOS on your mobile device? What do you think of the new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra? Let us know in the comments below the article.


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