Samsung Galaxy Note20 vs Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra Camera Photo Quality Comparison

We’ve tested 2 flagship Samsung phones from latest Note 20 series based on Android OS platform with enormous zoom up to 50x (Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra model only). Are we impressed or disappointed?

Samsung Galaxy Note20 vs Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra Main/Tele 1x 2x 3x 4x 5x 10x Camera Zoom Photo Quality Comparison

Image quality comparison – pixel-peeping analysis of indoor performance under good LED lighting conditions of two latest and greatest Samsung Note series models from year 2020. Who is the best? Who is the winner? Watch this video to find out!

 

IMPORTANT: Samsung Galaxy Note series latest models are officially branded as Note20, however, on many websites it is erroneously marked as Note 20 (notice the separation space between “Note” and “20” keywords!).

This is confusing both for end-users and search engines, and we are not sure why Samsung created such a confusion in the first place. Alternative labeling would be a simple Note 20 or Note N20 marking, but Samsung opted for the shortest possible one.

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

Photo Resolution: 12 MP 4000×3000 pixels (native 4:3 ratio)
Main Camera System: 108 MP 1/1.33″ / 0.8 um pitch nonacell sensor with f/1.8 aperture / 26 mm focal length / 79 degrees field of view
Tele Camera System: 12 MP with f/3.0 aperture and 120 mm focal length
Wide Camera System: 12 MP with 1.4µm f/2.2 sensor and 13mm focal length 120 degrees field of view
Tele Zoom Range: 5x Optical / Up to 50x combined Hybrid / Digital Super Resolution Zoom

Samsung Galaxy Note20

Photo Resolution: 12 MP 4032×3024 pixels (native 4:3 ratio)
Main Camera System: 12 MP 1/1.76″ / 1.8 um pitch with f/1.8 aperture and 26 mm focal length / 79 degrees field of view
Tele Camera System: 64 MP with 1/2.0″ / 0.8 um pitch sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 27 mm focal length
Wide Camera System: 12 MP with 1.4µm f/2.2 sensor and 13mm focal length 120 degrees field of view
Tele Zoom Range: 3x Hybrid Zoom / Up to 30x Super Resolution Zoom

IMAGE QUALITY ISSUES with Note20 Ultra 😱🙀

If you watched entire video, you could clearly notice that Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra has some serious image quality issues with 2x / 3x / 4x Zoom range. Photos clearly (pun fully intended) appear soft and out of focus, and phone with inferior camera system like Samsung Galaxy Note20 (non-ultra) appears superior on occasion and literally wipes the floor with it. Naturally, that shouldn’t be the case, since Note20 Ultra does have a more advanced camera system overall.

Another possible explanation is that internally tele camera system is not selected / engaged until you reach 5x Zoom setting.

Interesting enough, changing cameras back and front couple of times, restoring camera app’s settings to defaults, selecting Zoom presets on the app’s sidebar, manual zooming, and other voodoo stuff like lens cleaning on the back side, simply does not help! And apparently, we are not the only ones that have noticed this issue – take a look at Samsung’s official support forum.

This is absolutely unacceptable from a phone that costs $1300 USD / 1250 EUR (regular versions at release date). Samsung please fix this ASAP – hopefully it’s a software issue, and not a hardware / production problem.

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