Note 10's low-light camera performance may be better than on the S10 family

Note 10's low-light camera performance may be better than on the S10 family
Samsung is not just going to slap the cameras from the Galaxy S10 5G on the Note 10+ and the S10+ on the Note 10 to call it a day, it seems. After yesterday's profusion of specs leaks confirmed that the cameras will be coming with tri-step aperture - f/1.5, 1.8 and 2.4 - instead of the f/1.5 and f/2.4 variable aperture abilities on the Galaxy S10 family.

That's not all there will be to it, however. Our friends from LetsGoDigital have excavated two interesting trademarks that Samsung has filed with the European patent office dubbed AI ISO and Smart ISO that have just been approved recently, ready to go into the Note 10 and 10+ camera software. 

Given the unique tri-step variable aperture, we'd wager to guess that these trademarks hint at ISO sensitivity enhancements and, eventually, improved low-light capabilities for Samsung's upcoming flagships.

Not that the S10 trio does not comprise of some of the best phones for low-light photography already but things could always be better. Apple is planning to soup up the iPhone in precisely the camera department this year, so Samsung isn't leaving anything to chance when it comes to mid-cycle upgrades in that department, too.

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Galaxy Note 10
  • Display 6.3" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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20 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Manual mode is super easy to use. Always better results than Auto. People,still relies on Auto. Then they complain. Just set ISO below 400 and have fun.

2. chris2k5

Posts: 283; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Lol Samsung is so far behind everyone else in terms of camera tech and software. Low ISO will have a severely underexposed photo. Unusable in dark situations.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

How's iPhone in the dark? Lmao

10. pimpin83z

Posts: 591; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

LMAO! Please think before you comment. For years Samsung was the reason why other manufacturers had to step their camera game up. The only reason the Pixel had the best camera of 2016 is because of the Note 7 recall & Samsung playing it safe afterwards.

13. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Cam of note 7 was not going to have different performance of s7

17. pimpin83z

Posts: 591; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Ummmm, it did. My wife has an S7 & I had to go from the Note 7 to the S7E. The performance & image quality was different.

12. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Lower ISO = slower shutter

16. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 593; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Isn't the S10 Plus 5g model in the top 2 or 3 camera's? DxoMark has it as number one. Huawei defiently does the night shots and zoom better but I dont take night pics and i wont be zooming in on things 5x or 10x away heck I barely use 2x. Samsungs 4k 60fps and the daytime shots make it the better camera in my eyes, plus Huawei had yellow tintish images which I saw on Phone Arena but I havent been following if they have fixed it via a update.

20. Fred3

Posts: 561; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Actually after the update Samsung's night performs good. Along with the best. When I was on the beach at night last week everyone needed to use their flash to take picks but I was taking better ones using the night mode. If I could post the pics to show you I would. It surprised me and everyone else lol

7. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Pro mode isn't for everyone, majority of people would rather open their camera app and snap a picture on the fly, rather than go play with manual settings.

5. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

As it should. Their cameras aren't up to flagship standards indoors and in low light conditions, and it was the only reason I ditched my S10+ less than a month after buying it. Yes, they improved it with software updates, but when comparing my wife's S10 to my P30 Pro or my friend's Pixel 3, it was far behind. What they need to fix the most, is that nasty yellowish tint that affects the pictures taken indoors or when light isn't sufficient.

14. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

On manual mode tou could correct white balnce and get rid of warm tones. Something auto could not do for you.

18. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Again, majority of us consumers don't care about the damn Pro mode. I see you using this argument everywhere, and I'm not interested in talking about it. At the end of the day, if I wanted to spend time tinkering with the Pro mode, I would get myself a DSLR. Cameras on smartphones are here to replace compact cameras, open the app and take a picture. Sure a lot find the pro mode useful, but the majority of people never use it, and that's the point. Samsung was the leader in the camera department for years, but they have been lagging behind Google, Huawei, Apple, and few more in this area the past 2 years.

9. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"Note 10's low-light camera performance may be better than on the S10 family " Well it should be like that. It's an expensive upgrade so samsung make sure that it can outdid note 9 and galaxy s10 series on camera and battery. By the way, s10 selfie cam still have no improvement for the past years. I don't do selfie but this is a big letdown for the luxury price.

23. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Better than S10 even? Wow

11. pimpin83z

Posts: 591; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

I hope so. I miss the days where everything on the Note was a huge upgrade from the S.

15. mackan84

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

I still don’t see why these night shots is such a big thing. They are grainy as s*it. Yes I have an iPhone (and it’s sh*ttiest of them all at night, I know) and why I seldom keep these photos at night or just use the flash so at least the face of a certain person looks clean and not grainy and pixelated. These night shots are so grainy and people keep praising them. Even day-photos that don’t look clean stays on my phone. No blur and no grain and I will praise them. At least make the flash and after processing work together in portraits for less grainy pictures. Just look at scene 5 in this:https://www.phonearena.com/news/Portrait-comparison-OnePlus-7-Pro-vs-iPhone-XS-Max-vs-Google-Pixel-3-vs-Galaxy-S10_id116400

19. xeonfire

Posts: 94; Member since: Feb 15, 2014

My Experience with S10+ is that its Camera performance is not that great, mainly due to the over processing. For landscape and building it doesn't really bother me so much. But for for taking pictures of people, faces, etc...S7 Edge camera with its F1.7 is soooooo...much better. Therefore, the addition of the F1.8 may help a bit in overcoming the S10 sometimes too dark sometime too bright pics, I just wish even in auto mode, you can choose which aperture to use.

21. SugitPupillam

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 25, 2019

Not sure I can justify $1400 for a 2X optical zoom...

24. dvlprr

Posts: 70; Member since: May 08, 2019

This AI crap should stop.

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