Latest Galaxy S11 leak seemingly corroborates huge camera upgrades
The Galaxy S11's camera is named after NASA's Hubble Telescope
According to information received by GalaxyClub, Samsung has developed the Galaxy S11’s rear camera setup under the codename ‘Hubble.’ The moniker is a reference to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and is presumably indicative of the company’s plans to substantially upgrade its cameras.
Samsung’s most premium smartphones have supported 2x optical zoom since the summer of 2017. With the upcoming Galaxy S11, though, the company is reportedly going to make the switch over to an all-new periscope-like lens that supports 5x optical zoom. The upgrade should allow Samsung to better compete with rival Huawei, which first introduced 5x zoom earlier this year, and pull ahead of Apple, which still relies on 2x optical zoom.
It’s unclear what sensor will be paired with the upgraded lens but support for impressive levels hybrid and digital zoom are to be expected thanks to the data gathered by the main sensor. Huawei, for example, offers 10x hybrid zoom and an outstanding 50x digital zoom but Samsung could take things even further by updating its other sensors.
The extra data gathered by a 108-megapixel camera versus a regular 12-megapixel sensor, in turn, may improve Samsung’s hybrid and digital zoom vastly. Therefore, zoom levels in the region of 15x and 75x respectively could be made possible, although this is pure speculation at this stage.
A Deep Fusion alternative and an improved Night Mode
Accompanying everything mentioned above will reportedly be a dedicated Time-of-Flight sensor that gathers accurate depth data for improved portrait photography and more accurate AR content. Additionally, an ultra-wide-angle camera is to be expected although details about its resolution and field-of-view are yet to be revealed.
Despite the lack of concrete information, rumors suggest Samsung is also preparing a new software feature that’ll rival Apple’s recently released Deep Fusion. The latter captures nine photos that are analyzed and later fused together by the iPhone 11’s Neural Engine, which selects the best individual pixels to optimize detail, lighting, and color. Out of the nine photos, four images with a short exposure and four regular ones are taken before the shutter button is pressed. The remaining shot is a long-exposure photo that’s taken as soon as the button is touched and the whole process takes just 1 second.