Samsung has fixed our biggest complaint about the Galaxy S10 camera!

Samsung has fixed our biggest complaint about the Galaxy S10 camera!
The Samsung Galaxy S10 series are very good all-around phones. They have tons of features and utilities that enrich the day-to-day life of a smartphone fan and incredibly good cameras. However, a choice that Samsung made for the phones kind of baffled us and left us disappointed when we were reviewing them.

See, when using the Live Focus mode (Samsung's version of Portrait Mode), the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ would use their main wide angle camera. That's not the best lens to use for portraits and it's baffling because the S10 and S10+ do have a telephoto lens on the back. To top it off, Samsung has already done Live Focus with telephoto lenses in the past — starting with the Note 8, two years ago.


So, that was kind of annoying, and we — as well as many other smartphone users and fans — were mildly annoyed by this weird choice. We made that comparison shot above for the review and you can clearly see that the 2019 Galaxy S10+ is distorting the features of our subject and capturing a whole lot of background, while the 2018 Galaxy Note 9 gives us a much better representation of the model while successfully muting the background.

However, we are happy to say that Samsung has recently fixed this "problem" on the Galaxy S10!

It seems to be a silent addition that came with a recent update, as we can't really find it in a changelog. However, when we open the Camera app right now and go to Live focus, we get to actually choose whether to use the telephoto or the wide-angle lens! Now, that was a surprise to be sure... but a welcome one!

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Galaxy S10
  • Display 6.1" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh
Galaxy S10+
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4100 mAh

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21 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

The first choice was to use main to capture person and the 52mm does the defocus. This because main cam has better hardware, so quality would be better. Mainly at night or indoor shots.

10. SayMobile

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

S10 has also got an Update for a Dedicated night mode , so that we can manually switch to Night Mode now whever we want unlike the auto switch On mode that was present earlier. Further image quality for the Night Shots has also been significantlly improved after its latest update. Guess DXO mark needs to retest the phone now ,it would come out with higher points now.

3. blingblingthing

Posts: 953; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Good work Samsung. Alot of updates since launch. When will the XS Max get is it's night mode and HDR video etc?

6. User123456789

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

HDR video has to be supported by CPU. Since Apple wrongly believes their SDR video is better than HDR videos, you should not expect any soon.

18. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

https://youtu.be/f3MVEGr_hgw That if you think HDR videos are good enough!.

22. blingblingthing

Posts: 953; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Was the video he used mastered in HDR? Also, HDR sould be washing out some colors and brightening most others if I'm not mistaken. So washed out blacks, so you'll see more details in suits etc while just about everything else is more saturated.

12. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Night mode in android is gimmick.

13. thefantasticspastic

Posts: 21; Member since: May 27, 2019

Google and Huawei prove otherwise, it's a very useful feature as long as it's done right

14. oldskool50

Posts: 1491; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Why? Because the iPhone doesn't have it? That's not your fault. But its not ours. If Apple had it though and we didn't t, you would be clinging to it tighter than a glass of water in the Sahara desert.

21. dazed1

Posts: 798; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

@iloveapps, agree not worth it, pure gimmick! IPhonexs, https://images.anandtech.com/galleries/7148/IXS_IMG_0709.jpg P30p,https://images.anandtech.com/galleries/7148/P30Pro_IMG_20190604_232547.jpg Time to go to sleep, and never post again

5. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 151; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Every manufacturer should get it right from the start after all these years.

9. blingblingthing

Posts: 953; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Updates don't mean the initial software was crap. E.g. The camera from the start was way better than the iPhone ( not really a fair example since the iPhone isn't some top dog). But since the start, the night mode was added and now other improvements have been made.

7. firebird191

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 05, 2019

I'd just install Gcam

8. DroidGuy

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 10, 2018

I can't find that on my unlocked S10+ and I have the May 2019 update

19. paul.k

Posts: 294; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Slow rollout I suppose. Hang in there

20. rsiders

Posts: 1950; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

That's dope that Samsung did this for their users and didn't reply on the 'you get what you get' model.

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