Early Samsung Galaxy S20+ and Ultra camera samples compared to iPhone 11 Pro Max, S10+, Pixel 4 XL

Early Samsung Galaxy S20+ and Ultra camera samples compared to iPhone 11 Pro Max, S10+, Pixel 4 XL
Samsung's new triple release Galaxy S-line strategy brings higher average prices, and you'd be forgiven if you want to know what you get for the hefty tags that start at $999 if you don't count the preorder bonuses. 

As usual, everyone wants the Galaxy S20 Ultra, but most will settle for the S20 or S20+ given the price differences. Granted, the Ultra is the one that sports the top periscope zoom and high-res main camera that will allow for some clever up to 100x "Space Zoom" hybrid optical/digital magnification, but the S20/S20+ have a brand new main camera, too. 

The 12MP sensor on the S20 and S20 Plus models is 65% larger than the one in the Galaxy S10 or Note 10 series, says Samsung, and that is why we are expecting some pretty interesting camera comparisons to start flooding the airwaves soon.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus vs iPhone 11 Pro Max vs Pixel 4 XL camera samples and video comparison


In the meantime, you can preview a very early indoor camera samples comparison between a Dubai store floor unit of the Galaxy S20+, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, on one hand, and the Pixel 4 XL, on the other, in the following categories:

  • Samsung Galaxy S20+ wide angle shots (12.2MP sensor) comparison with Pixel 4 XL and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+ telephoto shots (64MP sensor & 3x hybrid optical zoom) with Pixel 4 XL and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+ 30x hybrid zoom with Pixel 4 XL with the camera PX mod to enable 30x zoom on the Pixel 4 XL.
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+ 8K sample video.


The full-res Galaxy S20+ sample photos and videos can be previewed at this 1GB+ download link, and since this will be the main camera rivalry this season, barring the Ultra, they should be an interesting read. 



Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Plus vs S20 Ultra camera specs differences



The Galaxy S20 Ultra is quite a bit thicker than Samsung's S20+ or the S20 even. This should serve as a hint that it is the exclusive bearer of Samsung's first periscope zoom setup that offers 5x optical, 10x hybrid, and 100x digital "Space Zoom" magnification. 

That crazy zoom level is achieved by a hybrid optical/digital efforts when coupled with crops and pixel-binning from the ultra high-res 108MP main sensor and the 48MP telephoto camera.

The S20+ and S20 use the same hybrid cropping and binning to reach the advertised 30x "Space Zoom" levels, but from a 64MP camera with 3x hybrid optical zoom, so the ultimate magnification total is much smaller. In both cases, however, we don't expect the largest zoom numbers to produce anything but passable results, as you can see in the samples above.

 
The S20 and S20+, however, come with new 12MP sensors that sport huge 1.8 micron pixels, much larger than the 0.8 micron dots of the 108MP sensor reserved for the Ultra. Samsung still managed to set the Ultra apart by introducing the Nonacell technology, combining nine adjacent pixels into one to reach the whopping 2.4 micron virtual pixel size on its most expensive S-line phone to date.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs Galaxy S10+ camera samples comparison


Needless to say, this is a very early and improvised floor comparison to draw any drastic conclusions from, and, given that the Galaxy S20+ is a Dubai unit here, it is most likely running on the Exynos chipset, so your Snapdragon 865 machine may vary slightly, too.

As a bonus, the same photog who made the rounds with the Galaxy S20 Ultra 100x Space Zoom being compared to a $6000 professional Sony camera plus zoom lens combo, managed to snap an impromptu Samsung S20 Ultra vs Galaxy S10+ camera samples comparison, can you spot the differences?

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Galaxy S20+
  • Display 6.7 inches
    3200 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Quad camera)
    10 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, 12GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4500 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI
Pixel 4 XL
  • Display 6.3 inches
    3040 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3700 mAh
  • OS Android 10
iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • Display 6.5 inches
    2688 x 1242 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera)
    12 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A13 Bionic, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3969 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x

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