Flashback: A decade of Samsung Galaxy S camera tech

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Samsung Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III was launched in May 2012 10 years back. The S-series has actually progressed dramatically over the previous years and also we wished to evaluate that development and also attempt. Because there is a whole lot to cover, we believed we ought to maintain it straightforward and also concentrate on the cam today.

The 3rd generation S-phone showed up with a solitary 8MP cam on its back and also one 1.9 MP selfie cam on the front. This was prior to the days of multi-camera arrangements, OIS and so forth.

In truth, OIS wouldnt show up up until 2015 and also the Galaxy S6. In 2018 the Galaxy S9+ brought the initial telephoto lens to the collection, the Galaxy S10 5G from the list below year included an ultra vast cam.

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Samsung Galaxy S8+
Samsung Galaxy S9+
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The finest Samsung Galaxy S phones from 2012 to 2022

A fast note the Galaxy S10+ likewise had an ultrawide cam, yet were just taking a look at the very best version of each generation. As well as in 2019 that was the S10 5G, which included 3D ToF sensing units on the back and also the front. That didnt last lengthy and also Samsung at some point returned to the computational strategy to determining the range to things. One more brief function was the double aperture the Galaxy S8+ and also S9+ can change in between f/2.0 for day shots to f/1.5 during the night.

These 2 are accountable for one more brief fad, the iris scanner on the front. This was utilized for biometric verification, yet was decreased in the S10 generation as under-display finger print viewers appeared.

The list below year the initial Galaxy S phone with a periscope showed up (the similarity the Galaxy S4 zoom do not count that wasnt a periscope design lens and also, if were being straightforward, that was extra cam than phone).

The Galaxy S20 Ultra had a periscope with 103mm focal size or 4x optical zoom. That was dual what the previous tele lenses supplied, yet it developed also vast a void for the primary sensing unit to full of electronic zoom. With the Galaxy S21 Ultra onward, Samsung utilized both a conventional telephoto lens (currently at 3x) and also a periscope.

There is a great deal of information to cover, also for simply the cam, so we placed whatever in a table to sum up the development of the Galaxy S collection over the last 10 years and also we have actually consisted of some graphes to imagine the development.

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Samsung Galaxy S cams, 2012-2022

Galaxy S III (2012 ) Galaxy S4 (2013 ) Galaxy S5 (2014 ) Galaxy S6 side (2015 ) Galaxy S7 side (2016 ) Galaxy S8+ (2017 ) Galaxy S9+ (2018 ) Galaxy S10 5G (2019 ) Galaxy S20 Ultra (2020 ) Galaxy S21 Ultra (2021 ) Galaxy S22 Ultra (2022 )
Rear cams
Wide 8MP 13MP 16MP 16MP 12MP 12MP 12MP 12MP 108MP 108MP 108MP
Sensor dimension 1/3″ 1/3.1″ 1/2.6″ 1/2.6″ 1/2.55″ 1/2.55″ 1/2.55″ 1/2.55″ 1/1.33″ 1/1.33″ 1/1.33″
Pixel dimension 1.14 m 1.12 m 1.12 m 1.40 m 1.40 m 1.40 m 1.40 m 0.80 m 0.80 m 0.80 m
Aperture f/2.6 f/2.2 f/2.2 f/1.9 f/1.7 f/1.7 f/1.5 f/1.5 f/1.8 f/1.8 f/1.8
2nd aperture f/2.0 f/2.0
OIS
A decade of tech: the evolution of cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S series, 2012-2022
Galaxy S III (2012 ) Galaxy S4 (2013 ) Galaxy S5 (2014 ) Galaxy S6 side (2015 ) Galaxy S7 side (2016 ) Galaxy S8+ (2017 ) Galaxy S9+ (2018 ) Galaxy S10 5G (2019 ) Galaxy S20 Ultra (2020 ) Galaxy S21 Ultra (2021 ) Galaxy S22 Ultra (2022 )
Ultra vast 16MP 12MP 12MP 12MP
( FoV) 123 120 120 120
( focal size) 12mm 13mm 13mm 13mm
Telephoto 12MP 12MP 10MP 10MP
( magn.) 2x 2x 3x 3x
( focal size) 52mm 52mm 72mm 70mm
Periscope 48MP 10MP 10MP
( magn.) 4x 10x 10x
( focal size) 103mm 240mm 230mm
A decade of tech: the evolution of cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S series, 2012-2022
Galaxy S III (2012 ) Galaxy S4 (2013 ) Galaxy S5 (2014 ) Galaxy S6 side (2015 ) Galaxy S7 side (2016 ) Galaxy S8+ (2017 ) Galaxy S9+ (2018 ) Galaxy S10 5G (2019 ) Galaxy S20 Ultra (2020 ) Galaxy S21 Ultra (2021 ) Galaxy S22 Ultra (2022 )
ToF
Iris scanner
Video (max resolution) 1080p 1080p 4K 4K 4K 4K 4K 4K 8K 8K 8K
A decade of tech: the evolution of cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S series, 2012-2022
Selfie cams
Wide 2MP 2MP 2MP 5MP 5MP 8MP 8MP 10MP 40MP 40MP 40MP

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