Samsung Galaxy S23 Telephoto Camera Might Disappoint Shutterbugs

We’re about two months away from Samsung’s next big Unpacked event, but the rumor mill is mostly focused on next year’s flagship instead. Given what we’ve heard about the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 so far, there might not be any reason to get excited about the next foldable phones anyway. Unless prices drop significantly and reliability increases significantly, many consumers will still view these devices as niche and luxury items. Of course, more consumers are looking forward to the Galaxy S23 series due to launch in 2023, but that too could come as a disappointment, especially for those hoping Samsung will step up its photography game.

To be fair, Samsung phone cameras aren’t all that bad. Even the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which was heavily criticized for using hardware from previous years, performed decently in real-world use. The problem, at least as far as public perception goes, is that Samsung is holding back, seemingly for no apparent reason. The company has numerous image sensors that it boasts of, but not all of them end up in Samsung’s own high-end smartphones.

The Galaxy S23 can’t break away from tradition, at least based on information gathered by GalaxyClub. According to the sources of the Dutch website, the 2023 flagship will not receive a telephoto camera upgrade. That alone might be a little daunting, but it’s only part of the Galaxy S23’s camera history, which some avid phone photographers might find unfortunate given the competition in the market.

Galaxy S23 camera details leak

The Galaxy S23 telephoto camera will reportedly have the same 10-megapixel sensor as the Galaxy S22 this year, as well as the same 3x optical zoom capability. It should be noted that Samsung only recently upgraded to this camera in 2022, but that in itself is a strike against it. While other companies have already introduced 5x or higher levels of optical zoom, Samsung seems to be dragging its feet in this area.

However, that’s not the only thing that may stay the same. The Galaxy S23 Ultra is rumored to get one of Samsung’s 200MP sensors for its main camera, but the cheaper Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ models may stick with the same 50MP sensor found in the Galaxy S22. Again, Samsung might not be too quick to jump ship after launching this camera this year, but it’s not as if it hasn’t launched better sensors since then. Of course, it’s also possible that the company made this decision to encourage consumers to buy the high-end Galaxy S23 Ultra when it launches.

A bigger issue, however, is the Galaxy S23’s ultra-wide camera, which is said to still use the same 12-megapixel sensor we’ve seen since the Galaxy S20 5G model. Not only has it not received any upgrades – at least according to the sources – but has also reportedly been left behind by the competition. Some competing photography-centric smartphones have adopted the strategy of using essentially the same sensors for their wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle cameras to narrow the difference in quality between the two. Samsung Galaxy S23 Telephoto Camera Might Disappoint Shutterbugs


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