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Samsung Galaxy Note10+ Smartphone Review - Performance

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Samsung Galaxy Note10+ Performance 

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.



Samsung Galaxy Note10+ Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Overall, colours are accurate, dynamic range is good, clarity is excellent and images captured in good light really 'pop'. In fact, you have to look quite close to spot the flaws which include the occasional bit of purple fringing and over-cooking greens. 

The Live Focus mode is a great tool and introduces believable bokeh to portraits and selfies. You can also play around with zoom blur, radial blur and colour pop images. However, clipping is an issue with a loss of definition on edges and shooting towards light can introduce a level of haziness and less contrast to shots. 

Selfies are lovely and sharp, partly down to AF featuring on the front-facing camera, and skin tones are accurate. 

Night mode is a useful feature but to get the best out of it, you really need to put the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ on a tripod. Results are still very noisy and lack detail but to say the room was completely dark, it's done a decent job. 


Completely Dark Photo Mode | f/1.5 | 4.3 mm | ISO 1250
Completely Dark Photo Mode 
Completely Dark Night Mode | 0.3 sec | f/1.5 | 4.3 mm | ISO 1250
Completely Dark Night Mode
Small Levels Of Light Photo Mode | f/1.5 | 4.3 mm | ISO 1250
Small Levels Of Light Photo Mode 
Small Levels Of Light Night Mode | 0.3 sec | f/1.5 | 4.3 mm | ISO 1250
Small Levels Of Light Night Mode 


Overall, it's an impressive camera that has lots of tools for a photographer to use and most will be very happy with the results. 


Samsung Galaxy Note10+ Lens test images

Lens Performance -  You get access to an ultra-wide, wide (standard) and telephoto lens on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and while all three perform well, you get the best results from the wide/standard lens. Although, the telephoto lens is good, too, producing sharp images with accurate colours (greens can be oversaturated on occasion). The ultra-wide lacks the sharpness seen from the wide/standard lens but that doesn't mean image quality is poor as this is far from the truth. You also have to watch out for fringing when using the ultra-wide lens as it can be seen around the edges of trees, particularly when shooting in the direction of the sun, and if strong sunlight does creep into frame, it can cause exposure problems. 

After 2X zoom, the smartphone turns to digital which you can use all the way up to 10X and for a digital zoom, results aren't bad. They're not brilliant but nowhere near as bad as we've seen on other smartphones so well done Samsung. The telephoto lens performed well but like the ultra-wide-lens, purple fringing did creep into edges occasionally. 

One area all three lenses struggled with was in lower light levels but results weren't terrible, they just lacked a little sharpness in comparison to shots captured in 'good light'. 


Samsung Galaxy Note10+ ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - You can change the ISO from ISO50-400 which is a bit limited when you compare it to Huawei's and Honor smartphones which go into the thousands. Having said that, all of the ISO options do a good job at capturing detail with falloff only really noticeable on ISO400-800. 


Samsung Galaxy Note10+ White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - AWB (Auto White Balance) did a good job under all three lighting scenarios with only Tungsten looking a little bit warm. There are no Tungsten or Fluorescent presets built-in so we were unable to test these options. 


Samsung Galaxy Note10+ Digital filters

Digital Filters - Digital Filters include various colourful looks as well as black & white options. Some are demonstrated above. 




Panoramas - Panoramas are easy to capture and are well stitched but there is purple fringing creeping into the treeline and the sky is oversaturated in one fo the shots. Other colours are accurate, though, and sharpness is good. The dynamic range is, also, pretty wide and the smartphone has handled this pretty well. 





Video - Videos are captured in 4K UHD, 1080p FHD and 720p HD at various frames per second. Plus, Super Slow-mo (HD only), Slow-motion and Hyperlapse are built-in and video can be captured with the selfie camera. A super steady mode is built in to keep footage smooth but it's only available when shooting FullHD but VDIS (Video Digital Image Stabilization) is available along with the ability to use up to 10x digital zoom and tracking AF.

Video quality is good with accurate colours and smooth panning but to capture the best footage, you really need to use the super steady mode otherwise videos can look a bit bumpy. 

A cool feature, available on both the rear/front cameras (when shooting FHD), is Live Focus mode so you can introduce special effect/bokeh to your videos. There's also a Zoom-In Mic feature which helps you record better sound by amplifying the audio you want to hear and focusing less on background noise.

The Live Focus mode is easy to set-up but it can be a bit tricky keeping what you want to be in focus sharp and as you'll see from the below footage, the camera easily slips back in and out of focus when using this mode. Still, it's a cool feature and when it works, results are great. There's a fun 'Glitch' mode which introduces colours and lines to your videos and you can colour pop, too. 

We do have to applaud Samsung, though, as this technology is built into a smartphone which is still a device that was originally created to make phone calls and now, they're capable of adding effects to videos which would take an age to do manually in video editing software!  

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