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Samsung Galaxy S10e Review - Performance

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Samsung Galaxy S10e 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 S10e Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Colour reproduction is very good, with great results under a variety of conditions, and exposure is also very reliable. The auto HDR helps improve dynamic range captured, without looking unnatural. The night mode has produced some great looking photos, with good levels of detail, and good colour reproduction. The optical image stabilisation helps keep the shot steady, even at slower shutter speeds, when using the wide-angle and the telephoto cameras. 

The selfie "Live Focus" mode does a very good job of blurring the background, and there's good detection of the background and the main subject, with the camera correctly focusing on the face, thanks to the selfie camera featuring Auto Focus (AF). The results from the dual camera setup on the S10 Plus, are better than from the single camera setup on the S10e (and S10), with these showing more clipping issues (around hair), with some background objects being sharp instead of blurred. There are a number of bokeh effects available, and you can adjust these after shooting as well as during shooting. 



Samsung Galaxy S10e Lens test images

Lens Performance - It doesn't really matter which camera/lens you decide to use, as you get really good results from both of them, and it's just a case of choosing the one that you want to use for the scene you're capturing. Lens flare was occasionally visible when a bright light source is in the frame. We struggled to see any signs of vignetting, as this is automatically corrected by the smartphone, although we did see a little in some of the shots taken with the ultra-wide-angle camera. 

Ultra-wide-angle: You have the option to correct for lens distortion, or leave it uncorrected. Switching on correction could be useful if you need straight edges and straight lines, as barrel distortion can be quite noticeable at times. This is quite normal for ultra-wide-angle cameras on smartphones. The ultra-wide-angle lens did show some purple fringing, and chromatic aberrations in areas of high contrast (such as around street signs, or tree branches). 

Standard: The standard wide-angle camera gives you a bright f/1.5 aperture for low-light conditions, and then when the lighting it good will automatically switch to the f/2.4 aperture for the sharpest possible photos. Results are great, regardless of which aperture the camera uses. Macro focus is reasonable. 



Samsung Galaxy S10e ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - In the Pro mode you can select from an ISO Range of ISO50 to ISO800. This keeps the noise levels low, as you can't select any higher, and noise is only slightly visible at ISO800. In the auto modes, the camera might use a higher ISO speed of ISO1250, and noise remains well controlled. It would be nice if this could be extended further, but even when using something like Adobe Lightroom (with manual controls) the maximum ISO speed remains ISO1250.



Samsung Galaxy S10e White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) performs very well, with excellent results under fluorescent lighting. Under mixed lighting the camera gives a slightly warmer result. Under tungsten lighting results are slightly warm, but still good. You can manually set the white balance temperature if you want, although for most people this is probably unnecessary.



Video - The Samsung Galaxy S10e offers 4K video recording at frame rates up to 60fps with the main camera. You can also record 4K UHD video with the ultra-wide-angle lens, albeit at a slower frame rate of 30fps. HDR10+ is available for both rear cameras.

4K UHD is also available with the front (selfie) camera, recording at 30fps. With an auto-focus (AF) camera lens, you can adjust the focus point while recording. Some rolling shutter is visible when moving quickly from side to side. 

Super slow-motion video can be captured at 960fps, at a resolution of 1280x720, although it can be difficult to capture exactly the right moment, as you can only record a few seconds of video. You can record slow-motion video at 240fps, with a FullHD resolution, and you can record a much longer clip. If you select FullHD as the video resolution (with HDR10+ off) then you get the option of using "SuperSteady" image stabilisation. 

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