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Samsung turns S21

The new Samsung Galaxy S21 range’s focus on function rather than specs is evidence that smartphones have grown up, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK



The S21 Ultra, unsurprisingly, has just become the dream machine of smartphones. Primarily, that is thanks to absurdly good camera specs. Samsung calls it “our most advanced pro-grade camera system”, with a toolbox of new AI-powered features.

The quad rear camera features ultra-wide, wide and dual tele-lenses, headlined by a 108-megapixel pro sensor, from which one can capture photos with 64 times richer colour data and more than three times wider dynamic range than the S20 Ultra – which in itself had stunning camera specs. For the first time on a Galaxy smartphone, says Samsung, one can shoot in 4K at 60fps across all lenses, including front and rear four lenses.

The dual-tele lens system features one optical 3x zoom lens and one optical 10x lens, along with 100x digital zoom – equivalent to magnifying an image, and adding up to make this the most powerful zoom camera yet on a smartphone.

An improved Bright Night sensor enhances low-light photography, with improved Night Mode, noise reduction and Nona-binning technology, which combines 9 individual pixels into one pixel, allowing the light from 9 pixels to be pulled into one pixel. The result, in dimly-lit conditions, seems like magic.

The technology was first introduced in the S20 range, but taken to new levels with the camera array of the S21 Ultra. When science fiction visionary Arthur C Clarke once said that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, he could easily have been forecasting the camera power of the S21 Ultra.

Arthur Goldstuck is founder of World Wide Worx and editor-in-chief of Follow him on Twitter and Instagram on @art2gee

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