We’re expecting to see the Samsung Galaxy S23 debut around February, bringing with it a slew of camera upgrades — upgrades that show up in what could be the first photo taken by a phone we’ve seen.
This picture is from the popular Ice Universe website Ice Universe on the Chinese social network Weibo (Opens in a new tab) (via Galaxy Club (Opens in a new tab) and GSMArena (Opens in a new tab)). It’s hard to tell what it’s depicting, but what we do know is that it was taken at 16x magnification and then cropped.
An image captured with a 200MP camera sensor (tilted on Galaxy S23 Ultra) is compared to a photo taken with a 108MP camera sensor (we know it came with the Galaxy S22 Ultra) – and you can clearly see how sharp it is. The 200 megapixel version is.
This should be taken in context with some of the tweets we saw from Ice Universe yesterday, which include detailed improvements for low-light shots and increased zoom capabilities that should come with next year’s Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Add this picture and it seems most likely that the mentor has managed to get a prototype unit, or at least talk to someone who has. judgment That this is “the biggest improvement to Samsung’s flagship mobile in five years” — in terms of camera capabilities, anyway.
However, we may not get such a promising upgrade on the standard Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus phones. From what we’ve heard so far, the rear cameras on those phones will likely match up closely with those on current models.
Analysis: the numbers game
Based on this very limited look at the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra’s camera capabilities, it looks like it will go far beyond what the Galaxy S22 Ultra can do – and the current phone is really impressive when it comes to the photos and videos it can take.
If the Galaxy S23 Ultra really does make the jump to the 200MP main camera sensor, as is rumored, that’s welcome. As we wrote before, the number of megapixels is far from the only factor to consider when evaluating how good a smartphone camera actually is.
The size of those pixels — how much light they can let in — is also critical, as is the AI processing applied to captured images and clips (Ice Universe says AI processing of the image posted on Weibo has been turned off).
Google Pixel phones are known for excelling at image processing – remember that the “only” Google Pixel 7 has a 50MP main camera sensor, but it can still take excellent photos. In other words, wait until you see samples of real-world photos and video before evaluating the performance of a particular phone’s camera.