May 18, 2020

Best Samsung Galaxy Camera Phones in the Philippines 2020

Can't decide which Samsung camera phone to buy? We, at Priceprice.com, have prepared a list to help you make up your mind.

Smartphones have evolved from being just a tool to communicate to a "jack of all trades" sort of device. You want to listen to the radio, play your favorite music, watch movies and videos, all you need to do is pull out your phone. If you're caught in traffic or bored, you can surf the net or play games on your smart handset. You're lost and you need directions, your phone can serve as your GPS! So much more can be done on this wonderful pocket-sized device that we refer to as our phone – you can even do digital photography using your phone's camera.

Samsung Galaxy phones

Yes, anyone can snap photos without having to bring their bulky digital SLRs with them anymore. No moment can go by without being captured – just click on the virtual shutter. The camera has become more and more an essential part of the smartphone, such that smartphone engineers are raking their brains on how to fit their smart handsets with the best possible camera sensors possible. In 2019, camera resolutions have risen to unbelievable figures. The 16MP that most people were already so happy about rose to 48MP, then to 64MP and to an immense 108MP in a matter of months. It has become a race among the smartphone giants to come up with the best-resolution and best-quality sensors. Even the number of sensors on a single phone has grown from single to dual to triple to quad, and now even to penta-cam setups.

South Korean mobile tech giant Samsung is one of those with smartphone offerings that have good camera sensors regardless of resolution. And it's not just the still photos that we are considering here - video quality is also factored in. Top-notch camera phones can shoot impressive 4K to 8K resolution videos, enough to shoot a mini film. We, at Priceprice.com, have put up a list of the Samsung smartphones with good camera output quality. Note though that the best sensors don't come cheap, and something's got to give, so make sure you're ready to make a trip to your bank.

Criteria for Assessing the Camera

It isn't just megapixel count, wherein the highest resolutions are the best. Features such as image stabilization feature, whether it's optical or electronic (OIS or EIS), HDR to HDR10+ quality, zoom quality whether optical or hybrid, night mode quality, a good combination of primary and secondary sensors, as well as good selfies are taken into consideration.

Samsung Flagship-Level Smartphones with the Best Cameras

Obviously, the handsets with the best resolutions and best camera arrays are the top-ranging phones, especially the flagships. The Samsung Galaxy S20 is Samsung's latest flagship released earlier this year. Below is our list of Samsung's flagship handsets that boast the best camera outputs.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Camera Specifications:

  • Rear primary camera: 108MP sensor, f/1.8-aperture lens with phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) and optical image stabilization (OIS) features
  • Rear telephoto: 48MP sensor, f/3.5-aperture periscope lens with PDAF autofocus
  • Rear ultrawide: 12MP sensor, f/2.2-aperture lens
  • Rear depth-sensing: 0.3MP time of flight (ToF) 3D sensor with f/1.0-aperture lens
  • LED flash
  • Rear video capability: 8K 4320p at 24fps, 4K 2160p at 60fps
  • Zoom capability: 4x optical zoom, 10x hybrid (lossless), 100x digital zoom
  • Front camera: 40MP f/2.2 aperture lens

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, which is the premium variant of the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, obviously comes with specs that will make your eyes drool. It's currently the most advanced Samsung smartphone camera. Among its key features are a 6.9-inch dynamic AMOLED display, Samsung's proprietary high-end chipset Exynos 990 or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (in the United States only), a huge-capacity 5000mAh battery and last but not least, the whopping 108MP quad camera.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra's primary camera is notches higher that the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro's similar sensor as Samsung uses a 3x3 pixel binning versus Xiaomi's 2x2. This means it has combined 9 pixels into one big ultra-pixel that produces a larger effective pixel size of 2.4µm. Image quality is therefore much improved than that in the 12MP.

The secondary sensor is a wide-angle with f/1.8-aperture. The third supporting lens is a telephoto camera, which Samsung designed as a periscope-like lens with f/3.5 aperture and a 4x optical zoom. Zoom capability is enhanced with a 10x hybrid zoom, which combines image information from the telephoto and the main cameras. Blurry image is avoided courtesy of the PDAF and OIS features.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra's ultrawide camera is slightly less powerful than the primary and telephoto, with a resolution of only 12MP sensor, even lower and narrower than the previous flagship Galaxy S10 Plus' 16MP sensor. This is intentional as the lower resolution, when combined with the high-resolution of the primary and secondary cameras, ensures a bigger pixel size of 1.4µm.

Then there's the additional depth sensor, which is usually enabled in Portrait mode. Its ToF 3D technology assists in getting the desired bokeh effect.

The sensor of the Galaxy S20 Ultra allows an impressive 8K video resolution at 24 frames per second (fps). If you want to capture videos at 30fps or 60fps you need to drop to 4K. 960fps frame rates are also available if you drop further at 720p resolution. HDR10+ for enhanced dynamic color, contrast and range, gyroscope-enabled electronic image stabilization (EIS), and OIS are also among the Galaxy S20 Ultra's video capabilities.

Samsung Galaxy S20+

Camera Specifications:

  • Rear primary: 12MP, f/1.8-aperture lens with Dual Pixel PDAF and OIS
  • Rear telephoto: 64MP, f/2-aperture lens also with PDAF and OIS
  • Rear ultrawide: 12MP sensor, f/2.2-aperture lens
  • Rear depth-sensing: 0.3MP ToF 3D sensor with f/1.0-aperture lens
  • LED flash
  • Rear video capability: 8K at 24fps, 4K at 60fps
  • Front camera: 10MP f/2.2 aperture

The Samsung Galaxy S20+ is the middle handset between the premium Galaxy S20 Ultra and the base Galaxy S20 in the latest range of Samsung's flagship smartphones. It comes with a 6.7-inch dynamic AMOLED display, same chipset as the Ultra, and a 4500mAh battery. There's however a substantial difference between the camera modules, with the Galaxy S20+ having a lower configuration of its quad rear cameras and front camera. It doesn't mean that the output is mediocre, though; in fact, the quality of images is still better than others with similar capacity.

As seen in the key specifications above, the Galaxy S20+ has a smaller, lower-resolution 12MP lens. The image processing also differs as the Galaxy S20+ doesn't use pixel-binning technology hence the output is a smaller 1.8µm pixel size, which cannot be considered a super pixel like that in the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Complementing the primary sensor is a standard 12MP f/1.8-aperture ultrawide-angle lens with Dual Pixel PDAF and OIS features, and a 64MP telephoto sensor with 0.8µm pixel that is linked to a f/2.0-aperture lens with PDAF and OIS features. This telephoto sensor doesn't offer a focal length longer than that of the main camera, but it is capable of 3x hybrid optical zoom. The 0.3MP depth sensor with ToF 3D technology is the same as the Galaxy S20 Ultra's and is useful when creating bokeh effect.

Video resolution capability is the same with the Galaxy S20 Ultra, but to capture 8K-quality video, the high-resolution 64MP sensor is enabled. The smartphone shoots videos at 4K resolution as a default configuration. The Samsung Galaxy S20+ camera has the same video features as the Galaxy S20 Ultra, such as HDR10+ and the like.

The front camera of the Galaxy S20+ is 30MP less than the S20+ Ultra, sitting at 10MP.

Samsung Galaxy S20

Camera Specifications:

  • Rear primary: 12MP, f/1.8-aperture lens with Dual Pixel PDAF and OIS
  • Rear telephoto: 64MP, f/2-aperture lens also with PDAF and OIS
  • Rear ultrawide: 12MP sensor, f/2.2-aperture lens
  • Rear depth-sensing: 0.3MP ToF 3D sensor with f/1.0-aperture lens
  • LED flash
  • Rear video capability: 8K at 24fps, 4K at 60fps
  • Front camera: 10MP f/2.2 aperture

The Samsung Galaxy S20, which is the standard handset in the flagship series has the exact same camera features as the Galaxy S20+. The main differences between the two are the display size, with the Galaxy S20 having a smaller 6.2-inch and a lower-capacity 4,000mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Note10+

Camera Specifications:

  • Rear primary: 12MP, f/1.5-2.4-aperture wide angle lens, with Dual Pixel PDAF and OIS
  • Rear telephoto: 12MP, f/2.1-aperture lens with PDAF, OIS and 2x optical zoom
  • Rear ultrawide: 16MP, f/2.2-aperture 12mm ultrawide lens with Super Steady video features
  • Rear depth-sensing: 0.3MP ToF 3D sensor
  • LED flash
  • Rear video capability: 4K at 30fps and 60fps, 1080p 30/60/240fps, 720p at 960fps
  • Front camera: 10MP f/2.2 aperture dual-pixel PDAF

The Samsung Galaxy Note10+ boasts a 6.8-inch dynamic AMOLED display, an Exynos 9825 chipset or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (in USA and China only) and a 4,300mAh battery. Its camera specs is only slightly lower in configuration than the Samsung Galaxy S20.

The handset is equipped with a smart dual-aperture main camera that easily flips between an aperture of f/1.5 and f/2.4. This main cam is complemented by a 12mm ultrawide-angle sensor for much wider shots than any other camera phones and a telephoto camera capable of 2x optical zoom. It has no hybrid zoom features. Its depth sensor has ToF for improved background defocus when shooting portrait for a bokeh effect.

The Samsung Galaxy Note10+ is equipped with a camera user interface (UI) that can keep the shutter open, in Pro mode, for over 30 seconds. It also enables an improved night mode for better shots in dark environments.

The Galaxy Note10+'s S Pen can double as a remote shutter in case you want to prop the handset on a surface to take a good selfie shot.

Samsung Galaxy S10+

Camera Specifications:

  • Rear primary: 12MP, f/1.5-2.4-aperture wide angle lens, with Dual Pixel PDAF and OIS
  • Rear telephoto: 12MP, f/2.4-aperture lens with autofocus (AF), OIS and 2x optical zoom
  • Rear ultrawide: 16MP, f/2.2-aperture 12mm ultrawide lens with Super Steady video features
  • LED flash
  • Rear video capability: 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 30fps
  • Dual front camera: 10MP f/1.9 aperture dual-pixel PDAF and 8MP f/2.2 wide-angle depth sensor

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is the premium variant, aside from the 5G-capable ones, of the 2019 Samsung flagship series. It comes with a 6.4-inch dynamic AMOLED display as with most of Samsung's newer flagships and is powered by an Exynos 9820 SoC or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 for US and Chinese users. A fast-charging 4,100mAh battery provides its juice.

The Samsung Galaxy S10+'s triple camera ensemble features a wide-angle 12MP primary sensor that snaps excellent photos with its dual-aperture technology that is featured in every Samsung flagship since the Galaxy S9. Similar to the Galaxy Note10, it has a telephoto and an ultrawide-angle camera that can shoot a good angle-of-view like sports cameras, such as the GoPro.

One of its most popular highlights is its dual front camera with a combination of 10MP and 8MP, with the secondary lens being a wide-angle and depth-sensing sensor, perfect for creative selfie portrait shots.

The video image stabilization feature and the 4K resolution at 60fps make the camera of the Samsung Galax S10+ stand out among its rival handsets. HDR10+ video capture is also supported.

Mid-range Level Samsung Smartphones with the Best Cameras

Being budget-conscious does not mean you can no longer have access to a good camera phone. As previously mentioned, the quality sometimes doesn't have anything to do with high megapixels, and Samsung's mid-range phones have proven that.

Samsung Galaxy A71

Camera Specifications:

  • Rear primary: 64MP, f/1.8-aperture wide angle lens with PDAF
  • Rear ultrawide: 12MP, f/2.2-aperture ultrawide-angle lens
  • Rear macro sensor: 5MP, f/2.4-aperture
  • Rear depth sensor: 5MP, f/2.2-aperture
  • LED flash
  • Rear video capability: 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 30fps/240fps
  • Front camera: 32MP f/2.2-aperture wide lens

The Samsung Galaxy A series is Samsung's entry to the mid-range smartphone market, and the Galaxy A71 is among the upper range next to the Galaxy A80. The Samsung Galaxy A71 is an updated version of the Galaxy A70s, and the only upgrades made were to the handset's quad rear camera – from a 32MP main sensor to a higher 64MP. The secondary 120-degree wide-angle was upgraded from 8MP to 12MP while the macro and depth-sensing 5MP lenses were retained. This triple camera array produces high-quality output perfect for non-professional digital photography without breaking the bank. The handset's 32MP selfie camera is also quite awesome. Furthermore, the 4K video capability of the Galaxy A71 is impressive for a mid-ranger.

The Samsung Galaxy A71 is an excellent value for your money with its 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display and 4,500mAh fast-charging battery. Its 25W charger powers up the phone from 0 to full charge in just little over an hour.

Samsung Galaxy M31

Camera Specifications:

  • Rear primary: 64MP, f/1.8-aperture wide-angle lens with PDAF
  • Rear ultrawide: 8MP, f/2.2-aperture ultrawide-angle lens
  • Rear macro: 5MP, f/2.4 macro lens
  • Rear depth sensor: 5MP, f/2.2-aperture
  • LED flash
  • Rear video capability: 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 30fps with gyro-EIS
  • Front camera: 32MP f/2.0-aperture wide lens

One of the best mid-range phones of Samsung in terms of features is the Samsung Galaxy M31, which it dubbed a Mega Monster handset. It has almost exactly the same camera configurations as the Samsung Galaxy A70s except that this mid-ranger has quad cameras instead of triple. On top of the same camera features as the Galaxy A70s, an additional 5MP f/2.4-aperture macro lens is featured, perfect for digital photography enthusiasts who aim to take snaps of budding flowers, food details, bugs and beetles and the likes.

The other features of the Samsung Galaxy M31 worth highlighting are its 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display, fast-charging 6,000mAh battery and Android 10 OS.

Budget Samsung Smartphones with a Good Quality Camera

For the more practical ones, Samsung's mid-rangers are still a luxury they do not want to spend on. It also doesn't mean that camera resolutions that are way lower than the prevailing numbers should be ignored. Not too long ago, people were celebrating the arrival of 8MP to 13MP camera smartphones, and there are still a lot of good phones out there with these configurations. Below are Samsung smartphones below PHP 10,000 with cameras that can shoot clear, detailed photos.

Samsung Galaxy A20

Camera Specifications:

  • Rear primary: 13MP, f/1.8-aperture wide angle lens, with PDAF
  • Rear ultrawide: 8MP, f/2.2-aperture ultrawide-angle lens
  • LED flash
  • Rear video capability: 1080p at 30fps
  • Front camera: 8MP f/2.0-aperture

The Samsung Galaxy A20 has decent specs and a decent camera configuration for a budget-friendly handset. Before the smartphone market suddenly went wild with huge resolution jumps, 13MP was shooting good quality and clear pictures, with previous flagships sporting 13MP cameras including the iPhone.

The Samsung Galaxy A20 has a dual-camera array on the rear, the main sensor being 13MP, coupled with an ultra-wide 8MP. Video resolution is decent at 1080p at 30fps with HDR feature for a budget-friendly phone. Selfie shots are also not bad at 8MP.

Other nice features worth highlighting for this handset are its 6.4-inch super AMOLED display and its 4,000mAh battery. An octa-core SoC, the Exynos 7884, powers up the smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy A20s

Camera Specifications:

  • Rear primary: 13MP, f/1.8-aperture wide angle lens, with PDAF
  • Rear ultrawide: 8MP, f/2.2-aperture ultrawide-angle lens
  • Rear depth sensor: 5MP, f/2.2-aperture
  • LED flash
  • Rear video capability: 1080p at 30fps
  • Front camera: 8MP f/2.0-aperture

The Samsung Galaxy A20s is an updated version, obviously, of the Galaxy A20, with an addition of a third rear-camera sensor, the 5MP depth sensor, which helps create photography-level bokeh shots. The price of the handset is also below PHP 10,000 so it is truly a good value-for-money camera phone.

Conclusion

Samsung has plenty of smartphone offerings to fit various lifestyles and requirements. If your priority is on the optics department, the South Korean company has camera sensors that are proven and tested to be superior from most manufacturers. Be reminded, however, that in these times when innovations in smartphones are coming at an unbelievably fast pace, consumers must be able to learn how to discern whether new tech is worth having, especially if there's nothing wrong with the old tech. This is especially true in camera phones, since there had recently been a shift to a fast-paced upgrade of cameras.

Spec Comparison

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy Note10+ Samsung Galaxy Note10+ Samsung Galaxy S10+ Samsung Galaxy S10+ Samsung Galaxy A71 Samsung Galaxy A71 Samsung Galaxy M31 Samsung Galaxy M31 Samsung Galaxy A20 Samsung Galaxy A20 Samsung Galaxy A20s Samsung Galaxy A20s
Lowest Price P48,500 P38,689.99 P31,568 P24,834 P23,917.21 P17,000 P13,490 P6,500 P7,500
Release date Feb 2020 Feb 2020 Feb 2020 Aug 2019 Mar 2019 Feb 2020 Mar 2020 Apr 2019 Oct 2019
CPU Samsung Exynos 990 (7 nm+) Octa-core - Global
Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) Octa-core - USA
Samsung Exynos 990 (7 nm+) Octa-core - Global
Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) Octa-core - USA
Samsung Exynos 990 (7 nm+), Octa-core - Global
Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+), Octa-core - USA
Samsung Exynos 9825 (7nm)
Octa-core (2x 2.7 GHz Mongoose M4 + 2x 2.4 GHz Cortex-A75 + 4x 1.9 GHz Cortex-A55)

Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7nm)
Octa-core Kryo 485 (2.8 GHz + 2.4 GHz + 1.7 GHz)
Exynos 9820 (8 nm) - EMEA
Octa-core (2x2.73 GHz Mongoose M4 & 2x2.31 GHz Cortex-A75 & 4x1.95 GHz Cortex-A55)

Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) - USA/LATAM, China
Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.41 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.78 GHz Kryo 485)
Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730G (8 nm) - Philippines
Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730 (8 nm) - Global
Samsung Exynos 9611
Octa-core
Exynos 7884
Octa-core
Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 (14 nm)
Octa-core Cortex-A53
OS ver Android 10.0; One UI 2 Android 10.0; One UI 2 Android 10.0; One UI 2 Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI One UI (Android 9.0 Pie) Android 10.0; One UI 2 Android 10 (One UI 2.0) Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI Android 9.0 Pie
Display Size 6.9 inches 6.7 inches 6.2 inches 6.8 inches 6.4 inches 6.7 inches 6.4 inches 6.4 inches 6.5 inches
Display Resolution QHD+ 3200 x 1440 pixels
Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Quad HD+ 3200 x 1440 pixels, Dynamic AMOLED 2X Quad HD+ 3200 x 1440 pixels, Dynamic AMOLED 2X Quad HD+ 3040 x 1440, 498 ppi
Dynamic AMOLED
Quad HD+ (3040x1440)
Dynamic AMOLED
FHD+ 1080 x 2400 pixels, Super AMOLED Plus FHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels, Super AMOLED Super AMOLED HD + (720 × 1560 pixels), 19.5:9 ratio (~268 ppi density) HD+ 720 x 1560 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~264 ppi density)
RAM 12GB, 16GB 8GB 8GB 12GB 8GB, 12GB 6GB, 8GB 6GB 3GB 3GB, 4GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB 128GB 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 512GB, 1TB 128GB 64GB, 128GB 32GB 32GB, 64GB
External Storage microSD, up to 1TB microSD, up to 1TB microSD, up to 1TB microSD up to 1TB Up to 512GB (SIM 2 slot/dual SIM model only) microSD, up to 512GB microSDXC microSD, up to 512GB microSD, up to 512GB
Main Camera 108MP + 48MP + 12MP + 0.3MP 12MP + 12MP + 64MP + 0.3MP 12MP + 64MP + 12MP 16MP + 12MP + 12MP + TOF 3D VGA camera 12 MP + 12 MP + 16 MP 64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP 13MP + 5MP 13MP + 8MP + 5MP
Front Camera 40MP 10MP 10MP 10MP 10 MP + 8 MP 32MP 16MP 8MP 8MP
Battery Non-removable, Li-Po 5,000mAh
Fast battery charging 45W
Non-removable, Li-Po 4,500mAh
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Power bank/Reverse wireless charging 9W
4,000mAh
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Power bank/Reverse wireless charging 9W
Non-removable Li-ion 4,300mAh
Super Fast Charging 2.0 compatible with 45W Travel Adapter and 5A cable (wired)
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Wireless PowerShare
4,100mAh Non-removable, Li-Po 4,500mAh
Fast charging 25W
Li-Po 6,000mAh Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh 4,000 mAh
15W Fast Charging