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Samsung Galaxy A50s: First Camera Samples

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Samsung upgrades the cameras of the original A50 with a new 32MP front-facing camera and a 48MP main rear-facing shooter. Let's take a look at how it performs.
Samsung Galaxy A50s: First Camera Samples
Samsung Galaxy A50s' triple rear cameras

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One of the few but noteworthy upgrades of the A50s is its new cameras. At the back is a new triple-rear camera set-up made up of a 48MP f/2.0 main camera, an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 5MP depth sensor with autofocus and LED flash.

The phone is running on a new 2.3GHz 64-bit Exynos 9611 octa-core processor that provides as good or improve upon the original A50's images.

In the camera app, you have modes like Photo, Video, Live Focus, Pro, Night, Food, Super Slow-mo, and Slow motion.

The Pro mode allows for controls of ISO (100-800), White balance and EV (+-2). No option to control shutter speed.

Below are our first camera samples with the new A50s.

Rear Camera Samples

Daylight 1x
Daylight 1x
Daylight ultra-wide
Daylight ultra-wide

Samsung Galaxy A50's main 48MP camera and 8MP ultra-wide camera produces daylight images with vibrant colors and strong contrast. When placed side-by-side, the large difference in megapixel is apparent with the 8MP appearing noticeably softer than the 48MP main camera.

Don't get us wrong though, the 8MP images are decent in sharpness but it could be sharper while the 48MP main camera images produce good sharpness.

What surprised me about both cameras is that it was able to balance out the exposure in bright and darker areas without ever exposing the brighter areas.
Indoor 1x
Indoor 1x 
Indoor ultra-wide
Indoor ultra-wide



In indoors the story is the same. The main and ultra-wide cameras produce vibrantly colored images with strong contrast with a noticeable difference in sharpness between the two cameras. The 48MP main camera image maintains its sharpness from daylight while the 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera's images are somewhat softer than in daylight.
Close-up
Close-up

Shooting close-up reveals the resolving power of the 48MP sensor and details of the red spicy sauce, the pork char siu, the lines that separate the different components of the broth are all distinct and sharp. 
Low light 1x
Low light 1x
Low light ultra-wide
Low light ultra-wide

In low light, the main camera performs well with the same vibrant colors and strong contrast. It loses some of its sharpness in low light but not by much. The ultra-wide-angle camera, however, is significantly softer with more noise in the shadow areas. Details are noticeably lost compared to the daylight ultra-wide images.
Night Mode
Night Mode

Night mode is only available on the main camera with a noticeable crop to the field of view. It managed to brighten the image and improve noise levels but it is not the best night mode implementation we've seen.

At this price point, we expected better and we hope Samsung will release an update via firmware that addresses this soon.
32MP shooter
32MP shooter

Samsung Galaxy A50s upgrades to a new 32MP f/2.0 front-facing camera.

In its camera app you will find only 3 modes: Photo, Video and Live Focus. You have access to Face Beautification with 3 levels of intensity as well as 7 levels of blur in the Live Focus mode.

There is no Selfie Night Mode.

Selfie Camera Samples

Daylight selfie
Daylight selfie

Samsung Galaxy A50s' new 32MP camera takes one of the better selfies in daylight with sharp details, vibrant color and decent contrast. Color accuracy may need some work as Neil's skin turned pinkish in the selfie above.
Live Focus Selfie
Live Focus Selfie

In live focus in daylight, the image remains the same as the standard daylight selfie with the edge detection performing well even with individual hair strands. It isn't the best but it is one of the better performers out there.
Indoor selfie
Indoor selfie

In indoors, selfies retain the sharp details, vibrant color, and decent contrast. In this image, the white balance got it right and Neil's skin tones are natural.
Selfie low light
Selfie low light
Selfie low light
Selfie low light

Selfies in lowlight are decent wherein the A50s tries to expose the subject well at the cost of the background. Details have softened and the color has become less accurate because of noise and noise reduction. The on-screen flash remedies this while maintaining proper exposure of the subject to the background. It is one of the better on-screen flashes we've tried on a phone at this price point.

Quick thoughts

In daylight and indoors, the A50s cameras produce decently sharp images with vibrant colors that at times fails in white balance.

In low light, softness becomes apparent because of noise and noise reduction. There is also some noticeable color casting. The on-screen flash and the LED flash are able to help but this is situational.

But don't get us wrong, the A50s images are good and are better than the previous A50. But the competition has gotten stronger and in some situations, the A50s' cameras may not be the best option.

What do you guys think?

Stay tuned for our review!
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