Samsung Galaxy S23: Night Photography And Other Improvements


It’s difficult to overstate the evolution of camera technology in modern phones. Images taken on handheld devices can now be blown up and spread as murals over building walls in professional definition. Now, the release of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is rumoured to bring additional improvements to night photography. The already impressive standard will be upped again when the flagship model of Galaxy S23 hits the market.

Talk To Us In Technical Terms

Online leaks from watchful followers of Samsung have revealed significant changes to the HP2’s pixel structure, which is the powerful 200MP camera sensor built into the S23 Ultra. Night owls and snap-happy insomniacs will be delighted to notice reveals of a specific focus on night photography as well. 

In technical terms, the less aggressive FWC (full well capacity) ensures individual sensor pixels are unlikely to blow out when the lens is aimed at bright lights, or natural glare. Hold your breath because here come more acronyms: in addition to the above the optimised RMS (root mean square), RTN (random telegraph noise) and FPN (fixed-pattern noise) tells us that there will be fewer visual artefacts in low-lit settings, commonly spotted in long-exposure photography.

In short, this means the Galaxy S23 Ultra will boast an improved dynamic range and be far better equipped to take a higher standard image in more challenging environments.

Out With The Old

Any current users of more recent Samsung models will surely be impressed by their existing night mode stills. Yet the jump forward taken by the S22 Ultra will be old news soon. An entirely new sensor – though admittedly a little off putting in light of the ‘if it aint broke’ adage – is enough to prick the ears of even the most disinterested smart phone users. Notwithstanding three years of refinement for the previous sensor, there is a high chance this step forward will have us looking back at the S22 like a rotary dialler.

“What else is new?” We hear you cry. Well, latest renders of the device show that the top and bottom bezels on the Ultra’s display will not be the exact same thickness. The bottom bezel will be noticeably broader. This gives the model a slightly less uniform appearance and, while it won’t exactly disrupt the user experience, it does show a changing stylistic approach.

The S23 camera upgrade is also accompanied by a change in chipset (rumour has it these will be either Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 or Exynox 2300). Not only will the Ultra arrive to market with an altered look – still not anything quite so revolutionary as those 2022 foldable flagship models – it will also mean the premium Galaxy S23 series stands out and entices more coveted contract upgrades. Coupled with the fact our rumour mill has already spat out news of the S23 Ultra’s 200MP camera. 

Stay tuned for updates on this entirely new 200MP sensor – the biggest camera refresh this series has seen in five years. For now, more details remain largely under wraps and we will have to wait to learn more about the ways in which the new S23 Ultra differs from its near identical predecessor. Let’s hope the agonisingly slow 25W charge speed is a thing of the past!

More news on the Galaxy S23 series will likely be shared in early 2023 – presumably mid-January…

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