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Galaxy S10+ dual front cams don’t offer substantially better portrait selfies

It seems the second front camera on the Galaxy S10+ doesn’t make for substantially better portrait selfies compared to the Galaxy S10e (or the Galaxy S10, which also has a single front camera). I took the S10e and S10+ out to test Live Focus selfies to see if the dual camera setup offers any advantage over the single front camera and found that there isn’t enough of a difference.

I already had an inkling that the Galaxy S10e would take good Live Focus selfies in bright daylight, so my main motive was to see if the dedicated second camera on the S10+ makes a difference in low-light conditions. It doesn’t, with only slightly deeper blurring on the S10+ and fewer artefacts at the edges of my head. And the artefacts aren’t really that easy to spot on the phone’s display and can only be noticed on a monitor. Also, the S10+ seems to blur out the edges of my shoulder while the S10e makes a proper distinction.

Dual front cameras not necessary for good Live Focus selfies

Perhaps the S10+ is deliberately doing so in order to make the subject fade more naturally into the blurred background, but the point I want to make is that the software-based Live Focus mode on the Galaxy S10e (or the Galaxy S10) is as good as the S10+’ for most intents and purposes. And while most people aren’t going to be torn between the Galaxy S10e and Galaxy S10+, this is good reason to opt for the S10 instead of the S10+ if you’re only leaning towards the latter for those dual selfie shooters and aren’t worried about battery or screen size.

I’ll have more to talk about in our Galaxy S10e review and more samples to compare the S10e and S10+ front cameras, but for now, I’ve put up two selfies below (swipe left for the S10+ photo and swipe right for the S10e photo). Check them out and let me know which one you like better and whether this changes anything in your possible purchase of any of the three Galaxy S10 variants.

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  • Model: SM-G970F
  • Dimensions: 69.9 x 142.2 x 7.9mm
  • Display: 5.8” (146.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS F1.5/F2.4 (77°) & 16MP, CMOS F2.2 (123°)Ultra Wide

  • Model: SM-G973F
  • Dimensions: 70.4 x 149.9 x 7.8mm
  • Display: 6.1"(157.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP.CMOS F2.4 45° Telephoto & 12MP F1.5 77° & 16MP F2.2 123° Ultra-wide

  • Model: SM-G975F
  • Dimensions: 74.1 x 157.6 x 7.8mm
  • Display: 6.4"(162.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP.CMOS F2.4 45° Telephoto & 12MP F1.5/F2.4 77° & 16MP F2.2 123° Ultra-wide

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samsungfan99
samsungfan99

So that fugly dual camera notch was for nothing? Wow…

stondec
stondec

The S 10 camera is not noticeably better than the Note 8’s camera. Samsung has stalled in the camera department for the past couple of years, but people keep imagining things and claiming the camera is getting significantly better when it’s really not.

DareDevil01
DareDevil01

To be honest, the S10+ overall looks better, with better bokeh and gradation of blurring.

Vuk995
Vuk995

How does s10+ live focus selfie compare to note9 live focus selfie? Have you compared those 2?

djares21
djares21

they need to make a better camera app in my opinion !! I have an s9 and i can tell you the camera app really suck’s !Google pixel have the best camera app !!! this is my opinion !!

thibaly
thibaly

I got S10 and of course it took good portrait picture, but i think that S10+ is better in this point.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

They should have given a wide camera on the front on the + model.

Happy with the single camera on the normal s10 and so far battery has been great. Even with qhd+

shezkhan123
shezkhan123

snapdragon or Exynos?
with batery saving tips and tricks too ???

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

UK exynosnversion of the s10. So far so good. Been a moderate user with lot of internet and YouTube plus bit of Facebook, WhatsApp etc… Managed to have around 45+% remaining after a full day use from 11 am when I last gave it a charge before going out and about for the day. General tips were to turn off Bluetooth, NFC, wifi, location when not using though I would either have 4g or wifi on for being always connected. Key things I have done is turn down the animation in advance features, reduce the animation to 0.5 in Dev… Read more »

shezkhan123
shezkhan123

if u lower the resolution down from the qhd to fhd u are gonna have more battery life

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

That is very true but I don’t think it will.be anything majorly significant. Plus with such a nice screen not to have the best resolution is a bit of a waste

shezkhan123
shezkhan123

the charging speed is the same as s9 last year
or any improvement ?

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Not really checked the difference but from doing a top up before I go out… From 80% to 100 is about the same time for an s9

shezkhan123
shezkhan123

new fast charger is coming along with the s10 5g model
would we be able to use it these old s10 devices?

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Don’t know. But presume yes but don’t expect it will offer faster charging than the 15w. Best just stick with the plug provided. The s9 charging is fast and won’t kill the batteries with the crazy charge time like the oem

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

The S10+ does have a better quality blur in my view. The S10e’s looks like brush blur, whereas the S10+ gives a more detail bokeh. Notice it especially in the lights. They’re circles on the S10+ but the S10e they look like smudges.

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

To be honest in terms of quality not even substantially better than Note 9. The only advantage is the possibility of changing the background in black and white and other effects.
Samsung really needs to sort out the front facing camera quality indoors especially at night with artificial light. It’s still no way near pixel 2 or 3.

Cance
Cance

Good to know that my Galaxy S10 will make more or less the same selfies as the S10+ but there is one thing I got to say.
You are talking about 2 front cameras but as far as I lnow there is only one front camera in the galaxy s10+ and one depth sensor (time of flight) for better bokeh effect. You can cover one of the “cameras” with your finger and you will see that it doesn’t make pictures. So I’m not sure if it’s correct to talk about 2 cameras.

Ishan24
Ishan24

It’s not ToF sensor. That’s a different and much better technology. S10+’s second front camera is a normal depth sensor. S10 5G has the ToF sensor.

Deniryer
Deniryer

https://www.samsung.com/uk/smartphones/galaxy-s10/camera/

8MP RGB Depth Camera.
Samsung never mentioned time of flight sensor as a secondary sensor for front facing setup, so I don’t really know where people got this information. As far as I remember only Fold and 5G variant will have ToF sensor.

Total Faith
Total Faith

You are correct. This article is a fail. The Galaxy S10+ doesn’t have 2 front cameras. Just 1 camera and 1 depth sensor. This article is kinda fake news…

Ishan24
Ishan24

Thanks a lot for this article Abhijeet. I really wanted to know this specifically… However, i’m thinking of getting the S10+ after all due to bigger display (sad that samsung doesnt have ceramic white in stock in india!)

Total Faith
Total Faith

The bigger display and the huge battery are a real + (pun intended) for Galaxy S10+! The rest is basically the same. lol. Just the camera punch holes are different.

Ishan24
Ishan24

yeah