Galaxy A50 scores 83 on DxOMark but can’t challenge mid-range rivals
The Galaxy A50 got an overall score of 83 points in a recent DxOMark camera review. The source places the phone’s camera in the same league as older flagships like the Galaxy S6 Edge, with the unit performing particularly well in terms of stills. It scored 85 and 79 points in the photography and video recording departments, respectively.
The source found that the Galaxy A50’s camera performs quite decently in bright sunny conditions but tends to yield relatively poor results in poorly-lit areas. We’ve reached a similar conclusion after spending some time with the device for our review.
It can do a decent job if the proper conditions are met
Stills captured in adequate conditions deliver good exposures and color rendering, as well as accurate white balance. Meanwhile, the 5-megapixel depth-sensing module offers decent background blur, even though the final results are not perfect as some edge artifacts can occur.
This trade-off trend continues with the ultra-wide-angle camera as well. Its inclusion is welcomed in situations where the user might want to capture a wider shot, but there’s no telephoto lens and zoom is handled only digitally with up to 4x magnification. Loss of detail becomes visible even at roughly 2x zoom. Push things further to 4x zoom and the sensor struggles with poor color rendering and a lot of noise.
The Galaxy A50 can’t challenge the top mid-range phones
Video recording is, once again, a mixed bag category. Clips recorded with the Galaxy A50 generally perform well in terms of noise, particularly when the camera setup is presented with flat areas of uniform colors. The colors are pleasant with accurate white balance, but performance has a tendency to degrade in low-light conditions where noise can build up.
Videos recorded while standing still benefit from decent stabilization, but some residual high-frequency motion becomes visible when recording while the user is walking. It doesn’t help that autofocus can frequently refocus and overshoot. These results remind us that the camera can do a decent job if the proper conditions are met and the user is mindful of its limitations, but some things are simply out of the user’s control, leading to somewhat mixed results.
DxOMark concludes that, although the phone has a lot to offer for its segment, it’s not going to challenge some of the best mid-range smartphones in the camera department.
Check out their full review complete with sample images, graphs, and videos at their website.