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Report: Galaxy S11 camera to feature 5x optical zoom, 108MP camera

The Galaxy S11 could up the ante in the camera department by featuring 5x optical zoom capability. A report from Korean publication The Elec citing industry sources says that the Galaxy S11 would be the first Samsung phone to feature its 5x optical zoom camera module that it started mass producing earlier this year. It wouldn’t be the least bit surprising if that does end up happening, but reports from South Korea media are always good to see as they make things more believable than just speculation and random rumors.

The Galaxy S11 won’t be the first to offer something like 5x optical zoom. It will also not be the first to use the ingenious periscope-type camera modules that make high optical zoom capabilities possible in smartphones. As you can see in the video below, such modules have the sensor and lenses arranged sideways and utilize the principle of reflecting light in a periscope. Samsung’s 5x optical zoom module is just 5mm thick, so theoretically, it could fit inside the Galaxy Note 10+ and not protrude any more than the current 2x telephoto lens on Samsung flagships does.

Samsung’s flagship phones may have the best overall camera experience, but the company needs something exciting and innovative to make the Galaxy S11 stand out in the photography department now that the competition has amped up their efforts. And while 5x optical zoom alone won’t be enough to do that, it certainly won’t hurt, either. 2x optical zoom is getting a little old at this point, having been introduced on the Galaxy Note 8 back in 2017; while the Galaxy Note 10 brought some improvement by way of a wider aperture for the telephoto lens, it doesn’t really make a whole lot of difference in real-world performance.

The report also claims the Galaxy S11 will be equipped with a 108MP camera for wide-angle shooting (regular pictures, that is, not ultra-wide), but that sounds like too big of an upgrade considering Samsung flagships currently feature 12-megapixel primary rear cameras. The 108MP camera sensor was designed by Samsung in partnership with Xiaomi, and only time will tell if it will actually find its way into the Galaxy S10 successor.

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techhahn
techhahn

Will not buy a new Samsung phone until they refresh the camera module.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Let’s hope it true but the normal s11 should come in smaller than the s10 in size

Landon A
Landon A

Ugh. I feel that Samsung focuses too much on the hardware instead of the software, and that is why the iPhone 11 produces better photos (in a LOT of instances) and better video. Their image processing is superior. Examples: https://twitter.com/mondobytes/status/1175907548031066112 https://twitter.com/mondobytes/status/1175522663176921089 Those photos are incredible. I am a Samsung enthusiast through and through, so I do hope they improve the software, ie. the computational photography/videography algorithms, and the video editing suite. What we have now is like an infant vs to a grown man, in what iOS 13 provides in terms of video editing. Conclusion: We, we being Samsung, no… Read more »

bayfisher
bayfisher

I beg to differ. I a prior XSMAX owner and now Note 10 plus owner, sees Samsung right on point with the best. Soon Samsung will far put the iPhone noise to rest. I have many attest and provide evidence of the latest Samsung cameras are even in the races. I need not the assumed S11 cameras to prove it then.

Landon A
Landon A

As I said, Samsung is better in some instances, just not overall. If they continue to focus on hardware alone, it will be much of the same.

Example: Samsung adds the variable aperture, which definitely improved low-light shots, while Google released Night Sight providing far more improvements in low-light.

Samsung needs to put more emphasis on software. These are just the facts.

kambizm
kambizm

Am not sure exactly what it is that makes Apple iphone owners to insist Apple was, is and will be always the creme de la creme of smartphones. The fanatic and outrageous claims of iphone users is insane. We rather have you guys keep it to yourselves. Samsung has always headed the smartphone market, whether in design or production, with the exception of Note 7 which was only a bad battery produced in S. Korea. When I see iPhone users broadcast glorious nonsense, like preachers in church trying to bring people to God, I see non other than fanatic sales… Read more »

Landon A
Landon A

You sound quite emotional lol like a child. You have not provided any facts or evidence to oppose a Samsung user’s admission that we have an inferior camera this year lol who’s next?

Landon A
Landon A

The truth hurts, I know. I feel your pain.

Landon A
Landon A

Does anyone have a factual response? Lol or is everyone salty? I’d like to hear someone’s take with examples.

stondec
stondec

I agree with you as someone who has used Samsung Galaxy Notes exclusively since the Note two.

All around awesome phone, but they need to crank things up in the software department.

From reviews I’ve watched so far the iPhone 11 camera appears a little better than Samsung camera this year. I’m hoping that will dramatically change next year.

Landon A
Landon A

Agreed! They are both great and the photos come down to preference a lot of the time. But I am giving Apple the slight edge.

Side note: why your comment received upvotes and mine received downvotes, I’ll never know lol