Are the cameras of the latest smartphone up to the mark? Let’s find out.
Samsung has recently announced its mid-budget smartphone the Galaxy M30s in India. The smartphone comes with a price tag of Rs 13,999 for 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, while the 6GB RAM with 128GB storage option is priced at Rs 16,999.
The predecessor of the Galaxy M30 now comes with improved cameras. The Galaxy M30s sports a 48-megapixel primary lens as compared to the 13-megapixel primary lens present in the Galaxy M30. So, on papers, the camera capabilities of the Galaxy M30s is superior to the Galaxy M30. However, are the cameras of the latest smartphone up to the mark? Let’s find out.
Samsung Galaxy M30s camera specifications
Before starting with the camera review, let’s take a closer look at the cameras of the Galaxy M30s. The phone is equipped with a triple-camera setup at the rear panel, which comes with a combination of a 48-megapixel primary lens with f/2.0 aperture, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens with 123-degree FOV and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. For the front, it is equipped with a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. For your reference, the Galaxy M30 was equipped with a 13MP + 5MP + 5MP at the rear, while the front features a 16-megapixel shooter. So, if you got familiar with the specs, let’s begin with the review.
Rear Camera: Daylight
The first image you see is of a building. In the daylight shot, the smartphone has done a good job in capturing all the details with the right amount of sharpness. The colour of the sky is close to what we have seen with our eyes. Furthermore, if you zoom in to the image, you can actually see the leaves. Overall, the image came out to be pretty good.
In this second image, the colours seem to be a bit washed out in nature and one can notice a slight bluish tone. However, the image clarity is still to the point as you can see the people, cars etc present in the background when you zoom in. The subject in the foreground came out to well-detailed and the different colours present on it were easily visible.
We took the building photo using the wide-angle mode and results were good as well. Although there was a slight shift in colour temperature as the colours of leaves in the images changed a bit as compared to the normal photo. Furthermore, the lens captured a wider area, though at the edges we noticed the barrel distortion issue, which is a common problem with the wide-angle lens. However, we have seen other phones that manages to reduce such issue.
In the second photo, we once again noticed a similar distortion at the edges. However, the colour of the sky came out to be good and detailing was decent as well. The colour of the building is close to the source and apart from distortion, we didn’t notice a significant problem.
Coming to the close-ups, the image above came out to be crisp and well-detailed. The colours of the flowers are just like what we have seen in real life. The subject was rightly focused and the background blur looked natural. The colour of the leaves came out to be punchy and overall dynamic range of the photo was to the point.
Moving on, this image came out to be pretty good as well. The subject was rightly focused and the detailing was good as well. The colour reproduction came out to be quite good as well. We were impressed with the daylight performance of the Galaxy M30s.
Rear Camera: Low Light
The first image was taken in indoor conditions. The camera performance was not that great as we have seen in the daylight conditions. The details fo the chandelier was not that great when you zoom into it and we noticed some grains and noises in the image as well.
The second image was also average. The detailing was not that great and we noticed the colours were washed out as well. The grains were quite visible in the image and detailing was not that great.
The third image taken in the low light condition was again quite average. The photo was marred with grains and noises. The leaves present on the tree are not sharp and details of the trunks and subjects in the background are not up to the mark.
Coming to wide-angle, we took the photo of chandelier in wide-angle lens. The colour reproduction was slightly better as compared to the one taken in normal mode. However, we still noticed some grains near the window of the photo.
The second photo we took in the low light mode was of the tree. As you can clearly see in the image, there is nothing much to see (what are irony). The photo came out to be too dark to know where are the leaves and where are the trunks of the tree. The grains and noises overtook the whole image and results were frankly below standard.
Photos taken from the Night mode came out to be better as compared to the normal mode. The first photo you are seeing shows how greatly the camera quality improves with Night mode. The detailing improved drastically and the colours came out punchy well. The Night mode also improves the sharpness and dynamic range improved as well.
The second photo was taken in the Night mode and the results were not as great as we have seen in the previous image. The Night Mode added some much-needed light in the image, though the detailing was still not that great.
Front Camera: Daylight
Starting with the daylight photo, we took in three different modes: normal, wide-angle and portrait. Starting with the normal mode first, the image came out to be crisp and the skin tone looked natural. The phone was able to handle the background exposure as the sky was noticeable and overexposed.
Coming to the portrait mode, the results were a mixed bag. Although, the photo came out to be good, though we noticed that the edge detection could have been better. We noticed some bleeding at the edges, which spoils the image sometimes.
Lastly, the image was taken with a wide-angle lens, it captured a large field of view and we didn’t notice much distortion at the edges. The colours were close to the source and the detailing was good as well.
Front Camera: Low Light
Coming to low light performance, we noticed a drop in the quality of the image. As you can see in this image, the detailing goes for a toss and the grains are quite visible in the image. The skin tone looks pale and overall, it is not a good selfie.
Coming to the selfie taken with wide-angle mode came out to better than the normal mode. The colours were slightly better and the detailing has improved. However, the overall quality of the image is pretty much standard.
To conclude, the Samsung Galaxy M30s camera performance has improved as compared to its predecessor. The smartphone offers some good performance in the daylight conditions and it is fast to lock focus on the subject when you click macro subjects. The wide-angle mode also offers some good results, though the issue of barrel distortion was quite visible. The low light performance still needs improvements as the colours were slightly washed out and the wide-angle lens was average. However, the Night mode sometimes improves the image in low light conditions. The selfie performance is also decent in daylight, though edge detection in portrait mode could have been. Overall, it offers good results in daylight and low light needs improvements. However, the company has promised that it will soon roll out an update that will improve the low light performance of the device.