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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus review | Tom's Guide
Controls are smart, gestures are intuitive, and it feels like an elegant, modern operating system built for the hardware that runs it. The size translates into fantastic battery life that will easily get you through a full day. Samsung built Bluetooth into its mini stylus with the launch of the Note 9 so it doubled as a remote, but it never built out functionality beyond rudimentary camera controls and music playback. On the Note 10, the stylus can act as a sort of magic wand, so Instead of simply clicking to advance a track, you can wave your hand to change the camera mode or raise the volume from a distance.
Does it work? For the most part, yes, though some of the gestures are tricky. Is it useful? Not really. Far more useful is the optical character recognition built into Samsung Notes. The device offers a dedicated Night mode which can achieve better exposures than the default shooting mode, but is not an improvement in terms of image detail. Thanks to the best performance in outdoor conditions and image quality that is among the best under indoor lighting, it achieves an excellent score of 42 points. Target exposure tends to be accurate and images show a wide dynamic range , with clipping observed only indoors.
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Color rendering is good, producing vivid and pleasant colors, and the auto white balance system produces good results even under artificial lighting. As for detail, the Samsung does well in outdoor conditions but loses some points when shooting under typical indoor lighting. Noise is quite visible in blue skies, even when shooting in bright light, and noise levels indoors are slightly higher than the best-in-class devices. At minimum focal length, face deformation anamorphosis can be quite intrusive on people close to the edges of the frame, and chromatic aberrations can be often be spotted along high-contrast edges as well.
In addition, our testers also saw some ringing and a slight loss of sharpness towards the corners of the frame. More sensibly, it mostly triggers when it detects a face in the frame.
The resulting people pictures usually show good target exposure on faces, but if the scene is not illuminated by an ambient light source , the background tends to be completely black. Dynamic range is also low, with some clipping either in the highlight or shadow areas. The level of captured image detail is pretty low, too.
With the flash switched off, images show good exposure in night cityscapes, but detail is low and images show visible luminance noise. Exposure can be improved using the dedicated night mode, which is capable of producing brighter pictures than default photo mode, even in very dim conditions.
In very low light, your best option might be to force the flash on. In this mode, the Samsung delivers excellent results in both flash-only and mixed-lighting scenarios. Exposure and white balance remain accurate and very stable, and the Samsung achieves consistent results over consecutive shots.
The photography proposition offers no fewer than four sensors: a standard 26mm primary camera, a 13mm ultra-wide camera, a 52mm tele-lens, and a dedicated Time of Flight ToF sensor for depth estimation in Portrait mode. The primary camera uses a 12Mp sensor with 1. The ultra-wide angle boasts a higher-resolution 16Mp sensor with 1. The device captures 4K video at 30fps in default mode, with 60fps available. Read our full review to find out how it performed. This article is designed to highlight the most important results of our testing.
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More details on how we score smartphone cameras are available here. While the scores are broadly similar to its stablemate Galaxy S10 5G, some fine-tuning of the processing algorithms has improved on the excellent image quality previously observed on Samsung premium devices. Exposures are consistent and accurate across a range of lighting conditions, with excellent results. Generally neutral white balance, accurate rendering, and high levels of saturation ensure that color is vivid and pleasant in most tested conditions. Providing an optical zoom solution at 2x magnification, the 52mm-equivalent lens records very high levels of detail, low noise, and good color in close-range zoom shots.
Subject isolation is generally very good as well, and a mild but pleasant depth-of-field effect includes nice spotlights and a realistic transition effect that blurs objects both in front and behind the subject.
Video exposures are accurate in almost all conditions, with fairly wide dynamic range ensuring good detail in the highlights when capturing videos in bright or high-contrast conditions. Video autofocus is also fast and accurate, with good subject tracking; together with an effective stabilization system, you can be confident of nice smooth playback of movie files.