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Samsung could cut one rear camera from Galaxy A phones

The Galaxy A24, A34, and A54 could be affected by this change.
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July 20, 2022
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TL;DR
  • Samsung could reportedly ditch the depth sensor from some Galaxy A series phones
  • The affected phones would therefore be left with a triple rear camera setup.
  • It’s believed that the Galaxy A24, A34, and A54 would be affected by the decision.

Samsung has offered quad-camera setups on its Galaxy A series phones for a while now, usually consisting of a primary camera, ultrawide shooter, macro camera, and depth sensor. Now, a Korean news outlet reports that Samsung might cut a rear camera from some Galaxy A series phones.

The Elec reports that Samsung plans to remove the depth camera from the Galaxy A24, Galaxy A34, and Galaxy A54 smartphones. These phones are tipped to keep their primary, ultrawide, and macro lenses.

More specifically, the outlet asserts that the Galaxy A24 will arrive with a 50MP main camera, 8MP ultrawide shooter, and 5MP macro camera. It further claims that the Galaxy A34 will land with a 48MP+8MP+5MP setup. Weirdly enough, the website adds that the Galaxy A54 will land with a 50MP+5MP+5MP setup, although we’re guessing the ultrawide camera resolution must be a typo.

Should Samsung remove depth sensors from cheaper phones?

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It’s believed that Samsung could ditch the depth sensor in order to reduce costs and focus on the core cameras. For what it’s worth, the company has already brought optical image stabilization to the main camera on more Galaxy A series phones. So it certainly seems like Samsung is already prioritizing the core photography experience.

Nevertheless, depth data is pretty important for features like portrait mode, refocusing, and features related to image segmentation (e.g. object erasing). But we’ve seen plenty of brands use their existing cameras in concert with software to generate depth-related data, so we’re sure Samsung will fare just fine.