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Poll: Would you still buy the Galaxy S24 Ultra if it had no 10x camera?

There are benefits and downsides to ditching the 10x camera in favor of a 5x camera, but which one would you prefer?

Published onNovember 29, 2023

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra camera module
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

Samsung‘s Ultra phones have offered a dedicated 10x periscope camera for a few generations now, dating back to 2021’s Galaxy S21 Ultra. That could change in 2024, though.

Numerous leaks point to the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra skipping out on a 10x periscope camera. Instead, the firm is tipped to offer a 5x periscope camera. Would you still buy the S24 Ultra if it didn’t have a 10x camera, though? Let us know in the poll below.

Would you still buy the S24 Ultra without the 10x camera?

1927 votes

This seems like a significant downgrade on paper, as it means Samsung now has to rely on hybrid zoom for 10x photos rather than using the native periscope camera. And a native tele/periscope camera usually (but not always) trumps hybrid zoom when it comes to image quality. This approach could also mean lower-quality images beyond 10x.

A 10x tele camera allows for native 10x video recording, too, delivering image quality that’s usually a step above 10x video on most other flagships.

Then again, we’ve seen phones like the Pixel 8 Pro deliver high-quality 10x photos via their 5x cameras. We’ve also seen the OPPO Find X6 Pro and HUAWEI P60 Pro offering 3x and 3.5x periscope cameras with fantastic low-light image quality. By comparison, the Ultra line’s 10x cameras usually deliver disappointing low-light picture quality. So we can understand if you’re fine with Samsung using a 5x camera instead.

Me? I’m not planning to buy a smartphone in 2024, but I’ve previously noted that I really want my next phone to have a 10x camera. In fact, I’d love to see variable telephoto cameras gain steam next year.

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