All of this processing power is finally put to good use.
Samsung’s new Adaptive Pixel technology is just what the company needs to finally beat Google at its own game, smartphone photography.
With Adaptive Pixel technology, Samsung has learned from last year’s multi-frame capture software upgrade and added some impressive new innovations that could have a huge impact on all Galaxy S22 owners.
That last part is especially important because it means you don’t have to spend all the extra money on the Galaxy S22 Ultra just to experience Samsung’s latest big feature.That means more of this year’s best Samsung phones with all the best features and Best Price.
Google may have pioneered multi-frame capture on Android with HDR+ on the Nexus 5, but Samsung has finally found a way to merge with Google while offering better camera hardware.
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While many have started to jump on the “smartphone camera is good enough” bandwagon, Samsung remains a firm believer in the Galaxy S22’s camera, which won the Best Smartphone Camera Quality award. For someone like me who often chooses a smartphone based on the camera that delivers the best image quality, that’s exactly what I want to hear.
While megapixels can make well-lit photos look sharper and full of small details, it also adds a lot of noise to images.
So, what exactly can Adaptive Pixel do for your photos? First, let’s see what other people are doing.
Camera sensors have grown in size and megapixel count over the years. But while megapixels can make well-lit photos look sharper and full of small details, it can also add a lot of noise to images. This is especially true in lower lighting conditions.
Simply put, smaller pixels don’t physically absorb as much light as larger pixels. Think about how dark a large room with a small window and a room with a large window can be, and you’ll see.
As a result, companies like Samsung, Google, Huawei, and others have turned to two main methods to alleviate this problem: pixel binning and multi-frame capture.
Both methods produced stunning results, but tended to falter at one critical point: most phones, despite their large sensor size, still output 12MP images.
Most phones, despite their large sensor size, still output 12MP images.
While 12MP is fine for sharing to social media or viewing on a smartphone screen, it’s not so great for printing images or zooming in to see finer details.
With Adaptive Pixel technology, Samsung uses both multi-frame capture and pixel binning, as well as a third new concept: adding a native 50MP or 108MP image – that’s the difference between the Galaxy S22/22+ and S22 Ultra – to the final product, bringing Fine details bring back the image.
The adaptive pixels we’ve seen so far are amazing.Essentially, by taking bright 12MP photos and combining them with higher resolution photos with detailed and more natural lighting, the Galaxy S22 should not only deliver more detailed photos in any lighting Correctly ignite.
While multi-frame capture and binning provide brighter and less noisy photos, the end result is often a bright photo that looks unnatural.
See, while multi-frame capture and binning provide brighter, less noisy photos, the end result is often an unnatural looking bright photo. While this is good for some situations, it’s not ideal for most.
When people take pictures, they expect—and may even expect—that the camera will capture the scene Exactly as the eye sees. That means no brighter, no darker, and certainly no more detail.
Samsung’s new approach guarantees that all three conditions are met far more often than any other smartphone can offer. While we love the Pixel 6’s camera, it often makes nighttime scenes look wrong, even when it’s the best on a technical level.
The model I made above is similar to the one Samsung showed us and should be able to understand that. A full-resolution 108MP photo is naturally a darker photo because it doesn’t use all the tricks we’ve discussed to create a brighter image.
The result (Adaptive Pixel Photos) is the best of both worlds combined into a well-lit, well-balanced, detailed photo.
Meanwhile, pixel-binned multi-frame photos will be lower resolution, but incredibly bright — and, many times, unnatural.
The result is a 108MP or 50MP photo – depending on whether you’re using the S22 Ultra or S22/S22+ – combining the best of both worlds into a well-lit, well-balanced, and detailed photo.
As far as I know, Samsung has all the technical details like never before. But Samsung has always had the best camera hardware and some better camera software, especially when it comes to speed.
However, Samsung didn’t always have the “reliability factor”.
Samsung users don’t always trust that their phones can actually capture the moments of greatest need. To guarantee this, you usually need a Pixel or iPhone.
I mean, Samsung users don’t always trust their phones to actually capture the moment they need it most. To guarantee this, you usually need a Pixel or iPhone.
But the Galaxy S21 and the rest of Samsung’s 2021 portfolio have come a long way to help address that trust issue. There have been many times I’ve been convinced that my Galaxy Z Fold 3 wasn’t able to adequately capture photos, only to be pleasantly surprised to find it’s better than I expected — and certainly better than I expected.
This year, Samsung has added more AI-driven features to the Galaxy S22 lineup that will help further infuse trust into the seams of its latest powerful phone.
First, the new Adaptive Pixel feature is Fully automatic. This means you don’t have to worry about switching modes – or rather, forgetting to switch to right Modes – just to use the best new features.
The new Adaptive Pixel feature is Fully automatic.
Second, Samsung has done further work on tasks like facial recognition, which should help keep faces nice and sharp in action-heavy photos.
For selfies, Samsung has added two new features: AI Stereo Depth Map and Night Portrait Selfies. By further leveraging the multi-frame capture of the front-facing camera, nighttime portrait selfies will help achieve higher quality nighttime shots.
AI Stereo Depth Map will ensure that these portrait photos get a more accurate background blur by using AI to identify objects around the face. That data is then used to help the phone better handle what’s actually happening in the background, rather than smudging hair and other clothing that shouldn’t be blurred.
Galaxy S22 Ultra users also have a second intermediate telephoto camera that can zoom in between 3x and 10x. It’s another reason why Samsung’s efforts to make the best smartphone cameras can finally pay off in everyday situations.
Samsung will almost certainly be the smartphone vendor for the best camera experience in 2022.
While many of these efforts may seem superfluous on the surface, they may add up to a better experience than anyone expected. They show why Samsung will almost certainly be the smartphone vendor for the best camera of 2022, and why the award means more than just the best hardware.
This means the best overall experience.