Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Ties With Huawei P30 Pro for Best Camera Smartphone in DxOMark Rankings
We know for a fact that the Samsung Galaxy S10 series has a good set of cameras but going by DxOMark ratings of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, it seems to be even better. In fact, the Galaxy S10 5G has received an overall camera rating of 112 points, which ties with the Huawei P30 Pro for first place in DxOMark’s best smartphone camera rankings. The phone has also been awarded a top score of 97 points for the selfie camera, making it the highest in the list.
The phone does get an overall highest score of 100 points for video, which the benchmarking site found surprising considering the Galaxy S10+ got a score of 97, despite having the exact same sensors. The report states that the default video recording mode in the Galaxy S10 5G is now 4K, which is what helped improve the phone’s texture, noise, and artifact scores.
Coming to the selfie score of 97 points, Galaxy S10 5G is currently DxOMark’s highest rated phone and even though the results are very similar to that of the Galaxy S10+, the minor improvements in many of its tests especially video, have helped it push past its 4G cousin. The differences are said to be very minor when it comes to bokeh (probably due to the ToF sensor versus the RGB depth sensor on the Galaxy S10+) and flash performance.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is Galaxy S10+ (Review) on steroids, sporting a bigger display, a 5G modem, and a fourth ToF (Time of Flight) camera at the back and one in the front, to assist the selfie camera with depth information. According to DxOMark’s detailed report which splits the overall rear camera score into stills and video, the Galaxy S10 5G falls behind the Huawei P30 Pro₹ 71,990 (Review) by just two points in the photo test, primarily because of the much longer optical zoom offered by Huawei. Samsung simply doesn’t have the hardware to compete in this department.
Samsung and Huawei are #1 and #2 (respectively) in worldwide smartphone market share, and now they’re together at the top of the DxOMark smartphone camera quality test leaderboard. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G just scored the same best-ever score of 112 as the Huawei P30 Pro.
And while its overall camera test score ties Huawei’s offering — the P30 Pro’s Photo score is slightly better due to its 5x telephoto lens — Samsung’s latest top-of-the-line smartphone actually beats the P30 Pro in both video and selfie scores.
What’s interesting is that the S10 5G is the first smartphone to hit the 100 mark in the DxOMark video scores despite the fact that it uses the exact same cameras as the S10+, which only scored 97.
“The biggest change is that Samsung modified the default video recording mode to 4K resolution, which helps improve the phone’s texture, noise, and artifact scores,” DxOMark writes. “The S10 5G’s Photo score also gets a bump, in large part because Samsung has shifted the primary lens it uses for bokeh-enhanced portraits from the wide-angle to the telephoto lens (you can still use the wide-angle if you prefer, though). This helps reduce the distortion caused by shooting portraits at a short focal length.
Here’s how the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and Huawei P30 Pro compare in their Photo and Video scores and breakdowns: