The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is on its way early next year, and Samsung will need to bring its A-game if its cameras are going to compete with the likes of the Google Pixel 6 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. The latest Galaxy S22 rumor says that Samsung’s plan this time around is to push Ultra’s talent into taking highly detailed images.
A new Twitter post from leaker Ice universe claims that Samsung is making improvements to the 108MP camera mode on the Galaxy S22 Ultra. They mention it again in a response to another FrontTron leaker, saying there is apparently an “enhanced detail mode”.
While Samsung has used 108MP cameras in the Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, and Galaxy S20 Ultra, most photos on these phones will not be taken at 108MP. These cameras default to 12MP images through a process called “pixel binning”, which creates larger virtual pixels by grouping the real pixels together. This process tends to produce better-lit images, although it can come at the expense of detail.
If Samsung reworks that part of its camera, it could indicate a renewed focus on getting the ultimate details from photos taken on the S22 Ultra. This might be a smart direction to take, as competing phones tend to use lower resolution sensors. The iPhone 13 Pro Max, for example, our current # 1 pick of our top picks for camera phones, uses 12MP sensors for all of its cameras, while the more detailed sensor in the new Google Pixel 6 Pro is its main 50MP sensor, which itself uses pixel binning. for taking 12.5 megapixel images.
We’ve also heard several other camera rumors for the S22 range. Apparently, in a new Waterdrop camera block design on the Ultra, the sensors would remain the same as the current Galaxy S21 Ultra in terms of resolution. It would be a 108 MP main camera, a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, and two 10 MP telephoto lenses with 3x and 10x magnification, respectively. These cameras are supposed to use bigger pixels and better sensors.
As for the Vanilla Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus (maybe also referred to as Galaxy S22 Pro), the cameras are said to be a 50MP main camera, 12MP ultra-wide camera, and 3x 12MP telephoto zoom. Debate over whether any of the phones in the lineup will use under-display cameras like the Galaxy Z Fold 3 remains open, but that’s apparently unlikely.
In terms of launching these phones, we expected them to come to fruition at some point in January. However, with the cheaper Samsung Galaxy S21 FE yet to launch, a new rumor has suggested that the FE will take Samsung’s launch event in January, with the Galaxy S22 being pushed back to February.