The Galaxy S24 Ultra, the upcoming flagship smartphone from Samsung, may not feature the highly praised 10x optical zoom capability found in its predecessor, the Galaxy S23 Ultra. Known for its impressive camera setup, the Galaxy S23 Ultra boasts a quad-camera system with a 200MP primary camera, a 12MP ultrawide snapper, a 10MP telephoto camera with 3x zoom, and a 10MP periscope unit with 10x optical zoom. Additionally, it can digitally zoom up to 100x, making it one of the top camera phones of 2023.
However, according to reliable leaker Ice Universe, Samsung has decided to remove the 10x periscope camera from the Galaxy S24 Ultra. It remains unclear whether the phone will completely do away with the periscope camera or if it will feature a periscope camera with inferior zooming capabilities.
This decision by Samsung is quite surprising considering that the periscope camera is one of the standout features of the Galaxy S23 Ultra. In fact, Apple recently introduced its first iPhone with a periscope camera boasting 5x optical zoom. By removing this feature, Samsung may risk doing a disservice to itself.
To compensate for the missing 10x camera, there are rumors suggesting that the Galaxy S24 Ultra might come with a 50MP telephoto camera. This higher-resolution zoom camera could potentially address certain issues experienced with longer-range zooming on the Galaxy S23 Ultra, particularly in terms of image quality in lower light conditions.
Overall, while the absence of the 10x optical zoom feature in the Galaxy S24 Ultra may disappoint some, the rumored addition of a 50MP telephoto camera offers potential improvements in zooming capabilities. Galaxy fans will need to wait for more official information to fully understand the camera capabilities of Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone.