175Image quality ratingUBER-G SCORESscoring / ranking system nameIQImage quality based rating systemCAMERAMobile High EndCategory based on price2019-02 device start dateSamsung Galaxy S10eDevice brand and name

The Samsung Galaxy S10e is the technological foundation or common denominator of the entire Galaxy S10 series, which includes four models: S10e, S10, S10 + and S10 5G.

As such, it uses the same wide and ultra-wide camera modules and software tuning as the Samsung Galaxy S10 / 10 +. For this reason, this camera test begins with one difference to the S10 / S10 + camera: the zoom function.

For everything else, we summarize the situation and you can Read the original Galaxy S10 Camera Review if you want to have all details.

Image quality analysis

Important: Let us clarify some terms that we will use:

  • "Image processing": Software work that improves the image data quality
  • "Image filtering": Software work that changes the style (aesthetics) of the photo.
  • "Context photo: a large Approximation from what we see
    • Including how dark the scene actually is
    • Just for that context of the shot.

A note on Uber-G camera IQ Score: Our camera rating system is based on four “pillars” or partial values ​​that offer the much needed nuance: Day, night, Zoom and extra wide Photography.

Zoom photography: 58

The Galaxy S10e comes with "only" two rear camera modules, a 26mm primary camera and a 12mm secondary camera with a large aperture. This means that every zoom is primarily software processing to enlarge the image.

There are several ways to improve software zooming. Google has done pioneering work with Pixel 3 by using multiple shots to capture more details. Let us see how good the S10e zoom is.

The zoom performance of the Galaxy S10e is lower than that of the S10 with 2X optical zoom. There is only so much that a single 26mm lens can do, but the Google Pixel 3 is a little better, so the S10e’s zoom performance could possibly have been increased to this level.

The comparison above shows why Google Pixel 3 scores and scores better even though there is no optical zoom lens. The colors are also very different from the actual scene as shown by the other two cameras.

The Galaxy S10 / S10 + has a more natural image than Pixel 3 because the optical zoom reduces the use of image filters that make the photo appear less natural. In addition, the S10 / S10 + can better grasp the texture of things and surfaces don't look completely smooth.

Daylight photography: 187

The performance of the Galaxy S10e in bright light is identical to that of the Galaxy S10, and that's great, as the S10 is one of the three photos with the best performance in bright light alongside the OnePlus 6T and iPhone Xs.


Samsung has improved the camera tuning of the Galaxy Note 9, which has an identical primary camera module as the S10 series. Despite the challenge of using a f / 2.4 aperture, the camera takes great photos with excellent color capture that comes very close to the real world.

HDR tuning has seen the most improvements. In places where the Note 9 may be underexposed or overexposed, the Galaxy S10e performs better and is closer to what you are seeing.

Context: the scene as we see it

Above: Both the Pixel 3 and the Huawei P30 Pro fine-tune the image and capture the scene so that the shadow areas appear darker than they actually are. This makes the scene look a little darker than in reality (see scales). The Galaxy S10e takes a more lifelike photo.

Compared to the iPhone Xs, the Galaxy S10e uses a much more artificial focus where some objects ring. On the other hand, the colors are more natural than those of the iPhone Xs, which means HDR is often applied to photos, which can make them a bit boring at times. Consider the following scene:

Huawei P30 Pro

In the S10 there is a white "ring" around objects, which artificially increases the perceived contrast of this object. It is called "ringing" and is technically considered an "artifact" because it is not present in the scene. People have a different tolerance level for these “improvements” to image filtering, and this is a very subjective issue, although ringing too much can eventually affect image quality.

The Galaxy S10 compensates for this by capturing excellent colors with a normally very good high dynamic range (HDR). Due to the image filtering, it loses some texture for distant objects. On the other hand, the iPhone XS can preserve the texture superbly, but uses excess HDR, which makes the image a bit hazier than the scene really (visible here on the tree colors).

The OnePlus 6T uses its 16MP sensor and manages to add more pixel details to many images while achieving a pleasant result. OnePlus also uses artificial sharpening and takes more freedom with colors than the S10. As a result, the photo result may be less predictable for the user, but within reasonable limits.

Night photography: 194

In low-light photography, the Galaxy S10e camera, like the S10, showed the best low-light camera until the Huawei P30 Pro hit the market and defeated it with a unique night vision function and less noise in all low-light conditions. You can read our in-depth analysis of the performance of the Huawei P30 Pro in low light.

Contextual shot: what we see

Regardless of whether it is a P30 Pro or an iPhone XS, the S10e / S10 / S10 + captures colors that are best suited for the real world. The iPhone's problems keeping up with the light are becoming scarcer.

The Huawei P30 Pro's image filter style can significantly change the mood of the scene. Just look at the following section:

Contextual shot: cropped view

P30 Pro and Galaxy S10e / S10 phones compete on the same level up to a brightness of ~ 0.4 LUX. As a reference, you have 1 LUX brightness on a full moon night, and in a dark bar you often have 2 LUX brightness.

Below 0.4 LUX, Huawei's night vision mode is activated if your eyes have difficulty recognizing colors and details. Night turns into day, a unique achievement that the P30 Pro can only achieve today. That means you still need A little bit of light to reinforce it so it doesn't work in complete darkness.

The S10e is currently one of the most powerful mobile camera groups in low light, well ahead of the Apple iPhone and Google Pixel 3, so it's something to show off with!

Ultra wide photography: 134

Context (not ultra wide) as a color reference

Above: The Galaxy S10 captures more lifelike colors, including the blue hues of the sky behind the trees. Also check the purple chromatic aberration in the top right of the P30 Pro photo in the branches.

We are so glad that Samsung decided to use a dual-wide / ultrawide camera combination on the back. Developed by LG with the LG V20, it is the most optimal combination from a user perspective, since it appeals to the broadest usage model. The vast majority of photos are taken either in wide-angle or ultra-wide, with zoom and portrait being much less common.

While zoom photography with new 135 mm zoom lenses is becoming more and more important, when an Ultrawide lens is available, the data indicate that up to 40% of the photos are taken with the Ultrawide lens. The same does not apply to zoom or portrait, it is undeniable.

Fortunately, the Galaxy S10e camera has the exact high-performance Ultrawide camera with the S10 / S10 + and is still the best we have tested. Images are sharp, capture colors well, and have less lens distortion problems than competitors, even though they're "wider".

Contextual shot: what we see

Conclusion: best high-end camera for the money

175Image quality ratingUBER-G SCORESscoring / ranking system nameIQImage quality based rating systemCAMERAMobile High EndCategory based on price2019-02 device start dateSamsung Galaxy S10eDevice brand and name

Uber-G camera IQ Partial results
Day 187
night 194
Zoom 58
Extra wide 134

The Samsung Galaxy S10e has the same outstanding camera performance as the Galaxy S10. except when it comes to zooming. However, if you consider the price of the Galaxy S10e, it really gets remarkable. From the picture quality for the money it is a monster.

With street prices starting at $ 620 (Amazon Int. Version) and $ 669 (B & H without a contract), it offers the best performance / price ratio of all high-end mobile cameras on the market and exceeds the latest iPhone Xs in absolute terms Photo quality by far and costs $ 300 + less.


From this point of view, the camera of the Samsung Galaxy S10e value is one of the best kept secrets in the cellular industry. You can usually get this performance / price ratio in high-mid-range smartphones ($ 400 to $ 500) and premium smartphones ($ 500 to $ 600) that are specifically designed for price competition but do not achieve this camera performance.

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