Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and Galaxy S23 Ultra, main cameras

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The Galaxy S22 Ultra comes equipped with a night mode feature that is designed to help you take better photos in low-light conditions.

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The phone’s camera is equipped with large sensors and advanced image processing algorithms, which work together to capture more light and reduce image noise.

The night mode feature on the Galaxy S22 Ultra allows you to take brighter and more detailed photos in low-light environments.

The camera captures multiple frames of the same scene and then combines them to create a single image that is brighter and more detailed than a standard photo taken in the same conditions.

In addition, the Galaxy S22 Ultra also has a Pro mode that allows you to adjust various camera settings, such as ISO and shutter speed, to capture the perfect shot in low-light conditions.

Overall, the night mode feature on the Galaxy S22 Ultra is designed to help you capture high-quality photos in low-light conditions, and we can expect the Galaxy S23 Ultra to have similar or improved features.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra represents what is arguably peak smartphone right now. Between the overclocked Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, QHD+ 120Hz screen, and deep S Pen integration, there’s a lot to like here.

Samsung has also upgraded the main camera hardware, going from the S22 Ultra’s 108MP shooter to a 200MP primary sensor. Otherwise, you still have a pair of 10MP zoom cameras (3x and 10x) and a 12MP ultrawide lens, making it one of the best camera phones on the market on paper.

We’ve already put Samsung’s 200MP camera through its paces. But how does the S23 Ultra fare against its predecessor when it comes to low-light camera performance and zoomed-in snaps?

To test, we pit Samsung’s latest S23 Ultra camera vs the S22 Ultra. (More specifically, we used the Exynos model of the latter.)

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra vs S22 Ultra cameras in low light

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Samsung is touting its “Nightography” capabilities once again with the Galaxy S23 Ultra. The 200MP main lens is capable of 16-cell pixel binning, combining data from 16 adjacent pixels into one, therefore spitting out a 12MP shot.

By comparison, the Galaxy S22 Ultra bins at a ratio of 9 to one, transforming its 108MP snaps into 12MP. The difference is that the resulting pixel size is 2.4μm for the S23 Ultra versus 2.0μm for the S22 ultra.

Let’s take a look at the shots below to see if that makes much difference. You can find the full-res snaps at this Google Drive link.

Image quality is a lot closer when we enable night mode on both phones, as the S22 Ultra delivers a notably brighter shot for the skyline scene.

Brighter doesn’t always mean better, though, as the S22 Ultra’s noise reduction here gives us the Vaseline effect on some elements, which you can spot in the cropped image below.

The S23 Ultra offers more detail on a close inspection, but I’d say the brightness works in the older phone’s favor when looking at the scene overall.

In any event, the two comparisons show that the S23 Ultra isn’t quite a slam-dunk upgrade over last year’s Ultra. Its biggest fault is a lack of exposure in dimly lit scenes.

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