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Samsung wins in all areas but the most important: the camera

Samsung Galaxy S phones are always among the best money that can be bought. Year after year, with very few exceptions, the Galaxy S or Galaxy Note has the best screen, the best processor, most buyers want, and especially the availability that builds a recipe for success. The line's tenth anniversary paints an even bigger picture of success for a company that has had much of it, and if you say that the Galaxy S1 0 is the best phone you can buy, I probably wouldn't argue with you. Samsung puts good cameras on S10, but they are not best cameras. But there is an area where Samsung no longer leads: his camera. Samsung's Galaxy S10 has a good camera, but the latest releases have seen a Galaxy phone with a good camera that is not the best camera that one could claim until the Galaxy S7 or so. There is one for the most simple explanation why, and something Samsung is trying to address: Artificial intelligence. Samsung is the undeniable king of mobile hardware. Some people will say differently, but no other phone manufacturer releases a product shock full of their own components, or sells the same components to other phone manufacturers at the level Samsung does. And these components are really good. The same philosophy has been the front of the Galaxy S through its lifetime; The company depends on the best parts to make the camera as good as it can be. These parts can be downloaded…

Samsung Galaxy S phones are always among the best money that can be bought. Year after year, with very few exceptions, the Galaxy S or Galaxy Note has the best screen, the best processor, most buyers want, and especially the availability that builds a recipe for success. The line’s tenth anniversary paints an even bigger picture of success for a company that has had much of it, and if you say that the Galaxy S1

0 is the best phone you can buy, I probably wouldn’t argue with you.

Samsung puts good cameras on S10, but they are not best cameras.

But there is an area where Samsung no longer leads: his camera. Samsung’s Galaxy S10 has a good camera, but the latest releases have seen a Galaxy phone with a good camera that is not the best camera that one could claim until the Galaxy S7 or so. There is one for the most simple explanation why, and something Samsung is trying to address: Artificial intelligence.

Samsung is the undeniable king of mobile hardware. Some people will say differently, but no other phone manufacturer releases a product shock full of their own components, or sells the same components to other phone manufacturers at the level Samsung does. And these components are really good. The same philosophy has been the front of the Galaxy S through its lifetime; The company depends on the best parts to make the camera as good as it can be. These parts can be downloaded from another company or even built-in, as we have seen with camera sensors in recent years.

Samsung’s name is synonymous with excellent hardware.

But there is one thing that two or two three lenses and adjustable apertures over large format CCD sensors cannot do on their own, and computational photography is enhanced by machine learning programs. Think about what we see from Google’s Pixel, Huawei Mate 20 Pro and iPhone. Using the same sensors, these phones can make you a better photographer because of the complex algorithms that are programmed to turn a mediocre photo into a good and a good photo for a masterpiece.

How they do it is not magical. Feeding a monstrous computer filled with specialized ML (the generic term for machine learning) closely closes images of one thing and eventually the machine will “know” what that thing should look like. This is the type of machine learning used in self-driving cars, face biometric algorithms and robotic vacuum cleaners, so it’s not specific to the camera’s software. But it works very well with the camera software, especially the part of it that builds an image from a cluster of pixels and dots of colored light.

Google’s Pixel Camera and Pixel Visual Core “know” what fence or cat or pair of glasses on a person’s face should look like. So, the Huaweis Kirin makes AI and, to a lesser extent still competent, making Apple’s A-Series AI co-processors. It knows how these things look in bright light where the captured image is sharp and clear, but it also knows the same thing in bad light or even when there is not enough light to build a photo without this ML component, which We see in Pixel’s Night Sight.

Google, Huawei and Apple have a secret weapon that others don’t – better AI.

When you open the camera program on the Pixel 3 or Mate 20 Pro, it starts processing what is in front of the sensor long before you press the shutter button. It collects data to make sure it can identify the objects in front of it and when it is time to take the picture with the camera software. In this case, the software also includes firmware on the chips used to handle camera capture – using data was collected before the button was knocked, while the button was dropped and shortly after the button was dropped to collect and build a photo or series of images that you see when processing. is complete. Usually this makes for a better photo and sometimes a much better photo.

Samsung also collects sensor data in the same way and it is used for some really cool tricks in the photo app as finding the best framing of your shot. What Samsung does not do as well as its competition in the camera’s space is the calculated AI part. “Engine” is not as good as Google or Huaweis.

Imagine a Galaxy phone with high quality hardware, the best features and a smarter AI to beat Google in its own game.

Imagine a Galaxy S10 with the same tri-camera arrangement and the same type of powerful AI that can handle shape, edge detection and color of things in front of the lens. These ML components do not need to replace the excellent hardware or extra data that Samsung can collect by having multiple cameras and things like the refugee sensor. They can exist to fill in the topics when these hardware components do not provide enough data. What Google can do with a lens is amazing; Not only can you get a sharp photo most of the time, its color will be accurate and you can even manipulate the light field for an adjustable (and synthetic) depth of field effect.

I want the next Galaxy phone to have this. Either the photo algorithms have to go up to snuff or Google needs to open up its secrecy or someone needs to break into a hotel room late at night and steal that Watergate style. I don’t care how it happens, I just want it to happen. Google will never ever be able to build a phone with the quality of camera hardware Samsung makes, even though both companies use the same sensors. Huawei phones will never be a thing in the United States, no matter how many times the company sues the government, so the burden lands on Samsung’s shoulders to give us the best of everything.

Galaxy Note 10 is already in production and it will probably not be the unicorn we deserve. The Galaxy S 11 is also probably very deep in its design and may not be the only one. But someday, Samsung will get it sorted and just as things were a few years ago, the Galaxy phones will have a camera that every other company strives to copy. I expect it.

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