Samsung’s Galaxy Flip 4 and Fold 4 have flagship-level cameras. On the first day of testing, we compared both cameras against Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S22+.
The Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3 cameras were “just okay,” with the Flip 3 having “uninspiring, desaturated colours.” Still, it would be wonderful if you couldn’t identify Samsung’s $999 normal flagship from their $999 foldable phones.
No, I don’t have an iPhone 13 to compare. I’ve gone months without a Flip 3 or Fold 3. A Samsung buyer is usually a Samsung buyer, so comparing the Flip and Fold to the S22+ makes sense.
Here are the cameras’ specs before the images:
Always-good main cameras
Any pricey phone with a good picture in good light sailed five years ago. A shot of the New York skyline will always turn out fine, regardless of brand or colour choice.
Could you comment on the Flip’s photo’s cheerfulness, the S22moodiness, +’s and the Fold’s in-betweenness? Personal preference, I think.
One has zoom, another doesn’t
Optical zoom is a must-have. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 offers 3x optical zoom, whereas the Flip doesn’t. 3x magnification shows the difference. Flip uses digital zoom, while Fold and S22+ use optics.
Low light and zoom reveal phone disparities. The Flip struggles with digital zoom in night mode, whereas the Fold and S22+ perform better with optical zoom.
What happens at the frame’s edge tests an ultrawide camera. Most ultrawides bend and soften objects. OnePlus includes a de-tilting option on the OnePlus 10 Pro and a fish-eye mode that puts you in a bubble.
Here’s an ultrawide street image from the Flip, Fold, and Galaxy S22+. The Flip’s frame edge is noticeably softer. Most folks won’t be able to discern the difference between the S22+ and the Fold.
The Fold and Flip have the same multi-frame, multi-second night mode as the Galaxy S22 series. This was recorded indoors with the curtains closed. Night mode-less.
Fold, S22+, and Flip night modes were similar. Some of my Flip night mode shots had some volatility and noise, which I need to investigate.
Many front-facing camera options!
The Fold boasts two front-facing cameras: a 10MP snapper on the outside and a 4MP under-display camera for video calls. The comparison below shows their distinct quality. Main selfie camera handled extreme HDR better than under-display camera.
Samsung advises using the Flip’s main camera for selfies. You can use the front screen as a viewfinder by double-tapping the power button.
I contrasted the two cameras against a bright sky to test HDR. The front-facing camera offered me a flat image in colour and focus, while the primary camera has more rich colours and superior depth of field.
Check back soon for our comprehensive First camera samples from Samsung’s Galaxy Flip 4 and Fold 4 reviews. See our signal reception and benchmark tests until then.