Those who buy a Galaxy Z Fold 3 do not do it mainly for its photographic skills: it is a smartphone to be used for other things, from work to gaming, from streaming videos to web browsing, all perhaps in multitasking with several windows open simultaneously. What is certain is that being able to count on well-made cameras is a plus that does not hurt, and Samsung, with this generation, seems to have been rather conservative having opted for the same solution already seen on the Z Fold 2, the predecessor.
Limiting ourselves to the three main cameras – difficult to talk about front or rear for a folding smartphone … – we also saw in a review that the results are very good, perhaps not excellent, but still very acceptable. And there are those who think so, as in the case of DxOMark, which with a score of 124 places Z Fold 3 in 24th place, ahead of the sacred monster Mate 30 Pro 5G and even S21 Ultra.
CAMERAS IN BRIEF
- Main 12 MP, Dual Pixel AF, OIS, f / 1.8, 1.8 μm pixels, FOV 83 °
- 12 MP ultra wide angle, f / 2.2, 1.12 μm pixels, FOV 123 °
- 12 MP tele, PDAF, f / 2.4, OIS, 1 μm pixel, FOV 45 °
There are two aspects to differentiate the Z Fold 3 from its predecessor: first of all the software optimization, which as we know has a huge impact in the mobile field – Pixel is a demonstration of this – and then also the Snapdragon 888 mobile platform, which allows you to obtain superior results compared to to the past with its high processing capabilities.
For photos, the rating is 134: good dynamic range, accurate white balance, faithful color representation and, in general, correct exposure. The ultra-wide-angle cam perhaps lacks some detail, but the wide field of vision and the overall quality of the sensor allow us to obtain more than satisfactory results in this case too. As for the telephoto lens, the judgment is good, even if perhaps the impossibility of going beyond the 2x limits it’s potential a little.
The videos, says DxOMark, are in line with those of the S21 Ultra: good exposure, faithful colors, excellent stabilization, fast autofocus. When the light is scarce, the difficulties of the cameras emerge, with noise, slow AF and few details. Overall, however, the grade is fair: 103. And you, what do you think of the photographic qualities of the Galaxy Z Fold 3? Did they disappoint you or did you fear worse? Or maybe they surprised you?