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DxOMark: The Samsung Galaxy S20+'s "fake zoom" is better than the S10's optical zoom

The S20+ is widely considered to be the best S20 model. (Source: Samsung)
The S20+ is widely considered to be the best S20 model. (Source: Samsung)
The Samsung Galaxy S20+ has now been tested by DxOMark. The scores offer a few notable takeaways, including inferiority to the S20 Ultra, an overall lack of improvement over the Note 10+, and the real-world effectiveness of the S20 and S20+'s digital zoom.
Ricci Rox,

Two weeks after reviewing the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, DxOMark has now published its review on the S20+, the mid-tiered Galaxy S20 series phone.

The S20+ recorded an overall score of 118, a couple of points less than the top-spec Galaxy S20 Ultra (122), and just one more than the Galaxy Note 10+ (117). In the still photo category, the S20+ earned a score of 124, right on par with iPhone 11 Pro Max (124) and the last-gen Huawei P30 Pro (125). In the video category, the S20+ made away with a score of 100, on par with the S20 Ultra, Mate 30 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

The S20+ is marketed with a "30x zoom", which we found out to just be almost completely digital zoom. That shows here, as the phone only earned a zoom score of 81, less than other zoom-centric phones like the Mi 10 Pro (110), Mate 30 Pro (91), and the S20 Ultra (88). Optical zoom is still better, especially at longer lengths. 

Interestingly, though, the S20+'s zoom is better than the iPhone 11 Pro Max's 2x optical zoom (74) and the Galaxy S10+'s (68). This lends credence to the idea that cropping into a high-res bigger sensor delivers better results than a dedicated 2x optical zoom lens. LG, in particular, has received criticism for eschewing a telephoto lens on the LG V60 ThinQ in favor of a 64 MP main camera. That seems to have been the right decision.

As always, DxOmark's scores aren't to be considered gospel.

The S20+.
The S20+.
The S10+.
The S10+.

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Ricci Rox, 2020-05-11 (Update: 2020-05-11)
Ricci Rox
Ricci Rox - News Editor - @riccirox
I'm a freelance copywriter who lives and dies for tech. Android, ​especially. The smartphone market is one going through an impressive growth spurt, so I crawl the Internet with keen interest in a technological ecosystem that doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.