Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: DxOMark highlights camera differences between Exynos 2200 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 models
DxOMark has published a detailed camera review of the US version of the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which Samsung offers with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. For context, Samsung also sells the Galaxy S22 Ultra with the Exynos 2200 in some markets, such as Europe and the UK. While DxOMark has awarded 131 points to both variants, the website has noticed differences in image quality.
Specifically, the Snapdragon version produces less image noise than its Exynos equivalent, even though it relies on identical camera hardware. We should stress that the Snapdragon model still produces image noise in some environments, as DxOMark demonstrates in its review. However, it seems that Qualcomm's image signal processor (ISP) is more effective for the most part at minimising image noise than the one in the Exynos 2200.
Conversely, the Galaxy S22 Ultra produces sharper images from its telephoto camera in low light conditions when paired with the Exynos 2200. Also, the Exynos model produces a more natural representation of its surroundings when shooting videos than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 can. In comparison, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 tends to oversharpen images to the extent that artefacts become visible.
Overall, there are advantages and disadvantages to the Exynos and Snapdragon versions of the Galaxy S22 Ultra, when it comes to image quality. Ultimately, neither can match other recent flagship smartphones, like the Honor Magic4 Ultimate, the Huawei P50 Pro, the iPhone 13 Pro Max or even the Google Pixel 6 Pro.