Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Huawei P40 Pro +: Which Has Better Zoom

It is not enough to have many sensors and get your chest out with megapixels. Now we have to demonstrate it on paper and see if both sensor has real benefits, and the promised quality is up to par. The Huawei P40 Pro + remains at the forefront of mobile photography, with new rivals such as the Galaxy S21 Ultra, who arrive claiming their place. Taking into account the importance that manufacturers are placing on the zoom capabilities , we wanted to make a comparison between these two top of the range of Samsung and Huawei.

Being able to use the zoom is something that is generally done on a recurring basis, and that allows you to capture those that are generally too far away to be appreciated. It is also used in many photographic techniques as a style in itself. However, the sense of its use is lost if the quality is not minimally acceptable . It is useless to bring a certain scene as close as possible if it becomes difficult to interpret the result. To see what these two beasts are capable of, Jose Morales, better known as @geekdeglasses, and conductor of our official channel on YouTube, has taken to the streets with the two terminals to check their zoom capabilities.

Before seeing the comparison of photos, it is convenient to take a look at the hardware of both terminals , to take perspective based on the results that we will see later.

Galaxy S21 Ultra

Four rear cameras

  • Main sensor: 108 megapixels f / 1.8 24mm, OIS, 1 / 1.33 ″
  • Wide Angle: 12 megapixels f / 2.2
  • Telephoto: 10 megapixels f / 2.4, 70mm, 3x zoom, OIS
  • Telephoto: 10 megapixels f / 4.9 240mm 10x zoom
  • Front camera 40 megapixels, f / 2.2

Huawei P40 Pro +

Five rear cameras

  • Main sensor: 50 megapixels f / 1.9, 23mm, OIS, 1 / 1.28 ″
  • Wide Angle: 40 megapixels, f / 1.8, 18mm
  • Telephoto: 8 megapixels, f / 4.4, 240mm, 10x zoom, OIS
  • Telephoto 2: 8 megapixels, f / 2.4, 80mm, 3x zoom, OIS
  • 3D ToF sensor, PDAF
  • Front camera: 32 megapixels f / 2.2, 26mm + IR ToF 3D

Zoom comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Huawei P40 Pro +

In the comparison we will see different circumstances in which the zoom capacity of both teams is put to the test. It will be curious to see how each one interprets the scene differently. All of them have been made with good lighting to allow the sensor to work in favorable conditions , in order to appreciate the most distant details. In the entire comparison, the images of the Huawei P40 Pro + will be on the left or above, while those of the S21 ultra are located to the right or below the images. In addition, you can see all the photos in a larger size by touching each one of them.

More detail on the Galaxy and a surprise

There are several highlights in these images. The first is done with a zoom of three increases, where it is seen that the interpretation of the sky is similar in both terminals. However, the S21 Ultra shows a higher level of detail, which is noticeable in the bricks or the bell tower. This is also seen in the next 5x magnification. However, with 10x there is a surprise, and that is that the P40 Pro + seeks to capture the light from the interior of the bell tower, which causes some overexposure in the result, but allows you to see the interior grille, which is hidden in the S21 Ultra when have kept unalterable its previous interpretation.

Far zoom, where everyone falters

In the first shot with 10 increases, the P40 Pro + is now the one who now gives somewhat darker results than its rival, contrary to what was seen previously. However, upon reaching 30 increases, the results begin to falter in both terminals. The results in terms of detail are slightly higher on the S21 Ultra . However, at this zoom level there are other factors to take into account such as the user’s pulse, in addition to being clear that the definition will drop a lot.

Can you tell me the time please?

Nothing like pointing to a distant clock to discover how far a zoom that boasts of power is capable of reaching. In this case we find very different interpretations in both terminals. The 5x shot of the P40 Pro + offers a more unreal sky color, but with more information at the top. However, the side of realism is again on the side of the S21 Ultra. In the 10x shot, we see a somewhat darker interpretation of the clock on the Huawei terminal. Upon reaching 30 increases, it is the S21 Ultra that offers less detail, but both allow us to check without problem that the aperitif time is approaching.

100x maximum zoom, is it worth it?

In this example, it shows that only one specific shot may be worth it, but it will not be something that the user uses on a recurring basis as shots to save for life. We see how the Huawei P40 Pro + offers a very poor level of the crane. The S21 Ultra has a bit more definition but the sharpness on both is certainly horrible.

zoom 100x del galaxy s21 ultra y el huawei p40 pro+

Details or realism, with maximum zoom

In this last shot, we see how the Huawei P40 Pro + looks better when using three magnifications, with a better level of detail. However, reaching five increases, although the detail remains at a similar level between the two, Samsung shows more realistic results. With 10 increases it is Huawei who returns to offer a darker tone. However, in the 30x shot, there are completely different interpretations of the sky or the color of the shield. In this case, many of these results will be better or worse depending on the user’s tastes, but the details of the shield are greater in the Huawei terminal.

What conclusion do we draw?

The truth is that we are at the dawn of high zoom capabilities on mobile phones. It is something that will improve over time and that we already appreciate with some criteria in the smallest increases. However, numbers like 100X are still just that, numbers. They do not offer acceptable quality results, an advantage that professional cameras still have over mobile phones.

It is a battle that will undoubtedly become even, but this is not the time. It is for this reason that, for example, Apple has not integrated such bestial zoom options, if this is going to represent photos taken with an iPhone, lacking in quality or not very sharp, despite knowing that it is something that the user can understand .

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