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Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review: The most affordable waterproof 5G phone yet

By The Count - 24 Apr 2021
Launch SRP: S$548

Imaging

Imaging and Videography

The rear camera module of Samsung Galaxy A52 5G comes with four lenses:-

  • Main: 64MP OIS autofocus (F1.8, 0.8µm)
  • Ultra Wide: 12MP fixed-focus (F2.2, 1.12µm)
  • Macro: 5MP fixed-focus (F2.4, 1.12µm)
  • Depth: 5MP fixed-focus (F2.4, 1.12µm)

A major step up from its predecessor is that the main camera has optical image stabilisation (OIS), thus offering better stability when taking photos. Apart from that, it has a slightly better aperture and takes in more megapixels. Photos are then sampled to 16 megapixels.

The front camera lens is a 32MP fixed-focus (F2.2, 0.8μm) unit.

To see how the camera performs in real life, we have taken the A52 for a spin and took photos and videos in various different modes. Unless when explicitly specified, all photos are taken at auto ISO, aperture, and focus settings. Please excuse the gloomy weather shots, but the weather has been unpredictable lately.

 

Main Camera

(Auto Settings: ƒ/1.8 1/262 5.23mm ISO40)

 

Main HDR

(ƒ/1.8 1/526 5.23mm ISO40)

 

Ultra Wide Angle

(ƒ/2.2 1/232 1.74mm ISO50)

 

Main (Night, Auto)

(ƒ/1.8 1/8 5.23mm ISO1250)

(Auto Settings: ƒ/1.8, 1/25, 5.23mm, ISO500)

 

Ultra Wide (Night Mode)

(Auto settings: ƒ/2.2, 1/4, 1.74mm. ISO800)

Despite being a mid-range phone, the Samsung Galaxy A52 manages to take rather decent shots, even at night. The OIS present in the A52 certainly helped in stabilising photos with moderately low light. There is still an aggressive effort on the part of the A52 to brighten portions that are meant to be dark though, as can be seen in the night shot near Orchard Central.

 

Videography

Samsung A52 5G can take videos in the following modes:-

  • FHD/30fps
  • FHD/60fps
  • UHD/30fps
  • FHD in slow-mo 120fps

Video stabilisation is achieved using electronics image stabilisation (EIS). There are two types of EIS - one basic, and a Super Steady. For basic EIS, the video recording exhibits a weird effect whereby the shifting is contained only in the vertical axis, while the movements can be seen in the horizontal axis. Super steady mode does help to stabilise the video substantially but at a loss of video quality. Note that both basic stabilisation and super steady locks the video recording to FHD/30fps.

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9.0
  • Design 8
  • Features 9.5
  • User-Friendliness 8.5
  • Performance 9
  • Value 9
The Good
Waterand dust resistant build
OIS in main camera
120Hz FHD+ AMOLED screen
Reliable in-display fingerprint sensor
Expandable storage
25W fast charging with charger supplied
3.5mm audio jack and FM radio
5G network support
Excellent performance, imaging and battery life
Overall great value
The Bad
Haptic feedback can be better
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