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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE review: Is it only for Samsung fans?

By Liu Hongzuo - 5 Dec 2020
Launch SRP: S$1068

Imaging Performance

Imaging Performance

The Galaxy S20 FE uses a triple camera configuration on its rear, led by a 12MP shooter with 1.8μm pixel size and f/1.8 aperture. The main lens is equipped with Dual Pixel AutoFocus and OIS as well. Other accompanying lenses are the:

  • 12MP ultra-wide-angle shooter with 1.12μm pixel size, f/2.2 aperture and a generous 123° field-of-view
  • 8MP telephoto lens with 1.0μm pixel size, f/2.4 aperture and 3x optical zoom

At a glance, we know that the S20 FE’s imaging offerings are slightly different from the S20’s and S20+’s (at 12MP main +12MP ultra-wide + 64MP telephoto). We should expect some difference in the S20 FE’s long-distance shooting. That said, the main and ultra-wide lens is the same as the ones on the S20 and S20+, right down to the apertures provided.

Also offered on the S20 FE is 30x Space Zoom (same as what’s offered on the S20 and S20+), Super Steady for video-recording (also on the S20 and S20+), and Night Mode for low-light shooting via its main camera (also on S20 and S20+). What didn’t get carried over was 8K video recording. Still, S20 FE can record at 4K resolution, 60 FPS, so it’s not shabby even if it’s not the highest video recording resolution the brand has ever offered. 

The pixel-binning technique can be found on the 32MP front camera, where Samsung combines 4x4 pixel data into one. This provides more pixel data in one pixel at the cost of overall megapixel count. It’s not a bad trade-off considering lighting is more important for selfies.

Main camera, no modification.

Cropped section, actual pixel size of above image.

Main camera at no zoom.

3x optical zoom (setting selected from menu).

Main camera, no zoom.

Ultra-wide-angle camera.

3x optical zoom, selected from menu.

10x digital zoom, selected from menu.

30x Space Zoom, selected from menu.

Main camera, no zoom.

3x optical zoom, selected from menu.

Ultra-wide-angle camera.

Main camera, no zoom.

With the exception of the 30x Space Zoom, the S20 FE takes great, flagship-worthy shots, which is to be expected. Details are intact and colours are vibrant. It does have slight issues with overexposure under challenging conditions, but nothing that would affect your photo-taking experience if you’re willing to wait for the perfect shot.

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9.0
  • Design 8
  • Features 8.5
  • User-Friendliness 8.5
  • Performance 9.5
  • Value 9
The Good
Affordable Samsung flagship device
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset
Almost everything you expect from S20
5G-ready
Several colour options
Haze matte finish at its rear
The Bad
Lower-than S20's screen quality
Average audio
Non-premium appearance
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