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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 review: A splash-proof foldable display multi-tasker now made a reality

By Liu Hongzuo - 12 Sep 2021
Launch SRP: S$2398

Imaging Performance

Imaging 

The only tangible upgrade to the Z Fold3’s rear cameras are the lenses' new protective Corning’s Gorilla Glass with DX. Camera specs largely remain unchanged, and photography/videography in Flex Mode makes a return to the new foldable. 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G camera config
Triple rear Cover Screen Main Screen
  • 12MP, f/1.8, wide-angle (main) 1.8µm, OIS Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
  • 12MP, f/2.2, ultra-wide, 1.12µm, 123° FOV
  • 12MP, f/2.4, telephoto, 1.0µm, OIS 2x Zoom
  • 10MP, f/2.2, selfie, 1.22µm
  • 4MP, under-display, f/1.8, portrait, 2.0µm

The camera that did change is - you guessed it - its 4MP, 2.0μm, f/1.8 aperture under-display camera inside the Main Screen. We’ll include some samples to gauge its effectiveness as a shooter, seeing how we already know it’s not great as a display. 

 

Sample images

Main camera.

Main camera.

Ultra-wide angle.

2x Zoom.

5x Zoom. We liked how it's much better at handling telephoto shots than the Flip3.

10x zoom (max).

 

Main camera vs under-display camera

Note: the under-display camera shots were taken with the Main Screen facing the subject, hence the inverted shots. Main camera shots had the Main Screen acting as the viewfinder, facing the shooter.

Main camera.

Under-display camera.

Main camera.

Under-display camera.

Main camera.

Under-display camera.

The under-display camera has a long way to go in quality and accuracy. Flaws well-known to such cameras aren’t excluded from the pricey Z Fold3, like its hazy aftereffect (in part due to the display’s pixel circuitry getting in the way), its off-kilter white balance, and general lack of detail across the board. While it’s harsh to expect a video-conferencing camera to pull in nice images, Samsung still has to work fast on improving it or risk falling behind, since other phone brands are aggressively perfecting this nascent tech as well.

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8.0
  • Design 8.5
  • Features 8.5
  • User-Friendliness 8.5
  • Performance 9
  • Value 7
The Good
New UI features to maximise Main Screen use
Slimmer and lighter
IP-rated water resistance
Added S Pen support
Better screens
A tablet in your pocket
The Bad
Shorter battery life compared to single-display flagships
Main Screen crease still visible
Typing on Cover Screen is still difficult
Lighter, but still bulky compared to traditional phones
Price reduction, yet still expensive
Requires accessories to make full use of the phone - Fast charging adapter, S Pen, Phone cover with S Pen holder
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