Galaxy Z Fold 5 vs. Fold 4 camera test surprises | ENBLE

Galaxy Z Fold 5 vs. Fold 4 camera test surprises | ENBLE

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 vs. Galaxy Z Fold 4: A Camera Shootout

Galaxy Z Fold 4 (left) and Galaxy Z Fold 5 Image source: Digital Trends

Samsung has recently released the highly anticipated Galaxy Z Fold 5, the successor to the Galaxy Z Fold 4. While the camera setup hasn’t changed significantly, the company claims that improvements in the processor, lenses, and software will result in better photos. In order to put this claim to the test, a camera shootout was conducted to compare the two smartphones side by side.

The results of the camera shootout were both fascinating and somewhat frustrating. The Galaxy Z Fold 5 does indeed capture better photos in certain situations, but in other cases, it falls short. Let’s take a closer look at the camera specifications of these two devices and examine some of the photo comparisons.

Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Fold 4 Camera Specs

Galaxy Z Fold 4 (left) and Galaxy Z Fold 5 Image source: Digital Trends

Both the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Galaxy Z Fold 5 feature a 50-megapixel main camera, a 12MP wide-angle camera, and a 10MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom. Additionally, there is a 10MP selfie camera on the cover screen and a 4MP Under Display Camera (UDC) on the inner screen. The major differences lie in the choice of processor, the lenses, and the software optimizations made by Samsung.

The Galaxy Z Fold 5 is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy processor, which is optimized specifically for the phone and includes alterations to the Image Signal Processor (ISP). On the other hand, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 uses the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, which was not specifically tweaked for the phone by Samsung.

Samsung has also made changes to the camera lenses in the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and introduced various software improvements to enhance its performance. These changes promise reduced flare, less noise, and improved low-light performance. It’s worth noting that improvements in camera technology often come from upgrades to the processor, ISP, and software, rather than the camera sensors themselves.

Galaxy Z Fold 5 vs. Fold 4: Main Camera

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 vs. Z Fold 4 - Main Camera Image source: Digital Trends

When comparing the main camera photos taken with the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and the Galaxy Z Fold 4, there are noticeable differences, but neither camera consistently outperforms the other. In some cases, the Z Fold 5 produces better results, such as a photo with more vibrant colors and better exposure. However, it also suffers from noise issues. On the other hand, the Z Fold 4 captures smoother images, but sometimes lacks the same level of detail.

Galaxy Z Fold 5 vs. Fold 4: Wide-Angle Camera

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 vs. Z Fold 4 - Wide-Angle Camera Image source: Digital Trends

Similar to the main camera, the wide-angle camera of the Galaxy Z Fold 5 shows improvements over the Galaxy Z Fold 4, but the results are not consistent. In certain photos, the Z Fold 5 captures more realistic images with better contrast, exposure, and dynamic range. However, in other instances, both cameras perform similarly, with minor differences in exposure and detail.

Galaxy Z Fold 5 vs. Fold 4: Telephoto Camera 3x

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 vs. Z Fold 4 - Telephoto Camera 3x Image source: Digital Trends

The 3x optical zoom capability of the Galaxy Z Fold 5 is where noticeable improvements can be observed. The Z Fold 5 captures images with more detail, less smoothing, and better focus compared to the Z Fold 4. This is particularly evident in photos taken indoors with average lighting, as well as when zooming in on distant subjects like a bridge or a car.

Galaxy Z Fold 5 vs. Fold 4: Telephoto Camera 30x

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 vs. Z Fold 4 - Telephoto Camera 30x Image source: Digital Trends

The 30x Space Zoom mode on both devices is not commonly used but does show improvements in the Galaxy Z Fold 5. The images captured by the Z Fold 5 demonstrate less noise, slightly sharper details, and more natural colors compared to the Z Fold 4. While this mode may not be a crucial factor in the overall camera performance, Samsung’s software advancements have made a difference here.

Galaxy Z Fold 5 vs. Fold 4: Night Mode

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 vs. Z Fold 4 - Night Mode Image source: Digital Trends

Samsung’s improvements in low-light photography are evident in both the main camera and the 3x zoom sections. However, in real low-light conditions, the results are mixed. While the Z Fold 5 tends to smooth out noisy textures, it may not be preferable to have this heavily smoothed look in every situation. Additionally, there are instances where the Z Fold 4 outperforms the Z Fold 5 in terms of white balance, exposure accuracy, and overall ambiance.

Galaxy Z Fold 5 vs. Fold 4: Selfie Camera

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 vs. Z Fold 4 - Selfie Camera Image source: Digital Trends

The selfie camera on the cover screen of the Galaxy Z Fold 5 shows significant improvements over the Z Fold 4. The Z Fold 5 captures selfies with improved skin tone, additional detail, accurate edge recognition in portrait mode, and vibrant colors. While both devices have the same camera hardware, the software advancements on the Z Fold 5 have elevated the quality of selfies to a new level.

Galaxy Z Fold 5 vs. Fold 4: Which Camera is Better?

Galaxy Z Fold 4 (left) and Galaxy Z Fold 5 Image source: Digital Trends

In the camera shootout between the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and the Galaxy Z Fold 4, the Z Fold 5 emerged as the winner in three sections, while the results were a draw in the remaining categories. The frustration lies in the fact that the Z Fold 5 captures better photos in some scenarios, particularly with the 3x optical zoom and the selfie camera, but it doesn’t consistently outperform the Z Fold 4 in terms of the main and wide-angle cameras.

While the Galaxy Z Fold 5 may not be a necessary upgrade solely for its camera performance, it still offers notable improvements in certain situations. If you are an existing Galaxy Z Fold 4 owner, the decision to upgrade may depend on your preference for selfies and zoom shots. However, if you are considering the Z Fold 5 as a new device, rest assured that the camera enhancements make it a worthwhile choice. It’s important to note that the Z Fold 5 is not Samsung’s flagship camera phone, and we can hope for even more extensive upgrades in the Galaxy Z Fold 6 next year.