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Galaxy S10 vs. Galaxy S8 Camera Shootout: Is It Worth the Upgrade?

The Galaxy S10 marks the biggest upgrade for Samsung’s flagship handsets since 2017’s Galaxy S8. And much like the S10 now, the S8 was one of the finest smartphone cameras of its day, demonstrating particularly strong performance in challenging backlit and low-light scenarios.

So, it stands to reason that there are quite a few S8 owners out there who are eyeing an upgrade to the S10 and are perhaps curious as to how much better the newer phone’s rear triple-lens camera really is. To answer that question, we’ve put together a range of photo comparisons illustrating how far Samsung’s photography tech has come in the last two years. This should help you decide whether to take that plunge and upgrade to the S10.

Comparing the specs

The most obvious difference between the Galaxy S10 and S8, in terms of photography, comes in the number of cameras on the back of the phone. The S10 has three of them: a primary, dual-pixel, 12-megapixel sensor that can also change its aperture on the fly between f/1.5 and f/2.4; a 12-MP telephoto lens that enables 2x optical zoom; and a 16-MP wide-angle lens, which is a first for the Galaxy S line.

The S8, on the other hand, has only one camera on the back. This shooter is also a 12-MP sensor of the dual-pixel variety, though it lacks the variable-aperture mechanism introduced in last year’s Galaxy S9, meaning it’s constrained to f/1.7 at all times.

On the front of the S8, there’s an 8-MP camera for selfies, while the S10 has a 10-MP sensor, inset within the phone’s display, hole-punch style. (For even more selfie cams, consider the Galaxy S10 Plus, which adds a second 8-MP, depth-sensing shooter for more-precise bokeh effects when taking self-portraits.)

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