Samsung S20 FE vs. Flagship S20 Camera Comparison – Are They The Same?

by birtanpublished on November 7, 2020

What's going on guys my name is wade with tech daily and in this video we're gonna be doing a camera comparison test between the samsung galaxy s20 fe and the flagship samsung galaxy s20 now the reason i even wanted to do this comparison is basically because it seems like samsung brought their 2020 flagship camera setup over to this new cheaper s20fe device and if pictures and videos are important to you you may not even have to consider the flagship phone

At all if the results are comparable or maybe even the same so i'm just gonna quickly go over the specs and capabilities here first on these phones so that we know what we're working with and then we'll jump into some real world picture and video samples where you can decide if there's any noticeable difference and hopefully by the end this will help you determine which device might be the better option around back the s20 fe and flagship s20 have very similar triple lens camera

Setups the main lens on both phones is a 12 megapixel f 1.8 aperture shooter and as far as i'm aware it's identical hardware the ultra wide lens also seems to be the exact same when it comes to the specs it's a 12 megapixel f 2.2 aperture lens on both but in practice the results are a little different which we'll get into the telephoto lens however is actually different on both phones with the

Hardware the s20 fe has an 8 megapixel f 2.4 aperture lens while the flagship s20 gets a 64 megapixel f 2.0 aperture shooter now the telephoto lens usually has to do with zoom capabilities but in this case it also allows the flagship s20 to shoot in a 64 megapixel high detailed shooting mode something the s20 fe does not offer i'll show you some side-by-side comparisons in a second

But this is the first major difference in capabilities the other thing the flagship s20 offers that the s20 fe does not is an 8k video shooting mode now i don't know that many people who would even choose to shoot everyday videos in 8k but at least you can say you have that option with this flagship s20 besides those two feature differences as far as i can tell everything else with these two phones inside the camera app

Is the exact same you of course have all the usual stuff like night mode and super slow-mo but you also have things like pro picture and pro video controls on both devices live focus video is there 4k 60 enhanced video stabilization and auto hdr even a similar 30 times zoom function which is really awesome i think this all should come as no surprise since the s20 fe is still technically an s20 device but while in years past especially on less expensive

Devices samsung and other brands took away some shooting modes and features this time around the fe seems to offer like 99 of the flagship capabilities and i think the only reason this is surprising to me is that the s20 only came out seven or eight months ago but a phone like the fe really devalues the flagship s20 now up front interestingly enough the selfie cameras are very different too the s20 fe gets a 32 megapixel f 2.2 lens while the flagship s20 has a 10 megapixel f 2.2 shooter and yes

I know megapixels aren't everything but let's just say that the results on the fe were better than expected okay so now that you know all the specs let's jump into some actual picture samples and to start off i think you'll find that with a vast majority of the results where just a simple picture was taken both phones produced nearly identical images this is the point and shoot method with the main rear camera lens and in both indoor and outdoor shots i

Personally can barely see a difference the exposure looks the same the color is comparable the detail also seems to be identical and with these results i'm honestly comfortable saying that if you just snapped a regular old picture with the normal shooting mode on either device you wouldn't see a difference and really i think this is a point mostly for the s20 fe i think because in a way what you have here really is what samsung charged some people a thousand dollars for with their brand new flagship phone earlier in the year

But that you can now get for much cheaper a few months later and i think that is a pretty good deal but let's take things a step further like i mentioned a minute ago the flagship s20 also has the ability to use its 64 megapixel telephoto lens to snap some high detail pictures and it might be tough to tell here with this broad shot but as we get a little closer i think you could tell that with this shooting mode the flagship s20 certainly has the edge everything in this shot just looks much

More crisp the texture really pops every edge and detail looks a lot sharper and sure this may not be important for every single picture you take but in certain situations it can make a difference now do i consider a feature like this a major deciding factor for the flagship s20 no not really for those of you who want to get the absolute most out of every picture you take i think it's worth considering but for a vast majority of people

They may not really notice or even care in fact this sort of super detailed high megapixel shooting mode is available on a lot of other samsung phones even devices like the a71 and i'm not sure how many people even know or utilize it to the fullest extent so you'll sort of need to analyze your own needs and desires here but i will say this if you have the option to use the 64 megapixel lens you may as well now let's talk about the zoom

Surprisingly like i showed you earlier both of these phones are capable of crazy 30 times zoom but how they zoom and the hardware behind it is different and likely not in the way that you think the flagship s20 offers just 1.1 times optical zoom which uses the lens itself to zoom up to three times hybrid zoom utilizing the lens and software assistance combined and the maximum 30 times digital zoom which is all software the new s20 fe on

The other hand offers up to three times optical zoom so using the lens itself which essentially means that zoomed in pictures up to three times should already look better on the fe and interestingly enough as we zoom further the fe i think still looks better you've got quite a bit more detail significantly less noise better contrast better exposure and this all really surprised me i didn't expect the fe to out zoom the flagship s20 but i guess

Given the fact that the lens hardware like i mentioned has changed seemingly with a focus on the zoom rather than incorporating a high pixel mode and the fact that this phone is a few months newer perhaps samsung just figured it was best to focus their efforts all on improving the zoom capabilities i think your effort certainly paid off and with this i think you sort of have to decide what you might like more a high detail 64 megapixel shooting mode coupled with a still capable but

Maybe not so good zoom option or a much improved zoom experience with no high pixel shooting mode at all before we jump into the wide angle and night mode and video shots i do want to talk about the selfie pictures since i think a lot of people consider this pretty important i already mentioned that the hardware here is different and with the results this may come as another surprise but i personally

Like the s20fe more here i think skin tone and color are up for debate i do look a little pale on the fe shots but detail wise when we get in a little closer there is a pretty big difference i think are you always gonna zoom in this much on your selfies no probably not but at the same time i think you can still say that it is an improvement and while you may be able to alter the exposure and color temperature after the fact to get the right look on

Certain images you can't add detail to a shot so for that reason the effie for me is the winner when we jump to the wide angle lens i think more often than not you are going to see some differences in results of these two phones and in my experience it's kind of hard to generalize because i felt like every scene had differing elements but to me i think the dynamic range is better on the flagship s20 i think the color is usually more accurate on the flagship s20 but not as

Bright or as saturated as the fe and i think with the fe darker areas and shadows tend to just get lost a little bit more often again it really depends on the conditions fortunately neither phone takes a bad wide angle shot which is good but if you're looking for when pictures look the most obviously different with the same scene the wide angle cameras are likely going to produce those differing results nearly every time now at night for

Whatever reason i'm actually getting fairly different results here but only when shooting in night mode and in my experience i consider low light shots to be better on the flagship s20 this extends to the selfie camera too while like i discussed a minute ago in daylight the fe may have the edge in low light for some reason it seems to struggle a bit also how these phones take pictures via night mode is a little different too the flagship s20 seems to utilize a

Longer exposure almost always while snapping the pick while the fe can sometimes quickly snap the picture and often spends more time processing the image afterwards fortunately i think either way you go you are getting excellent low light results which once again more says a lot about the fe than anything else and in regards to video in my experience i haven't been able to see a difference at all these clips were shot in 4k 30fps and

Everything from what i can tell looks pretty much the same the shots are super steady there's very minimal focus hunting i think the exposure adjustments are subtle enough to not be distracting there's a lot to like here and again while it's great the flagship s20 can shoot crazy 8k clips i can't really imagine anyone using that i don't even think most people would even shoot in 4k but rest assured no matter what kind of video you may shoot it seems to me that the

Results here are the same so here are my final thoughts generally speaking this s20 fe really makes the flagship s20 look bad you just don't get a whole lot more value going with a more expensive device and i think for a vast majority of people the fe is going to be more than capable in the end the difference i think is negligible and more than anything this just goes to show how good the fe really is

But what do you guys think which phone would you rather shoot with let me know in the comments down below i'd love to know your thoughts of course but hopefully you guys did enjoy this video be sure to follow check daily on twitter and subscribe to the tech daily youtube channel if you haven't already and i'll see you guys later

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