Thanks to the ultra-high resolution 108-megapixel sensor, the Galaxy S20 Ultra Ultra’s main camera can take telephoto photos without losing detail, compared to the 12-megapixel camera on the Galaxy S20/S20 Plus. However, the S20 Ultra camera also has limitations, because the main camera has a long focal length, so often lose focus when shooting at close range, so that the main camera’s macro capability is not as good as the Galaxy S20/S20 plus 12 megapixel camera.
This problem on the Galaxy S20 Ultra is a hardware limitation and cannot be completely resolved with algorithmic updates. To address this, however, Samsung recently added a new model, “close-up zoom”, to the Galaxy S20 Ultra update to achieve a macro effect that is not a macro camera. When this mode is enabled, you can adjust the zoom level to 1.5 so that you don’t need to shoot the macro effect without being close to the object. The demo is shown below.
In fact, this is a relatively common shooting technique (zooming in macro photos), and the near-distance zoom switching more or less makes the technique an automated process. Of course, this feature can help users who haven’t used this shooting technique, and it can also be suggested to stay away from the shot, which helps maintain the appropriate focus. The camera’s 108MP hardware configuration allows users to get a clear enough macro photo at 1.5x zoom without damaging image quality.
It’s worth noting that the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 plus can’t use the Close-up Zoom feature. This may be because non-Ultra models have a better autofocus effect than Ultra models (yes, the more expensive configuration is better than the cheaper brother models in the same series, which is the way it’s entangled), and when taking photos at 1.5x magnification, the resolution of 12MP can lead to a decrease in image quality.