iFixit tore down the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra to see its “crazy” cameras

Mar 5, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

iFixit tore down the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra to see its “crazy” cameras

Mar 5, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is an impressive smartphone, with an impressive $1,399 price tag to match. It has an interesting camera assembly on the rear, with three cameras at 12, 48 and 108-megapixels, as well as a Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor for depth-sensing.

iFixit have managed to get their hands on one and as they often do, they decided to tear it open to see how it all comes together inside. As one would expect from a Samsung device, it’s not the easiest to get into. iFixit mentions using some pretty hefty tools to crack it open, making some comparisons to Samsung’s Note 10 Plus 5G in terms of internal similarity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut3ay2zLCcA

Announced last month, the S20 Ultra is Samsung’s top of the line smartphone. On the rear it features three cameras, including what they claim is a “100x” telephoto camera. It’s actually only 10x optically, with the reset of the magnification achieved by some cropping and digital jiggery-pokery.

  • 108-megapixel wide-angle camera
  • 48-megapixel telephoto camera
  • 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera

While the 48-megapixel 10x optical zoom camera doesn’t sound quite as impressive as “100x zoom” it’s quite an ingenious periscope-style design. We get to take a closer look at that in the video and hear a little about the theory of how it works.

On the front of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is a 40-megapixel f/2.2 selfie camera, although we don’t get a chance to see that once they remove the full-frontal 120Hz glass display.

As to whether or not this phone will be easy to repair, well, iFixit gave it a repairability score of 3 saying that “If you could repair the last Samsung phone, you’ll be able to fix this one”.

[via DPReview]

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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