It usually takes a lot of specialised equipment to shoot good astrophotography. But it is something that some users are able to achieve with their smartphones, too. Of course, it depends on your own skill level, the apps you’re using, and the specific device on which you’re using them. But how does Samsung’s latest flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra stand up to this task?
That’s what photographer Brent Hall wanted to know, as he took his Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and the Moment 18mm Wide Lens out into the New Mexico night to photograph the Milky Way. Actually, his results don’t look that bad at all – considering it’s a phone.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra hasn’t had the greatest start when it comes to its camera, receiving some criticism from DxOMark vs the competition. But Brent’s video shows that the S20 Ultra can indeed shoot some quite decent astrophotography and even capture the Milky Way. And he managed to do it all using the standard camera app that comes supplied with the phone in “Pro” mode – which opens up all of the manual exposure settings.
Sure, you’re not going to get the same kind of quality and detail that you’d get with a high-end DSLR or mirrorless camera, but Brent manages to get some impressive results out of that tiny smartphone sensor.
If you don’t have access to expensive camera gear (or the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra), but still want to give this a try with your own phone, Brent’s video offers a lot of great tips and advice to help you get started.
Have you shot the stars with your smartphone?