Just How Good is the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra’s Camera? DXOMARK Tells Us

Although the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (Snapdragon) was released in February 2023, it is only today that DXOMARK made its selfie camera test results available.

Boasting a well-rounded camera performance, the Galaxy S23 Ultra shines in several areas. DXOMARK praised its consistent imaging across all features, making it a reliable choice for smartphone photographers. Its autofocus in photo and video mode also impressed, demonstrating the ability to capture moments in various lighting conditions. Not to mention its strong telephoto zoom performance at long range, providing an extra boost for distance shots.

For the audiophiles, the S23 Ultra doesn’t disappoint either. It boasts good sound rendition through its built-in speakers and microphones and features like efficient audio zoom and wind noise reduction are welcome additions.

As for the display, the phone delivers an enjoyable video-watching experience, with good readability in most lighting conditions and color fidelity. The device also boasts a respectable battery life with nearly 67 hours in moderate use. Selfie lovers will appreciate its front-camera performance, delivering quality photos and videos, both indoors and outdoors.

However, it’s not all roses and rainbows. The S23 Ultra stumbles when it comes to low-light photography. Images lose detail, and there’s noticeable shutter lag. The device also suffers from exposure and focus instabilities, particularly in backlit scenes.

Audio quality isn’t consistent across the device. The default recorder app, unfortunately, doesn’t offer the same level of quality as the main camera app. As for the display, it falls short in certain aspects, like a low flicker frequency and excessive brightness for night reading. Under sunlight, colorful content seems to lose its nuances. Furthermore, the phone struggles with indoor lighting conditions, with the display lacking in brightness and detail.

Overall, DXOMARK awarded the Galaxy S23 Ultra a score of 140 for its camera capabilities. While respectable, it trails behind the Huawei P60 Pro, which tops the list with a score of 156, relegating the S23 Ultra to the 14th spot among top smartphones by camera score.


As for its selfie game, the S23 Ultra managed to secure the 9th spot with a score of 140, trailing behind the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which leads the pack with a score of 145.


In conclusion, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Snapdragon holds its ground as a competent all-rounder. While it has its strengths, particularly its versatile camera and audio features, it struggles to outshine its competitors in specific areas. But, if you’re looking for a solid performer that ticks most of the boxes, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is undoubtedly worth considering.

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