The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has two telephoto cameras, one with a 3X zoom and the other with a 10X zoom.
Thanks to the use of AI, the Galaxy S21 Ultra can capture and enhance a photograph taken from the surface of the Moon.
In recent days, voices have emerged claiming that Samsung applied an artificial texture to make photographs of the Moon look better (a similar debate has already arisen years ago with Huawei ).
Samsung denied this, explaining that the camera’s AI Super Resolution takes multiple frames of the Moon and puts them together into a final image that turns out to be more detailed.
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Raymond Wong of Input Mag decided to investigate and thought the only way to really test it was to compare the 100X shots with another photo of the Moon captured with a professional camera with a long-range lens to see if the surface textures were the same or the Galaxy S21 Ultra invented them.
The first sample was taken by the Galaxy S21 Ultra ( € 1,289 ), and the second was captured with a Sony A7R III camera ( € 1,996 ) attached to a 600mm telephoto lens ( € 1,679 ).
In the end, the resulting shot by the Galaxy S21 Ultra combining several average AI images looks better defined than the single shot taken by the Sony A7R III camera with the 600mm zoom lens, a device that costs three times ( 1 , 2 ) more than the Galaxy S21 Ultra is worth.
However, the quality of the image captured by the Sony A7R III camera does not seem to be up to what one would expect with this equipment.
In any case, the most important thing is that the patterns on the surface of the Moon coincide so, in effect, Samsung is able to capture real shots of the Moon in the right weather conditions and in areas of low light pollution.