The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, marketed on February 25, invites itself to our test bench. The opportunity to check if the smartphone, presented as a specialist in night photography or “Nightography” in the manufacturer’s jargon, is as comfortable in the dark as it promises.
Before getting to the heart of the matter, a material point. The Galaxy S22 Ultra stands alone in the S22 range, since it is the only smartphone of the trio to bet on a main sensor of 108 megapixels, flanked by a wide-angle lens (f / 1.8) and an optical stabilization system. When the S22 and S22+ rely on a 50-megapixel main module, the device is a continuation of its predecessor, the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which was among the best photophones of 2021.
Samsung evokes “Nightography”, that is to say night photography, as the main weapon of its device: it indicates that it has opted for a sensor with photosites 23% larger than those of the S21 Ultra. Logically, it is therefore capable of absorbing more light, and therefore of restoring more information. But, as everyone knows, the figures are not enough: the results delivered by the smartphone combine sensor quality, properties of the associated optics and software processing performance. A subtle cocktail whose recipe we tested in the laboratory.