Samsung is close to being decent with camera setups. You’re halfway there.
Almost every midranger and budget phones, including Samsung ones, advertise themselves as “triple” or “quad” camera phones. Although as we mentioned multiple times, the other complements to the main cameras are there mostly to fit the marketing tactic and, due to their low resolution, feel like wasted space and filler just so they can fulfill the “triple” or “quad” camera criteria. It’s more form than function.
This was noted by Carl Pei, former founder of OnePlus and the founder of Nothing. He criticized the fact that companies are just using the triple or quad camera setups to fulfill a spec sheet. “2 good cameras > 1 good + 3 cheap cameras” he said in his tweet. The Nothing Phone (1) only has two cameras. These include the flagship 50MP Sony IMX766 primary and the midrange 50MP Samsung JN1 ultrawide.
In a report in a local Korean outlet, Samsung may finally remove the useless depth camera, although they did not say whether the macro camera will also be gone on future A and M series models, their current midrange lineups. Samsung is halfway to fulfilling a decent camera setup, but for some reason, they’re still hesitant to remove the low-res macro. The primary camera is high-res enough to fulfill the role of the macro camera anyway. Just zoom in.
In the report, the following fifth-gen A series phones may receive the following setups.
- Galaxy A24: 50mp + 8mp ultrawide + 5mp macro
- Galaxy A34: 48mp + 8mp ultrawide + 5mp macro
- Galaxy A54: 50mp + 5mp ultrawide + 5mp macro
Should this report be correct and accurate, we may expect this camera setup hitting these three phones soon. The report didn’t say what camera setup should the A74 get, but it should be close or nearly identical to the A54, except that phone has an additional telephoto camera.