It seems Samsung is tackling quality over quantity for the cameras on some of its upcoming phones, as a report suggests the Galaxy A54, Galaxy A34 and Galaxy A24 will all have one less lens than their predecessors.
In particular, TheElec (opens in new tab) claims none of these phones will have a depth sensor, leaving them with triple-lens setups where the Samsung Galaxy A53, Galaxy A33 and Galaxy A23 all have four-lens camera configurations.
That’s good news, because while a decent depth sensor isn’t a total waste of time (as it can help with portrait shots and the like), those on cheap and mid-range handsets are usually total padding adding little to nothing to the performance of the camera.
Sure, if Samsung were to remove the depth sensors but keep everything else the same, that wouldn’t be great either, but according to this report, the company will focus on bolstering its core camera offerings. So presumably the money saved by not including a depth sensor will be pumped into the other lenses or sensors.
Speaking of which, apparently the Samsung Galaxy A54 will have a 50MP primary camera, a 5MP ultra-wide and a 5MP macro, while the Galaxy A34 will reportedly have a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide, and a 5MP macro. . Finally, the Galaxy A24 will reportedly get a 50MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide, and a 5MP macro.
In terms of megapixel numbers, oddly enough, the Samsung Galaxy A24 will be in the best shape if this is true, despite being presumably the cheapest of these phones, while the most premium – the Galaxy A54 – is said to have the fewest total megapixels.
But that just goes to show that megapixels aren’t everything either. If it were, Apple’s 12 MP handsets wouldn’t hold up to the best camera phones.
Not only could it lead to camera improvements, but omitting the depth sensor could also cut costs, but whether those savings will pass on to consumers remains to be seen.
As for when you could buy these phones, the Samsung Galaxy A34 will apparently land in March, and the Galaxy A54 should land in April. There’s no word on when the Samsung Galaxy A24 will launch, but the Galaxy A23 landed in March this year, so a launch around March 2023 seems likely.
Analysis: less is more
This news is promising, assuming this report is accurate, because while a four-lens camera might be a good point in the specs, the actual quality of the cameras will likely be improved by this change.
Ideally, it would be good if Samsung went even further and ditched the macro cameras on those phones. Macro lenses on cheap phones tend to be filler too, and given these are reportedly only 5MP, we’re not optimistic they’ll be any good. So it would be nice to see Samsung skip or focus on the macro lens to make it really worth it.
But this is a step in the right direction anyway and could help these handsets compete with the best cheap phones – most of which currently have three or four-lens cameras, with some padding.