The Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy S10 Plus both came out this year, although the S10 Plus preceded the latest Note model by several months. The Note 10 is the smaller of the two new Note models, while the S10 Plus is the middle of the three S10 models. So which one has better camera specs? On the surface, the S10 Plus and Galaxy Note 10 camera specs seem very similar.
S10 Plus and Galaxy Note 10 camera specs: the basics
A review of the S10 Plus and Galaxy Note 10 camera specs reveals that both devices have triple-lens rear cameras. The Note 10 has a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens, a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. The three lenses on the S10 Plus have the exact same specs, so there is no winner here. The other specs for the rear camera are also the same. Both have dual optical image stabilization and optical zoom with 0.5 times out and two times in. Both have up to 10 times digital zoom, and both offer HDR10+ recording and tracking auto-focus.
However, a key difference between the Galaxy Note 10 and the S10 Plus is the selfie camera. The Galaxy S10 Plus camera specs reveal a dual-lens camera, compared to the Note 10’s single-lens selfie camera. The S10 Plus has a 10-megapixel standard lens and 8-megapixel RGB depth lens, while the Note 10 has a 10-megapixel lens.
At first glance, it might appear that the two phones have the same standard selfie lens, but there is a slight difference. Both have dual pixel auto-focus and the same pixel size and field of view. However, the aperture on the S10 Plus is F/1.9, while the Note 10 has an aperture of F/2.2. Both cameras offer live focus, although the Note 10 adds live focus video.
Beyond the basics
The extra features offered by these two devices also differ slightly, although at first glance, they might appear to be exactly the same. Both offer the same three intelligent features: scene optimizer, shot suggestions and flaw detection.
They also offer most of the same camera modes: food, night, panorama, pro, live focus, photo, video, live focus video, super slow-mo, slow motion and hyperlapse. However, the S10 Plus adds a live focus with bokeh effect mode and removes night mode. The S10 Plus also doesn’t have live focus video mode, a feature that’s reserved for the S10 5G within the line-up.
The S10 Plus also offers AR emoji, full view and timer in the camera settings bar. However, the Note 10 has settings, flash, timer, full view and filters in the settings bar. The Note 10 camera also has Bixby Vision, 3D scanner, AR Emoji and AR Doodle, which the S10 Plus does not have, according to Samsung’s official pages on the devices.
Both devices have these same six settings inside the menu: high dynamic range, grid lines, floating shutter button, motion photos, location tags and quick launch. The Note 10 also comes with the Quick Measure app preloaded, while the S10 Plus does not have this app preloaded. In the S10 line-up, only the S10 5G’s rear camera has this preloaded app.
Both phones shoot 4K UHD videos and 1080p FHD videos at 60 frames per second and 720p HD videos at 30 frames per second. The Note 10 also has a number of video recording features which appear to be absent in the S10 Plus. For example, while both phones offer the super steady feature, the Note 10 adds HDR10+ recording, which is not on the S10 Plus. The Note 10 also has a zoom-in mic feature, which the S10 Plus does not have. Both have video digital image stabilization, digital zoom up to 10 times, a high CRI LED flash, tracking auto-focus, playback zoom and video location tags.
The S10 Plus also has UHD video, which the Note 10 does not seem to have. The Galaxy Note 10 can take 9.1-megapixel still photos while recording in 4K UHD, while the S10 Plus can take 9.1-megapixel photos while shooting in 4K. However, we should also note that when it comes to 4K and UHD, there isn’t much difference, and many companies use them interchangeably. Thus, these differences may not actually be differences, or they may simply be differences in how the features are listed on each of Samsung’s pages about them.
Based on all these S10 Plus and Galaxy Note 10 camera specs, we can see that the two devices do have similar features. However, the Note 10 appears to have more video features and a few extras that the S10 Plus does not have. Thus, if you shoot a lot of video or take advantage of those extras a lot, the Note 10 might be the better option for you, especially since the S Pen adds some extra functionality with photos.