Image: Florence Ion / Gizmodo
First I wanted to test the Ultra’s zooms, which you can see above. The first photo is taken at 1x, which the camera defaults to in the main wide-angle lens. In the camera preview, you can switch to each of the two telephoto lenses, depending on how far in you want to zoom. I took the second photo at 3x zoom, and the third photo from the left is at 10x zoom.
The last shot is a 100x hybrid digital zoom. As you can see, as capable as it is—the roofs on the houses you see are about a mile away from my window—I can’t think of many reasons why anyone would need to zoom in this much. Thankfully, there’s nothing to see in the windows I managed to capture, and I’m sorry to everyone I inadvertently creep out as I test this camera.
I am impressed with how much detail the back cameras captured from so far away. Samsung’s telephoto lenses remain one of its main strengths, especially compared to Apple’s iPhones.