Next Galaxy S24 Ultra update may address camera zoom issue

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Samsung is preparing to roll out a new update to the Galaxy S24 Ultra. It will improve the phone’s camera performance, particularly the zoom quality. The device captures darker photos at certain zoom levels. The Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24+ may also get this update.

Samsung announces a Galaxy S24 Ultra update to improve camera zoom

The Galaxy S24 Ultra has one of the best cameras on any smartphone today. You get a 200MP main camera, a 50MP 5x zoom camera, a 10MP 3x zoom camera, a 12MP ultrawide lens, and a 12MP selfie camera. The phone captures excellent photos and videos in most lighting conditions and shooting parameters. You can take out your phone and capture the shot without fiddling with settings. The image will come out brilliant in most scenarios.

However, there is still plenty of room for improvement in some areas, like camera zoom. At certain zoom levels (1.6-1.9x and 4.6-9.9x), the images come out darker than normal if you have locked the auto exposure. The difference in exposure is easily noticeable when you capture the same scene at 1.9x and 2x zoom. While unlocking auto exposure will solve the problem, inconsistent behavior at different zoom levels is still an issue.

This may not be a major problem for everyone, as most people likely use the on-screen zoom shortcuts (1x, 3x, 5x, 10x, etc.) to capture any scene. The problem doesn’t occur at these zoom levels. You will notice a drop in image quality or exposure only when zooming in to the specified levels using the zoom slider while keeping auto exposure locked. Thankfully, Samsung says an upcoming update for the Galaxy S24 Ultra will fix this issue.

The company hasn’t provided a timeline for the update. We will let you know when the rollout begins. In the meantime, you can try unlocking auto exposure and autofocus when capturing zoom shots with your Galaxy S24 Ultra. Simply tap the area you want to focus on once and press the lock shape that appears on the screen. You can press and hold the area to lock auto exposure and autofocus.

The other two models should also get this update

The Galaxy S24 series arrived on the market at the end of January. Samsung has already rolled out two updates to the devices. The first update brought some camera and display improvements, while the second update was just a security patch. All three models received these updates. The next camera update should also roll out to the entire lineup. Samsung may release the update later this month or in April.

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