Samsung Galaxy A04s review: the affordable option

Always if we compare it to the Galaxy A03s, the Galaxy A04s benefits from an interesting change in the field of photography. Because when his predecessor was equipped with a 13 megapixel main sensor with wide-angle optics opening at f / 2.2, his heir goes to 50 megapixels and f / 1.8 optics. It is, like the module of its predecessor, flanked by two 2-megapixel sensors, for macro and depth measurement, and not very usable as it is. Let us specify in the preamble that the A04s uses the pixel binding to deliver 12.5 megapixel images, lighter on its 32 GB of internal storage.

Main module: 50 megapixels, f/1.8

Compared to those of Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 11, the results delivered by the Galaxy A04s when the light is there are far from catastrophic, at least if you consider the image as a whole. A bit of distortion is visible in the corners, but they retain some sharpness. In the center of the image, the colors are bright, perhaps a little too much, and the processing gives pride of place to the accentuation, particularly marked at the level of the cartography. On the other hand, the contours of the small elements pose difficulties for the smartphone, which, for example, struggles to render the colored balls of our sight.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Samsung Galaxy A04s (f/1.8, ISO 40, 1/50 sec)

At night, on the other hand, a significant smoothing is perceptible, and the treatment tends to deform the small elements, even to erase the smallest details. The desaturation is less pronounced than on the image of the Redmi Note 11, as is the digital noise, but the management of the exposure is more laborious and the final rendering, less satisfactory.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Samsung Galaxy A04s (f/1.8, ISO 1000, 1/10 sec)

The final note collected by the Galaxy A04s in the field of the photo is linked both to its poor night performance and to a material point: it has only one usable module. In the absence of an ultra-wide-angle module in particular, the smartphone is unfortunately not very versatile.

Front module, portrait mode, video

The Galaxy A04s offers a portrait mode, which is not always the case with entry-level smartphones. The effect of bokeh is customizable thanks to a gauge, and it is possible to modify the effect a posteriori. A very good point which makes it possible to attenuate an unnatural blur if necessary, especially since the smartphone sometimes struggles to distinguish the different planes of the image. Let’s add that the device can capture 5 megapixel selfies, with a portrait mode as well, but conceding a significant smoothing and lack of sharpness. Finally, on the back as on the front, the phone allows you to film in Full HD at 30 fps, without stabilization; enough to make decent videos, especially when the light is there.

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