The Samsung Galaxy M32 is an intriguing phone that offers a 90Hz sAMOLED FHD+ display, a massive 6000mAh battery, and a 64MP quad camera setup. This setup includes a 64MP primary camera attached to an f/1.8 lens, a 123-degree ultrawide, 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth shooter. On the front, there’s a 20MP selfie camera.
The camera app is your standard Samsung fare with modes such as Food Mode, AR Doodle, Custom Filters, and more. During my testing period, I noticed that the phone did take a little while to capture a picture so you have to hold your hand steady to take a shot in focus or else you will end up with a blurry one.
Anyway, I compared the pictures shot on the Samsung Galaxy M32 against the Redmi Note 10 Pro and here is what I found:
When it comes to colours, Samsung is closer to natural-looking compared to Redmi’s algorithm. The Red colour of the iPhone case, despite tending towards the Orange, does a fairly better job of recreating the colour compared to the Pink rendition by the Note 10 Pro. Plus, Redmi has an overall warm tone, which is visible on the Grey of the sofa as well. So yeah, the Galaxy M32 wins the colour round.
In HDR mode, Samsung tends to overdo the colours especially if there is a Blue sky. Evidently, the Blue here is too Blue in Samsung’s pictures. And, the building, in the foreground, has a Pink overcast, which is very evident. Having said that, the Highlight control is equally good on both the phones. But, when it comes to retrieving details from the shadows, the Galaxy M32 is just way better. Which is further corroborated by the second sample here. So, dynamic range is better on the Galaxy M32 as well.
When it comes to detail retention by the 12MP binned samples from the 64MP cameras on these phones, both are on different ends of the spectrum. Redmi’s algorithm tends to over-sharpen the textures whereas Samsung’s algorithm has soft details.
The 8MP ultrawide angle cameras on the two phones capture very similar levels of detail in their respective samples. Although, the Redmi Note 10 Pro offers a slightly better dynamic range, for what it is worth.
As for macros, there is no beating the Redmi phones in this department. The Galaxy M32’s shooter doesn’t cut it here. It cannot go close or capture the kind of details that is possible on the Note 10 Pro.
In human subject pictures, the Galaxy M32 offers the more natural facial tone but the Redmi offers sharper textures, which is visible only when you crop in. Although, here, Samsung does get the colour of the t-shirt right as well. In general, I prefer the human shots by Samsung phones over Xiaomi’s Redmi phones.
All the observations, including the facial tone colour and texture, is true for portraits as well. However, here Samsung’s semantic segmentation, while great, tends to defocus parts of the beard, something the iPhone tends to do as well. But, it is not necessarily a bad method, just a safe way to ensure a DSLR-like look. Regardless, both the software bokeh approaches are fine.
Moving on to selfies, the Galaxy M32 just beats the pants off the Redmi Note 10 Pro. From the colour temperature accuracy to facial tones to dynamic range performance, the Note 10 Pro cannot match up here.
And similarly, in selfie portraits, the overtly green cast is such an eyesore on the Note 10 Pro. Evidently, the M32 is way better here as well when it comes to the target exposure and the facial tone accuracy. Semantic Segmentation or the edge detection, is equally impressive on both phones, though.
Moving on to low light shots, in the very first sample, without Night Mode on, you can see the Note 10 Pro offers better light sensitivity. Plus the noise has been well controlled too. The same holds true for the low light mode with Night Mode on. Redmi’s picture offers slightly sharper textures and better light as well, the M32 captures really grainy textures with a lot of green luminance noise added as well. The indoor Night Mode sample tells the same story, especially when you crop into the dining table on the rear. Very surprising that Samsung hasn’t done much here.
In low light selfies, I prefer the non Night Mode capture of the Note 10 Pro the best. It looks natural and doesn’t make my face look like it is the moon. The Night Mode, once again, in selfies is really badly coded on the Galaxy M32. The grainy noise on my face is definitely looking ugly. Although, the Note 10 Pro doesn’t do any better here either. It is actually pretty bad. I’d suggest not using these cameras for low light selfies unless you really cannot avoid it.
Video recording is definitely not the Galaxy M32’s forte here. Not only does the phone only shoot up to 1080p 30fps max, it suffers from focus hunting and bad dynamic range. The Redmi Note 10 Pro offers 1080p 60fps and 4K 30fps recording. Plus the quality of the footage is undoubtedly better. Sound recording is equally good on both.
However, when it comes to selfie videos, the sound recording, facial tones, and general target exposure is better on the Galaxy M32. The Redmi Note 10 Pro’s only advantage is the stabilisation option but it is electronic image stabilisation and that tends to crop into the face a lot.
So overall, the Galaxy M32’s selfie camera is undoubtedly better than the Note 10 Pro’s. And, in daylight shots, it tends to shoot the better looking pictures generally with great dynamic range and colours. Redmi’s advantage is in its Macro camera performance, low light shots, and rear video recording. Figure out the modes that matter to you the most and make a choice, accordingly.
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