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Samsung Galaxy A22 5G Camera test: Decent outdoor detail but room for improvement overall

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The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G is a smartphone aimed at budget-minded users and competes against other devices in the Advanced segment ($200 to 399). General specs include an octa-core processor, a 6.6-inch TFT display with FHD+ resolution, 64 GB of internal memory, and a large 5000 mAh battery.

The rear camera comprises a primary module with a 48 MP sensor, a 5 MP ultra-wide, and a depth sensor. Let’s see how this combo does in the DXOMARK Camera tests.

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 48 MP sensor, f/1.8-aperture lens, AF
  • Ultra-wide: 5 MP sensor, f/2.2-aperture lens
  • Depth: 2 MP sensor, f/2.4-aperture lens
  • LED flash
  • Video: 2048 x 1152/30 fps, 720p/120 fps

About DXOMARK Camera tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone camera reviews, DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate over 3000 test images and more than 2.5 hours of video both in controlled lab environments and in natural indoor and outdoor scenes, using the camera’s default settings. This article is designed to highlight the most important results of our testing. For more information about the DXOMARK Camera test protocol, click here. More details on how we score smartphone cameras are available here.

Test summary

Scoring

Sub-scores and attributes included in the calculations of the global score.


Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
48
camera
54
photo
74

117

59

119

86

116

70

114

82

115

67

81

50
bokeh
50

80

48
preview
48

91

43
zoom
27

116

40

117

31
video
60

115

56

117

4

117

57

115

93

118

77

86

78

117

Use cases & Conditions

Use case scores indicate the product performance in specific situations. They are not included in the overall score calculations.

BEST 165

Outdoor

Photos & videos shot in bright light conditions (≥1000 lux)

BEST 151

Indoor

Photos & videos shot in good lighting conditions (≥100lux)

BEST 122

Lowlight

Photos & videos shot in low lighting conditions (<100 lux)

BEST 142

Friends & Family

Portrait and group photo & videos

Please be aware that beyond this point, we have not modified the initial test results. While data and products remain fully comparable, you might encounter mentions and references to the previous scores.

Pros

  • Acceptable target exposure and mostly accurate focus outdoors
  • Fairly good detail outdoors, especially on portraits
  • Well-controlled noise in low light
  • Accurate white balance in video
  • Low noise in outdoor and indoor videos

Cons

  • Strong exposure instabilities in photos and videos
  • White balance casts and color instabilities in photos
  • Shutter delay in all conditions, focus failures in low light
  • Strong video autofocus instabilities
  • Limited dynamic range in videos
  • Low levels of detail in videos

With a DXOMARK Camera overall score of 89, the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G is located in the bottom half of the advanced segment and is hard to recommend to photo-centric users. The device earns itself a Photo score of 99 for its still image quality. Target exposure is good as long as there’s not too much contrast in the scene, but our testers observed very noticeable exposure instabilities across consecutive shots and quite intrusive highlight clipping in more challenging scenes.

Detail in outdoor portraits is decent, but our testers observed exposure and autofocus instabilities, among other issues.

The Samsung also has some room for improvement in terms of color. White balance and color rendering are often inaccurate, especially in low light, and white balance is also unstable across a series of shots. The autofocus system is mostly accurate in bright light and under indoor shooting conditions, but there is noticeable shutter lag in all conditions and overall focus is less accurate and repeatable than for many competitors in the segment.

On the upside, the Samsung manages the texture/noise compromise pretty well. Texture is decent in most shooting conditions, with fairly well-preserved detail in outdoor portrait scenes. At the same time, noise is mostly well under control even in low light, which is unusual in this segment. You’d have to live with some image artifacts such as ghosting, aliasing, and ringing, though.

Night (flash-auto mode): the A22 performs poorly in terms of exposure and dynamic range in low-light scenes.
Bokeh mode: pleasantly strong blur but depth estimation artifacts on the grid

Zooming in general is not one of the Samsung’s strengths, and users who zoom in or out a lot will find better options in this price bracket. The level of detail is generally low on the ultra-wide camera, and when using the tele-zoom, the loss of detail is akin to an oil painting effect.

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G, ultra-wide
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G, crop: Strong lack of detail
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G, long-range tele
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G, crop: Strong lack of detail, oil-painting effect

The video score of 75 puts the A22 5G in the bottom half of this ranking, too. Although the Samsung can record video at a slightly higher 2048 x 1152 resolution, image stabilization is not available at this setting, so we recorded test samples at 1080p resolution to maximize overall video quality. While white balance is generally accurate, pictures sometimes lack saturation. Dynamic range is limited, resulting in highlight and shadow clipping, and exposure is often unstable when recording. The same is true for the autofocus. Unlike still images, detail is low in videos, but noise is well under control as long as you record in bright light or indoors. Stabilization could be better. Residual motion and sharpness differences between frames are often visible.

Strong autofocus instabilities are visible in A22 video clips.

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