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Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Camera test

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The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G competes in the High-End segment against devices such as the Realme GT Neo 2 5G, the Oppo Find X5 Lite and  the Xiaomi 11T. It is equipped with an octa-core processor, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, and the device is controlled via a 6.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen with FHD+ resolution.

In the rear camera cluster, you can find an ultra-wide module next to the primary lens. There are also dedicated modules for macro shooting and depth sensing. Let’s see how the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G did in our DXOMARK Camera test.

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 64 MP sensor, f/1.8-aperture lens, OIS
  • Ultra-wide: 12MP sensor, f/2.2-aperture lens
  • Macro: 5MP sensor, f/2.4-aperture lens
  • Depth: 5MP sensor, f/2.4-aperture lens
  • 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 30/60fps (1080p/30fps tested)

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 A53 5G
79
camera
98
photo
97

117

90

119

74

116

91

114

81

115

66

81

55
bokeh
55

80

55
preview
55

91

82
zoom
46

116

105

117

45
video
74

115

91

117

47

117

74

115

98

118

72

86

90

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

  • Good exposure and wide dynamic range in bright light and indoors
  • Good detail in bright light and indoors
  • Nice colors in bright light
  • Accurate and stable video exposure
  • Nice video color in bright light and under indoor conditions
  • Fairly effective video stabilization

Cons

  • Halo effects can result in unnatural subject exposure
  • Image noise and white-balance casts in bright light and indoors
  • Focus errors, especially in low light
  • Underexposure in night shots without flash
  • Focus instabilities, lack of detail, and limited dynamic range in video
  • Noise and orange white-balance cast in low light video
  • Video artifacts, including color quantization, ringing, and ghosting

With a DXOMARK Camera score of 105, the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G was far from the top performer in High-End segment, providing a rather average performance over its direct competitors.

In photo mode, the camera is capable of capturing images with good target exposure and a wide dynamic range. However, HDR processing can sometimes result in a halo effect that makes the subject look unnatural in the scene. Detail is pretty good in bright light and under indoor conditions, but noise is often noticeable as well. Colors are overall nice, but our testers observed a slight green cast in some scenes.

In this outdoor scene, the camera produces a good exposure and wide dynamic range. Detail is good on the subject, but a slight greenish white balance cast is noticeable.

In the detail preservation graph, we can see that the A53 5G is better than the comparison devices in low light but lags slightly behind the Realme GT Neo 2 in bright light.

This graph shows detail preservation against the light level (in lux) for handheld and tripod-mounted shooting.

At 13.4mm (measured) the A53 5G’s ultra-wide offers a very wide field of view, especially for this class of device. In use, the ultra-wide camera captures images with accurate exposure and white balance as well as a wide dynamic range and nice colors. Detail is acceptable, with some of the finest detail being lost. Image noise is often noticeable, especially in indoor conditions.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, outdoor scene
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, crop: some loss of fine detail, noise is more visible than on reference devices
Samsung Galaxy A12, outdoor scene
Samsung Galaxy A12, crop: loss of detail
RealMe GT Neo 2 5G, outdoor scene
Realme GT Neo 2 5G, some loss of fine detail

The lack of a dedicated tele lens means that images captured at tele zoom settings lack detail and show high levels of noise. This is especially true for long-range tele settings. On the plus side, exposure and color are generally good.

For video, we tested the device at 1080p resolution and 30fps as video stabilization at 4K resolution is very ineffective. In video mode, the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G records well-exposed video clips with vivid colors. Video stabilization is pretty good for the A53’s segment but unfortunately, an unstable autofocus means outdoor and low light videos are often not usable. When the autofocus does its job, the level of detail in 1080p mode is generally quite low. Dynamic range is limited as well and white balance often turns orange in low light. Video artifacts such as color quantization, ringing or ghosting are frequently visible.

Limited dynamic range and autofocus instabilities in challenging low light conditions

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