Galaxy Z Fold 3 cameras have found an ally in DxOMark

While the Galaxy Z Fold 3 had notable improvements, like S Pen support, it also came under heavy criticism for its underwhelming cameras. As if the 4MP sub-screen camera wasn’t bad enough, the main cameras on the back of the phone haven’t advanced since the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Compared to the Galaxy S21 Ultra at the start of the year, this looks like a downgrade, but at least DxOMark thinks it’s not a complete loss, depending on which camera functions are important to you.

Compared to last year’s Galaxy Z Fold 2, the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s cameras haven’t moved a single pixel. It still has the same 12MP main sensor, a 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom, and a 12MP ultra-wide camera. The only good thing here is that the camera bump has gotten smaller, although that probably also reinforces the feeling that it’s a step back instead of a leap forward.

Considering the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s camera specs, this year’s foldable really looks like this. In addition to the large 108MP main sensor, Samsung’s first Galaxy S model has two 10MP telephoto lenses, one of which has a periscope lens with 10x optical zoom. The 12 MP ultra-wide camera may have the same sensor, but it gets a dual-pixel PDAF upgrade.

It almost sounds like a recipe for disaster for the Galaxy Z Fold 3, but DxOMark thinks things still work in the end. The foldable phone gets points for precise exposure, fast autofocus, and low amount of noise. Video recording revealed reliable stabilization and the same good exposure performance.

Unsurprisingly, the phone performed poorly in ultra-wide and zoom tests because of the hardware. There are a few issues in low light, worse than the Galaxy S21 Ultra at least. There’s also color oversaturation, although that’s often the default in many smartphones these days.

DxOMark gives the Galaxy Z Fold 3 an average score of 124, just one point higher than the Galaxy S21 Ultra. While there may be some debate over the site’s methods and results, it just suggests that foldable cameras aren’t as bad as they look on paper. It’s definitely lagging behind its peers, but Samsung might have preferred to put in decent but outdated cameras in order to bring the price down a bit and make the Galaxy Z Fold 3 more accessible to more consumers.

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