Camera Showdown: Asus ROG Phone II vs Samsung Galaxy S10e Review/ Specifications

Asus ROG Phone II vs Samsung Galaxy S10e Review/ Specifications

Are you looking for the best camera phone with good value? For any camera aficionados that wish to pair a high-quality camera with the capabilities of a smartphone, then the ASUS ROG Phone 2 and Samsung Galaxy S10e are quality candidates for value seekers who also expect a high-quality camera. Obviously, when it comes to comparing the two phones, you are getting down to the nitty-gritty of phone comparisons but that is precisely what we are here for.

Since the ROG Phone 2, ASUS’s latest smartphone, has a large battery pack, it is specifically designed for gamers with an eye to graphics in mind. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S10e is specifically designed for professional photographers that are looking for high-quality capabilities combined with smartphone technology. In this guide, we'll compare each to see which is more worth the investment as a camera.

The Samsung Galaxy S10e includes a primary 12MP camera lens with variable aperture f/1.5-2.4 in addition to a 16MP ultra-wide-angle module. On the other hand, the Asus ROG Phone II consists of a dual-camera which is sporting a Sony IMX586 sensor. The 48MP, f/1.79 main camera is equivalent to a 26mm focal length. It also features a 13 MP camera for ultra-wide-angle shots, covering a 125 degrees field of view.

Which of these two comes out on top in the camera department? Read on as we compare phone to phone and find who takes the photography crown.

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SPECIFICATIONS COMPARISON


Asus ROG Phone II
Samsung S10e
Size
6.59 inches
5.8" Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED
Resolution
1080 x 2340 pixels
2280x1080 pixels
Chipset
Snapdragon 855+
Exynos 9820
Memory
8GB+128GB, 12GB+ 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
6GB+128GB , 8 GB+ 256GB
Battery
6000 mAh, supports Quick Charge 4.0
3100 mAh
Main camera
48 MP, f/1.79, 26mm (wide), FOV79°, 1/2.0", 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF,Quad Bayer technology - 12MP, 1.6 µm large effective pixel size, 6p lens
13 MP, f/2.4, 11mm (ultrawide), FOV:125°
12 MP, Dual Aperture:F1.5 /F2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, FOV: 77˚,Super Speed Dual Pixel AF, OIS
16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1.0µm,FOV: 123˚
Main camera features
2x1 On-chip-lens phase detection autofocus/ Laser autofocus/ Dual LED flash/ Instant cameras switching/ Auto (with HDR+ )/ Portrait, Beauty: Skin Tone, Soften Skin, Brighten Skin/ Enhance Eyes/ Thin Cheeks, (Auto) Panorama/ Super Night*/ Pro (RAW file support / up to 32 seconds long exposure)/ AI Scene Detection in 16 types: food, sky, greenfield, plant, ocean, sunset, snow, flower, stage, dog, cat, people, text, tripod, QR code, night view/ 8 various filters

Dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)/ Digital zoom up to 8x
/  Live focus with bokeh filters (background blur effect), Beauty mode: level 0-3/ Tracking AF/ Intelligent features: Scene Optimizer, Shot suggestions, Flaw Detection, Modes: Food, Panorama, Pro, Super Slow-mo, Night, Hyperlapse, AR Emoji / Grid lines / HDR (High Dynamic Range) / Motion photo / Location tags / Full view / Filters / Timer / Floating camera button / Stamps / Quick launch
Selfie camera
24 MP, f/2.0, 27mm (wide), 0.8µm, FOV:77.9°, Laser/PDAF
10 MP, f/1.9, 26mm, 1.22µm,FOV: 80˚, Dual Pixel PDAF
Selfie camera features
Auto (with HDR+) / Portrait/ Beauty: Skin Tone, Soften Skin, Brighten Skin, Enhance Eyes, Thin Cheeks/ 8 various filters
Live focus with bokeh filters (background blur effect 0-7)/Beauty mode: level 0-3/ AR Emoji/ Grid lines/ HDR (High Dynamic Range)/ Motion photo/ Location tags/ Full view/ Filters/ Timer/ Floating camera button/ Stamps/ Quick launch
Video
4K UHD (3840 by 2160) video at 30 / 60 fps for main camera, at 30 fps for second camera
1080p FHD video recording at 30 / 60 fps
720p HD video recording at 30 fps
3-axis electronic image stabilization
Motion Tracking video (1080p FHD video at 60 fps)
Time Lapse (4K UHD video)
Slow Motion video (1080p at 240 fps / 720p at 480 fps)
Take still photo while recording video
HDR10+ recording
4K UHD video recording at 60 fps (3840x2160)
1080p FHD video recording at 60 fps (1920x1080)
720p HD video recording at 30 fps (1280x720)
Super Slow-mo 720p video support at 960 fps
Slow motion 1080p video support at 240 fps
Hyperlapse 1080p video support
Super steady
VDIS (Video Digital Image Stabilization)
High CRI LED Flash
Tracking AF
Take 9.1MP still photos while recording 4K UHD video
Playback zoom
Video location tags


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ASUS ROG Phone II and Samsung S10e Camera Comparisons



 Color Test_ASUS ROG Phone II vs Samsung S10e 

Camera setting
• Auto
Unlike the S10e, the ROG Phone II presents some issues with slight color fringing along the edge of the image. You will notice this when you take a closer look at the edges of the building in the background as well as the hanging plants in front of the house. On the other hand, the S10e has more accurate color shading leading to an outdoor image that is more pleasing to look at.

Color Test_ASUS ROG Phone II 
Left(Up): ASUS ROG Phone II / Right(Down): Samsung S10e

 Bokeh Test_ASUS ROG Phone II vs Samsung S10e 

Camera setting
• Bokeh mode (or Portrait mode): mid-range
You will be presently surprised to find out that the ROG Phone II does quite well when it comes to testing Bokeh. While getting an accurate comparison of the two, the ROG Phone II renders better than the S10e and yields better target isolation. Both have quality blur effects with a strong blur gradient but, while the ROG Phone II's Bokeh quality is strong, the trigger leads to some white balance instabilities. Nevertheless, the blur transitions are smoother than the Samsung S10e. However, both phones perform their bokeh nicely so we are talking about small differences here between the two cameras.
 
Left(Up): ASUS ROG Phone II / Right(Down): Samsung S10e

Bokeh Test_ASUS ROG Phone II, crop 
Left(Up): ASUS ROG Phone II, crop / Right(Down): Samsung S10e, crop


 Beauty Test_ASUS ROG Phone II vs Samsung S10e 

Rear Camera
Camera setting
• Beauty effect: mid-range
As you can see in both images, the Samsung S10e displays richer and bolder capability than the ROG Phone II. It seems as if the S10e has some kind of built-in ring light but the lighting produced by the S10e allows for the capturing of greater image detail. If you are looking to create selfies for winning more likes on Instagram, then the S10e is a more suitable choice as it provides a more vibrant interior shot that adds to a more expressive quality in the eyes, lips, and nose. These are the typical pinpoint locations where a viewer's eye will wander towards.
 
Left(Up): ASUS ROG Phone II / Right(Down): Samsung S10e

Front Camera
Camera setting:
• Beauty effect: mid-range

Front cmaera_ Beauty Test_Asus ROG Phone II 
Left(Up): ASUS ROG Phone II / Right(Down): Samsung S10e

 Night Mode Test_ASUS ROG Phone II vs Samsung S10e 

Camera setting
• Night Mode
• 3 Lux
Taking a look at the croppings below, you can see that the ROG Phone II renders closer to reality whereas the Samsung Galaxy S10e provides the photographer with more details. The ROG Phone II does, however, display accurate white balancing and has good color rendering. The S10e, on the other hand, is better at canceling luminance noise and generating greater pixel performance for greater detail preservation. This leads to a more defined image that is more clear than the ROG Phone II.
 Night Mode Test_ASUS ROG Phone II_inside  Night Mode Test_Samsung S10e_inside
Left(Up): ASUS ROG Phone II / Right(Down): Samsung S10e 

 Night Mode Test_asus ROG Phone II, crop_inside Night Mode Test_samsung s10e, crop_inside
Left(Up): ASUS ROG Phone II, crop / Right(Down): Samsung S10e, crop


Camera setting
• Night Mode
Night Mode_Asus ROG Phone II_outside 
Left(Up): ASUS ROG Phone II / Right(Down): Samsung S10e

Night Mode_ROG Phone II, crop_outside 
Left(Up): ASUS ROG Phone II, crop / Right(Down): Samsung S10e, crop


 Wide-angle Test_ASUS ROG Phone II vs Samsung S10e 

Camera setting
• Wide-angle mode

The setting is taken in a wide-angle camera mode. You will note that the S10e takes wider images that the ROG Phone II. Additionally, it is easy to tell S10e captures wide-angle images with better noise cancellation and distortion correction algorithm.
 
Left(Up): ASUS ROG Phone II / Right(Down): Samsung S10e

 Backlight Test_ASUS ROG Phone II vs Samsung S10e 

Camera setting
• All auto

Again, taken at an automatic setting. Samsung S10e portrays richer target details whereas it has a more limited dynamic range against bright lighting. On the other hand, ROG Phone II manages a good balance with the exposure and preserving the details of the bunny’s tail grass in the bright background.

Backlight Test_ASUS ROG Phone II 
Left(Up): ASUS ROG Phone II / Right(Down): Samsung S10e

Backlight Test_Asus ROG Phone II, crop 
Left(Up): ASUS ROG Phone II, crop / Right(Down): Samsung S10e, crop

Pros & Cons

Asus ROG Phone II

Pros:
1. Good target image isolation when shooting with its bokeh mode. 
2. Better backlighting, good balance between exposure and detail prevention.
3. Accurate color rendering at the night mode.

Cons:
1. Weaker distortion correction algorithm when using the wide-angle mode.
2. Lost details in the low light photography.

Samsung Galaxy S10e

Pros:
1. Accurate white balance and good color rendering in daytime photography.
2. Good distortion correction algorithm for its wide-angle mode.
3. Ideal for beauty vloggers that want brighter and richer color texturing at those pinpoint locations.

Cons:
1. You might get a loss of sharp detail in longer-range shots.
2. The dynamic range is limited when shooting against bright light.

Final Thoughts

Despite a smartphone marketplace that has become extremely competitive in the camera-quality space, the Samsung Galaxy S10e is still a smart choice for users looking for a good value smartphone camera. The ASUS ROG Phone II, while being a top-notch gaming smartphone, just doesn't have the bandwidth to generate as detailed images. If you are looking for a smartphone camera that can create wildly high-quality images, then the recommendation is to go with the Samsung Galaxy S10e.

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