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Camera Comparison: Samsung Galaxy A71 vs Samsung Galaxy A51

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If the camera quality matters but you have a limited budget, Samsung A71 and Samsung A51 might be nice alternatives.

The Samsung A71 bears a quad-camera system comprising a 64MP main camera with an f/1.8 aperture, a 12MP Ultra-wide module with an f/2.2 aperture offering a 123-degree field of view, and a 5 mega-pixel macro lens for capturing fine details during close-up pictures, and a 5MP depth sensor to use in the Bokeh mode. The main difference between the Galaxy A71 and the Galaxy A51, is the primary camera unit. The A51’s primary camera features a 48MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture.

Both are Samsung mid-range phones but only one can claim the title of the best camera phone in the series. In this article, we will review and compare mobile phone cameras.

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SPECIFICATIONS COMPARISON


Samsung Galaxy A71
Samsung Galaxy A51
Size
6.7 inches
6.5 inches
Resolution
2400 x 1080 pixels (FHD+)
2400 x 1080 pixels  (FHD+)
Chipset
Snapdragon 730 (8nm)
Exynos 9611
Memory
128 GB, 6/ 8 GB RAM
64/128 GB, 4 GB RAM or 64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM
Battery
4500 mAh
4000 mAh
Main camera
Quad
64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.7", 0.8µm, PDAF
12 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), FOV 123° 
5 MP, f/2.4, 25mm (macro cam), 1/5.0", 1.12µm
5 MP, f/2.2, (depth sensor)
Quad
48MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), FOV 80°, PDAF
12 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), FOV 123° 
5 MP, f/2.4, 25mm (macro cam), 1/5.0", 1.12µm
5 MP, f/2.2, 40mm (depth sensor)
Main camera features
Beauty mode: 0-3/ Live  Focus ( Blur effect) :0-7/ Filter Effect/ AR emoji/ HDR/ Scene optimizer/ Panorama/ Pro/ Macro/ Night mode/ Food mode
Wide-Angle Lens: 123°  / Beauty mode: level 0-3/ Live  Focus ( Blur effect) 0-7/ Filter Effect/ AR emoji/ Macro/ HDR/ Scene optimizer/ Night mode/ Panorama/ Pro/ Food mode
Selfie camera
32 MP, f/2.2
32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide)
Selfie camera features
Filter Effect/ Live  Focus ( Blur effect): 0-7/ Beauty mode:0-3
Filter Effect/ Live  Focus ( Blur effect)/ Beauty mode: level 0-3
Video
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)@30fps
Slow-Motion Video Recording

1920 x 1080  pixels, Up to 4K, 30fps (3840 x 2160)
Hyperlapse
Slow-Motion Video Recording
Filter Effect

Samsung Galaxy A71 and Samsung Galaxy A51 photos comparisons and analysis

 Color Test_Samsung A71 vs Samsung A51 

Camera setting
• Auto
Pictures by the A71 have better saturation so the colors seem more vibrant and natural. However, white balance is shifted towards yellow, causing a pale tint all over the image such that brown appears to have a golden glaze. In contrast, on the Galaxy A51, white balance is good although close examination suggests the slightest of blue shift. Colors have relatively poor saturation and appear dull.

color test_a71 color test_a51
Left(Up): Samsung A71/ Right(Down): Samsung A51

 Backlight Test_Samsung A71 vs Samsung A51 

Camera setting
• Auto
The A71’s backlight shots are poor due to underexposure. The image and surroundings appear dark and so do the parts of the subject that are illuminated by the backlight. As such, shiny surfaces on the subject appear dull. The A51 also seems to have underexposure in this mode. However, The A51 has a higher dynamic range and preserves more details against bright lighting than A71 does.
backlight_a71 backlight test_a51
Left(Up): Samsung A71/ Right(Down): Samsung A51

 Bokeh Test_Samsung A71 vs Samsung A51

Camera setting
• Auto
The Samsung Galaxy A71 outshines the A51 in the Bokeh mode test. Although both simulate part of the subject in the background blur, this effect is considerably worse in the A51. While getting an accurate comparison of the two, this problem is noticed around the edges of the subject. For the A71, it separates the leaves edges from the background more accurately owing to its better algorithm. On the A51, large visible chunks around the edge are visibly blurred.
bokeh test_a71 bokeh test_a51
Left(Up): Samsung A71/ Right(Down): Samsung A51
bokeh test_a71, crop bokeh test_a51, crop
Left(Up): Samsung A71, crop/ Right(Down): Samsung A51, crop

 Marco mode Test_Samsung A71 vs Samsung A51

Camera setting
• Marco mode

While both phones capture images with the same close-up detail, the A71 wins this one. Images have excellent color and texture. This makes it easier to see fine detail. The A51 fails because it has really poor color such that it is difficult to make out surface texture.
marco mode test_a71 Marco mode test_ A51
Left(Up): Samsung A71 / Right(Down): Samsung A51

 Night mode Test_Samsung A71 vs Samsung A51 

Camera setting 
• Night mode 
• All auto
There are slight differences in this setting. Pictures taken by both phones are very similar until you zoom in the picture. Photos taken by the A71 look sharper and have better texture owing to the 64MP sensor. Pictures have slightly less noise. Unfortunately, light balance tends to be shifted towards blue but nothing obvious unless zoomed in. The Galaxy A51’s pictures have better light exposure but this comes at the cost of greater noise. The grainy texture is noticeable in white areas. The A51 main sensor has a lower resolution and thus images appear less sharp.
Night mode test_a71 Night mode test_ A51
Left(Up): Samsung A71 / Right(Down): Samsung A51

Night mode test_a71, crop Night mode test_A51, crop
Left(Up): Samsung A71, crop/ Right(Down): Samsung A51, crop

Night mode test_a71 Night mode test_a51
Left(Up): Samsung A71 / Right(Down): Samsung A51

Night mode test_a71, crop Night mode test_a51, crop
Left(Up): Samsung A71, crop/ Right(Down): Samsung A51, crop

 Beauty Test_Samsung A71 vs Samsung A51 

Rear Camera
Camera setting:
• Beauty effect: mid-range
When it comes to the rear camera test, both cameras have faults. Although skin tones look more natural on the A71, they tend to differ from the body’s natural tone. The skin tone on the neck might differ significantly from that of the face, which appears weird. Pictures have poor light exposure so they appear darker. On the other hand, pictures by the A51 under this mode are overexposed so the face appears pale. There aren’t any noticeable differences between the face’s skin tone with that of the rest of the body.
Beauty test_main camera_a71 Beauty test_main camera_a51
Left(Up): Samsung A71 / Right(Down): Samsung A51
Front Camera
Camera setting:
• Beauty effect: mid-range

The difference between the two cameras is less apparent for the front camera. Still, the A71 produces skin tones slightly different from the rest of the body. This is seen as color slightly shifts towards red. The A51 pictures are still overexposed but to a lesser extent than that of the rear camera. Skin tones are rendered more accurately and more naturally than in the A71.
Beauty test_front camera_a71 Beauty test_front camera_a51
Left(Up): Samsung A71 / Right(Down): Samsung A51

 Wide-angle Mode Test_Samsung A71 vs Samsung A51 

Camera setting
• wide-angle mode
• All auto
Both cameras have the same field of view in this mode. This can be attributed to their ultra-wide sensors with a 123-degree field of capture. However, the A51 displays uneven tones on uniform surfaces, and colors appear darker than they truly are. Although it maintains more detail and displays features more prominently, this comes at the cost of more noise. On the other hand, the A71 has smoother texture and objects have the same color tone. Colors also appear more natural.
Wide-angle test_a71 Wide-angle test_a51
Left(Up): Samsung A71 / Right(Down): Samsung A51

Wide-angle test_a71, crop Wide-angle test_a51, crop
Left(Up): Samsung A71, crop/ Right(Down): Samsung A51, crop

Pros & Cons

Samsung Galaxy A71
Pros
  1. Images taken have much better saturation.
  2. The pictures are sharp and have much less noise than the A51.
  3. Good Bokeh mode.
  4. Good balance between noise control and detail preservation in the night mode
Cons
  1. Poor backlight test.
  2. mages tend to be underexposed and appear much darker in dim settings. 
  3. The skin tone on the neck might differ significantly from that of the face when using its beauty mode.
Samsung Galaxy A51
Pros
  1. Better lighting in the night mode.
  2. The Backlight test is acceptable.
  3. More natural-looking skin tone when using the beauty mode.
Cons
  1. Lost details in the low light photography
  2. Images are overexposed under several modes.
  3. Poor Bokeh mode.

Final Thoughts

The A71 outshines the A51 in almost every category we tested. Its most prominent quality was in the color test, where it displayed excellent and vibrant colors. Also admirable was its Bokeh mode test, which is capable of separating the subjects from the background well. It did have relatively poor lighting but nothing that would render it unsuitable to use in night mode. From the assessment above, the Galaxy A71’s camera is the winner. If you don’t mind paying a bit more then no doubt the A71 is the one you should go for.

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