S22 Ultra Snapdragon vs Exynos: do you really have different cameras?

S22 Ultra Snapdragon vs Exynos: do you really have different cameras?

S22 Ultra Snapdragon vs Exynos: do you really have different cameras?

You might think that a difference in chip should only affect processing speeds, but it turns out that having a different chip means the same camera system and hardware performs very differently.

In this comparison, we decided to test exactly that: is this difference really that noticeable? And which actually takes better photos: the Snapdragon or the Exynos S22 Ultra model? We took a bunch of pictures, so let’s take a look!

Can you spot a difference in the photos taken during the day?

Colors and details differ

Although photos taken during the day look similar most of the time, you can spot some differences. For example, in the first photo, there is quite a lot of noise on the ceiling in the shots taken by the Exynos model, while that of the Snapdragon is much cleaner.

Colors are also muted in the Exynos photo, while you get more vibrant and saturated tones from the Snapdragon.

Also, notice in the second photo how the shadows get much darker on the Exynos compared to the Snapdragon.

These nuances add up and for the most part we were happier with the image of the Snapdragon model.

What about night shots?

You can also see the gap in low light photos

In low light, even from the first photo, we see a similar problem: right in the center where we have the night sky, it’s very noisy on the Exynos photo, while the same area is perfectly clean on the Snapdragon version. Almost everything else is similar, but you get a bit more saturated colors on the Snapdragon (the red walls of the building on the left).

It’s not a huge difference between the two, but a similar story: the Snapdragon version looks better to our eyes in most of these images.

Are ultra-wide cameras any different?

You guessed it…yes

The ultra-wide cameras share the same color characteristics as the main ones, which means we’re also seeing similar trends.

The colors of the Exynos model are just a bit more muted and have less “pop”, and details are just a bit cleaner in Snapdragon photos. It’s certainly not a gigantic difference, but it’s there, and it’s consistent across all photos, so no coincidence here.

Zoom comparison

This one should be pretty close

The S22 Ultra is probably the best zoom phone on the market right now, but you already know that.

We shot mostly at 10X zoom, which is really impressive and something you can’t get on other phones. The difference between the two here mainly comes down to color rendering: the same darker tones are present on the Exynos, while the Snapdragon has better saturation and “share-ready” photos without too much editing.

The Snapdragon version is just a bit sharper too.


No difference in blur capabilities, but color science is

You can capture portrait mode photos using the 1X or 3X cameras, and we love them both.

But just look at this first photo captured by the Exynos model, what a huge difference in the colors! I look pale and the whole scene has these almost depressing tones that lack liveliness. The Snapdragon model has a vivid image with a lot more contrast, it’s an easy win for him here.

You can see the same trend in all photos in portrait mode, 1X or 3X, the colors are almost always not rendered attractively on the Exynos version. By the way, kudos to Samsung for perfecting portrait mode, it does an amazing job of separating the subject from the background!

Selfie time!

Surprise Surprise

Finally, when it comes to selfies, we don’t see huge differences, and we’d call that a tie.

Both phones support a wider field of view for group shots or a closer view for real selfies.


In the end, most people we showed these photos to agreed that the Snapdragon version was the one they would choose.

And we can definitely see why. The Snapdragon has more saturated and punchy colors, it has a bit more sharpness, while the Exynos model often looks dark with more muted colors that lack the “wow” factor.

You might not believe that a CPU change can cause big enough changes in image quality, but it does. Sometimes this difference is subtle, other times it’s more noticeable, but it’s still there.

In conclusion we have to say that in our opinion this difference is not really big enough to completely prevent you from deciding to buy the S22 Ultra, the Exynos model is still quite the capable camera, but if you enjoy a truly amazing camera, our advice is to look for a way to import a Snapdragon model.

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