I completely agree.. i used to love Samsung cameras, my last phone was a Note 8, which switched for a Huawei Mate 20 pro, then an iPhone XS, Pixel 3a and back to Note 10 and got disappointed the first minute I took pictures with it, especially selfies.
They tried to match the aggressive HDR Apple puts in their phones and the result is only nice in bright light, because in any other situation the camera is a mess. As soon as it detects my face, it applies a pale filter and right after the picture is taken, if you quickly open the image, you see an extra filter being applied, making my face even more pale and plasticky. Toggling off the HDR button is useless because this freaking effect is always applied. Samsung has an obsession for controlling noise and so they apply a really aggressive noise reduction and to compensate, they apply an artificial sharpening, which makes the contour of objects look drawed with a pen. All grey and cloudy skies get blue and grass is always neon green. Pro mode cannot make it up for that because it takes probably one single frame, being noisy and lacking details, so it's never ready to share. Even pro mode being an alternative, it doesn't allow to use any camera besides the main wide angle. I'm using the last OneUI 2.1 update and besides the night mode being improved, the HDR is much more aggressive and artificial, it always looks like someone came with a color pencil and painted the blown out highlight to recover the color, just like the iPhone does, but bad implemented. Impressive how a Samsung flagship cannot get any closer to the high quality images of a cheap Pixel 3a.
To make it worse, using the phone in gestures mode and this thing lags, freezes, stutters and drop frames like HELL, and the ram management is horrible.
So disappointed because I was really expecting for this last update to correct these flaws but now the experience with the phone is much worse. I'm just looking for what's available.
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This has been annoying me a lot, because I came from an iPhone XS, which I complained a lot about this extra native HDR layer impossible to switch off. Used a pixel 3a and loved how the HDR was natural and reliable and got disappointed as soon as I bought the Note 10. In the last update they improved a lot the image processing but still this auto HDR is there even when turned off in settings. It's even more prominent in selfies, when it detects my face, it gets pale in preview and after taking the picture, it immediately applies more face filter, smooth effect and sharpening on top of it to look "better", the result is always not my original skin color. I realized this filter is deactivated when you make burst photos, because the processor cannot cope with applying the HDR layer in such a high speed shutter burst, so I found a tweak.
In the last update to One UI 2.1, the burst is activated when you slide down the shutter button, and I noticed that immediately before the burst starts, the filter is deactivated. So when I wanna take a picture without any HDR filter, I slide down the shutter and release immediately, to it switches off the filter, starts the burst but it takes only one shot. This shot has a single image layer, so sometimes it's noisy.
I'm using a Gcam port that works nicely for the back camera and this tweak for the others, but soon I'll replace my Note 10, maybe back to Huawei or a Pixel 4a. Hope it helps
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