Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review | Content Creation Capabilities Examined

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review

As highlighted in my title, this isn’t a full review of the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra. Instead, I will focus on examining the content creation capabilities of this latest Galaxy smartphone flagship.

The Korean brand’s most hardware and software-enabled smartphone as of mid-2024, the specs and features of the S24 Ultra read like a content creator’s dream come true, doesn’t it? A superior all-in-one camera setup, AI capabilities, cutting-edge Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset with One UI 6.1 OS, AMOLED 2X display, and all that?

But do these attractive features translate to actual work benefits for content creation? Or maybe the question should be, is the Galaxy S24 Ultra worth splurging on if you are a content creator looking for a helpful handset? An all-in-one handset?

Read on to find out.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Rear Cameras
Is the new 50MP periscope telephoto lens a game changer?

Camera – An Upgrade Over the Previous Generation

First off, this “review” was written with a review set. On the other hand, I have been using a Samsung Galaxy S24+ for over two months now. This somewhat puts me in the privileged position of being able to compare certain camera features. I’ll be mentioning such comparisons where relevant.

Secondly, the Galaxy S24 Ultra uses almost the same camera hardware as last year’s S23 Ultra, with one major difference. (A difference that’s a key new feature) The periscope telephoto lens is now 50MP instead of 10MP, with a marginally faster aperture of f3.4, too. Theoretically, this should provide for significantly higher quality zooms.

And oh, the S24 Ultra is also capable of 4K videos at 120fps, while the selfie cam retains the hardware specs of the preceding generation. In summary, the five cameras/lenses are:

  • Wide/Main: 200MP, f/1.7, 24mm, 1/1.3″, 0.6µm (Multi-directional PDAF, Laser AF, OIS)
  • Telephoto: 10MP, f/2.4, 67mm, 1/3.52″, 1.12µm, (PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom)
  • Periscope Telephoto: 50MP, f/3.4, 111mm, 1/2.52″, 0.7µm, (PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom)
  • Ultrawide: 12MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, (Dual pixel PDAF, Super Steady video)
  • Selfie: 12MP, f/2.2, 26mm, (Dual pixel PDAF)

Video capabilities are:

  • Rear Cameras: 8K@24/30fps, 4K@30/60/120fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, HDR10+, stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS
  • Selfie Camera: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps

In actual use, the quality of the main 200MP “main” camera lens absolutely astounds. No kidding. The hardware might not have changed but the AI-powered ProVisual Engine algorithm does its magic and photos, even those shot in low light, are rich in colour and saturation, well-defined, and almost always spot-on with white balance. Superb with dynamic range as well.

In low light, a “Dedicated ISP Block” also does its work diligently, generally keeping excessive noise at bay. However, this algorithm could sometimes venture into excessive smudging and is less effective with shots taken with 4-figure ISOs.


As for zooms, results are overall admirable with the best results, without surprise, being those shot under decent lighting. For shots taken at 5x zoom and beyond, I’ll be honest, results are not as stunning as I thought they would be, especially for those under low light conditions. (10x in low light should generally be avoided if you know what I mean)

That being said, the output is still better than previous generations of Galaxy phones and with some photoshopping, low-light pictures taken at 5x or maybe even up to 7x could be useful for content creation.

Samsung S24 Ultra Photo Sample
Gorgeous balance and details, with a smidge of aggressive processing only visible if you zoom in beyond 200 percent.
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Main Camera Photo Sample
The main camera handles bokeh well too.
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Selfie Camera Test
The selfie camera is spot on with bokeh as well.

Coming to the ultra-wide angle lens, well, this is the part of the S24 Ultra camera setup that slightly disappoints. It works well enough in daylight and decently illuminated indoor settings. Once it gets too dark, though, shots are sometimes excessively soft. This is the same for both photos and videos, with the difference in video quality from the main 200MP camera immediately obvious the moment you toggle between zooms.

Various reasons could be behind this weakness; the lower resolution of the ultra-wide lens, something to do with the algorithm, etc. I’m hoping it’s indeed an algorithm issue, i.e., it might be addressed in future system updates.

Here are picture samples and videos for you to peruse.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Photo and Video Samples

To view full-size versions of the photos in the following table, just click on them. A separate window will open.

Day 1xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Daylight 1xDay 0.6xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Daylight 0.6xDay 5xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Daylight 5xDay 10xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Daylight 10x
Indoor 3xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Indoor 3xIndoor 5xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Indoor 5xIndoor 10xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Indoor 10x
Evening 1xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Evening 1xEvening 0.6xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Evening 0.6xEvening 5xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Evening 5x
Night 1xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Night 1xNight 0.6xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Night 1x
Food Setting 1xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Food Setting 1xFood Setting 3xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Food Setting 3xFood Setting 1xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Food Setting 1xFood Setting 3xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Food Setting 3x
Sunlight 1xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Sunlight 1xSunlight 0.6xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Sunlight 0.6x
Nightspot 0.6xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Nightspot 0.6xNightspot 0.6xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Nightspot 0.6xNightspot 3xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Nightspot 3xNightspot 3xSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Nightspot 3x
Evening 12MPSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Evening 12MPEvening 200MPSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Evening 200MPEvening 50MPSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Evening 50MPEvening 200MPSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Camera Sample - Evening 200MP

The following video (4k 60fps) features unedited footage and lots of zooms for you to compare the quality of the different cameras/lenses.

This video (4k 60fps), taken at Singapore’s famous Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome, also uses unedited footage from the S24 Ultra.

This post, which features the above Tulipmania 2024 event, uses unedited photos from the S24 Ultra.

This post uses photos and videos shot with the S24 Ultra, with Photoshop/Premiere Pro enhancements.

Personal opinion. I think the 12MP photo option suffices for most scenarios, especially if you are purely posting on social media. There are some quality differences between the 50MP and 200MP options, but unless you intend to do a lot of cropping or are going to use the photos for large-format printing, the extra file size is just not worth it. Besides, the differences aren’t that significant.

Is That Extra 50MP Periscope Telephoto Worth Paying For?

The 50MP periscope telephoto lens for 5x and above zooms is only available on the S24 Ultra; the S24 and S24+ do not get it. For those debating which model to get, I’m sure the question would be, is that extra lens worth paying extra for?

Well, the Ultra comes with other superior features like a slightly stronger battery and better chipset, but as far as the extra lens is concerned, the answer is yes. It is worth it if you are fond of photos beyond 3x zooms.

Have a look at these comparisons. All were shot at 10x.

Samsung S24 Ultra vs S24+ Camera Zoom Quality
Under good lighting, the differences are not immediately obvious, that is, till you view the pictures on a larger screen. Overall, the Galaxy S24 Ultra has better colour management and details. Lines are crispier too.
Samsung S24 Ultra vs S24+ 5x Zoom Quality
Under dim light, the differences are as clear as daylight; pun intended. At 10x zoom, the S24 delivers superior clarity and flare control.

So, yeah. The extra lens isn’t a gimmick. It does make a difference.

AI-Empowered Photo Editing

For photos, the S24 series provides two AI-empowered functions, i.e., Edit Suggestion and Generative Edit.

Edit Suggestions appear when you press the Info button while viewing a photo in the gallery. It gets a little confusing for the suggestions do not always appear. At the same time, there is another Remaster button, with the Remasterfunction kind of like a blanket enhancement for the entire picture.

To share, I took over 20 photos, and Edit Suggestions did not appear for any! The S24 Ultra seems that confident with its output! Eventually, I tried a photo I received from a friend and the (darn) suggestions finally surfaced.

Samsung S24 Ultra AI Photo Edit Suggestions
I continued to try for a week, including on my own S24+. So far, Edit Suggestions only appear for photos with very noticeable shadows and reflections. On the whole, I find the Remaster function way more useful.

Generative Edit, on the other hand, allows you to draw a rough dotted outline (lasso) around a photobomb; once completed, the AI will do its best to select the photobomb neatly. Following which, you can delete the photobomb, move it elsewhere, or even change its size. Whatever resulting gap/space that’s created will be intelligently filled in by the AI.

About the generative fill, I’ll put it this way. I wouldn’t say it’s a hit or miss, but you do need to have realistic expectations.

As logic would dictate, the bigger the photobomb, the more complicated the surrounding background, the harder it is for the AI to perform an acceptable generative fill-in. The function works best when the photobomb is against a plain background with minimal features.

Since this is not one of those text-to-image generators or the like, you also can’t replace the photobomb with something else that’s not in the photo. It doesn’t work that way.

Instant Slo-Mo for Videos, or Not

This function was highlighted with much enthusiasm by Samsung’s staff when I attended the Galaxy road show in January. In essence, if you press the screen and hold while viewing a video file, the playback will instantly slow, with the S24 Ultra supposedly generating frames to facilitate the slowing.

Sounds awesome? It is. And it works as described. The problem, though, is that’s all there is to it. You cannot save the (slowed) video. It’s purely a visual effect.

To create an actual video with the playback speed of a segment adjusted, you have to enter the edit interface, manually select the segment(s) to be slowed, choose the playback rate, and then do a save.

This makes the function somewhat gimmicky or only useful when you need to examine a playback carefully. That being said, I suppose it could still be useful in a storyboard sort of way, as in, for you to have a quick preview of how your edits could be.

I’m hoping that future updates will provide a more useful system.

Galaxy AI Impresses, Once You Know Where They Are

“Galaxy AI is here” is the proud tagline of the Samsung Galaxy S24 series. In a nutshell, yes, the S24 Ultra and its smaller siblings are indeed all about that, with many of the AI functions incredibly useful for communication and content creation tasks.

However, you need to be aware of these functions in order to use them.

Allow me to explain. When you launch the S24 Ultra, you won’t find any app or button titled “AI Magic” or “Galaxy AI.” Most preinstalled apps wouldn’t have prominent AI buttons either.

Instead, you need to go into the Advanced features panel in Settings, followed by the Artificial intelligence panel. The latter has several sub-sections, some of which require you to manually toggle on. To use AI translate functions, you would also need to download language packs, all of which are huge in size.

Once you have everything properly set up, the magic begins, that is, for certain Samsung apps. The Samsung Internet Brower, for example, will have a starry button in the lower taskbar. (If you don’t see it, try swiping the screen up and down) Pressing this allows you to use Galaxy AI to summarise the webpage you’re reading or translate it.

Samsung Notes provides more magic. Galaxy AI can summarise documents, translate whatever you’ve typed, use the AI to edit and format your text, etc.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra AI Translation and Summary
Translation and summary for two recent posts of mine. (The links to these posts, if you wish to compare, are here and here) As a writer, I think what the AI summarises could give you a hint of the quality of your writing, as in how clear you are.

The much-promoted Live Translate function during calls allows you to select the languages you and the other party would be speaking in. (You must download corresponding language packs beforehand) Whatever is said to you will then be translated into the language you’re speaking, and vice versa. Incredibly, with minimal lag too.

It’s pretty magical. As far as I can tell for the languages I know, i.e. Chinese and Japanese, the translations are quite reliable too. Not exactly top-notch, no translation without rewriting will ever be, but what’s provided will give you an idea of what’s being communicated.

Meanwhile, the summarising and auto-correct capabilities are indispensable for researching and writing.

To repeat, it’s magical and really useful for work, once you’re clear where everything is. In the context of content creation, I wouldn’t say you can use these tools to start publishing content in languages you don’t know a word of, but you can certainly extend your research and networking reach with them.

Needless to say, the translation tool is awesome for language learning too.

Circle to Search

This sounds like an AI thing, but is it? I don’t think so, but the way it’s promoted makes it feels like one.

In short, whenever you press and hold the home button, the interface activates the Circle to Search function, allowing you to draw a circle around anything that’s on the screen. Whatever you lassoed is then used as an image reference for a Google Image Search. In other words, it’s a quicker way to do a Google Image Search, with an image, without having to manually upload your reference picture.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Circle to Search
Circle to Search is “powered” by Google Image Search. Results thus depends on Google.

It’s fun and handy. Search quality, however, depends entirely on Google. Hereby, let me just say the process works much better for objects. Searches for people and faces almost invariably prompt no results.

The latter is perhaps because of privacy concerns.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra S-Pen
For some Galaxy smartphone fans, the S-Pen is the biggest reason to buy the S24 Ultra.


For some users, the S-Pen is the best reason to buy the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra. While I personally don’t feel the same, I can see where the appeal lies. Whether for doodling or writing or as a remote control device, the S-Pen has its charms.

There are moreover nifty functions like handwriting conversion, which kinda transforms the S24 Ultra into a physical notepad.

In my opinion, I think S-Pen is also invaluable for photo-generative edits. Yeah, you can do the lassoing and swapping with your finger but believe me, it’s far easier and more enjoyable to do it with the S-Pen. Much more accurate, too, when you’re trying to remove/move smaller objects.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Display
The superb AMOLED 2X display, with vision and brightness boosters, ensures a rich, immersive display wherever you are.

Other Notable Features

Other noteworthy hardware features of the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra include a grade 2 titanium frame with a Corning Gorilla Glass front, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, and a Dynamic LTPO AMOLED 2X display capable of a peak brightness of 2600 nits.

Hard-core fans of the curved bezel of previous Galaxy generations might bemoan the now almost flat screen; I admit I still think of my S20+ with fondness. But in all honesty, the new design feels sleeker and more robust, and would almost certainly weather knocks and bangs better.

The Octa-Core Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset is an exclusive, as in, the S24 and S4+ use the Exynos 2400 for Galaxy chipset instead. If you’re curious, you can take a look at these benchmarks to see how the Snapdragon has a slight edge over the Exynos; here is also a detailed examination of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.

In practical use, I didn’t have any issues running Adobe mobile apps like Photoshop or Lightroom, or games like Asphalt 9 Legends. In terms of battery use, two hours of on-and-off photo taking, video shooting, and some music listening dropped the battery level by slightly over 20 percent. Good enough for most daily requirements?

Moving on to the display, this is one area that will steal anybody’s heart. Vision and brightness boosters, and adaptive colour tones, ensure the display remains rich and vibrant even under direct sunlight—the only compromise you’d notice is a slight reduction in saturation. Further improving the experience is the superior anti-glare treatment of the Corning Gorilla Glass. This is one smartphone that will remain comfortably visible even under our fiery tropic sun.

One other thing, the entire S24 range comes with larger vapor chambers for better cooling. On this, you must not expect miracles. Larger chamber, or not, the S24 Ultra still gets warm during certain processes, for example, when updating apps or when installing the AI language packs. However, it does seem to cool quickly.

The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra – The Ultimate Smartphone for Work, Entertainment, and Content Creation?

2024 is not yet halfway through but I think it’s safe to say the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra is easily one of the most feature and design impressive smartphones for this year.

It’s not flawless; the ultra-wide camera could be better and the AI functions presented more obviously. These considered, the S24 Ultra still presents a phenomenal suite of work, entertainment, imaging, and communication capabilities. If you own one, you are literally carrying in your pocket one of those snazzy sci-fi gadgets that you see in space opera movies.

For content creators, I think the biggest appeal is not only the superior camera setup but also the AI capabilities. If you need to do a lot of research for your posts, if you need to interview people who do not speak your language, the S24 Ultra can help, a lot.

To be clear, the AI functions are not unique; some third-party apps provide similar conveniences. But hey, why not have everything already available on your phone for free without having to manage a whole array of apps, with ads and all that?

As for price, a flagship smartphone naturally comes with a heftier price tag. But as of May 2024, Samsung is still offering very attractive trade-in arrangements for the entire S24 series. You might still need to splurge a little. But chances are, you will not regret doing so.

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Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review | Content Creation Capabilities Examined
A review of the content creation capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra. Not just the camera but also the much-promoted Galaxy AI functions.

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