Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review

With a 10x zoom, a 108MP sensor and four cameras, is the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra the best camera phone yet?

5 Star Rating
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

At $1,199 / £1,149, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra needs to be excellent, and it is. Powerful internals, a class-leading 10x zoom and a number of fun value adds, not least of all S Pen support give it some standout charm. The 108 MP main camera isn’t always the most nuanced sharpshooter, but as a package, there’s plenty to love, provided you can handle its hefty size and price tag.


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    Beautiful, bold, immersive screen

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    Versatile camera system

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    Powerful internals

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    Handy S Pen support


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    Heavy, stylized photo processing

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    Bulky, utilitarian feel

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    No microSD card support

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the latest champion of the Galaxy dynasty. But Samsung has switched up its strategy for its new Galaxy S21 series of flagship phones. Rather than load up all three phones — the S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra with top of the line specs, the S21 and S21 Plus are stripped back.

Both the Galaxy S21 and the S21 Plus sport lower resolution screens than last year’s S20 and S20 Plus. There’s also nothing new on the camera front from a hardware point of view; and both have plastic backs too — a step down from glass on all the S20s.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.