Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review: a punchy flex

If you like super-vibrant, punchy colors in your shots, then the foldable Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 could be the clamshell for you

A photo of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5
(Image: © Basil Kronfli)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Keen photographers who want natural color reproduction and maximum bang for their buck would be better off with a traditional phone than any foldable – the Z Flip 5 doesn't change that fact. But if you specifically want a flip phone, the Flip 5 is a good shout, and without much competition, it’s one of the best available in the West for photography, and its IPX8 water resistance, sturdy build and large cover screen round off the experience nicely.


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    Wireless charging

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    Large cover screen

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    Handy part-folded experiences

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    IPX8 water resistant


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    It gets hot with intensive use

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    Vibrancy and saturation are very boosted

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    Weak ultra-wide camera

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    Its camera is inferior to non-flip alternatives

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Flip phones like the Galaxy Z Flip 5 are a double-edged sword when it comes to photography. On the one hand, they tend to have underwhelming camera hardware with small sensors. This is because internal space is at a premium, given the need for a hinge and moving parts. On the other hand, part-folded flip phones are great for hands-free photography, creative angles, and long-exposure shots.

This part-folded superpower had a lot to do with why we liked the Galaxy Z Flip 4, even though the cameras weren’t too impressive in isolation. For the Z Flip 5, it looks like Samsung is recycling last year’s camera setup, combining two 12MP cameras alongside the cover screen with a 10MP selfie camera at the top of the main display.

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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.