Samsung Galaxy A13 5G test: 5G at a compromise price

Of the three photo sensors on the back, only one is truly usable. It is a 50 megapixel wide-angle module, whose lens opens at f / 1.8. It is accompanied by two sensors, a macro module and a second dedicated to depth management, 2 Mpx (f / 2.4) each. Remember that the 4G version also offered a 5 Mpx ultra-wide-angle module, which Samsung has obviously removed to limit costs.

The Realme 9i 5G has a similar configuration, with a 50 Mpx main sensor accompanied by two more anecdotal modules. It has proven to be quite effective for its rank.

Main module: 50 MP, f/1.8

The wide-angle module takes pictures in 12.5 Mpx thanks to the technique of pixel bindingwhich merges pixels by four to capture more light when it runs out.

Realme 9i 5G (12.5MP, f/1.8, ISO 322, 1/100s)
Samsung Galaxy A13 5G (12.5MP, f/1.8, ISO 80, 1/50s)

In good light conditions, the Galaxy A13 5G delivers a disappointing performance. The shot is overexposed and lacks sharpness, as can be seen in the faces and color patterns. Certainly, we can distinguish all the elements of the scene, but the comparison with the Realme 9i 5G is not flattering. Without shining, the shot on the right has a much higher level of detail (less on the periphery), even if the whole lacks sharpness. Realme opts for a much more contrasting treatment. We lose naturalness, but the rendering flatters the retina more.

Realme 9i 5G (12.5MP, f/1.8, ISO 4397, 1/10s)
Samsung Galaxy A13 5G (12.5 MP, f/1.8, ISO 4000, 1/17 sec)

The gap widens drastically in the dark. The Galaxy A13 5G cannot transcribe the scene correctly and a significant blur invades the shot. The colors are also completely desaturated. With the Realme, digital noise appears, which obviously affects the level of detail, but the rendering remains correct on a device of this ilk. Even if the colors have lost in intensity, we still manage to differentiate the patterns. He therefore easily retains the advantage.

50MP mode

It is possible to force the switch to full definition by choosing the 4:3/50 Mpx format located in the upper part of the photo app.

50MP night mode
50 MP day mode

Unsurprisingly, the latter is nothing short of miraculous. However, there is a slight gain in detail on a bright scene, but this is not the case at night. We will therefore use it sparingly if there is a need to resize a photo during the day, because it quickly weighs on storage.

Front module, portrait mode, video

A 5 Mpx (f/2) sensor is housed in the front notch. This is again a small regression, because the “standard” version opted for an 8 Mpx (f / 2.2) sensor. When the light is abundant, it is possible to capture decent selfies, even if we notice a slight lack of sharpness and a fairly marked desaturation. In the dark, digital noise is much more present and will not necessarily pay tribute to its model.

The smartphone can shoot in Full HD at 30 fps, front and back, but the lack of stabilization is quickly felt.

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