Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro test: a rugged smartphone that has it under the hood

Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro test: a rugged smartphone that has it under the hood

By definition, the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro is not a photophone. However, it has a dual rear photo module consisting of a 50 Mpx wide-angle (f / 1.8) and an 8 Mpx ultra wide-angle (f / 2.2).

Main module: 50 megapixels, f/1.8

The wide-angle module takes pictures in 12.5 megapixels thanks to the technique of pixel bindingwhich blends pixels in fours to capture more light.



Crosscall Action-X5 (12 megapixels, f/1.8, ISO 123 1/100 sec)


Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (12.5 megapixels, f/1.8, ISO 123 1/100 sec)

In good lighting conditions, the XCover 6 Pro delivers a pleasant result, and will allow you to take good quality shots. We recognize the somewhat saturated treatment of the South Korean, which tends to flatter the retina more than that of the Action X5. The Crosscall smartphone offers a slightly sharper result (see the patterns at the bottom left) and a good level of detail, but the general colorimetry tends towards red and the colors seem washed out. We prefer the result of Samsung, brighter and contrasted.



Crosscall Action-X5 (12 megapixels, f/1.8, ISO 3584, 1/15 sec)


Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (12.5 megapixels, f/1.8, ISO 123 1/100 sec)

If the daytime photos are of a rather astonishing quality, it is indeed at night that these smartphones remain true to their nature. The result is disappointing in both cases. The image of the XCover 6 Pro remains usable, but has lost a lot of detail, while digital noise appears on that of the Crosscall. The photo of the Samsung is a little better exposed, but nothing transcendent.

50MP mode

It is still possible to capture full definition shots (50 Mpx), but this mode rarely brings a significant change on mid-range smartphones. We have isolated an area of ​​the same size on each of the shots to better compare them.



Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (50 MP, f/1.8, ISO 1000, 1/14 sec)


Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (50MP, f/1.8, ISO 32, 1/50s)

Under all conditions, full definition does not offer a significant gain in image detail. The colorimetry remains unchanged. We can use it for cropping, but not much more.

Ultra wide-angle mode: 8 MP, f/2.2, 123°

This XCover 6 Pro offers an ultra wide-angle module. As so often on the mid-range, the rendering is quite disappointing. We compared it to that of the Xiaomi 11T, supposed to be more ambitious on the issue.



Xiaomi 11T (f/2.2, ISO 63, 1/50 sec)


Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (f/2.2, ISO 80, 1/100 sec)

During the day, the Samsung smartphone supplants that of Xiaomi. Even if it lacks a little sharpness and precision, the shot of the Xcover 6 Pro is much more detailed and displays a better controlled colorimetry. It is therefore rather a good surprise for a device of this type.



Xiaomi 11T (f/2.2, ISO 2555, 1/15 sec)


Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (f/2.2, ISO 2000, 1/14 sec)

No surprises at night. The level of detail drops and the photos are difficult to use. However, we observe that the rendering of the XCover 6 Pro is a little more readable and better exposed.

Front module, portrait and video mode

A 13 Mpx sensor whose lens opens at f / 2.2 is housed in the notch at the front of the XCover 6 Pro. It delivers rather successful selfies. The result is clean and has a good level of detail. The general colorimetry, however, seems a bit bland.

It is possible to film in 4K and Full HD at 30 fps. Here again, the result is solid. We benefit from an interesting sharpness, but the sensor has a little more difficulty in managing the highlights. As with the front sensor, the colors lack a bit of brilliance, but there is still enough to capture videos in satisfactory conditions.