Samsung Galaxy A53 5G test: a mid-range that convinces

On paper, Samsung hasn’t really revised its photo copy from year to year. The Galaxy A53 5G retains the rear block with four modules, two of which are quite anecdotal, seen on the Galaxy A52s. Understand that its main module is based on a 64-megapixel sensor associated with a wide-angle lens (f / 1.8, OIS), another with a 12-megapixel sensor and an ultra-wide angle, and finally on two 5-megapixel sensors each. (f/2.4 optics) dedicated to macro and depth measurement.

Main module: 64 Mpx, f/1.8, éq. 26mm

The Galaxy A52 had a hard time convincing us during its visit to our lab. It must be said that between a certain slowness in shooting and disappointing night results, the smartphone had multiplied the weaknesses.

Without revolutionizing the mid-range market, its successor does it much better. The rendering is certainly noisy, but better exposed, a bit more detailed and less dull, in short, more pleasant, even if the delta E that we noticed indicates slightly aggressive colorimetric processing.



Samsung Galaxy A52 5G (16MP, f/1.8, 26mm equivalent, ISO 50, 1/50s)


Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

It’s at night that Samsung’s efforts pay off most visibly. The desaturated shot, very noisy and affected by accentuation as exaggerated as it is unattractive, gives way to an image treated with more delicacy. The contours are more natural, the sharpness is greater and the noise is much less. Colors are less intense than in daylight and smoothing much more present, but the image has the merit of being usable. The peripheral areas also retain some color, which is not as common.



Samsung Galaxy A52 5G (16MP, f/1.8, 26mm equivalent, ISO 2500, 1/25s)


Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

Compared to another smartphone in its price range, the Galaxy A53 is again quite convincing. During the day, Samsung’s color-oriented choice pays off, despite visible digital noise in black tints, the paleness of which is also visible. At night, the observation is clear: the smoothness and softness of the treatment are more satisfying than the accentuation of contrasts.



Oppo Reno 6


Samsung Galaxy A53 5G



Oppo Reno 6


Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

64 megapixel mode

The 64-megapixel mode, accessible very easily by choosing the 64-megapixel 4:3 format on the side of the screen, is quite interesting. It does not particularly slow down the capture and offers a more detailed rendering, with a fairly smooth treatment, especially interesting in the center of the image. At night, on the other hand, smoothing is significant and the benefit of such definition is limited.



Samsung Galaxy A53 5G (Night)


Samsung Galaxy A53 5G (day)

Ultra wide angle module: 12 megapixels, f / 2.2

Here again, the Galaxy A53 5G is capable of real improvement, if we compare its performance to that of a Galaxy A52 which is not really impressive. The software processing, by day, is pronounced: if the colorimetry lacks precision and if digital noise is present, it allows the image to gain sharpness and enhance the dullness of its elder’s. Too bad about the bad management of the reflections in the card.



Samsung Galaxy A52 5G


Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

At night, the smartphone offers an even noisier, but slightly more detailed snapshot than its predecessor. Elements that were almost unreadable with the Galaxy A52 become almost legible. The image is not very convincing, but it is more so than last year’s model.



Samsung Galaxy A52 5G


Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

Front module, portrait and video mode

It’s also a 32-megapixel front-facing sensor, like the one on the Galaxy A52 and A52s, found on the Galaxy A53 5G. Images are detailed, however they suffer from noticeable anti-aliasing. Samsung offers a portrait mode, both on the front and on the back, which has the merit of being customizable by means of an indicator; it’s better to use it, the default background blur is a bit too aggressive for natural rendering – hair clipping suffers from it. For the rest, note that the smartphone allows you to shoot in 4K at 30fps on the front and rear.

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