Samsung Galaxy A13 review: A simple smartphone

The current trend is towards 50-megapixel sensors that are found in an increasing share of smartphones, from entry-level to very high-end. The Galaxy A13 is no exception, combining this main sensor with a wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture. It is accompanied by a second module of 5 Mpx with ultra wide angle (f / 2.4). More anecdotally, two sensors of 2 Mpx each (f/2.4 optics) are dedicated to depth and macro measurement.

Main module: 50 Mpx, f/1.8

In its price range, the Galaxy A13 goes up against Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 11 with a comparable sensor. The results delivered by both are passable. Samsung’s model exposes scenes better, but suffers from digital noise and tends to over-emphasize detail. The treatment is smoother in the snapshot of the Xiaomi model. On the other hand, the contours are less clear, as can be seen in our graph (colored balls). These observations apply to the center of the image, which we have isolated here. The peripheral areas of our shots are completely blurred and unusable.



xiaomi redmi note 11


Galaxy A13

Night shots are less successful with the Galaxy A13 than with the Redmi Note 11, which suddenly delivers content so parasitized by noise that it becomes almost unusable. Samsung’s model favors smoothing, but has the merit of offering more readability.



xiaomi redmi note 11


Galaxy A13

In its price range, the Galaxy A13 does not particularly detract, but it is clear that it does not do much better than its predecessor, the Galaxy A12.



Galaxy A12


Galaxy A13



Galaxy A12


Galaxy A13

50MP mode

It is possible to take 50 Mpx photos from the interface of the smartphone photos application. This is of little interest as it does not provide further details.



Samsung Galaxy A13 (50 Mpx night)


Samsung Galaxy A13 (50 Mpx day)

Ultra wide angle module: 5 Mpx, f/2.2, 123┬░

The ultra wide angle is not the specialty of the Galaxy A13, of which it is better to privilege the main module to take really useful shots. Its low definition of 5 Mpx works against it and results in a flagrant lack of sharpness. Details are softened in the center of the image, while distortion and blur at the periphery spoil the party even more. At night, go your way: the center of the images is barely legible and the sides are not at all.



Galaxy A13


Galaxy A13

Front module, portrait mode, video

Samsung equips its Galaxy A13 with an 8 Mpx front sensor with optical aperture at f/2.2. In the capture, we perceive the contributions of the software processing applied by the manufacturer. Unfortunately, the smoothing is too present. Added to this is a slightly exaggerated but customizable background blur like on all South Korean smartphones. Finally, the Galaxy A13 lets you shoot in Full HD at 30fps, front and back, without stabilization.

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