Samsung Galaxy A25 5G review: the entry-level smartphone designed to last

Samsung Galaxy A25 5G review: the entry-level smartphone designed to last
Samsung Galaxy A25 5G review: the entry-level smartphone designed to last

Main module: 50 Mpx, f/1.8, eq. 27mm

The Galaxy A25 5G is not really a champion of photography, despite the integration of a 50 Mpx sensor delivering, thanks to the pixel-binning supposed to optimize the results by “aggregating” four pixels into one, 12.5 Mpx images. But even in bright wide-angle light, the photos display a smoothness that cannot be ignored, even in the center. The book cover loses its texture, for example. A little more contrast would undoubtedly have made it possible to compensate and prevent the blue lines of the cartography from being indistinct. Overall, the rendering of small elements lacks finesse, and this increases as we move away from the center of the image.

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Samsung Galaxy A25 5G

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The Redmi Note 12 Pro struggled in low light and suffered from colorimetric issues, which is not the case with the Galaxy A25 5G, fair enough on this point. However, the image favors significant smoothing to avoid digital noise, which makes most of the details of our scene disappear. On the outskirts, the image is really messy.

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50 MP mode
As is often the case on entry-level and mid-range smartphones, the 50 Mpx mode, accessible in the settings of the Photo app, is of fairly limited interest. It allows you to obtain a little more detail, therefore making slight cropping in the images when the scene is well lit. On the other hand, the smoothing is too pronounced in low light for us to recommend its use.

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Samsung Galaxy A25 5G (50MP, night)
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Ultra wide-angle module: 8 Mpx, f/2.2

While the Galaxy A23 (and A24, which we did not test) included an ultra-wide-angle module, whose sensor did not exceed 5 Mpx, the Galaxy A25 5G does better with 8 Mpx. No reason to expect high quality photos, however, which is not surprising. We notice that when there is a lot of light, the smartphone tends to slightly overexpose the images, which results in slightly washed out colors. But beyond the obvious lack of sharpness, it is the distortion, poorly compensated by the smartphone, which penalizes the results. The periphery is then quite blurry.

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These same defects are visible in low light. Added to this is very visible vignetting around the edges of the image. On the other hand, the smartphone manages to smooth the details less than the Xiaomi model, as well as to better preserve the colors of the scene. The results are very average, but in its category, this smartphone is not lagging behind.

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Front module, portrait and video mode

It is a 13 Mpx sensor flanked by f/2.2 optics that we find on the front of the Galaxy A25 5G. The smartphone offers rather detailed photos, the processing of which however tends to increase contrasts and saturate colors. The clipping is a little abrupt if you use portrait mode, but remains interesting for bringing a little depth to the photos.

Finally, the Galaxy A25 5G films up to 4K at 60 fps using its back module. If you want to film a scene requiring good stabilization, you will nevertheless have to opt for Full HD at 30 fps, which benefits from additional electronic stabilization. If they don’t offer exceptional sharpness, the videos will be sufficient for sharing on social networks.

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