Samsung Galaxy A33 5G test: an affordable and quite versatile smartphone

On paper, this Galaxy A33 5G has a configuration similar to the 2021 model. We therefore find a quadruple photosensor consisting of a 48 megapixel wide-angle lens, whose lens opens at f / 1.8, an 8 Mpx ultra-wide angle (f / 2.2), a 5 Mpx (f / 2.4) macro module and a 2 Mpx (f / 2.4) depth sensor. That said, the treatment from Samsung is much more compelling on this model.

We compared it to the Realme 9 Pro +, which is currently one of the best photo phones in this price segment.

Main module: 48 MP, f / 1.8, similar. 26 mm

The 48 MP main module captures snapshots at 12 MP by default. As on most other smartphones, it utilizes the technology from pixel binding which allows you to merge four pixels into one to capture more light when it runs dry.



Realme 9 Pro + (12.5 MP, 26 mm eq., F / 1.8, ISO 157, 1 / 50s)


Samsung Galaxy A33 5G (12 Mpx, eq. 26 mm, f / 1.8, ISO 40, 1/50 s)

During the day, the Galaxy A33 5G delivers a good quality image. The treatment made in Samsung is easily recognizable, especially thanks to the always saturated colors (as can be seen on the test forms) and strong contrast. However, this allows you to take advantage of a clearly legible and clear image. Realme 9 Pro + offers a more detailed rendering and allows, for example, to observe roughness on the cover of the book or card. The colorimetry is more precise and gives a more natural hue to the whole, but Samsung also does not have to be ashamed of its (very good) opponent.



Realme 9 Pro + (12.5 MP, 26 mm eq., F / 1.8, ISO 7600, 1 / 15s)


Samsung Galaxy A33 5G (12 Mpx, eq. 26 mm, f / 1.8, ISO 1000, 1/10 s)

Things inevitably get complicated in the dark. On a slightly exposed stage, the digital smoothing of the Galaxy A33 5G lowers the level of detail. The whole thing therefore loses its readability. Realme 9 Pro + certainly shows more noise, but the reproduction is much better. In particular, we enjoy a more advanced sharpness, which allows fairly accurate images, even in low light.

48 MP mode

It is always possible to enforce the full definition by an adjustment. We therefore compared the 12 Mpx images with those in 48 Mpx by isolating an area of ​​identical size on both. You can see the difference in the definition.



Samsung Galaxy A33 5G (48 Mpx, eq. 26 mm, f / 1.8, ISO 40, 1/50 s)


Samsung Galaxy A33 5G (12 Mpx, eq. 26 mm, f / 1.8, ISO 40, 1/50 s)



Samsung Galaxy A33 5G (48 Mpx, eq. 26 mm, f / 1.8, ISO 1000, 1/10 s)


Samsung Galaxy A33 5G (12 Mpx, eq. 26 mm, f / 1.8, ISO 1000, 1/10 s)

During the day, this condition is really interesting. Without significantly prolonging the recording, it allows to take advantage of a higher level of detail and attributes a more natural treatment than the standard condition. In the dark, digital smoothing, on the other hand, is much more visible and does not allow you to take advantage of a fundamentally better shot. This mode will therefore be reserved for images in bright surroundings.

Ultra-wide-angle module: 8 Mpx, f / 2.2, 123 °



Realme 9 Pro + (f / 2.3, ISO 155, 1/50 sec.)


Samsung Galaxy A33 5G (f / 2.2, ISO 80, 1/50 sec.)

Unfortunately, the Ultra wide-angle module does not create a surprise. During the day, the scene is overexposed and lacks sharpness, but remains usable. The level of detail is far from optimal, but so is the Realme 9 Pro +. The latter offers a more contrasting and saturated rendering, but we are far from the performance of the main sensor.



Realme 9 Pro + (f / 2.3, ISO 8626, 1 / 20s)


Samsung Galaxy A33 5G (f / 2.2, ISO 1000, 1/8 sec.)

At night, neither of the two smartphones manages to pull out of the game. Digital noise invades the image and the images are almost useless. Capture is still much faster on Realme 9 Pro +.

Front and video module

In front we do not find the very good 32 Mpx sensor on the Galaxy A53, but a 13 Mpx module whose lens opens at f / 2.2. However, the shots are quite successful and enjoy good sharpness, provided they are well exposed.

The wide angle is capable of shooting up to 4K at 30 fps and in Full HD up to 60 fps. We recommend the latter. The rendering is quite accurate despite difficulties in managing the highlights. So watch out for the backlight.

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