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

By definition, the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro is not a camera phone. However, it has a dual photo module at the back 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 technology for pixel bindingwhich mixes pixels in four 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 allows you to take good quality photos. We recognize the somewhat saturated treatment of the South Korean, which tends to flatter the retina more than the Action X5. The Crosscall smartphone gives 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 the Samsung, brighter and full of contrast.

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 photos during the day are of a rather astonishing quality, it is actually at night that these smartphones stay 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 the Crosscall. The photo of the Samsung is slightly better exposed, but nothing transcendent.

50 MP mode

It is still possible to take pictures in full definition (50 Mpx), but this mode rarely makes a significant difference on mid-range smartphones. We have isolated an area of ​​the same size in each of the images 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)

In any case, full definition does not provide a significant gain in image detail. The colorimetry remains unchanged. We can use it for pruning, 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 in the midrange, the reproduction is quite disappointing. We compared it with the Xiaomi 11T, which should be more ambitious in the matter.

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 displaces Xiaomi. Although it lacks a little sharpness and precision, the image of the Xcover 6 Pro is much more detailed and shows a better controlled colorimetry. It is therefore 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 decreases and the images are difficult to use. However, we observe that the rendering of the XCover 6 Pro is slightly more readable and better exposed.

Front module, portrait and video mode

A 13 Mpx sensor whose lens opens at f/2.2 is placed in the notch on the front of the XCover 6 Pro. It makes for pretty successful selfies. The result is clean and has a good level of detail. However, the general colorimetry seems a bit bland.

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

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