Did One UI 6 Break The Galaxy S23 Ultra’s Space Zoom Feature? Here’s What We Know

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Galaxy S23 Ultra has one of the most versatile camera systems on a smartphone. It includes a 200MP primary sensor and an ultrawide sensor. However, unlike most phones, it also ships with two telephoto sensors. The hardware and capable software can zoom in 100x on a subject and click astonishing images with legible details, including the moon. However, a tipster has claimed that the Galaxy S23 Ultra has lost the ability to take moon shots on the latest One UI 6.0 update. 

Known Tipster Shares A Washed-Out Image Of the Moon Clicked From S23 Ultra

Known tipster Ice Universe claims that the Galaxy S23 Ultra, the smartphone with 100X Space Zoom, has lost the “function of AI Moon” since it was updates to the stable version of One UI 6.0. Although it’s unclear what the tipster means by “AI Moon,” we might have an idea of what he’s talking about. Earlier this year, there was an entire controversy in tech space, where the moon pictures clicked by the Galaxy S23 Ultra were labeled fake

For Those Catching Up, Here’s Some Context On Samsung’s Headline-Making Moon Shots

It started with a Redditor claiming that the smartphone is using AI to create a version of the moon that appears more aesthetic in images. Later, several known experts and publications covered the news. In a video, popular tech YouTuber MrWhoseTheBoss clarified that “Samsung is using unique processing algorithms to make just the moon look better in photos.” He also explains how almost all smartphone manufacturers use editing or software magic to make photos look better, like adding background blur in portrait mode, increasing saturation, brightening people’s faces, etc. 

Space Zoom Seems To Be Working Fine For Other Users 

Coming back to what Ice Universe mentions in his latest tweet. The image he’s attached in his latest tweet shows a moon, but instead of darker highlights and shadows, the image is almost flat, in a way that it doesn’t show the dark patches as clearly. In response, some X users posted their Galaxy S23 Ultra pictures of the moon running OneUI 6, and they look much better. For instance, X users @smashithick and @parthosarathi_b share their clicks and look much better. 

Here Are A Few Factors That Could Have Affected The Picture

Although it seems unlikely that Samsung will make its photos look less appealing because these moon shots are its unique selling proposition, which neither the latest iPhone nor the latest Pixel phones can do, it is possible that the images could vary depending upon the time they are clicked. As the moon rises, we see it in different colors, from red on the horizon to yellow when it’s slightly above, and finally, to white when it’s up in the sky. 

Upon locking focus on the moon, Galaxy S23 users can also adjust the exposure. If they increase the exposure, they will get a flat, washed-out version of the mostly bright moon. However, at the appropriate exposure levels, the smartphone clicks a pretty decent picture of the moon and its craters if the visibility in the area is good.

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Shikhar MehrotraShikhar Mehrotra
A tech enthusiast at heart, Shikhar Mehrotra has been writing news since college for an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Over the last four years, he has worked with several national and international publications, including Republic World, and ScreenRant, writing news, how-to explainers, smartphone comparisons, reviews, and list-type articles. When he is not working, Shikhar likes to click pictures, make videos for his YouTube channel, and watch the American sitcom Friends.

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