Samsung says Galaxy S23 Ultra doesn’t apply image overlays on your Moon photos

As someone who frequently covers – and frequently drools over – the latest and greatest mobile technology, the release of Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra was like a siren’s call. Promising incredible new features and capabilities, this phone promised to be a game-changer… and then some.

So imagine my disappointment when it was revealed that one of the phone’s marquee features – the image overlays that were to be applied to photos of the moon – was faked. It’s a common enough occurrence in the world of mobile photography, but it’s still a huge letdown.

What’s even more disappointing is that Samsung appears to be okay with this. In a statement to Android Authority, the company said that “image processing on Galaxy devices is designed to produce images that are clear and bright, and that users find aesthetically pleasing.”

“We know that some users want more control over the appearance of their photos, which is why we offer a Pro mode and other advanced settings,” the statement continued. “We will continue to offer features and options that cater to the diverse needs and preferences of our users.”

So there you have it. Samsung knows that users want fake moon photos, and they’re perfectly happy to provide them. As someone who takes mobile photography seriously, this is a huge disappointment. The S23 Ultra had the potential to be a groundbreaking phone, but with this fake feature it feels like Samsung is just phoning it in.

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