- Wide (primary) : 50MP Samsung ISOCELL (S5K)JN1, f/1.8, 27mm, 1/2.76in, 0.64μm, PDAF, OIS; 2160p@30fps
- Ultra-wide : 8 MP Samsung ISOCELL (S5K) 4HA, f/2.2, 120°, 1/4 inch, 1.12 µm, fixed focus; 1080p@30fps
- Macro : 2MP GalaxyCore GC02M1, f/2.4, fixed focus.
- Front camera: 13 MP Hynix Hi-1339, f/2.2, 1/3.06″ 1.12 µm, fixed focus; 1080p@30fps
Overall, we can say that Samsung hasn’t changed the camera that much. One new addition to the mix is gyro-EIS – a nice feature to have and previously unavailable on the Galaxy A24.
The camera app is what you find on every Samsung phone these days. You only get Pro mode on the main camera, while Night mode can be used on the main, ultra-wide, and selfie cameras.
Camera quality in daylight
The main camera saves 12.5MP photos by default. We’ve already seen this particular camera perform very well on other devices like last year’s Galaxy A24.
The resolved detail is good, the noise reduction did a great job, the contrast is excellent, and the dynamic range is wide. In typical Samsung fashion, the colors have a little extra ‘pop’ to them. Overall, though, photos don’t look over-processed or over-sharpened, which is great.
Unfortunately, if you look closely, the photos look quite soft.
Even in the absence of a dedicated depth sensor, the main camera takes perfectly decent portrait photos. Subjects with pleasant skin tones look detailed. The subject detection and separation is quite accurate and the background blur quality is excellent.
The Galaxy A25 lacks a dedicated telephoto camera, but it can still take 2x zoom photos with its main camera. These are very comparable in quality to 1x photos, meaning they look good if you don’t zoom too close.
The new 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera is a slight upgrade over last year’s 5-megapixel unit. Contrast and dynamic range are all right. We welcome camera color interpretation. It’s not natural, but it matches the slightly saturated look of the main camera.
Blended details are over-sharpened. The quality of the photos reminds us of what good-grade CCTV cameras produce, meaning they capture the scene, but the quality isn’t great by phone camera standards.
The 2MP macro camera’s focus is fixed at 4cm, and it may take a few tries to get it right. Once you’ve done that, you can save some usable close-ups that you can post on your Instagram. The colors and dynamic range are good, but the resolved detail is fairly unremarkable.
The 13MP selfies we took on the Galaxy A25 are excellent – there’s plenty of resolved detail and a balanced overall display, accurate colors, and wide dynamic range. We’ve seen worse selfies from more expensive phones, so kudos to Samsung for building a decent selfie camera into such an affordable device.
Camera quality in low light
The Galaxy A25’s main camera takes decent, but largely unremarkable photos in low light. While there is little detail, most surfaces look smooth and a bit noisy. Both shadows and highlights are well developed, and light sources are well present, though still not quite. Dynamic range and contrast are good. The colors are a bit cold but overall good.
The Galaxy A25 does some automatic night mode on its own, but there’s also a manual night mode that takes longer exposure times and stacks more images. The resulting images are slightly clearer, with less noise and cleaner surfaces. Light sources are also significantly better managed.
2x zoom photos from the main camera are expected to look noisier and softer than 1x photos. They are still very usable though.
Night mode doesn’t seem to do much for these photos. The exposure is higher, which can lead to some clipped highlights and doesn’t help the shadows much, and that’s it.
Considering its poor performance in daylight, we didn’t expect much from the new ultra-wide 8MP in low light. Low-light photos are quite soft and noisy and don’t have a lot of detail. However, the dynamic range is quite decent for this type of camera.
Night mode boosts the exposure a bit and brightens things up, but doesn’t really help develop darker areas or better light sources. The amount of detail captured remains pretty much the same, with a little extra sharpening applied to what’s already there. This creates a cleaner overall look but is quite artificial.
The selfie camera cannot be affected in low light conditions either. Faces look soft and muddy most of the time, even if you nail a fixed focal plane. On a more positive note, at least the skin tone looks believable most of the time.
One of the upgrades offered by the Exynos 1280 chipset over the Mediatek Helio G99 in last year’s Galaxy A24 is the ability to record 4K@30fps video. The Galaxy A25 can do this on its main camera and only in 1x mode. The 2x zoom mode of the main camera, the ultrawide camera, and the selfie camera are all limited to 1080p.
By default, video is stored in the h.264/AVC stream at approximately 49 Mbps in 4K and 17 Mbps in FullHD. The audio is also standard AAC 48kHz stereo, and both fit together inside a standard MP4 container. There is also an option to save some space and capture in h.265/HEVC instead.
4K video from the main camera looks very detailed, with virtually no noise, good contrast, and great dynamic range. Colors, just like still photos, are a little on the saturated side, but not overly so. The contrast is also tweaked a bit to give it that extra “poppy” look.
That said, the video is limited to 1080p at 2x zoom and looks pretty unremarkable by comparison. Not bad, but the level of detail is definitely lacking. The same can be said about the ultra-wide camera and its 1080p videos in general. While definitely usable, they are soft, especially around the edges of the frame. We like that the colors are reasonably consistent with the original camera.
Bucking the trend, 1080p videos from the selfie camera look great. There is excellent skin texture detail. Skin tones also look great. The contrast is pleasant, as well as slightly saturated colors. Overall, a great show.
Another new addition to the Galaxy A25 mix is gyroscope-based electronic image stabilization (EIS). Available in two flavors or levels. One of them is primary stabilization, which can be changed through the camera’s settings menu. It drops the resolution to 1080p, but it can work on all cameras (except the 2MP macro) and does a pretty decent job of smoothing out small shakes and bumps. Then there’s Super Steady, which only works in 1080p and on the ultra-wide camera. This is intended for sports and other action shots and offers better overall stabilization at the cost of cropping more of the frame.
Low-light footage from the main camera is surprisingly clean and accurate. The details are there and the colors look nice too. Dynamic range could be better, however, with blown-out light sources and often crushed shadows. Shooting at 2x zoom from the main camera is worse with less detail as the 1080p resolution is also softer and a bit noisy. 1080p video from Ultrawide is very disappointing. It is dark, muddy, and noisy.
At the time of writing, the base 6GB/128GB Galaxy A25 will set you back around $250 / €285 / £250 / INR 27,000, and the top-end 8GB / 256GB is $399 / €330 / INR 30,000 It will come back to you. It’s a competitive price bracket with plenty of viable options.
While we’re still not sure what Samsung has in store for the Galaxy A35, last year’s Galaxy A34 has been pretty well discounted. You can get a 6GB/128GB base unit for around $250 / €250 / £190 / INR 25,500. Of course, since the A34 is technically “last generation” and came with Android 13 and One UI 5.1, there’s a shorter support window left after four years of major updates and five years of Samsung’s promising security patches.
In terms of upgrades over the A25, the A34 has decent IP67 protection, 4K video recording on the selfie camera, and a slightly more powerful Dimensity 1080 chipset. Other specifications are a kind of washing of two devices. You even forego the 3.5mm audio jack that the A25 has. However, the A34 might suit you better.
We have many models of the latest Xiaomi products. There is the ever-popular Redmi Note series specifically the vanilla Redmi Note 13. It is currently priced slightly lower than the Galaxy A25 and offers quite comparable specs. Its Dimensity 6080 is a bit more powerful, but you’ll have to make do with 1080p video, despite the phone’s 108-megapixel primary camera having enough resolution.
Enter the Xiaomi Poco X6. It seems to be the most reasonable alternative to the Galaxy A25. Of course, it seems to cost a little more, but you get a better, brighter, and HDR 12-bit AMOLED display, a more powerful Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 chipset, IP54 ingress protection, and Gorilla Glass Victus, 256GB base memory, and 8GB. RAM and 67W faster charging with the onboard 5100 mAh battery, just to name a few. According to our tests, if you have just a little more to spend, you can go for the Poco X6 Pro with faster UFS 4.0 storage and better overall battery life.
If you’re looking to save money instead, there’s the Poco M6 Pro 4G, which is sort of the same as the Redmi Note 13 Pro 4G, only slightly cheaper. Next to the Galaxy A25, it has a very comparable display and a slightly more powerful chipset. You’ll have to live with 1080p video recording, but you won’t forgo other features like a stereo speaker setup, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC, or FM radio. As a bonus, the Poco M6 Pro also offers 67W fast charging and official IP54 protection.
Last year, Samsung made a rather confusing choice by introducing the Galaxy A24 only in the 4G/LTE version. All along, the A34 was 5G and even the A15 had a 5G variant. That’s no longer the case with the new Galaxy A25, and it’s not the only sensible upgrade to the formula.
The move from 90Hz to 120Hz refresh rate may be relatively small, but it’s meaningful and helps the phone feel smoother and more responsive overall. You can probably get longer battery life by disabling the high refresh rate, so the choice is up to you.
The leap from MediaTek’s Helio G99 to the Exynos 1280 may not be huge in terms of raw performance either, but beyond the aforementioned 5G connectivity, it also brings 4K video recording to the Galaxy A25, another small but significant upgrade.
The new stereo speaker setup is also a big deal in our books. The speaker may not shine at all compared to the competition, but it’s still miles better than the single speaker offered on the Galaxy A24.
All these small updates add up and probably bring the Galaxy A25 closer to Galaxy A3X territory in terms of features than ever before. Upgrades aside, the Galaxy A25 still has a solid build, now with a slightly tweaked design, which we found offered a more comfortable grip. Both battery life and performance are reliable, and the same can be said for the camera settings. Well, at least in daylight. Low-light photography is a little disappointing, though it’s still not that bad.
We would have liked to see a decent intrusion protection rating like the Galaxy A25’s larger counterparts, but maybe next year. We don’t really see anything major to complain about in the Galaxy A25. It’s a solid Samsung device with everything you need for a decent price, and we’re sure it’ll be a hit.
Why should we buy the Galaxy A25 phone?
- Attractive and solid design.
- The Super AMOLED screen is now 120Hz.
- Good quality stereo speakers
- The latest version of Android and One UI.
- Good performance for this price range and excellent thermal behavior.
- Now great photo and video quality with 4K video recording, 2x lossless zoom, and great selfie photos and videos.
- 5G, NFC, microSD.
Why should we avoid buying the Galaxy A25 phone?
- No charger inside the box
- There is no official ingress protection rating yet.
- There is no change in the auto-removal rate and no support for HDR.
- Video stabilization is only available at 1080p.
- Very poor performance of the omnidirectional camera in low light.
- Virtual proximity sensor