Utilizing the S23 Ultra's space zoom feature, users can capture images of the Moon that display an incredible level of detail. However, a Reddit user has alleged that the space zoom feature is not authentic and adds details that are not actually visible through the camera.
However, this use of AI to enhance photos is common in smartphone photography, as small cameras tend to produce low-quality images. Smartphones use computational photography, which involves quickly taking multiple photos before and after the shutter button is pressed, aligning them into one photo, applying AI filters, and compressing the final image. This approach allows smartphone manufacturers to avoid using protruding camera lenses while still producing decent-quality images.
While Samsung is not creating outright fakes, it is using algorithms that produce photos that don't accurately represent what's visible through the lens. Samsung has acknowledged this and says it's working to refine Scene Optimizer to minimize confusion between actual Moon photos and mere images of it.