Samsung Galaxy A34 5G Review: Jack of All Trades


Samsung Galaxy A34 5G primary camera samples (Top to bottom: Photo Mode, Night Mode, Portrait Mode)


Images taken by the ultra-wide camera usually have distorted edges and boosted colours. Daylight images are good but in low light, details are soft and it introduces noise around the edges. The macro camera is quite good but you need to get a hang of the focusing distance, not to mention have very steady hands.

Samsung Galaxy A34 ultra-wide and macro camera samples



The selfie camera is not as consistent as the rear camera. At times, it gets the skin tone right but on occasion, photos had muted colours. Dynamic range performance is quite good though. In portrait mode, the front camera also blurs out the background quite accurately.

Samsung Galaxy A34 5G front camera samples (Photo mode, Portrait mode)


The Samsung Galaxy A34 5G supports up to 4K 30 fps video recording, but its Super Steady mode works only up to 1080p 30fps. The front camera can shoot at 1080p/ 4K 30fps. Video footage from both, the front and rear main camera, produce good details and dynamic range. When there’s harsh light in the background, you’ll have to compromise on the dynamic range a bit to get a well-exposed subject.


The Samsung Galaxy A34 5G is like any other classic Samsung mid-range phone — not very heavy on specifications, but offers a good experience overall. It even mimics its flagship cousin, the Galaxy S23, in terms of design. The phone also gets an IP67 rating, which is a rarity in sub-Rs. 30,000 smartphone. It also has a good display and performance unit that are capable enough to get most tasks done. Battery life is quite impressive. Colours in photos are often a subjective choice, but the Galaxy A34 5G manages decent performance in general.

The lack of a charger in the box is becoming standard across all Samsung smartphones and the Galaxy A34 5G is no different. While the software is feature-rich, a bit more work seems to be needed in order to make the UI experience more fluid.

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