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Samsung S8+ VS iPhone 7+ Camera Review

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Camera resolution (Front): 8 MP

Camera resolution (Rear): 12.0 MP

The Galaxy S8 has dual focus pixel technology, enhanced image processing, and a lot more. In fact, everytime you take one photo, the phone takes 3 images and combines them into one. This increases the sharpness of the image and the detail included.

Also on the S8+ is a new interface, similar to the A5, but with a larger screen size (6.2 inch) that helps display the live image in its full glory. In fact, the new phone design allows the image to be enlarged to almost the whole width of the screen. The camera app inferace is a sleek and intuitive design, giving the user a very sophisticated experience. If you swipe to the right, a mode selection screen is visible – with a whopping 8 modes available. Futhermore, there is a  ‘Selective focus’ option which is key in making the subject stand out. A whole collection of filters are available, as well as a Snapchat style filter which allows you to add fun visuals to the photo. Optical image stabilization is a feature too, helping the user create a non-blurry image.

But its not just the photos that are great, the video option is equally fantastic. 4K, 12Mp, HDR videos are now possible, with the possibility of adjustment; you can change the picture size from 12MP to 4.7MP, if necessary. JPEG and RAW files are supported and image correction is there too, which is another useful tool to the Samsung’s huge list.


iPhone 7 Plus

Camera resolution (Front): 7 MP

Camera resolution (Rear): 12.0 MP

The controversial iPhone 7+ has 2 lenses on the rear face of the phone. It has one wide angle lens and one telephoto lense. The wide angle lense has OIS, whereas the telephoto does not. The new dual camera system is a new design for Apple, and we think it’s the way forward. The phone has optical zoom rather than electronic zoom, which is good for the following reasons: when you zoom in, in most smartphones, it only enlarges the image on the screen, and the image becomes blurry, but with a telephoto lense it actually zooms in using the lense, reducing blur.

Whilst, there is not much of a difference between the 6s camera and the 7 Plus camera at face value, once you enlarge the photo after taking it, the 7 Plus reveals much more detail and clarity. The overall image quality is also better using the telephoto lense, and the new portrait mode is similar to the S8 in how the background is blurred and the suject is clear. This is an extremely helpful tool in producing a nice image of your pet, or a friend. You cannot, however, zoom in portrait mode. Also, in low light, portrait mode is far from anything spectacular, and needs a certain light level in order to work. But overall, we think portrait mode is a really nice feature. Just like in the S8, the iPhone has filters too, for selfies, or for stylistic photography.

  •  side-by-side comparison:

iPhone 7+

Camera resolution (Front): 7 MP

Camera resolution (Rear): 12.0 MP

Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture

Telephoto: ƒ/2.8 aperture

Optical zoom at 2x; digital zoom up to 10x

Samsung S8+

Camera resolution (Front): 8 MP

Camera resolution (Rear): 12.0 MP

Aperture (Front): f/1.7

Aperture (Rear): f/1.7

Max zoom: 8x (digital)

Overall, we think the iPhone 7+ marginally wins this one. The Samsung S8+ camera is one amazing smartphone camera, but it doesn’t quite have the ability to zoom as far or in is as much detail. Nor does it have a mega pixel camera quite like the telephoto lense on the iPhone. It’s a narrow win, but others disagree. What do you think?

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