We’ve all seen those sleek commercials - you know which ones I'm talking about - the ones where these amazing pictures are taken with the smartphone camera with ease. If you're like me, you've already deduced that these pictures are probably staged and shot by professional photographers. So, of course, they look perfect.
After watching these commercials for months, I wondered “which of these phones really has the best camera?” So I created a five shot comparison study between the iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S7 cameras. In each shot, I attempted to capture the exact same picture with both cameras. Here’s what I found.
Panoramic photo comparison
Notes: Both the iPhone 6s and the Samsung Galaxy S7 have panoramic modes. I’m not sure how often the panoramic camera is utilized by the majority of smartphone owners. However, the iPhone had a mid-line that guides your hand, making sure you stay level throughout the shot.
Perspective photo comparison
Notes: In this shot, I wanted the object closest to the lens to be the focus of the picture. The Samsung has a mode called “Selective Focus” which does exactly that. The iPhone does not have this mode, however, you can tap the screen in the place you want to focus on, and it will auto-focus. It’s clear that the Samsung’s Selective Focus is a stronger option for this kind of perspective shooting.
Portrait photo comparison
Notes: This shot was an indoor portrait in a well-lit area. Maybe it’s because of the black background, but it is very clear to me that there are some color shifts between the two photos. Each portrait has a specific feel because of the color differences.
Food photo comparison
Notes: For this shot, I used the “Food” mode on the Samsung camera which focuses extra light directly over the plate or bowl. Because of this mode in Samsung, I needed to apply a “Chrome” filter to the iPhone picture, to match the final pictures. In my opinion, this bowl of chili looks equally as tasty in each image.
Comparing these images side-by-side, it is obvious there are definite strengths and weaknesses with each of the smartphone cameras that I tested out. But in the end, I'd urge you to be the judge. Which camera phone do you like better; the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the iPhone 6s?