Apple iPhone 6S versus Samsung Galaxy S7 – camera comparison

If you were in any doubt that the camera on the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge wasn’t up to scratch, then take a look at this superb camera comparison video showing off the strengths and weaknesses of the respective phones using both photo and video.

During the video, in order to be fairer at times, an iPhone 6S Plus is used, especially for low light shots against the S7.

So take a look at the video below by @SuperSafTV. It is another superb video from SuperSaf, so make sure you check out his other videos too.

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5 thoughts on “Apple iPhone 6S versus Samsung Galaxy S7 – camera comparison

  1. The S7 wins if you use the default camera apps.
    Which brings me to a point we are finding time after time….

    I bet the results would have changed had the reviewer used software such as Nightcap Pro, ProCamera+ and the many other titles available.

    This is not to say the reviewer was wrong as he clearly was showing what the two or three could do straight out of the box…… but I’m not concerned or bothered about ‘box’ findings, I want to know just how far that sensor can go given the right software to drive it.

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  2. But when your talking about downloading apps your not talking about comparing apple vs samsung for years all I have heard being a Samsung Note user is how you don’t have to download third party cameras with a iPhone to take a great picture and over the past couple years with iPhone 6 plus and the 6s plus other than 4k you can’t tell they are a major difference in the camera maybe a slight increase in detail but other than that they are identical and for the average consumer they are right out of the box kind of people I have never heard of nightcap pro until I started following Gavin and I believe mfg have hit a plateau in mobile photography and I believe the s7 has a whole lot better camera that the 6s plus just as my Note 5 does so the comparison is garbage to me

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    1. Hi Ben. Thanks for your viewpoint. The comparison is relevant as the 2 top phones are the iPhone and Samsung. It is clear the S7 works well in all lighting conditions. As to the iPhone being worse than “X” phone it all depends on what photography means to you. For most people all smartphones cameras are good enough for sharing on social media. Now there is also the difference in iOS and android. Different debate for a different day. Going back specifically to the camera aspects, it is true that even your Note 5 takes fantastic shots. And records great video. Versus the iPhone 6S Plus it’s probably ahead or level in some aspects. Again it depends whether still photos or video is more important. The strength of iOS is bespoke apps and some of the photography apps push what’s possible on the iPhone as you mentioned considerably further. But I do agree many would not have heard of these third party apps etc. I also agree phones are beginning to plateau. Actually it’s more than components at the mid to bargain end are of reasonable quality now to create a good enough user experience without the flagship overhead. But like everything a decent flagship will do more things (hopefully) better. Also bear in mind most people are on 2 year contracts so Apple and Samsung don’t need significant updates every year, just once every 2 years. SuperSaf who recorded the comparison is a good guy and I know him too. He does try and be objective and does mention the iPhone 6S is 6 months old. Will the iPhone 7 leap ahead of the S7 or Note 6. Personally I don’t think so. I think it will get close either just behind , level or ahead. Lastly the point about iPhone camera app is that it takes a good shot first time every time. It may not be as good as a LG V10 or Note 5 etc but it is a reliable and usable shot. And for 99% of people that’s all they want. (Sadly)

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  3. Here’s a debate:-
    A phone camera is as good as the sensor right…… No, wrong!
    A phone camera is ‘assisted’ by the sensor but it is the software that decides how well it performs.

    Most modern smartphones have decent enough sensors but due to their very limited and compact size their performance does not increase at the same levels as a dedicated camera, instead is is very slightly incremental. As such in order to make this years phone better than last years is only part due to sensor improvement. The majority of an update is down to software tweaking the optimum out of the hardware including RAM, CPU, GPU, etc. ~ a total reverse of what you expect from a dedicated camera.

    As such I never take the reviews as cast iron bullet proof as there is always room for software improvement.

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  4. “I want to know just how far that sensor can go given the right software to drive it.”

    Longstanding gripe I’ve had. To be fair there have been numerous obstacles in the way.

    Only with ios8, does it become a feasible proposition. Apple henceforth allows apps to make more use of the camera. Something the sensor was always capable of but lacking in a way to exploit. Let’s see whether apple has more to add here at their developer conference in June.

    On Android, to date, arguably, stock camera is the only way to get the best out of the device given how each vendor exercises such tight control over this part of the device. It’s starting to loosen but with only a minority of devices. For a platform that prides itself on freedom camera is still quite captive.

    Kinda funny gavin posted this video as I wanted to post his article on procamera as a retort.

    Does procamera allows to increase sharpness ? this might go some way to increasing details in stills on the iPhone. There has been a gap opening between the iPhone and the s6/g4 already with the 6 which the 6s did not do much to close.

    Whether apple should is the question.

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