Galaxy S8 Camera Said to Beat iPhone 7 Plus in Low Light Conditions

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones went on sale today in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and Korea, as the company looks to rebound from last year's Note7 debacle. Samsung will be encouraged by the record one million pre-orders it has already taken in Korea alone, while analysts are predicting global sales to reach at least 45 million units.

    The 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch devices cost $725 and $825, respectively, which gets users an OLED screen that takes up 80 percent of the front of the handsets. Online reviews appeared earlier this week praising the phones' Infinity Display, but several marked them down for the relocation of the fingerprint scanner to the rear of the devices, right alongside the camera lens.


    The camera itself has received less coverage, as it's actually the same 12MP dual pixel module as the one that appeared in last year's Galaxy S7. However, Samsung has tweaked the software powering the f/1.7 lens in an attempt to improve image processing. To compare the results with those of the iPhone 7 Plus, Tom's Guide posted a selection of side-by-side comparison shots taken with the two rival phones.

    Overall, the Galaxy S8 came out on top, but only by a slight margin. Despite lackluster macro performance with the S8, both phones' bright light results were said to be generally equal, but Samsung's new device bested the iPhone 7 Plus in well-lit nighttime and low-light shots, offering "generally richer" colors, sharper subjects, and "significantly more detail" in indoor and outdoor tests.


    Despite the higher megapixel count of the S8's front-facing camera (8MP versus 7MP on the iPhone 7), Apple's phone was deemed to take sharper selfie shots with richer colors, while the two phones were tied in 4K 30fps video tests, although the S8's audio was said to be slightly cleaner.

    Apple is thought to be testing a new dual-lens camera system similar to the iPhone 7 Plus for this year's upcoming OLED iPhone, which will have a Samsung-made display. Rumors suggest the front-facing camera of the iPhone 8 will use a "revolutionary" 3D-sensing system capable of identifying the depth and location of subjects, which could be used for facial and iris recognition or in future augmented reality features.

    Article Link: Galaxy S8 Camera Said to Beat iPhone 7 Plus in Low Light Conditions
  2. 8692574 Suspended


    Mar 18, 2006
    Click bait!
    This kinda of article are just for getting people's click and posts (wich works BTW).

    And I fell for it too!
  3. Derekeys macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2012
    Philadelphia, PA
    Low light stuff is where I like to see improvement for sure. Samsung has a great device on their hands, I hope Apple steps it up!
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm an iPhone fan, but I will say that it seems Samsung comes out on top with the camera
  5. pat500000 macrumors 604


    Jun 3, 2015
  6. djcerla, Apr 21, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2017

    djcerla macrumors 65816


    Apr 23, 2015
    Those bottles look definitely better on the right side, just look at the marble shelf.

    EDIT: the composition of the shot may be the reason.
  7. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    Steve Jobs once said that the iPhone was five years ahead of any smartphone. In some respects, or maybe on average, he was right. Because after ten years of iPhone and iOS, this was my first real break from both, and I have to admit, I'm finally impressed.
  8. Telos101 macrumors regular


    Apr 29, 2016
    Hm, I'd say the wine glasses on the top shelf look way better on the left side.
  9. Sunny1990, Apr 21, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2017

    Sunny1990 Suspended


    Feb 13, 2015
    iPhone 8 will blow away this Galaxy s8 in every aspect :- take my word
  10. andy.ringwood Suspended

    Nov 20, 2016
    Of course it will but it's not fair comparing the iPhone 7 Plus to the S8 the same way it is comparing the S8 to the iPhone 8, they're released six months apart.
  11. JaySoul, Apr 21, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2017

    JaySoul macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    How many times must this be repeated?

    The new S8 Camera is NOT the same as last year's S7 Camera!

    They have been upgraded to Sony IMX333 and S5K2L2 ISOCELL image sensors.

    This, in combination with how the Snapdragon 835 and new Exynos chip work (incredibly clever, like how Google Pixel did but arguably now even better) mean that the image processing works in a very different (and improved) way to last year's S7.

    EDIT: If you want a much better camera comparison, SuperSaf has just put up a great comparison video between S8+ and iPhone 7 Plus. He's the best in the business:

  12. Amacfa macrumors 65816


    May 22, 2009
  13. windowpain macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2008
    More competition is always good, bring it on!
    Don't want Timmy to get complacent.
  14. chr1s60 macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    I always find it funny how everyone goes on and on about the cameras on these phones. Anyone that is truly serious about pictures and wants top quality when going to an event or something should have a true camera they use for that. Yeah, it's nice to be able to take decent quality shots with your phone, but I don't see why so many look at it as a make or break feature.
  15. Ben Harley macrumors member

    Ben Harley

    Dec 7, 2016
    United Kingdom, London
  16. JGRE macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2011
    Dutch Mountains
    The right side seems to be capturing much more light than the left side......also the wine glasses.
  17. silentbob007 macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2010
    Little Rock, AR
    It's fairly important to me ... sure I love my DSLR and lenses, but as a hobby-photographer, which am I most likely to have on me in my day-to-day?
  18. JGRE macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2011
    Dutch Mountains
    Because the gap between a phone camera and a 'serious' camera is getting closer and closer. The photo of the iPhone are simply sufficient for most of the events/pictures.
  19. rickyipcw macrumors member


    Sep 7, 2016
    People who are serious with picture quality either use better gears than a smartphone or know how to process images with software. Meanwhile casual users won't mind these minor differences.
    If the photos are uploaded to social networks or messaging apps, any advantage on either phone will be diminished because of heavy image compression.
  20. Prabas macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2010
    Though it says that Samsung takes better photos, to my eye they're more or less equal.


    * Bright Light/Landscape
    * HDR
    * Well-Lit Nighttime
    * Outdoors Low-Light


    * Macro
    * Indoors Low-Light
    * Nighttime Cityscape
    * Selfies
  21. Telos101 macrumors regular


    Apr 29, 2016
  22. pentrix2 Suspended

    Aug 3, 2015
    it's misleading because there's less bottles on the right (apple side) compared to Samsung left side (more bottles). Less bottles means more light that equals better picture of course. not a good comparison because it's giving Samsung the harder side. a better comparison is the same picture of each side per phone.
  23. DNichter macrumors 68040


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    I'd say because for many people, the camera on their phone is their only camera. Unless you are super into photography, the camera in your phone is more than enough from a quality perspective, is always available, and receives regular updates as hardware improves. Eventually, there will be no reason to have a standalone camera. That's why camera quality is always discussed, because it is important to people.
  24. dilbert99 macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2012
    You mean
    "Because the gap between a phone camera and a 'serious' camera is getting closer and closer for average users."

    Its not that hard for good light photography and phone cameras have come on leaps and bounds. But put the two side by side for low light (or tough lighting) conditions and they are still worlds apart.

    I'd say that phone cameras are on par with point and shoot cameras.

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