How bad is iPhone photo quality comparing to top android phones Pixel/S8+/U11/XZP?


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When comparing phone cameras,it's not only photo resolution that's important. You also need a good optic quality,and good camera software. If you use an iPhone,try the app called "manual",you will get a lot better photos when you learned to use it.
 

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When comparing phone cameras,it's not only photo resolution that's important. You also need a good optic quality,and good camera software. If you use an iPhone,try the app called "manual",you will get a lot better photos when you learned to use it.
We are talking about auto mode
 

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Well,as auto mode sucks,it's better to go manual. I thought this question where about picture quality.
Most of the people in the world use phone to take snapshot, if you have like 30 seconds to set everything and have that passion or whatever to set up everything every time to take 1 photo, bring a real camera with you.
 

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I have an iPhone 7 Plus and an S8+. Indoor pictures: iPhone 7 Plus usually renders colors and lighting conditions extremely close to what you see with the naked eye. The S8+ let's in a bit more light which can cause light sources to glare a bit. Colors are less accurate but pleasing in their own way.

The S8+ camera offers feature rich modes like a panorama setting that converts your panorama photo into a live video. You can also touch the photo and swipe to pan around 360 degrees. That's really cool. I haven't had a chance yet but I suspect it would work with the Samsung 3D goggles.

The Samsung camera has a more sensible interface that lets you set video formatting within the camera app instead of having to go into phone settings as you must do on iOS.

The iPhone 7 Plus dual lens camera is great for when you are out in a setting where you want to get closer to your subject using a real 2x zoom instead of digital zooming. For instance I was on a cruise and passed a buoy with sea lions on it. My Samsung couldn't let me zoom in except digitally but my iPhone 7 Plus did. So I got a nice shot of them. At some point I'd like to revisit this thread and provide you with some sample pictures but I have not had a chance to sort through all of my photos yet and get them onto one source that I can upload from. I don't know that I'll get a chance this week.
 

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If you care about details, buy a real camera.


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I have a real camera and most of the people still use phone to take snapshot. Even when I have vacation I use both, depend on what situation. The is still big different for details comparing iphone and the top android
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I have an iPhone 7 Plus and an S8+. Indoor pictures: iPhone 7 Plus usually renders colors and lighting conditions extremely close to what you see with the naked eye. The S8+ let's in a bit more light which can cause light sources to glare a bit. Colors are less accurate but pleasing in their own way.

The S8+ camera offers feature rich modes like a panorama setting that converts your panorama photo into a live video. You can also touch the photo and swipe to pan around 360 degrees. That's really cool. I haven't had a chance yet but I suspect it would work with the Samsung 3D goggles.

The Samsung camera has a more sensible interface that lets you set video formatting within the camera app instead of having to go into phone settings as you must do on iOS.

The iPhone 7 Plus dual lens camera is great for when you are out in a setting where you want to get closer to your subject using a real 2x zoom instead of digital zooming. For instance I was on a cruise and passed a buoy with sea lions on it. My Samsung couldn't let me zoom in except digitally but my iPhone 7 Plus did. So I got a nice shot of them. At some point I'd like to revisit this thread and provide you with some sample pictures but I have not had a chance to sort through all of my photos yet and get them onto one source that I can upload from. I don't know that I'll get a chance this week.
How about photo at night and front camera?
 

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I have a real camera and most of the people still use phone to take snapshot. Even when I have vacation I use both, depend on what situation. The is still big different for details comparing iphone and the top android
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How about photo at night and front camera?
Front facing camera-- it really varies. Sometimes I get better photos on the iPhone and sometimes on the Samsung. It's hard to predict. I would say they are very competitive and you could be happy with either one.

For night photos, I found them to be so close I can't pick a winner. It's not an answer anybody wants to hear, but sometimes you will get better results from the iPhone and sometimes from the Samsung and it's impossible to predict which one will be better.

If I could have only one phone I think I would choose the iPhone 7 Plus because I know at least that over 90% of the time, on auto mode, I will be able to capture a scene in exactly the colors and lighting that my eyes see. The Samsung is going to enhance everything, and while the results will usually be very attractive, they won't be what my eyes actually saw in person. I'd rather do my own enhancements in software later on.

The Samsung does, however, let you access manual settings that iPhone does not, unless you download an app.

Also, I do value the Iphone 7Plus zoom.

If you can wait, and don't mind spending the money, the Note 8 is rumored to have a dual camera system.

Shooting video on both phones is a different subject. I'm still evaluating that, but so far I prefer my iPhone for Videos.
 

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Front facing camera-- it really varies. Sometimes I get better photos on the iPhone and sometimes on the Samsung. It's hard to predict. I would say they are very competitive and you could be happy with either one.

For night photos, I found them to be so close I can't pick a winner. It's not an answer anybody wants to hear, but sometimes you will get better results from the iPhone and sometimes from the Samsung and it's impossible to predict which one will be better.

If I could have only one phone I think I would choose the iPhone 7 Plus because I know at least that over 90% of the time, on auto mode, I will be able to capture a scene in exactly the colors and lighting that my eyes see. The Samsung is going to enhance everything, and while the results will usually be very attractive, they won't be what my eyes actually saw in person. I'd rather do my own enhancements in software later on.

The Samsung does, however, let you access manual settings that iPhone does not, unless you download an app.

Also, I do value the Iphone 7Plus zoom.

If you can wait, and don't mind spending the money, the Note 8 is rumored to have a dual camera system.

Shooting video on both phones is a different subject. I'm still evaluating that, but so far I prefer my iPhone for Videos.
Thx for sharing a lot of details. Did you use iphone 6s plus and do you feel iphone 7 plus camera has serious improvement?
 

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Thx for sharing a lot of details. Did you use iphone 6s plus and do you feel iphone 7 plus camera has serious improvement?
Yes I had the 6s Plus. I feel the iPhone 7 Plus improved significantly on color accuracy. For example, my 6s Plus and all older iPhone cameras gave a slightly greenish tint to many shades of light blonde hair, which is frustrating if you and friends have blonde hair.

Then the second lens does help in bringing things closer when you can't get physically closer to the subject. Another advantage to the 2x zoom lens is in portraits. Even if you don't use the portrait mode, you can use this lens to get a nice photo of people's faces that lacks the distortion caused by using the typical more wide angled lenses that cause barrel distortion. Barrel distortion on people's faces causes noses to look bigger than they are and distorts cheekbones.
 

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Yes I had the 6s Plus. I feel the iPhone 7 Plus improved significantly on color accuracy. For example, my 6s Plus and all older iPhone cameras gave a slightly greenish tint to many shades of light blonde hair, which is frustrating if you and friends have blonde hair.

Then the second lens does help in bringing things closer when you can't get physically closer to the subject. Another advantage to the 2x zoom lens is in portraits. Even if you don't use the portrait mode, you can use this lens to get a nice photo of people's faces that lacks the distortion caused by using the typical more wide angled lenses that cause barrel distortion. Barrel distortion on people's faces causes noses to look bigger than they are and distorts cheekbones.
Thx, by the way actually I am waiting for the U Ultra price to go down fast and deep then I switch to that. The HTC 10 is around $320 USD officially in my city now and the U Ultra price will be around the same after half year. I like bigger screen so I wait for U Ultra. My V10 and Wife's 6s plus battery both are getting worse now so I don't think I would keep any of these, just sell both.

The most expensive iphone 8 version price should be around $320 USD x 4, LOL XD.
 

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Thx, by the way actually I am waiting for the U Ultra price to go down fast and deep then I switch to that. The HTC 10 is around $320 USD officially in my city now and the U Ultra price will be around the same after half year. I like bigger screen so I wait for U Ultra. My V10 and Wife's 6s plus battery both are getting worse now so I don't think I would keep any of these, just sell both.

The most expensive iphone 8 version price should be around $320 USD x 4, LOL XD.
I have an HTC 10. The camera is very nice and compared very well to the camera on my S7 and S7 Edge. The only problem I had with the camera was in taking videos of my daughter's Christmas concert. The stage lights overwhelmed the ability of the camera's ability to expose the subjects properly and everything tended to be washed out. The S7 Edge camera did fine when I switched over to it when I saw my HTC 10 camera struggling. Otherwise I really think highly of my HTC 10. I don't know much about the HTC 11 but it should be a solid upgrade.
 

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I have an HTC 10. The camera is very nice and compared very well to the camera on my S7 and S7 Edge. The only problem I had with the camera was in taking videos of my daughter's Christmas concert. The stage lights overwhelmed the ability of the camera's ability to expose the subjects properly and everything tended to be washed out. The S7 Edge camera did fine when I switched over to it when I saw my HTC 10 camera struggling. Otherwise I really think highly of my HTC 10. I don't know much about the HTC 11 but it should be a solid upgrade.
Thx the u ultra price drop so quickly because htc released u11 only after like 3 months after release of u ultra.
 
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Most of the people in the world use phone to take snapshot, if you have like 30 seconds to set everything and have that passion or whatever to set up everything every time to take 1 photo, bring a real camera with you.
Normally I use a real camera. 30 seconds to set it up? You must be kind of slow. I I tried the manual iPhone camera app many times,even for fast paced action photography like folk racing,greyhound races and similar,when doing manual photography,you usually set aperture and shutter long before you actually use the camera,and change it when you need. When the photo opportunity show up,if you done it right,all you set by then is focus,and tapping a screen one or two times won't take 30 seconds. But of course,my experience in photography might also contribute. I used to take action photos from the front cockpit in grandpas old Boeing stearman during my childhood,back then,all cameras where completely manual,and the hasselblad I used was also somewhat clumsy to operate. (I still got it,though,and use it for landscapes and portraits)
 
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I have an HTC 10. The camera is very nice and compared very well to the camera on my S7 and S7 Edge. The only problem I had with the camera was in taking videos of my daughter's Christmas concert. The stage lights overwhelmed the ability of the camera's ability to expose the subjects properly and everything tended to be washed out. The S7 Edge camera did fine when I switched over to it when I saw my HTC 10 camera struggling. Otherwise I really think highly of my HTC 10. I don't know much about the HTC 11 but it should be a solid upgrade.
I want 5.7" screen ha ha i know htc 10 camera is good enough. Do you think the dxo mobile score is fair enough?
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Normally I use a real camera. 30 seconds to set it up? You must be kind of slow. I I tried the manual iPhone camera app many times,even for fast paced action photography like folk racing,greyhound races and similar,when doing manual photography,you usually set aperture and shutter long before you actually use the camera,and change it when you need. When the photo opportunity show up,if you done it right,all you set by then is focus,and tapping a screen one or two times won't take 30 seconds. But of course,my experience in photography might also contribute. I used to take action photos from the front cockpit in grandpas old Boeing stearman during my childhood,back then,all cameras where completely manual,and the hasselblad I used was also somewhat clumsy to operate. (I still got it,though,and use it for landscapes and portraits)
Sound like experience matter the most.
 

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I'm sure both sides are above a threshold that they take decent-looking photos, and anyone trying to compare them or take sides at this point is just looking to stroke their own egos or start a debate over what is essentially nothing.
 

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Most of the people in the world use phone to take snapshot, if you have like 30 seconds to set everything and have that passion or whatever to set up everything every time to take 1 photo, bring a real camera with you.
My canon can take a picture .1 second after pressing the shutter button, there is no 30 seconds to set up. Grumpymoms experience aligns with the reviews. There is no one better camera, only which phone camera performs best in a specific situation and iPhone 7 bests out competition in a number of areas.

And bumping a thread is against the rules.
 

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I've had the Note 5 twice and found it to oversaturate photos too much, it it had fast focus and was great for taking photos of my Spaniel, the iPhone 7 has much better colours but I found I had to increase the contrast an awful lot in the shade, also it would smudge my dogs white fur a lot.
So I went back to the 6S which doesn't do this, we have had a few iOS patches since then though and I plan to get the 7 Plus when the new iPhone is out and it's price drops.

Overall I prefer the iPhone for photos and video, much more natural.