It’s inevitable. Whenever a new phone comes out, it will be compared to Apple’s iPhone. Even the iPhone is compared to the iPhone. And although Apple’s devices don’t have the most advanced specs, you can’t argue with their success—that’s a big reason why the iPhone (and Apple) is at the center of so many smear campaigns.
So, with the release of the Galaxy S7 Edge—perhaps the best and brightest smartphone available right now—we decided to see how it compared to Apple’s iPhone 6s. Specifically, we wanted to compare camera quality, which has become an increasingly important part of the smartphone market. Apple loves to tout how good the iPhone camera is, and with good reason. But Samsung is no slouch in this department either.
Note: We chose the iPhone 6s because it’s the more “consumer friendly” version in Apple’s lineup (as opposed to the larger iPhone 6s Plus), and therefore, the device most people will seek to compare when in a carrier store. The samples photos below have been overlaid with text and resized for the Web.
With the release of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung made it a point to improve camera quality. You can read up on it in our reviews below, but basically rather than upping megapixel size, Samsung went with a 12-megapixel shooter (1.4 µm pixel size) with optical image stabilization and f/1.7 aperture. Samsung also utilized dual pixel technology, giving the device super-quick autofocus capabilities.
The iPhone 6s, meanwhile, sports a 12-megapixel sensor (1.22 µm pixel size) with no optical image stabilization and f/2.2 aperture. Both phones have 5-megapixel front-facing cameras, too, although the Galaxy S7 Edge offers a 22mm lens, which is much wider than the iPhone 6s’ 31mm lens. That doesn’t sound like a big deal but if you’re a heavy selfie-taker, then you’ll care about the wider field of view.
Check out the video to hear Ron’s thoughts about how the cameras stack up. You’d think the Galaxy S7 Edge would completely obliterate the iPhone 6s but that’s actually not the case. However, when we’re talking about software, Samsung’s device crushes the iPhone 6s, which still offers very few manual controls.
In the end, consumers get great photos no matter which device they go with. Which one is your winner?