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Galaxy S8 vs. iPhone 7 Plus camera test: Is a single lens better than two?

Published Apr 11th, 2017 11:19AM EDT
Galaxy S8 vs. iPhone 8 Camera Comparison
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The Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 7 are probably the top smartphones you can buy right now. Samsung has the advantage of having just launched its impressive new Galaxy S models, but that doesn’t necessarily make the Galaxy S8 or S8+ the best option. In fact, earlier this week we saw a real world speed test that showed the iPhone 7 is still a tough nut to crack when it comes to performance. Even though it has a brand new processor that is supposed to be a lot faster and more power efficient, the Galaxy S8 wasn’t able to outperform last year’s iPhone.

Comparisons do not end there, of course, and we have another exciting video to check out, one that highlights the differences between the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 Plus when it comes to camera performance.

YouTube channel EverythingApplePro recorded the same video using the main cameras of the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 Plus. In these videos, we get to see the differences and similarities between the two camera setups, although determining a winner is a lot more objective than with speed tests.

The comparison looks at a variety of factors, including color gamut, contrast ratio, focus speed, low-light performance, 4K video recording, slow-motion modes, digital and optical zoom, optical image stabilization, selfies performance, front-facing camera pictures, and even underwater photo performance.

In the end, it appears quite difficult to declare a clear winner. It appears that the Galaxy S8 does marginally better than the iPhone 7 Plus, but that’s just my opinion based on this 10-minute YouTube video.

Overall, the performance of the two phones as cameras in day-to-day conditions seem to be similar, and EverythingApplePro concludes that camera performance shouldn’t be a deciding factor between picking one or the other. Check the full clip below.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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