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Experts finally weigh in: iPhone 6s Plus camera is no match for Galaxy S7

Published Mar 18th, 2016 3:18PM EDT
Galaxy S7 Vs iPhone 6s Plus

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There has been a bit of back and forth regarding the camera on Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy s7 edge as it compares to Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus. Well, there hasn’t been too much back and forth since most people agree that there’s a clear winner, but some people seem to insist that Apple’s six-month-old iPhone phablet still has the edge.

Now, it’s time to hear from the experts.

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General gadget and smartphone reviewers can only take mobile camera testing so far. That’s where professional camera reviewers come in, and the experts at DxOMark have finally finished putting the Galaxy S7 edge’s camera through the paces. Of course, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge have the exact same camera hardware and software, so both models should perform the same.

How did the Galaxy S7 edge do in the site’s tests? We’ll let DxOMark’s opening remarks speak for themselves:

Achieving a DxOMark Mobile Score of 88 points the new Samsung Galaxy S7 edge ranks in 1st place on the current DxOMark Mobile database. Featuring a 12Mp rear facing camera and 2160p@30fps video module, Samsung’s latest flagship Smartphone is a great proposition for mobile photography enthusiasts. The 26mm f/1.7 lens delivers very accurate and repeatable exposures, which helped the S7 edges achieve an outstanding Exposure & Contrast score of 90 during our tests. In fact, even in tricky high contrast scenes, it captures great exposures thanks to its built-in auto HDR feature, making it a great choice for landscape or backlit photography. The modest 12Mp resolution also ensures a good compromise between noise and detail on the S7 edge, which secures excellent DxOMark Mobile scores of 91 for Texture and 89 for Noise.

No mobile camera has ever scored that high in DxOMark’s tests, and the S7 edge managed an 88 in both the photo and video categories. Last year’s Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Sony Xperia Z5 both managed a score of 87 in 2015, and the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge scored 86 points.

Meanwhile, Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus came in at 84.

DxOMark’s results make for an interesting read and we won’t spoil all the fun. The site did note that the S7 edge’s camera isn’t perfect of course, and there are a few minor problem areas such as a yellow hue visible in photos captured under tungsten lighting. But if you value camera performance above all else, the plain and simple truth is that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are the best in the business right now.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.