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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Crushes iPhone 6S In Camera Test

March 4, 2016 - Written By Mihai Matei

Samsung and Apple are two of the most iconic smartphone manufacturers in the world, but because their products are fairly dissimilar and adopt different operating systems and ecosystems, their flagship phones have been compared each year with every new release. Evidently, the same goes for the latest Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and the iPhone 6S, both of which have been recently featured in a waterproof test video. Today’s story is a bit different, as a new video comparison between the two aforementioned devices aims to show which one of the two flagships has a better camera setup.

iPhones have always been held in high regard for their high-quality cameras. In the past, one could have argued that Apple’s iPhones have the best smartphone cameras around, but nowadays the situation is very different. Many Android smartphone makers have upped their camera game over the past few years, and Samsung’s latest flagship lineup promises brand new camera technologies never-before-seen on a smartphone. Specifically, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge feature Dual Pixel autofocus technology, promising high-quality photography in low-light conditions and great autofocusing capabilities. It all sounds exciting in theory, but how does the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge camera compare to the iPhone 6S’ in practice?

The video below tries to settle this by comparing both the iPhone 6S and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge side-by-side in a camera competition. The results might be surprising for some, but in most (if not all) cases it looks like the Galaxy S7 Edge does a better job than the iPhone 6S as well as the iPhone 6S Plus. Both the Galaxy S7 Edge and the iPhone 6S have 12-megapixel cameras, but the number of megapixels never tells the whole story. In low-light conditions, Samsung’s flagship does a better job than the iPhone 6S, producing higher quality, less-noisy images. These results can be largely attributed to the smaller aperture of f/1.7 and larger 1.4-micron pixels on the Galaxy S7 Edge, compared to the iPhone 6S’ f/2.2 aperture and 1.22-micron pixels. In addition, the Dual Pixel autofocus technology featured on Samsung’s premium device seems to be incredibly fast and appears to be capable of switching focus from one subject to another almost instantly. It’s also worth pointing out that both the front and rear-facing shooters on the Galaxy S7 Edge have a wider angle, which can come in handy especially when capturing group photos / selfies.

At the end of the day, it appears that the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge wins another battle against its fiercest rival, but the proverbial war is far from being over and more tests are bound to be performed in the foreseeable future.