Samsung Galaxy S7 takes on the iPhone 6s in a camera shoot-out (Video)

by: Rob TriggsMarch 1, 2016
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Samsung has been keen to point out that its Galaxy S7 flagship features an all new image sensor, boasting superior low light shots and super-fast auto focusing. But there’s already quite a bit of choice when it comes to smartphone cameras and the real test is to see how they perform head to head. YouTuber SuperSaf has managed to grab the handset a little early and has taken the phone out alongside the Apple iPhone 6S and the 6S Plus for a quick camera shootout.

For a quick recap of the specs, the Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with a 12 megapixel rear camera with Phase Detection autofocus (PDAF), OIS, an f/1.7 aperture, and 1.4 µm pixels. The iPhone 6s features a 12 megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF autofocus, and 1.22µm sized pixels. The iPhone 6s Plus uses the same camera but with optical image stabilization added in, to keep a fair comparison with the Galaxy S7’s capabilities. All of the phones feature 5 megapixel front cameras, but there’s an f/1.7 aperture with the Galaxy S7 against an f/2.2 aperture with the iPhone.

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I highly recommend checking out the video to take a look at the snaps yourself, but here’s the summary. Despite lowering the rear sensor’s resolution, the Galaxy S7 manages to capture some great details when looking at 100% crops, and those larger sensor pixels really help the colors pop out compared to the iPhone 6s. These pixels again come into play in lower lighting situations, with the Galaxy S7 displaying notably less noise and producing much brighter images with more detail. There is also greater contrast, dynamic range, and much more crisp looking images produced by the Galaxy S7’s front facing camera.

The video also shows off just how impressively fast the Galaxy S7’s dual-pixel autofocus technology, which makes use of every pixel in the image sensor, really is. It looks to be pretty much instantaneous, even in indoor lighting conditions. There’s also another look at the handset’s 720p 240fps slow motion video capture, this time with a nice looking water splash.

We will certainly be taking our own look at the Galaxy S7’s camera performance in due course, but the initial impressions are certainly positive. Especially when it comes to low light performance, a typical weak spot for smartphones. What do you think about the comparison?

  • Žiga Štupar

    Well S7 looks nice

  • Rocky

    Galaxy S6 was better than iphone 6, and Galaxy S7 is better than Iphone 6s or 6s plus. And don’t even talk about the audio because it is crappy as ever in iphone..Even the mid rangers have better audio recording than iphone

    • TheDude

      I’d have to disagree about the audio, afaik the iphones have better quality audio output (3.5 jack, not the speakers) than most android devices which use dac/amp combo built into qualcomms soc which is rather shitty. (the exception being samsung flagships, the lg v10, the htc m8 and some chinese phones like the meizu pro 5)

      • Inshaeql

        But dude, bigger problem is that apple has shitty audio recording. If you look at any of the Camera comparisons from SuperSafTV you will see how iphones record shit audio. And yes there is video 6s vs S7 .Audio on Iphones is crap.

        • TheDude

          I didn’t talk about audio recording, in fact: I don’t give a fuck about audio recording, video recording or the camera, I got here out of pure curiosity.

          What I do care about is hearing my music in great quality, even on the go, while I’m looking for a new rug.

          To each their own priorities, audio recording isn’t one of mine.

          • Omri Amos

            You do realize that you are commenting on a page that is a CAMERA shoot-out, right?
            You can’t “disagree about the audio” if you are talking about something completely different when you’re referring to “audio”.

          • asrat_24

            You have some poor reading comprehension if you couldn’t figure out he was talking about audio recording

          • Phillip

            Dude did you actually watch the video the s7 whipped the hell out of the iPhone in every way. Even the biggest iPhone fan boy has to admit that

          • TheDude

            What the hell does that have to do with audio output?

            I didn’t say the iphone was better, I said that iphones generally have better audio output (aka to the headphones, not recording) than most android phones, it has nothing to do with the video.

            I went off topic , kill me for that now.

            In fact, I generally don’t like iphones, but that doesn’t change the fact that they have better DAC/AMP combos than most, not all android phones.

          • Rocky

            Once again, I wasn’t talking about audio output via headphone jack…I clearly stated about the crappy audio recording.

          • TheDude

            That reply was for @disqus_CpzRRRIZxY:disqus whose reply is:
            “Dude did you actually watch the video the s7 whipped the hell out of the iPhone in every way. Even the biggest iPhone fan boy has to admit that”

            I already figured out you meant audio recording and not audio in general.

          • Tom

            Iphones go to the itunes store and plays mp3, my Android goes anywhere i want google play music or any online music shop. Im buying Flac music straight to my phone, the iphone dosent even support this technology. I know which device im buying.

          • Aditya Sharma

            I admit, an Apple fanboy. The S7 is a hell of a phone.6S is out of competition now, even with the G5. The only reason now for an iPhone is iOS.

          • Steve

            I had my first iPad 2 months ago. Even iOS has its problems.

          • Natural Gamer

            How the fuck is this relevant?

      • Johan

        Rocky is talking about audio recording, not audio output.

        • TheDude

          That is true, but he said “And don’t even talk about the audio because it is crappy as ever in iphone..” only later did he mention the recording part.

          • thepeddle

            The article is about video recording and so is the video referenced…….so stop being an adolescent and take your head out of your ass or sand……or where ever it is .

          • TheDude

            Sorry for going off topic, I didn’t mean to offend you.

          • Natural Gamer

            Ahahahahahahaha!

      • Tahsin Nirzhar

        He meant audio recording

        • TheDude

          figured that out already, from all the hate I’m getting… didn’t mean to offend anyone ¯_(ツ)_/¯

      • Phillip

        Actually Samsung just up the anty on its speaker and headphones jack audio sound so there it will be the iPhone once again

        • TheDude

          Did you even read my comment? Especially the “…the exception being samsung flagships…” part?

          Samsung has usually used good Wolfson DACs in their phones.

    • alan4195

      Actually, the S6 camera was deemed better than the iPhone 6s camera by every publication that matters, which makes this article highly superfluous.

      • Melonie

        To preorder the S7 and S7 Edge visit

      • coldspring22 .

        Well, this comparison shows that camera on Galaxy series is pulling away from iphone camera. Note 4 camera was roughly on par with iphone 6 camera. Then S6, Note 5 camera was noticibly better than even iphone 6S. Now S7/S7 edge really shows who is the boss.

        • Steve

          Same with the screens. IPhone is falling behind.

    • Sad, isn’t it? The iSheep will continue to line up for iPhones, no matter what the performance of them is.

      • Jim

        They are invested in the apple ecosystem which was always the late great apple leader’s grand plan. Pity he didn’t bother to tell anybody what’s next as they are losing their way.

        How’s that for going off at a target :-)

  • KeyserSoze

    Thanx for the useful info in your video. It’s great to see smartphone camera tech continue to actually improve each year. Also good to see the “iPhone takes best photos” myth debunked… again! Samsung kicks ass and definitely earned their pay this year.

  • Nallaikumaran

    iPhone 6s – 720p 240fps slow motion video ?

    • Brad Fortin

      What about it?

  • Fred

    You might or not love Samsung. But it is undeniable that they are the only ones able to put pressure on Apple.
    If Samsung was not on the market, Apple would continue to sell overpriced gimmicks.
    For sure the iPhone 7 will be great… Because of the GS6.

    • Guest123

      They are still selling overprice :P but if i’m a company that can sell ice to Eskimos i won’t hesitate to take their money too lol

    • coldspring22 .

      Maybe in premium price flagship segment. But real pressure is coming from really good mid range and entry level phones that’s coming out. Cheap phones are getting very good, and can do most everything that flagship phones can do. So flagship phones has be something really special to justify double, triple, quadirple the price.

  • s2weden2000

    0wned …

  • jay

    I never had a problem with any camera. iPhone or galaxy. Found the nexus 5 bad or better not good enough. For me speed is important and the galaxy camera is fast.

  • Phillip

    Wow this video proves what all the non photo folks didn’t know. ..that Maga pixel don’t make the camera . The galaxy s7 just proved this . Mine is on the way it’s so good i might never pick up my dsrl camera again . This phone could just kill off any reason to buy another bulking dsrl with its low light capacity

    • Aditya Sharma

      Then you have a shitty DSLR. No matter how great today’s smart phone cameras get, they can in no way compete with DSLRs.

  • Degus Jacoby Pradana

    The King is back again! All hail S7edge!!

    • coldspring22 .

      Well, I still prefer Note 4 to S6, Note 5, S7 or S7 edge. But if other people will call it “King” by all means!

  • Rick_Deckard

    Hands down to the S7… Always raising the bar!

  • Mark Reed

    Those on about Apple having no stereo audio recording…it has not been invented yet, do you not understand that until Apple do it, it does not exist, nothing exists until Apple make it (sorry patent it) they will shout it from mountain tops

  • Major Sceptic

    You have to wonder how long can the these smart phones keep on improving, the bar is set pretty high already , it’s hard to see the average point and shooter needing more camera horsepower , and more to the point, where do phone makers go from here?

    • Arman

      Do not worry, they find ways :P

      • Major Sceptic

        Interesting times ahead ;).

    • 1213 1213

      Chances are the market will just die once modular phones hit it off.

      • Major Sceptic

        Hard to say, personally i have my doubts about the the success of modular, firstly i suspect the modular phone might have a honeymoon period with a percentage of new adopters and enthusiasts giving them a try, beyond that i think it will die off.
        I like tech myself, but the way i look at it is that modular only brings in incremental improvements to things like the camera and possibly audio (yet to be proven),
        And to me i can already buy a number of flagship Devices that do a pretty good job in these areas.
        So why would i want to carry more crap around, and b, why would i spend extra on the other bits and pieces.

        • KeyserSoze

          Yep, modular will stay in niche markets for hardcore geeks. I highly doubt it’ll ever reach mainstream acceptance. Too many parts thus allowing for that many more things to break. They will likely have low idiot-proofing. There will likely be module incompatibilities from different OEMs. Casual phone users don’t give a damn about modules, they want pretty and modular phones are not pretty.

          • Major Sceptic

            Agree totally.

    • Natural Gamer

      Yeah, especially with how they’re starting to reintroduce old features (SD slot, water ressitance, etc..).

      • Major Sceptic

        indeed, and the other phone makers will be raising the bar as well, so the modular may have a hard road ahead.

    • randomdog

      Variable aperture. You don’t always want your camera wide open. Being able to shoot at F8 creates sharper images, F22 long focal range.

    • RunningGreat

      Raising the bar is hard and requires great RnD. That’s why some phones like the Xplay all they’re touting is more ram. Which anyone can do especially Samsung. What you don’t think Samsung can put more ram in? They make the worlds best ram. But Samsung knows 6 gigs is not necessary at this point. What matters in the real world? Water proofing, better camera, MFT and NFC pay, faster internals, external sd support, all the little features in twiz that makes my life easier, and as a bonus Gear VR Support. Rasising the bar is not easy. Look at Apple with all it’s money laggig behind. Samsung spends the most in RnD and it shows.

      • Steve

        Apple are lagging because they want more profit. A worse camera and screen mean they can use a smaller battery and less ram. Then they make more profit on all 4. They optimise the software so they can put cheaper parts in.

  • Arman

    Yup S7/S7 edge are pretty good..

    Now i am curious to see how the SD 820 compares to Exynos 8890 this year..

  • Acaa Aca

    audio is not even close

  • nebulaoperator

    Not a fan of either but well well done S7. One thing to mention is 6s front facing cam produces yellow cast.

  • moises1204

    Why are they comparing the iphone 6s camera against the s7 when the 6s can’t even beat the s6? Pointless why not pin it against nexus p6, lg g5 etc?

    • coldspring22 .

      Because iphone used to have best smart phone camera bar none until 2014. Then they lost the edge. However, reputation (myth) remains that iphone always has best camera! So people need to keep seeing with their own eyes that Apple really laggs behind now and iphone really doesn’t have best camera now days.

      • Steve

        Same with screens

    • Steve

      The nexus 6p beats the iPhone too

  • Kody

    I would have preferred to see an S7 vs S6 review.

  • surethom

    Doesn’t the s7 only take photos with 9 megapixel 16:9. they uses a 4:3 chip this year which is a really bad option. NO TV or phone is 4:3.

    • RunningGreat

      You’re getting more image. Just crop it.

  • Tate

    The iphone makes him look like hes sick yellow in face LOL

  • Zurkram

    Lol! Samscum always releases the Galaxy in Feb so it can be the best phone for 6 months until the new iPhone comes out. Ignorant Phandroids comparing a brand new phone to a 7 month old phone, in a market that refreshes every year.

  • jay

    IPhone 6s is old technology who cares

    • Steve

      What’s an iPhone? Is that like a video tape?