Apple Live Photos vs Samsung Motion Photos: here are the differences

Apple Live Photos vs Samsung Motion Photos: here are the differences
With the introduction of the iPhone 6s and iOS 9, Apple brought in Live Photos – the phone's camera records a few frames before and after a picture is taken, giving the user the ability to make photos "come to life" when browsing through them later. Shooting Live Photos is limited to the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and the new SE, but any iDevice with iOS 9 or later can view them. On the 3D Touch-capable iPhones, the user has to press on the photo for it to "play", while on older devices, activation is done with tap-and-hold.

Samsung, naturally, responded to Apple's Live Photos by adding a new "Motion Photo" feature to the camera software in its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge flagships, which is very similar to what the iPhone does. Still, there are a few subtle differences in how the two different systems operate, and we will explore them here.

Apple Live Photos Samsung Motion Photos
Records frames before and after pictureRecords only the frames before the picture
Records soundNo sound
No native way to exportAnimation can be exported to video file

These are the three major differences between Apple's and Samsung's moving photos. While the first two points are pretty self-explanatory, we'd like to elaborate a bit on the point of sharing.

Natively, Apple's Live Photos can only be shared as such over the iOS ecosystem. Yes, we've been hearing talks that Facebook and Instagram are looking to start hosting Live Photos, but we've yet to know how exactly this is going to work and if PC users will be able to see your Facebook Live Photo uploads. For now, however, if you share a snap from your iPhone to someone else, who's on Android or PC, they won't be able to "make the photo come to life" on their screen. If you want them to be able to view the full animation, you'd have to use a 3rd party app to export the Live Photo into either a GIF file or short movie file. Connecting your iPhone to a PC or MAC will also let you download the Live Photos to your PC in a video clip format.

When it comes to sharing the Galaxy S7's Motion Photos, you have a choice of either sending the still image — the actual photo you wanted to take — or exporting all the frames as an .mp4 video file. Additionally, while watching a Motion Photo on your phone, you can freeze-frame the playback at any point and capture said frame as a separate picture — in case you end up liking one of the alternate frames better than the one that you actually pressed the shutter on.

So, those are the few subtle, yet interesting differences between Live Photos and Motion Photos. Check the video below for a closer look. Which system do you like more?



1. RichardYarell

Posts: 67; Member since: Mar 24, 2016

Motion Photos can easily pimp slap Apple's sad jokes it's comical

9. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Like your life.

18. Carlitos

Posts: 693; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I swear i saw this exact same feature on my Galaxy s4 a couple of years back. SO how is this in anyways a response to apple? It's all just a gimmick.

20. lakeswolf

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

M still using s4 and yes i still have that !!

24. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yes, just like Samsung pay. Imitation.......

30. engineer-1701d unregistered

both stupid and pointless

2. QuasarExod

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

Where is HTC Zoe??

8. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

what is HTC Zoe?

25. QuasarExod

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

What samsung and apple copy.

15. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Exactly.. HTC brought this when they released M7. It also recorded a few seconds before and after the photo which then can be used to select the desired shot and even to remove unwanted objects from the photo (has to be a moving object though). It's sad to see People forget HTC products and how lame is HTC when marketing such products..

3. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014


5. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Xperias had it as well But anyway this is one of most stupid "features" ever

4. Carbo

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 07, 2015

Both are useless gimmicks, but i used the GIF feature on Samsung before, it was much better (in my own opinion).

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31757; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Live Photos are sweet, comes in handy at times. I don't have any experience with motion photos, how are they?

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5807; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Does Samsung Motion Photos cause darker photos? That's a pretty big downside of Apple Live Photos IMO

19. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Who cares. No one will use them anyway.

10. icent90

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 18, 2016

P.A for the records samsung did not follow apple naturally on live photo cos they had that since the s4 called animated photo but everyone was shouting those features were gimmick n apple brought it is not gimmick...if u use s4,s5 even s6 u cant get those in camera settings were the say DOWNLOAD MORE

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no... here in PA, apple is the inventor and inovator of everything...

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31757; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That means they invented you, and chicken nuggets, and the Care Bears.

12. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Still waiting for Apple's Live Photos to become shareable..


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Keep waiting! Apple is always behind the market!

16. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

No need for a "reminder", I'm not that blind.

26. Unordinary unregistered

Hope he isn't an Android user also. You guys sure do a lot of waiting. Lmao

17. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Quit waiting... Because Apple is very restrictive with it's services. iOS is restrictive altogether.

22. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

I can share them just fine via txt message (imessage) and airdrop brosephine. No need to convert to a different format.

21. max1c

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

I have S7E and I'm not going to lie Motion Photos is pretty bad. I haven't used Live Photos but from the looks of it it's a much better implementation.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Even though the S4 had a feature called Sound Shot, which exported the file as an MP4, it didn't record video. It just added sound to a still. Not sure why Samsung drop the sound part to giv eit motion effects. But they still were the first to offer such a feature. Aagain, everythign is a gimmick when Samsung has it, but when Apple has it; its front page news. Why not equally show how OEm have had such features and how one OEM has improved the feature over the years. Apple improved a feature that someone else had first. But PA rather pawn it off as if Apple had the total original idea. You guys really suck!!! That's why John V left. he just couldn't take it anymore.

29. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Techie, be concise and clear while writing down your opinions. Remember this must not look like an article. Its your own work that causes people to introduce phrases such as 'TechieXP mode' (they use it when they write long articles like you). So never do give others a chance to show you are a foolish who thinks people will take an interest in him.

27. mi7chy

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 18, 2016

This feature is so old. I remember using it on a consumer D-link web security back in the early 2000s. It was part of the motion trigger that allows pictures or videos to be recorded shortly before and after the triggered event so you can see what caused it.

28. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

So it's just a gif?

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