Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Apple iPhone 6s: quick camera comparison


We're live here at MWC 2016 and we just got a chance to test the new, 12-megapixel camera on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

You probably already know the technicalities: it's the first with a Dual Pixel sensor on a phone and that allows faster auto-focusing, but first and foremost, Samsung said how the camera can now capture 95% more light than the Galaxy S6 thanks to the wider, f/1.7 lens and larger individual pixels. 

This is just tech talk, though. What really matters is image quality.

To understand this, there is no better way than to compare the actual images shot on the Galaxy S7 against photos from the Apple iPhone 6s. Which one does better?

We took three quick images and we're looking forward to your initial thoughts in the comments right below.

Portrait


Which image do you prefer?

1 (Galaxy S7)
88.61%
2 (iPhone 6s)
11.39%

Everyday objects


Which image do you prefer?

1 (Galaxy S7)
88.61%
2 (iPhone 6s)
11.39%

Galaxy re-born


Which image do you prefer?

1 (Galaxy S7)
88.61%
2 (iPhone 6s)
11.39%

Related phones

Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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72 Comments

1. devsabhi44

Posts: 15; Member since: May 31, 2015

I am unable to vote. This has happened to me many times.

31. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Does the S7 have OIS?!?

36. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It has OIS.

37. Subie

Posts: 2394; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Yes it does.

39. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Where have you seen that stated? I'm not doubting. I just haven't been able to find that.

63. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Thanks for the info! I eventually found it on ars. Nowhere to be found on here. I watched the announcement and they said nothing. I'm glad they didn't remove that!

59. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Change to desktop mode.

69. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

The guy seems to be happy when he was clicked using the s7

77. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Same here

3. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I'd be interested to know what the actual lighting was like in the scenes since both phones offer very different tints - Galaxy S7 = Warm, iPhone 6S = Cool. It depends which is closer to reality which is better really...

9. Zapp_B

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

S7 looks too warm. I have the same experience with S6, whites always look yellow

17. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yeah, that's kinda what I think - I had a Sony Nex 5 camera and while I wasn't completely happy with it what you saw on the screen was pretty much what you got, now I've got a "better" Nikon D5100 I find it makes everything look warmer (more appealing maybe, but not accurate) and brightens dark scenes to look like daylight whenever it can and is really hard to override. If I'm taking a pic at night I want detail but not to look like daylight!

34. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

These are software related and you can tweak it back to cooler if you want and vice versa

30. THEGUGU

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

In a place where an gadget exposition is happening, the lightning will usually be very bright and warm.

33. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

I read in polish site that is was warm light conditions and S7 got much better colors than S6.

45. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Yeah....there isn't any way the lighting is blue

4. gamerRO25

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 09, 2015

Waw Looks good for my next phone It would be nice to hear from the one who took the pics what were the real colours like.. warm like S7 or cold like i6s

5. KillTheKardashians

Posts: 93; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

1 for the win

6. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

The iPhone pics are too cold while the S7 pics are too warm. S7 wins though obviously with better details and more light.

7. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Do you seriously think there will be a comparison between the two? The s6 had a better camera than the iPhone 6s in ALL areas and the s7 has a better camera than the s6..... it isn't rocket science

21. VVayne

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

All areas except exposure. There is one thing the iPhone does right, despite more noise, less detail, and yes, it's the exposure in auto mode. I had Lumia 930, LG G4, and for a short time the S6 Edge, but iPhone won for me every time.

23. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Not according to everyone else and dxo Mark who test for a living...... but you must be right

46. VVayne

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Yes, DxO Mark also claims that Xperia Z5 is the best mobile phone camera ever. Well yes, it is, if you don't need fine details and correctly exposed pictures. Let's see what my statement is all about; DxO Mark Mobile Xperia Z5: Exposure and contrast 87 iPhone 6S Plus: Exposure and contrast 90 Note 5: Exposure and contrast 90 S6 Edge: Exposure and contrast 90 Nexus 6P: Exposure and contrast 88 While iPhone is on par with Samsungs, it preserves the highlights, so they are not blown out, keeps the image a bit darker, but with excellent dynamic range, and more "mood". Other phones, expecially Samsung ones tend to capture more light, but end with brigther image, which is kinda cute, and pretty to look at, but it does not really correspond with the reality. Try to capture a sunset with both cameras. Of course I'm right, I used the phones, I'm not making this up.

8. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

IDK which is 1 or 2, but the S7 beats the iPhone picture in all the shots to me. O.o

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

S7 should when, as it has the newer camera.

32. h4ck3d

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

But the S6 camera was already better than the 6s...

50. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What phones are being compared here?

52. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Whats your overall thoughts Dark.....you still eyeing the Note6

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