Camera

The S8+ features brighter camera with more detail and more balanced color that does even better in low light than the S7 Edge.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs S7 Edge

On paper, the Galaxy S8+ seems to have the same camera as the S7 Edge: both feature a 12-megapixel sensor with dual pixel auto-focus (currently, the fastest focusing system around) and both record 4K video. Up front, the S8+ introduces a slightly higher-res, 8-megapixel front camera (up from 5MP on the S7 Edge).

We have the same camera app on the S8+ and the S7 Edge: it’s a very clean app with only the essential settings in sight. Swipe left for filters and right for different shooting modes (go into Pro mode and in Settings, where the resolution is, you can select to save a DNG file along with the regular JPG if you want). Since you have no physical button up front, the double click Quick Launch shortcut for the camera now requires you to double press the power key on the right side on the S8+, but still works fast.

Camera interface of the Galaxy S8+ - Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs S7 Edge
Camera interface of the Galaxy S8+ - Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs S7 Edge
Camera interface of the Galaxy S8+ - Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs S7 Edge
Camera interface of the Galaxy S8+ - Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs S7 Edge

Camera interface of the Galaxy S8+

Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge - Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs S7 Edge
Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge - Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs S7 Edge
Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge - Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs S7 Edge
Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge - Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs S7 Edge

Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Image Quality


Both phones produce detailed, yet somewhat oversharpened photographs. In most cases, images look extremely similar to one another; there are only rare cases where we notice the Galaxy S8 getting a better feel of the scene and coming up with slightly clearer details and more realistic-looking colors. At the end of the day, there really isn't anything significant to separate these two awesome shooters.

Selfies with the front camera have improved. With a higher resolution, they now have more definition, and just look better. The viewing angle of the camera is wide, but not as wide as on the S7 Edge. We like this: the S7 Edge felt too wide for images when it’s only you in the frame, while the S8+ is more versatile and you can shoot both groups of people and just yourself with better composition.



Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 1.2
1.3
730
622
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 1.5
1.6
283
261

Video quality


Both phones support 4K video and all of the things that we have said about photos apply here, but to a lesser extent: the S8+ has a little less contrast and saturation, and a bit more detail, keeping things at a slightly better balance.

We did not notice any improvement in video stabilization, which is not to say that the stabilization is bad. Quite the contrary, both phones support OIS and they do also add an extra layer of software stabilization to get smoother looking footage.

Focus is super fast on both phones, and this is definitely of huge importance for video.

Sound quality


You have a single bottom firing loudspeaker on both phones and we’re happy to see that Samsung has made some slight improvements with the S8+. Sound through it is louder and a bit fuller, with more definition. That’s great news for those who watch a lot of video on Facebook and/or YouTube without bothering to put headphones on.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 0.74
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 0.707
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 80
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 72.9


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9 Comments

1. torr310

Posts: 1604; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

S7 Edge is still awesome while at much affordable price.

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1208; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

cant go wrong with either...

3. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

The real comparison should be made with the regular S8 and the S7E, Compare the S8+ to the Note 7.

4. bucky

Posts: 3765; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Then what do you compare the expected note 8 to?

9. grunt0300

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 01, 2015

How about the Surface Pro?

5. bucky

Posts: 3765; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

That is a massive phone

6. Batutu

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 20, 2017

To me there is no different it's just same

7. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

The S7 Edge looks way more elegant to me. Better proportioned. Of course, my reaction may be due to preferring Gold over Black - which is totally bland in my eyes.

8. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I like the smaller bezels on the S8 + but prefer the color of the phone being on the bezels as it is on the S7/7 Edge, instead of only on the back on the S8/S8+. Despite having different colors, all of them look the same from the front as they are all black. If I bought one, I'd have to put a colored silicone backing on it to give a bit of color to the front. Looks too much like a picture without a frame when the bezel is the same color as the screen when it is not on.

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