The rivalry between both Apple and Samsung continued with the release of the iPhone 8 Plus and the Galaxy S8 Plus. Despite the release of the iPhone X and Galaxy S9, the 8 variants from both manufacturers still prove to be extremely popular choices!
Both phones boast new, improved cameras with additional features to wow us but which one came out on top? Whilst their cameras do share many similar features, there are also some very notable differences which should not be overlooked.
Let’s start with the front facing camera, an area where both handsets prove very similar.
The Galaxy S8 Plus has an 8MP camera with an f/1.7 aperture and wide-angle lens whist the iPhone 8 Plus has an 8MP camera also, but with an f/2.2 aperture. Aperture is considered important on a smartphone since it contributes greatly to the quality of an image. The smaller the ‘f’ number, the better the aperture and camera image quality.
Both cameras also have the ability to shoot in HDR (high dynamic range) and the ability to replicate what’s known as the ‘bokeh’ effect. This is a popular feature found on DSLR cameras allowing you to blur out the image background whilst enhancing the main focal point, resulting in stunning photos.
Sound quite similar so far, right? Let’s take a look at the rear facing cameras.
Both handsets have 12MP rear facing cameras. The Galaxy S8 Plus uses a dual-LED flash with an f/1.7 aperture whilst the iPhone 8 Plus camera uses a wide-angled sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and a telephoto sensor with an f/2.8 aperture. Apple has also included other useful features such as Quad-LED Flash, Apple’s very own True Tone tech (which adjusts the photo brightness according to the current lighting conditions) and 4x optical zoom capability!
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And if that wasn’t enough to further the feature difference, Apple introduced us to a feature they’ve named as ‘Portrait Lighting Mode’. This mode uses contour data from the dual rear camera which re-lights the cameras image in real-time. Furthermore, Apple has improved the cameras pixel processing, colour capture, noise reduction and made the autofocus faster. Nothing much really is it?
But to top it off, you’ll also find that the iPhone 8 Plus has video quality that’s twice the standard of the Galaxy S8 Plus. While they can both shoot in 4K, the iPhone 8 Plus can shoot at 60 fps whilst the Galaxy S8 Plus only shoots at 30 fps (frames per second). That’s twice as fast!
So which camera is better?
Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and opinion but if you compare them solely on the features that each camera possesses, with the added ‘Portrait Lighting Mode’, improved camera features and better video shooting, for us, the iPhone 8 Plus wins.
We’d like to know what you think. Do you own an iPhone 8 Plus or Galaxy S8 Plus?
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