Camera Shootout: Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Apple iPhone 6

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For many people, the camera on their smartphone is the most important feature of the device. Most companies realize this, so over the past few years we’ve seen tons of improvements to mobile cameras with just about every new iteration of flagships. Samsung’s latest, the Galaxy S7, was hyped up on its photo shooting capabilities, and with good reason; it’s arguably the best camera you can find in a smartphone.

Up until very recently, however, the crown of “best smartphone camera” always went to Apple. Year in and year out, whatever the most recent iPhone was happened to have the best available shooter in a smartphone. That’s not the case anymore, but you still might be wondering how well the king of Android cameras holds up to Apple’s iPhone 6, and we’ve got some camera samples to test that out for you.

All of these photos were taken with Auto mode on both devices, with the iPhone 6 shooting at 8 megapixels and the Galaxy S7 shooting at a slightly wider 9.1 megapixels.

Galaxy S7 camera sample 1

iPhone 6 camera sample 1

Outdoor shots on both phones obviously do very well, but it’s easy to see where Samsung’s higher megapixel count comes into play. The field of view of the photo is wider so you capture more in an image, and you can see the advantages of being able to capture a little extra detail. Things like distant trees and shadows are slightly more crisp, and the colors seem deeper and more saturated.

Galaxy S7 camera sample 2

iPhone 6 camera sample

It’s really hard to find any faults with either camera when you’re dealing with outdoor shots with great lighting.

Galaxy S7 camera sample 3

iPhone 6 camera sample 2

Even indoor shots with proper lighting are both neck and neck. Samsung’s biggest advantage comes back to that higher megapixel count.

Galaxy S7 camera sample 4

iPhone 6 camera sample 3

Bright colors also seem to be consistently better represented on the Galaxy S7.

Galaxy S7 camera sample 5

iPhone 6 camera sample 4

Looking at the wall behind the plants, you can see the Galaxy S7 tends to capture a cooler image compared to the competition, which shot a warmer, more natural toned image.

Galaxy S7 camera sample 6

iPhone 6 camera sample 5

When you start to leave well-lit areas, you can really see where the S7 shines thanks to that fancy dual-sensor technology that Samsung brags about. Even without a consistent light source, the S7 takes really nice photos that are visible without looking washed out.

Galaxy S7 camera sample 7

iPhone 6 camera sample 6

Low-light shots are where most of the improvements are happening on smartphone cameras these days, so it’s great to see Samsung making serious strides here.

The Galaxy S7 is certainly the phone to beat this year, especially if we’re just looking at the cameras. And these images don’t even touch on the kinds of shots you can get when you start tinkering around with camera settings, and trust me, those can make a big difference especially in sub-optimal lighting.

However you want to slice it, Samsung has made something they should definitely be proud of this year.


About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.


  • Mr Mos

    This is so bs. Why not use the 6s

    • Justin_Herrick

      We’re an Android site, so I highly doubt Apple would want to give us an iPhone 6S.

  • Qwello

    This is such a bs article. You’re comparing phones that are 2 gens apart.

  • Nila

    I’m not sure why you say the two phones are similar. The iPhone photos are all washed out compared to the S7 photos

  • My Galaxy Prime

    I don’t know why these 2 cameras are still being compared. Isn’t it already common knowledge that the S7 is better?

  • FritzPinguin

    Somehow I feel my good old 808 Pureview takes better pictures :-)

  • jack

    how did you manage to take picture in 16:9 without losing resolution on the S7?

  • James Ridenour

    Hey @JaredPeters why did you compare the iphone 6 and not the iphone 6s? Why compare phones that are that far apart in generations?

  • Rodrigo Freijanes

    I’d like to see at least from 6 Plus.