Shootout! Apple iPhone 7 camera vs Samsung Galaxy S7 camera

I am not a DSP expert nor a photography expert. But as a consumer and tech enthusiast, I do have preferences when it comes to the way photos are captured. This page essentially contains what my opinions are on the cameras of the two devices as a consumer.

Apple iPhone 7 photos are on the left; Samsung Galaxy S7 photos are on the right. Click on images to expand. Both are with HDR on

Taken in Lakewood, WA with Apple iPhone 7 Taken in Lakewood, WA with Samsung Galaxy S7

Photo details from Metadata

Field Apple iPhone 7 Samsung Galaxy S7
Phone Model A1778 SM-G930F
Width 4032 pixels 4032 pixels
Height 3024 pixels 3024 pixels
Horizontal and Vertical Resolution 72 72
Bit Depth 24 24
Color Representation Uncalibrated sRGB
F-Stop f/1.8 f/1.7
Exposure Time 1/120 sec. 1/120 sec
ISO speed ISO-25 ISO-50
Exposure Bias 0 step 0 step
Focal Length 4 mm 4 mm
Flash Mode No Flash, auto No flash
Metering Mode Spot Pattern
35mm focal length 28 26
White Balance Auto Auto

As you can see, the Apple iPhone 7 image is slightly warmer. This is the auto setting with HDR on. Samsung Galaxy S7 is also using auto setting with HDR on. Given that it was a cloudy day in November in the Pacific Northwest, the Galaxy S7 is more accurate when it comes to color reproduction. The Galaxy S7 photo was definitely the way the lighting was at the time. Perhaps the Metadata field Color Representation is the key?


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