Is the Apple iPhone 7 Plus dual camera better than the dual pixel Samsung Galaxy S7 camera?
The folks at Business Insider recently did a camera sample comparison between the Apple iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S7 which you can see below. Clearly, the dual rear camera on the iPhone 7 Plus brings much better quality photos compared to the iPhone 6s Plus but they found that when compared against the dual pixel camera on the Galaxy S7, the iPhone 7 Plus isn't as consistent and has autofocus issues. Granted, the new telephoto lens does help make zoom up shots more detailed.
However, because the iPhone 7 Plus automatically adjusts the exposure and lighting of each photo based on autofocused targets, each shot (even though it is taken in burst mode) can be slightly different. The Galaxy S7 also managed to catch better detailed low-light shots. As usual of the iPhone 7, colour reproduction is closer to the human eye compared to the Galaxy S7 which sometimes takes vividness to a different level.
Both the Apple iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S7 take clear shots during day time situations.
Clearly, the Apple iPhone 7 Plus telephoto lens offers a few more details for the zoomed in images below.
However, even in burst mode, the Apple iPhone 7 Plus automatically adjusts lighting based on the focus which is determined "intelligently" by the system, resulting in sometimes inconsistent shots.
You can see that this Apple iPhone 7 Plus "intelligence" sometimes results in over exposed shots, something that the Samsung Galaxy S7 does not do
Still, the Apple iPhone 7 Plus clearly takes more natural colours compared to the "vivid" Samsung Galaxy S7
But, the Apple iPhone 7 Plus has rather inconsistent autofocus as well
While both perform quite well in mixed light situations, the Samsung Galaxy S7 offers a few more details than the Apple iPhone 7 Plus when you zoom up
And the Samsung Galaxy S7 also takes low-light shots with more details.