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Low Light: iPhone 7 vs Samsung S8

On my recent trip to New York, I carried both an iPhone 7 and Samsung S8. I got to properly test the cameras in night mode during a sunset dinner cruise with Samsung. At this point, the sky was completely dark as we approached the Statue of Liberty. I’d been here before on my birthday during the day, but it was extremely windy, and crowded, so I was hoping to get some better shots this time around, despite it being at night. 

I kept switching between both phones for pictures wherever I went, and when it came to getting these shots, there was a clear winner. So for everyone who asked me which camera is better in low light, here’s the direct answer:

iPhone 7:

Samsung S8:

As you can see from the above images, the iPhone produces more realistic colours, but the Samsung has a sharper image with more detail, and the colour isn’t as close to the real thing (technically it’s not something a minor contrast adjustment can’t fix). The only edits I made to these photos was a square crop, and minor straightening. You can open each pic in a new tab for a bigger size.

So there you have it.

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  • davegreenway

    The difference in the sharpening is actually quite startling. From the creases in the statue’s dress to the individual bricks and even the ripples/mini-waves in the water the S8 is a far superior image.

    To be honest I don’t really care about faithful colour representation as some people might. I quite like the warmth of the bricks and the cold looking copper visage that the S8 captured versus the iPhone’s realistic colouring (not that I’ve ever seen the statue so I rely on people who have to tell me of the inaccuracy)

    • zk

      I’m with Dave on this one. The sharpening is key and post hardcore phone photographers will edit images anyway. Those who use and share with friends etc, will enjoy that vs realistic colours.

      • Agree! Since taking the S8 along with me on my travels, I take tons of pics on it, more than my iPhone.

        • davegreenway

          Will be interesting to see what the new iPhones offer in terms of post processing of images. Traditionally iPhones have had an excellent onboard DSP when compared to its Android competition but the big Android manufacturers have found their grove lately on the imaging side.

          Super keen to see the OIS stabilised Note 8 cams in person

          • I am *waiting* patiently to try the Note 8 camera!

            Very excited for the new iPhone announcements too.