I was planning on taking a lot of photos this weekend and doing a more complete comparison, but it’s been dark and rainy for the last few days. In lieu of a full comparison, I wanted to take a look at how the 8MP shooter on the iPhone 6 Plus compares to the 16MP shooter on the Galaxy S6 Edge. Like so many other things on the GS6, it looks like it’s 2x better on paper, but what does this actually mean in real world use?
Below are 4 relatively boring photos taken with each phone, with an aim at seeing how much more detail you get with such widely different resolution camera sensors. Of course, these images are being displayed exactly as they came out of the phone with no post-processing.
My big takeaway from the quick comparison is that the Galaxy phone has more saturation in the images while the iPhone is a little more muted, but also a little more natural. I also found the level of detail captured to be very similar, despite having greatly different resolutions. In the third image below, you can really see the Galaxy do much better than the iPhone, but the difference is very subtle until you zoom in.
Image 1 – Distance, HDR
Image 2 – Close up
Image 3 – Mid-range, high detail