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Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional Digital camera Shootout: Time for Apple to Step Down?

iPhones have lengthy been hailed because the “go-to” smartphone of selection in terms of video recording. Whether or not its content material creators or cell images fans, Apple’s iPhones pack sufficient energy and capabilities to satiate everybody’s video capturing necessities. Nevertheless, this yr greater than ever, Apple appears to have fallen behind when it comes to nonetheless imaging high quality. In my earlier smartphone digicam shootout between the Google Pixel 7 Professional and the iPhone 14 Professional, it was simple to inform how huge of a leap Google had over the iPhone 14 Professional. On the identical time, our overview of the Pixel 7 Professional (Assessment) additionally drove residence the truth that whereas Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Extremely (Assessment) is likely to be the ‘king of zoom’, it nonetheless had a whole lot of catching up when it got here to common nonetheless images.

It is 2023, and Samsung has launched its newest Galaxy S23 Extremely, which exceeded expectations in our overview because of its new 200-megapixel major digicam sensor and the personalised processor from Qualcomm. On the identical time, Apple has had loads of time to ship a number of updates to the iPhone 14 Professional so as to fine-tune its high-resolution 48-megapixel sensor. Each telephones can be found at an analogous worth too, which simply begs one other digicam shootout, and that is precisely what we now have executed. 

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Digital camera specs

Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Extremely has 4 rear-facing cameras and the specs are in the desk beneath. Whereas it might look like a easy setup, Samsung makes use of these cameras in a really attention-grabbing method and most of this will depend on how far an object or individual is from the rear cameras. These outcomes do differ relying on how properly one understands this digicam system, so let’s dive a bit deeper.

    Galaxy S23 Extremely iPhone 14 Professional
Major Digital camera Decision 200-megapixels 48-megapixels
Aperture f/1.7 f/1.78
Stabilisation Optical Optical
Vast-angle Digital camera Decision 12-megapixels 12-megapixels
Aperture f/2.2 f/2.2
Subject of View 120 diploma 120 diploma
Telephoto Digital camera Decision 10 + 10-megapixels 12-megapixels
Aperture f/2.4 + f/4.9 f/2.8
Optical zoom 3X + 10X 3X
Max zoom 100X 15X
Stabilisation Optical Optical
Depth Sensor   No Sure
Selfie Digital camera Decision 12-megapixels 12-megapixels
  Aperture f/2.2 f/1.9

For the reason that major digicam on the Galaxy S23 Extremely has a big sensor, it results in pictures which have a really shallow depth of discipline (DoF), which some might desire however others will not. This DoF makes higher sense when capturing folks or objects a metre away, however on the identical time makes it troublesome to shoot smaller objects up shut. Samsung makes an attempt to treatment this through the use of a characteristic referred to as Focus Enhancer, which mainly switches between the first sensor and the ultra-wide sensor relying on the lighting situations and the way far cellphone is from the topic.

If you tap-to-focus on an object lower than a metre away from the rear cameras, Focus Enhancer makes an attempt to provide the person a wider DoF by switching to the ultra-wide digicam and this results in some underwhelming and over-sharpened photographs. Transfer in nearer for that macro shot (about a few centimetres away from the identical topic) and the cellphone switches to a cropped (virtually 1.5-2X) view of the ultra-wide angle digicam.

This looks as if a wise transfer as a result of it will get you nearer to the article for that excellent macro picture, however ends in a barely upscaled picture that appears a bit over-sharpened. It does make higher sense to change to the ultra-wide digicam manually and use the total decision of the 12-megapixel sensor, which leads to some high quality macro pictures.

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The Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely’s rear digicam setup is way extra difficult when in comparison with the Apple iPhone 14 Professional

On the iPhone 14 Professional, the system is way easier and Apple makes use of its massive major 48-megapixel sensor to its benefit, switching to the 3X telephoto solely when it is actually wanted. Nevertheless, in terms of macro images, similar to the Galaxy S23 Extremely, I discovered the outcomes from the ultra-wide digicam to be much better.

For daylight samples on this comparability, I disabled the Galaxy S23 Extremely’s Scene Optimiser characteristic because it captures pictures with abnormally saturated colors which might be nowhere near the precise scene. Nevertheless, Scene Optimiser has its benefits in low-light capturing because it helps seize well-optimised low-light pictures with shorter publicity occasions, firing up the devoted Evening mode solely when wanted. I did preserve the characteristic enabled after sundown. One factor to bear in mind is that Samsung’s Scene Optimiser is simply out there for the rear cameras when utilizing Picture mode.

Apple’s auto-night mode additionally capabilities in an analogous method when set to “Auto” within the slide up tray. It routinely judges publicity occasions in response to the scene. Setting the identical slider to “Off” switches off Evening mode fully resulting in noisy low-light pictures, and setting it to “Max” allows a correct Evening mode with lengthy exposures.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Major cameras

With regards to color consistency, Samsung wins in opposition to the iPhone regardless of its barely hotter color tones. It is extremely arduous to know how Apple will get this incorrect, however photographs produced by the iPhone have colors that may be fairly correct or manner off at occasions, showing as if they’ve been shot by a filter. Samsung is not the very best within the enterprise both, because it showcases barely hotter tones with a reddish tinge, however it certain has come a good distance from earlier Galaxy fashions.

There’s additionally a noticeable distinction in focus precedence between the 2 major cameras. Apple’s iPhone prioritises and focuses on an object or airplane closest to the digicam, which ends up in a pleasant focus fall off thereon. The Galaxy then again tends to throw it broad open and focus to infinity (except you faucet on an object within the viewfinder) so there are situations the place a scene might find yourself showing a bit flat with all of the objects within the scene showing sharp. After all, this is not an issue however one thing that may be remedied with a single tap-to-focus gesture when that you must create that sense of depth.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Major digicam, daylight samples (Faucet to see full dimension)

The first digicam on the Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely captures photographs with loads of element at 1X and as much as 2.9X, past which is the place the primary telephoto digicam takes over. Due to its abnormally excessive sensor decision and Samsung’s optimisations ({hardware} and software program), even the cropped output at 2X seems virtually native when it comes to particulars (with the Focus Enhancer switched off). One factor that I seen is that the Extremely’s pictures lack that pure focus fall-off we’re used to seeing on smartphones with “common” high-resolution sensors, so the photographs do seem a bit flat at occasions, despite the fact that all the things could seem image excellent.

The iPhone 14 Professional captures contrasted pictures, which results in lesser dynamic vary. I seen this in my earlier digicam shootout with the Google Pixel 7 Professional too, and it is the identical case out right here as properly. This is extra evident when capturing round sundown as particulars within the shadows get blacked out or highlights get clipped simply.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Major digicam, auto-night mode samples (Faucet to see full dimension)

In low gentle, Samsung manages higher particulars than the iPhone. Surprisingly, Apple’s iPhone additionally captures some saturated photographs at occasions, even when in comparison with the S23 Extremely’s scene-optimised pictures. In contrasting conditions like a brightly lit up constructing, Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Extremely shines with low noise, extra particulars, and wonderful dynamic vary.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Major digicam, Evening mode samples (Faucet to see full dimension)

Samsung’s major digicam in street-lit situations (with the Scene Optimiser on) snaps spectacular pictures, however its efficiency in dim lighting (whereas wonderful on different parameters) overdoes the HDR imaging resulting in some random haloing round objects. Apple’s iPhone 14 Professional because of its contrast-heavy method tended to overdo the shadows, which didn’t result in good outcomes. Nevertheless, Samsung’s huge sensor manages much better resolved element than what the iPhone is able to.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Extremely-wide cameras

By way of {hardware}, Samsung and Apple are on par with each other in terms of ultra-wide cameras. Nevertheless, Apple’s consistency with color tones is as confused as its major digicam. Particulars are sharper on the Galaxy S23 Extremely and the identical goes for its shot-to-shot consistency (despite the fact that it showcases the identical shortcomings as the first digicam). Nevertheless, after software program correction for barrel distortion cropping a few of the body on the Samsung, it is the iPhone that finally ends up providing a wider discipline of view.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Extremely-wide digicam samples (Faucet to see full dimension)

In low gentle, Apple’s ultra-wide digicam is unable to focus appropriately, which ends up in tender photographs. Samsung’s ultra-wide digicam is fast to lock focus and gives sharper photographs and good distinction in powerful lighting situations. That is certainly among the finest ultra-wide-angle cameras I’ve come throughout on a smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Telephoto cameras

Samsung’s zoom vary stays as spectacular as final yr’s Galaxy S22 Extremely, however the firm has improved when it comes to shot-to-shot consistency this yr. Photographs seem sharp and pack in loads of element until 3X zoom (which is the place the primary telephoto digicam takes over) and the identical goes for dynamic vary.

Leaping to 10X zoom, which is the Galaxy’s optical restrict, additionally reveals wonderful particulars. Actually, it will get actually arduous to persuade folks that such pictures had been captured at 10X magnification. At 15X, which is the iPhone’s hybrid zoom restrict, pictures are nonetheless fairly usable, however a skilled eye can inform that these have been digitally zoomed in.

On the 30X, Samsung’s stabilisation is kind of spectacular and the identical goes for the ensuing picture which has a little bit of noise however in any other case appears to be like like a daily picture that lacks a little bit of resolved element. At 100X, the picture finally ends up trying like a portray, however continues to be spectacular as you can inform what’s within the picture, which is in any other case not seen with the bare eye. General, there’s a noticeable enchancment within the high quality of telephoto photographs in comparison with its predecessor.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Telephoto cameras, daylight samples (Faucet to see full dimension)

Apple’s telephoto functionality is restricted to 3X optical zoom and 15X hybrid zoom. At 3X zoom, it’s shocking to see the identical flaw in colors and dynamic vary that I noticed at 1X. However when it comes to high quality, photographs look fairly good, with good particulars and sharpness. At 10X zoom, picture high quality is much like the Galaxy’s 15X with a little bit of noise creeping in. At 15X, it’s fairly apparent that it is a closely cropped and upscaled picture.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Telephoto cameras, auto-night samples (Faucet to see full dimension)

With their respective auto-night modes switched on, the Galaxy S23 Extremely at 3X zoom manages noisier pictures than the iPhone 14 Professional. Nevertheless, these have higher dynamic vary and seem a bit brighter than the latter. At 10X zoom, Samsung clearly manages higher picture high quality, with higher definition and resolved element than the iPhone. Nonetheless, it is spectacular to see how the iPhone 14 Professional manages related stage of high quality regardless of going fully digital.

At 15X zoom, Samsung’s cropping turns into apparent and so does the noise, which begins creeping up. However Apple’s picture is way from unusable at this level. Samsung manages to push additional at 30X and the photographs are surprisingly helpful, with solely a little bit of purple fringing. At 100X the picture finally ends up trying like an oil portray.

Each telephones are additionally able to capturing longer exposures in Evening mode when zoomed in. Each showcase spectacular high quality at 3X with the noise and dynamic vary beneath management, however the 14 Professional’s picture high quality deteriorates from thereon as stabilisation turns into an issue with the longer exposures. Taking pictures at 3X on the iPhone wants a little bit of talent by itself when utilizing Evening mode set to “max”.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Telephoto digicam, evening mode samples (Faucet to see full dimension)

Samsung’s zoom stage within the devoted Evening mode maxes out at 10X, however the result’s jaw-droppingly spectacular. Noise is properly beneath management, however resolved element is downright spectacular for a picture captured at 10X zoom. Cropping into that 10X pattern reveals much more element (the online beneath the spire), which is absolutely arduous to perform at this focal size on a smartphone. It is fairly clear that Samsung has executed a whole lot of work on this yr’s Extremely in terms of zoom functionality.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Portrait and selfie cameras

In daylight, each smartphones handle equally spectacular portrait pictures when utilizing their respective rear cameras. Edge detection can be spot on and pictures seem fairly sharp. Nevertheless, Samsung makes faces seem a bit crimson for some purpose. In low gentle, Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Extremely captures saturated colors when capturing portraits, however in some way manages extra correct pores and skin tones. Apple then again manages higher particulars and sharpness than the S23 Extremely, however captures inaccurate pores and skin tones.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional (L to R): Portrait major, Portrait selfie daylight, and Portrait selfie low gentle (Faucet to see full dimension)

Taking pictures with the entrance cameras, it turns into apparent that Samsung gives a wider discipline of view. Edge detection can be extra correct in comparison with the iPhone 14 Professional. In low gentle with the show flash enabled, Samsung once more takes the lead, providing higher edge detection together with good element and readability, whereas the iPhone manages to seize far much less particulars with a crimson tint.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Macro mode

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional (Prime) Macro mode (50% crop), (Backside) Extremely-wide digicam shut up (Faucet to see full dimension)

With regards to macro functionality, I utilised every digicam’s auto-macro mode which has some stage of cropping and upscaling concerned. Then I switched to their respective ultra-wide cameras and clicked the identical object utilizing every digicam’s native decision. Each smartphones managed equally spectacular particulars and had been in a position to focus extraordinarily near an object at round 3cm. The Galaxy S23 Extremely managed barely higher color copy, however at the price of barely overexposed photographs. The iPhone managed to get a wee-bit nearer with well-balanced outcomes, however its pictures had a yellowish tint.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Video recording

Taking pictures common movies at 4K, Samsung’s bigger sensor certain manages higher resolved particulars in daylight. Additionally beneath management are reflections from shiny surfaces which have been an issue with latest iPhone fashions. Taking pictures with the telephoto cameras was additionally a very good expertise, nonetheless, not like the iPhone 14 Professional, Samsung enables you to zoom in to as much as 10X and nonetheless keep loads of fantastic particulars when capturing in daylight.

Nevertheless, in low gentle or street-lit situations, the Galaxy S23 Extremely captured barely saturated movies with extra noise, whereas the iPhone discovered the candy spot, providing higher particulars and fewer noise. Samsung additionally helps 8K 30fps video recording, which presents a loopy quantity of element, however on the identical time is greatest seen solely on an 8K TV and it does take up a whole lot of house on the cellphone.

Video stabilisation was good on each telephones, regardless of which digicam I used. This was additionally spectacular when capturing on the far finish of every smartphone’s optical zoom restrict (3X for iPhone and 10X for Galaxy). Whereas the iPhone’s viewfinder confirmed me shaky footage when recording, the output appeared fairly easy. Samsung’s preview then again appeared secure similar to the ultimate output.

Since each smartphones are greater than able to capturing 4K footage, I additionally recorded samples in HDR. Samsung’s HDR10+ footage, though fairly good when it comes to dynamic vary, bitrate and total high quality, showcases saturated colors, which as identified in my overview, aren’t a real illustration of the particular scene. Apple, which data in Dolby Imaginative and prescient, captures barely muted colors, however for some purpose provides a contrasted look to the footage. Absolutely, Apple comes out as the general winner in terms of video recording, however it’s shocking to see how shut Samsung has come and what extra it has on supply in terms of zoom.

Just a few different issues…

Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Extremely is likely to be a bit behind the iPhone when it involves video recording, however it presents a built-in Professional mode with handbook controls which will be helpful if you wish to get severe about your video recording classes. With regards to warmth administration, Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Extremely does heat up whereas capturing video, however it’s removed from the recent mess the iPhone 14 Professional turns into when recording video again to again on a sunny afternoon.

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Apple’s iPhone 14 Professional is offered in a daily and a Max model, whereas Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Extremely solely reveals up in a single dimension yearly

Nevertheless, Apple has the benefit of dimension, or moderately extra choices in terms of it. As I’ve talked about in my overview of the Galaxy S23 Extremely, Samsung solely presents it in a single dimension which could not swimsuit everybody particularly you probably have smaller fingers. The iPhone 14 Professional then again is much more pocketable and simpler to deal with.


Samsung’s Galaxy Extremely collection has come a good distance certainly, from a mannequin that was nearly bragging rights (Galaxy S20 Extremely), to being merged with the Galaxy Observe lineup (Galaxy S22 Extremely), making the Galaxy S23 Extremely its most polished try but. Samsung appears to have gotten fairly a number of issues proper this yr, which features a constant imaging expertise with all its cameras. Video high quality can be in all probability the very best you possibly can probably get on an Android smartphone at the moment. The iPhone 14 Professional’s digicam efficiency hasn’t modified a lot since our final digicam shootout, however it nonetheless is the go-to smartphone for content material creators because the video recording expertise is second to none. 

Nevertheless, if I had been to choose a winner between the 2 telephones, then the Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely makes a a lot stronger case for itself total. Nonetheless images is superb in each day and evening, telephoto efficiency continues to be unrivalled, and movies recording high quality is simply a small step behind the iPhone. In the event you can reside with the comparatively massive dimension of the cellphone, the Galaxy S23 Extremely ought to preserve informal photographers and artistic professionals equally glad.  

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