Samsung introduced its latest high-end flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S22 Ultra, in February. We picked up one of Samsung’s newer devices and thought we’d compare it to Apple’s high-end smartphone, the iPhone 13 Pro Max, to see how the two high-end phones compare camera-wise. quality.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with four cameras in total this year, including a 108-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 10-megapixel telephoto camera with 10x optical zoom, and a 10-megapixel camera. megapixels with 3x optical zoom.
Comparatively, the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a 12-megapixel wide lens, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens supporting 3x optical zoom. On paper, Samsung certainly wins when it comes to raw specs, especially in the optical zoom department.
In practice, however, both smartphones take amazing photos and from photo to photo it can be difficult to choose a favorite as you can see from the photos in our video and this article. Note that all the photos we show were captured in RAW and are straight out of the camera using default smartphone settings, no editing involved.
You will mainly see differences in color temperature, depending on the scene. The Galaxy S22 Ultra tends to have a cooler tone, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max is warmer. The S22 Ultra also tends to raise highlights, and while it can sometimes look sharper, some may find images a little too washed out because of this.
In some situations, the iPhone provides more natural lighting for skin tones than the S22 Ultra, but the contrast the iPhone uses can darken dark areas, causing images to lose a touch of detail. iPhone images tend to be more vibrant and can be more aesthetically pleasing, but it really varies depending on the subject.
In Portrait mode, there are a lot of similarities. Samsung has improved edge detection and bokeh in its portrait photos, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max and S22 Ultra take great images. The iPhone is of course more dynamic, and in some images it’s a bit sharper. Unfortunately, Samsung is still not good at skin tones, and the S22 Ultra doesn’t do as well at preserving skin texture.
When it comes to telephoto capabilities, the 10x optical zoom, 30x digital zoom, and 100x digital zoom offered by the S22 Ultra are a step ahead of the iPhone with its 3x optical zoom and 15x digital zoom. The 100x zoom is fun to see how close you can get, but even at 30x you can get some pretty usable shots from the S22 Ultra.
When it comes to video recording, the iPhone has the edge as it supports Dolby Atmos and ProRes for higher quality video for those who need it, but for everyday videos both are more than sufficient. Cinematic mode is better than Samsung’s Live Portrait video option because Samsung limits the feature to faces only, and the iPhone also wins out when it comes to stabilization. The Galaxy S22 Ultra supports 8K video unlike the iPhone 13 Pro Max, but the lack of good stabilization affects the quality.
It’s unlikely that most people will choose their smartphone based on camera capabilities alone, and the ecosystem plays a huge role. Someone who owns multiple Apple devices is unlikely to buy an S22 Ultra, and a regular Samsung owner is unlikely to leave that ecosystem for an iPhone.
In day-to-day use, these smartphones are incredibly similar and really take great high quality photos that rival those you can get with high-end cameras, especially in good lighting. What iPhone users can take from the S22 Ultra is what we might see Apple do in the future. Will Apple compete with this 10x optical zoom? Rumors say yes, as there’s a periscope lens with greater zoom capabilities in the works, and Apple is still working to improve the camera technology.
What did you think of the photos in the video? Be sure to give it a watch to see all the comparisons, then let us know if you prefer the Galaxy S22 Ultra or the iPhone 13 Pro Max.