- The SamsungGalaxy S10 and Apple iPhone XS take nearly identical photos, so there's no specific winner for camera quality.
- But Galaxy S10 users have an option that iPhone users don't: an ultrawide camera that captures a much wider field of view than a smartphone's regular camera.
- That option alone makes the Galaxy S10 a better smartphone for taking photos.
- It's pretty clear that if other phones are going to have an ultrawide camera, the next iPhone is going to need one.
I've finally had a chance to test the camera on Apple's iPhone XS against Samsung's Galaxy S10, and they take incredibly similar photos.
Sure, there are some differences here and there, but iPhone users and Galaxy S10 users will be equally happy with the photos their phones take.
With that said, Galaxy S10 users have the option of taking photos with the phone's ultrawide camera. That option alone seals the Galaxy S10 as the better smartphone for taking photos.
Check it out:
The iPhone XS and Galaxy S10 take pretty similar photos. Here's a photo taken with the Galaxy S10.
And here's the same photo taken with the iPhone XS. There's little difference between the two in terms of quality.
Both phones have a dedicated 2x zoomed lens. Here's the Galaxy S10's 2x zoomed lens in action, which is slightly sharper than the iPhone XS's 2x zoomed photo.
And here's the iPhone XS's 2x zoomed lens, which isn't quite as sharp as the Galaxy S10's, but it's nothing to complain about.
Both phones can zoom in to 10x with digital zooming. Here's the Galaxy S10's 10x zoom.
And here's the iPhone XS's 10x zoom.
Compared to the iPhone XS's photo, the Galaxy S10's photo is brighter. That can be good for capturing as much detail as possible, but it does result in a flatter photo than the iPhone XS's darker photo, which has more depth and contrast to it.
The majority of photos I took with the Galaxy S10 and iPhone XS looked very similar. Here's the S10 again.
It should be noted that the Galaxy S10 tends to oversaturate the colour blue at times. I found the same when comparing the cameras on the Galaxy S10 with the Pixel 3's.
And here's the iPhone XS's version. Anyone would be happy with either.
But the real difference between the Galaxy S10 and iPhone XS becomes obvious with the S10's ultrawide camera.
Here's another example, starting with a photo from the iPhone XS.
As a sidenote, there's a strange dark shadow around the Freedom Tower in NYC.
And here's what the Galaxy S10 can capture with its ultrawide camera.
Both the iPhone XS and Galaxy S10 take similar quality photos, and it's pretty clear that the Galaxy S10 differentiates itself from Apple's latest iPhones with its ultrawide camera.
Now, it's pretty clear that ultrawide cameras aren't a gimmick. They help you capture a lot more of your surrounding, especially of nearby larger objects.
It's also pretty clear that Apple should add an ultrawide camera to its next iPhone if it wants to compete against Samsung and LG in the camera department.
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