Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs iPhone 11 Pro Max Camera Test ComparisonFeb 27, 2020
alright here we go this is the
comparisonyou've been waiting for for the new
galaxys 20 altra vs the
iphone11 pro mac so you're looking at the 4k front facing video right now let me know which one you like look better let me know which mic sounds better and then today what I'm going to do is go out and take photos and video in all possible conditions to see which one is the best and which one should be in your pocket in 2020 come on let's see if that
camera108 megapixels that's insane on the s20
ultrareally makes a difference let's see who will be the king of the camera in 2020 let's do it before we start let's talk about the
testing process all these pictures are taken on auto mode with no edits straight from the camera i feel that this better represents the average consumer, the
iphonehas smart HDR and deep fusion enabled and the s20
ultrahas scene detection on as it is optimized to take the best photos automatically. co but the best part is the s20 ultra has a pro mode built right into the camera software so if you have time to dial in that perfect shot you can do it with the manual controls let's get started on the day both are great and you can't go wrong with either they both have a fantastic dynamic gamut of nice colors and captures a lot of detail this
comparisonis a bit different because
samsunghas a giant 108 megapixel sensor so let's talk about that first you can take pictures straight out of 108 megapixels by choosing this mode or you can choose a binary photo of pixels at 12 megapixels combining 9 pixels into one giving you the best balanced shot so here are the differences in these two modes when taking a hundred and eight megapixel shot , typically results in a brighter overall image with more natural colors, but lends itself to more highlight clipping sometimes suffers from dynamic range and plain HDR mind doesn't turn on when it should so you'll usually see that the 180 megapixel gives a brighter shot that's easier to edit than the 12 megapixel version the advantage of the hundred and eight megapixels is just the great resolution here it's on a scale of 1000% look how much detail there is still in the castle and at 400% scale the iPhone actually holds up very well it's amazing how much detail the iPhone is capable of capturing but let's go crazy and scale to two thousand percent hundred.
Look how many details are still there with Mickey. It's crazy and at three thousand percent scale, you can still make out detail without a problem on the s20 ultra and iPhone. Now it's just a blurry mess so I hope this shows you the power of a hundred and eight megapixels that can make a super wide shot on anything you want with lots of detail its next level by doing this comparison I was really shocked at the spread of iPhones it's really excellent at capturing detail. Here are some examples of 180 megapixels compared to the iPhone at 400 percent scaling, a crop level most people would use and I'm really surprised to see how w Well it kept it up that's when you go further 1000% is where you really see the difference both are amazing in a hundred and eight megapixel mode you can't access any of the other focal links or zooms but in the 12 megapixel mode you have access to that amazing 100x zoom the iPhone can zoom to X with the telephoto where the ultra goes down to 5x the iPhone goes up to 10x the digital zoom but the ultra does a 10x hybrid zoom so you see how much more detail there is even at 10x I'll probably never use this 100x zoom but it's awesome that it's on a smartphone 10x and 30x can be used but once you get to a hundred times it looks pretty bad overall the
galaxys 20 ultra has a take on more contrast II what's up i gives it a stylistic look.
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samsung galaxy s20 ultra vs iphone 11 pro max camera test comparison...
The best way to explain it is if you put a light filter on it. Increasing reflections isn't a bad look at all, but from a technical standpoint, Apple Smart HDR produces the most balanced. I shoot in most cases IMO with a more balanced approach of preserving highlights and overall dynamic range this is a preference so I don't blame them if they like the s20 ultra shots better but from a From a technical point of view, I'm sure they are analyzing all these images. I agree that it doesn't happen in every shot of course, but overall this is what I noticed.
The 40-megapixel selfie camera is impressive from Samsung this year. Great detail. I think the skin tones and exposures of the face have improved. the skin smoothing isn't aggressive it's still nice and sharp and even in front portrait mode i think it does a better job so kudos to samsung on this they have a new selfie hue feature where you can preset its color temperature, it's not a huge difference, but it's nice to have when it comes to portrait mode on human subjects, this will be based on preferences. Samsung's processing tends to lighten the skin, which I think some people will like where the iPhone balances. the shot takes in the whole image when it comes to objects both do a very good job as well good edge detection and natural background separation in this more challenging shot the iPhone did a better job with edge detection basically perfect around the hands and sharpness is maintained around the subject but exposure is much better on the s20 ultra even without portrait mode the s20 ultra has one of the best depths of field I've seen on a mobile sensor The iPhone is no slouch either, but the larger sensor size on the ultra really shows up even in daylight.
Look at that natural background blur. The separation is fantastic. I'm really impressed with this kind of arrangement without any special mods. I feel like the s20 ultra needs some work on a software update, focus could be sharper on subjects and the whole frame except landscape shots, you can add sharpening in posts so it's not a big deal, but many shots end up softer than I'd like, just look at Ariel's face here much more detailed on the iPhone and after looking at over 300 images side by side you can clearly see a detail difference in some shots this macro shot shows the same thing in fact the closer you get the softer the shot gets so i just wanted to point out i had some focus issues where sometimes it just doesn't focus no matter where you tap to focus but this is the final release software in the March security patch, however, can definitely fix a software update and if you know Samsung they will be releasing a bigger camera update in the next few It's been months so I'll revisit this comparison when that happens because I think it's going to make a world of difference in terms of 4k video both phones can shoot up to 60 frames per second which is great Here's a walking stabilization
test, both very natural with optical image stabilization, let me know which one you think looks better.
The s20 ultra has an improved super steady mode which downscales to 1080p but it's mind blowing with stabilization This is me running as fast as I could It looks like it's on a gimbal. I'll leave that link to that full video here if you'd like. I want to see that comparison. It's pretty crazy. The Galaxy S 20 ultra has an amazing video feature where you can record 8k resolution. It's crazy that we can do this on a mobile phone. It's limited to 24 frames per second, so I went for it. I won't include it here but I'll leave a link to my 8k video samples so you can watch it slow motion in 1080p here 240 frames per second which is what most people would use both look good and about the same Where do you want to go.
The crazy thing is with the 960 frames per second in super slow motion. If you want that, you'll have to go with the galaxy s 20 ultra. There is a lot to cover here. I didn't take many ultra-wide shots, they both have great ultra-wide cameras. during the day both are nice and have that ultra wide e and the 4k video is so good with stabilization on both you can capture a lot more like this and it's one of the most useful angles to have on a smartphone at night although it's a different story so keep an eye on that let's go ahead and get to what you've been waiting for and that's low light performance same goes here with the 108 megapixel shots compared to binary 12 megapixel shots even at night the highlight preservation and overall balance is better with the 12 megapixel shot so I'll be shooting with 12 megapixel at night I thought there would be more noise with the 108 megapixel shots but I'm impressed the level noise is very comparable overall the larger sensor shown on the galaxy s 20 Ultra usually produces the brightest image sometimes it goes back and forth where the iPhone takes the brightest image but both produce images with great contrast and sharpness the s20 ultra usually deepens blacks with more contrast for a more dramatic look usually with more re saturation but again it comes and goes both phones have a night mode so i took a normal photo and another with night mode they will be listed in which is which under incredible amounts of detail on both cameras the sharpness is Truly amazing mobile sensors have come a long way.
I would say the s20 ultra leans towards the warmer side of the white balance when night mode is activated and the ultra has a slight oversharpening that I wish Samsung would tone down a bit. a bit but i think the average user will lean towards the ultra because it really does look amazingly sharp the clarity is a real tangible result people will notice especially with the ultra wide it's so much sharper on the s20 ultra there's no competition at all and then you add night mode to the ultra wide shots which the iPhone 11 pro max doesn't have and it looks embarrassing I really hope Apple adds night mode to their ultra wide camera soon and a software or update is needed to be sure that red is still one of the hardest colors to replicate at night for a mobile sensor and i still think the iphone does it better red still looks washed out in this coke building its a bit better with night mode, but it still doesn't match the iPhone here, it has less shadow detail, but I think it's the nicer shot overall in night mode.
Here's an example of Samsung's oversharpening where it creates a halo effect on the sign with plus the saturation of nighttime video in 4k is really indisputable the s20 ultra again shows the sensor size flexes letting in more light the potential is there but the amount of noise is something they need to work on the iphone video stays sharper with more detail under these lighting conditions and then when you start walking around you can really see how the s20 Ultra is struggling there is lots of smearing and don't get me wrong iPhones don't look great either but there's definitely a clear difference here here's an example of the different lighting stage where a band was playing if you crop towards the sky you can see a clear difference in noise reduction like this than samsung if you are seeing this fix this as fast as you can the microns are only 0.8 on this sensor so it could be a hardware limitation are, but I'd like to see better noise reduction applied here. s20 ultra I am surprised to see that the zoom actually works in low light.
It's not as bad as I thought it would be, but that Hunter Time zoom looks like an oil painting. Everyone who takes selfies will love these tons of improvements. Here at night regular selfies look fantastic, especially in bin mode. You can take 40 megapixel photos if you want. The night mode for the front camera on the ultra makes this unfair. Just look at the details on the s20 ultra. There is no denying the winner. here the sh arpness is awesome determining a winner is really hard right now because i feel like a lot of these things i'm pointing out with samsung processing can be fixed with a software update but i want to hear from you which one of these phones won In This round daytime shots are more evenly balanced with the iPhone but there's no denying the amazing depth of field and great 108 megapixel resolution so during the day I could give it to the Samsung but at night I feel like they both do very good. ok but the samsung has the advantage of white angle night mode and sharper details the iphone does better night video with less noise but selfies are much better on the galaxy s xx ultra so i could argue either way Yes I had to choose just one camera which is really hard to do but I want to break it down like this.
I think if you're mainly taking pictures then you should probably look at the galaxy s 20 ultra but if you're looking at video I'd probably still pick the iPhone because even though it has cave recording on the s20 ultra before k is definitely better still better dynamic range I think overall it's a better video with less noise especially at night but honestly it doesn't really matter whatwhich one to choose here is all will be personal preference and the comments will reflect that they are both so good it doesn't really matter so let me know in the comments below let's have a discussion there let's put all the fanboys and fangirls aside and just watch the pictures no matter who you like better let the pictures and video do the talking thanks for watching this there is a lot more coverage on the channel so it makes you subscribe hit the like button if you enjoyed this and i'll see you in the next comparison
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