Galaxy s21 ultra vs iPhone 12 pro max Camera

Right now we have the two best phone cameras on the planet. Now we’re going to compare the Samsung galaxy s21 ultra vs iPhone 12 pro max camera. A little different we’ve got 12 categories and then we’re gonna crown one winner. Samsung’s camera app versus apple and there’s such a gap between them whilst.

Samsung galaxy s21 ultra vs iPhone 12 pro max camera

iPhone 12 pro max Camera

  • Pro 12MP camera system: Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto cameras
  • Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
  • Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
  • Telephoto: ƒ/2.0 aperture (iPhone 12 Pro); ƒ/2.2 aperture (iPhone 12 Pro Max)
  • 2x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; 4x optical zoom range (iPhone 12 Pro)
  • Digital zoom up to 10x (iPhone 12 Pro)
  • 2.5x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; 5x optical zoom range (iPhone 12 Pro Max)
  • Digital zoom up to 12x (iPhone 12 Pro Max)
  • Night mode portraits enabled by LiDAR Scanner
  • Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
  • Portrait Lighting with six effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High-Key Mono)
  • Dual optical image stabilisation (Wide and Telephoto)
  • Sensor-shift optical image stabilisation (iPhone 12 Pro Max Wide)
  • Five-element lens (Ultra Wide); six‑element lens (Telephoto); seven-element lens (Wide)
  • Brighter True Tone flash with Slow Sync
  • Panorama (up to 63MP)
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • 100% Focus Pixels (Wide)
  • Night mode (Ultra Wide, Wide)
  • Deep Fusion (Ultra Wide, Wide, Telephoto)
  • Smart HDR 3
  • Apple ProRAW
  • Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Lens correction (Ultra Wide)
  • Advanced red-eye correction
  • Photo geotagging
  • Auto image stabilisation
  • Burst mode
  • Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG

Galaxy s21 ultra Camera

  • Portrait mode video
  • Super steadyrecording
  • Pro videomode
  • Multiple camera shooting at the sametime
  • 8k video
Rear camera108-megapixel (f/1.8, 0.8-micron) + 12-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.4-micron) + 10-megapixel (f/2.4, 1.22-micron) + 10-megapixel (f/4.9, 1.22-micron)
Rear autofocusLaser autofocus
Rear flashYes
Front camera40-megapixel (f/2.2, 0.7-micron)

Every generation of apple is just constantly thinking about how do we keep this simple.

Samsung is just cramming features into every corner.

And the second version of their single-take feature means that I can just tap the shutter once and get from that every type of photo and video in one go.

What does the iphone have ?

  • portrait mode
  • slo-mo

but like so does Samsung and yes the main purpose of this post is to test core image quality. But you can’t ignore that disparity. I think that just having this many options give Samsung has a slightly higher starting point.

Galaxy s21 ultra vs iPhone 12 pro max Zoom

I say options there’s much more to it than just surface-level software gimmicks.

Zoom I don’t need to tell you that this camera has better zoom functionality than this camera I think Samsung made that pretty clear.

Galaxy s21 ultra vs iPhone 12 pro max Macro

Double as a close-up macro camera you just approach a subject. and it will automatically switch and as you can probably tell. It’s good it’s rare that you see disparities this massive when you’re comparing two super high-end phones, but look at it I mean these look like before and after photos to be clear.

I’m not saying that I think macro shots are anywhere near as important as shots from the main camera. It’s not like I’ve ever really had a moment using the iPhone 12 pro max where.

I thought do you know what I really want to do. I want to take a close-up shot of the texture of this table but I can’t stupid iPhone but what I am saying is that. Sometimes it takes seeing how something could be done to realize how it should be done.

Now having used Samsung’s macro camera and seen shots like this.

Going back to the iPhone and a lot of other phones something feels wrong I just kept moving further and further back from the subject thinking, surely it’s going to focus now it wasn’t this bad, was it. I do have to say though even with all its lenses and tech and software magic there is one thing that Samsung has not nailed on this phone.

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Night Mode Galaxy s21 ultra vs iPhone 12 pro max

Now as we start to see some proper differences. I spent a lot of my time with this phone taking night mode photos, taking night mode photos. Because for me at least that’s a big category, hence why we’re representing it with a bigger-sized dot. But Apple still wins with the iPhone 12pro max.

Apple jumped from pretty good at night mode like kind of middle of the line for top-tier flagships to right at the very top. Even with this s21 ultra, I don’t think Samsung’s topped.

Its photos do have a sort of a grunginess a grittiness that you might actually quite like. But without fail just the fundamentals of the night mode shot-like texture like the detail the iPhone is winning. It’s almost like Samsung’s become ultra-aggressive all of a sudden with its noise reduction.

like they’re somehow afraid of there being even a single speck of grain in their shot but the result of that is it’s just a little bit softer. I will give to Samsung that its nighttime zoom shots usually look better. Its nighttime ultrawide shots are surprisingly crispy given the lack of light.


Based out of USA , Jilon Tanvir has been testing, writing about consumer technology for a decade and then some. He joined ISO & Android Authority in 2020, before which he balanced his journalistic career with multiple start-ups including a makerspace. Jilon Tanvir is your go-to guy if you want to chat about travel, coffee, records, or vintage electronics.

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