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A Samsung logo and a logo of Apple are seen in this September 23, 2014 illustration photo in Sarajevo. Reuters/Dado Ruvic

Apple has dominated the mobile phone industry for ten years now and one of the reasons why the iPhone is a hot seller is because of its cameras. The iPhone 6s is currently the second most popular camera phone used on Flickr. As a matter fact, four out of the top five cameras used on the image hosting site are iPhones.

Samsung, meanwhile, has consistently outdone itself with every Android release. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is one of the best smartphones in the world in terms of overall specs, and the quality photos it produces are top-notch as well. Let’s break down the camera specs and features of the iPhone 6s and the Galaxy S7 and see if Apple’s former flagship can beat Samsung’s latest jewel.

The primary shooter of the iPhone 6s is a 12 MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash. The iPhone 6s lacks optical image stabilisation (OIS), which is a great tool for those who have shaky hands. With OIS, jiggles and jolts won’t be a factor as steady shots are almost guaranteed every time.

The iPhone 6s’ main camera has 4K video and 8 MP image recording capabilities to go along with other features like touch focus, face detection and HDR. The former Apple flagship has a 5 MP secondary camera with an f/2.2 lens. Selfies and Facetime sessions are worthwhile using the front-facing snapper, which is also able to produce quality 1080p HD videos at 30 frames per second and 720p slow motion videos at 240 frames per second.

The Samsung Galaxy S7, on the other hand, furnishes a 12 MP primary camera that has LED flash, phase detection autofocus and the all-essential OIS. One notable difference between the Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 6s is that the Samsung flagship’s rear camera has a wider f/1.7 lens that absorbs significantly more light. This helps shots taken in low light conditions stand out.

Furthermore, the Galaxy S7 is boosted by the South Korean tech titan’s Dual Pixel technology, which allows the camera to focus considerably faster while also adding sufficient amounts of detail to resulting images. This is because the technology makes each pixel on the image sensor equip two photodiodes instead of only one.

The Galaxy S7’s colour rendering is well-balanced and never sloppy. Details in both highlights and shadows are correctly brought about by Samsung’s 12 MP camera to produce natural-looking images. The Samsung Galaxy S7’s 5 MP front camera is also better than the iPhone 6s’ selfie shooter because it has a wider f/1.7 lens. The S7 packs in more space, faces and objects without the need for a selfie stick.

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