Samsung Galaxy S8 & Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones are displayed during the Samsung Unpacked event in New York City, United States, March 29, 2017. Reuters/Brendan McDermid

The new Samsung Galaxy S8 is finally here, and it’s already considered to be the South Korean electronics giant’s best phone ever. It’s only natural to match its features – specifically its cameras’ – to those of the Apple iPhone 7 without much ado. The Cupertino, California-based tech titan’s iconic handset is one of the most popular camera phones today and putting it up with the S8 is a good start.

Does the latest Galaxy S series smartphone have what it takes to take down the gold standard in a camera shootout? Read on and find out.

Apple iPhone 7 – Camera specs and features

The Mac maker’s latest smartphone houses a 12 MP main camera that equips 28 mm f/1.8 lens with phase detection autofocus and quad-LED (dual tone) flash. Unlike the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 7 makes use of optical image stabilisation (OIS) to handle shaky situations. Bumps and blows aren’t problems for OIS, and steady shots are virtually sure-fire each and every time. The back camera can handle 4K video and 8 MP image recording and has touch focus, HDR and face detection features.

The Apple flagship furnishes a 7 MP front-facing snapper with a 32 mm f/2.2 aperture, which is also another upgrade over the 6s. Selfie shots and Facetime sessions are never dull with the iPhone 7 front camera. It can likewise produce glistening 1080p HD videos at 30 frames per second and 720p slow-mo recordings at 240 frames per second.

Samsung Galaxy S8 – Camera specs and features

The Galaxy S8 sports a 12 MP Dual Pixel primary camera with a 26 mm f/1.7 aperture, phase detection autofocus and single LED flash. The handset also comes with OIS along with these features: 1/2.5” sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, touch focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, panorama, simultaneous 4K video and 9 MP image recording, and auto HDR.

The new Samsung flagship is capable of recording 4K Ultra HD videos at 30 frames per second and Full HD videos at 60 frames per second, with HDR and dual-video recording functions as well. According to GSMArena, the latest Galaxy S series smartphone just as great at capturing photos as its predecessor. Resulting images from the S7 and S8 shot in broad daylight are hard to distinguish from one another, but they’re full of detail and have excellent dynamic range.

The Galaxy S8 furnishes an 8 MP secondary camera with an f/1.7 lens that’s capable of producing 1440p videos at 30 frames per second. It also has autofocus, dual video call and auto HDR features. Selfies created by the Samsung phone’s front camera contain no shortage of detail and have no outward softness, even near the corners.

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