iPhones have long been considered to have the best camera on a smartphone. Over the last couple of years though, Samsung, LG and Google have made huge strides to ensure that the cameras in their smartphone remarkable as well.
There was a point when someone wanted a smartphone with the best camera, they’d blindly go with the iPhone. This, however, no longer holds true since the last couple of years as flagship Android devices now offer a camera experience and performance that is better than the iPhone.
While Apple too has upgraded the camera on its iPhones in the last couple of years, it pales in comparison to the improvements made by Android OEMs with their flagship devices. The Verge’s camera shootout comprising of the Galaxy S8, iPhone 7 Plus, Google Pixel, and LG G6 shows Apple’s flagship iPhone simply not being able to keep up with its Android competition.
Now, the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6 were released in 2017, so they do have a time advantage over the iPhone 7 but the Google Pixel was launched around the same time as the iPhone 7 last year. And on paper, its camera specifications are inferior to that of the iPhone.
It’s not like the iPhone 7 fared considerably worse than the Galaxy S8, LG G6 or the Google Pixel, but it was not clearly ahead of them in any particular comparison as well. In the shootout, the iPhone 7 clearly settles for the fourth position, with the three Android handsets battling it out for the top position. The Pixel consistently managed to edge out the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6 in most sample shots, which clearly shows that Google’s software trickery is better than the superior camera specs the other two handsets pack.
My another personal gripe with the iPhone 7’s camera is the lack of a shortcut to quickly launch the camera app. On all major Android flagships, you can quickly launch the camera app by double pressing the power or home button. On the iPhone, the fastest way to launch the camera app is through using the lock screen shortcut which is simply not quick enough for most scenarios.
Where the iPhone 7 Plus does excel is in terms of versatility offered by its dual camera setup. The secondary telephoto lens allows the iPhone 7 Plus to offer 2x optical zoom which no other Android smartphone in the shootout offers. While the secondary lens is not as good as the primary f/1.8 12MP shooter, it allows one to capture shots that were previously not possible.
The only other Android phone to come with a dual camera setup is the LG G6, which features a secondary wide-angle lens. While it does allow one to take photos that cannot be captured with other devices, it is arguably not as useful as a secondary telephoto lens.
Do make sure to head over to The Verge’s camera comparison article to see just how far cameras on Android smartphones have come when compared to the iPhone.
What do you think about the iPhone’s camera performance? Do you think it is still the best out there when compared to other Android flagships?
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