Opinion

Samsung’s phone cameras continue to be the best at what the general consumer wants

Every time a new flagship smartphone comes out, its camera is pitched against other flagship phones on the market. Experts take a look at a wide variety of situations before coming to a conclusion on what phone takes the best pictures. This year, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have been outranked by devices like the HTC U11 and the six-month-old Google Pixel on DxOMark. But as a blind test carried out by the folks over at Android Central proves yet again, Samsung’s smartphone cameras continue to take the most pleasing images as far as the general consumer is concerned.

Samsung has been accused of dialing up the colors on the images produced by its smartphone cameras, and while the company has taken things down a notch, it continues to tune its cameras to take pictures with enhanced contrast. Experts can discuss all day about things like details in the shadows in images with high dynamic range or the color accuracy of subjects in an image, but at the end of the day, what’s pleasing to the eye is what ultimately comes out on top. Android Central’s blind test isn’t a one-off case that supports this. You can find a variety of these on YouTube, and in most cases, the Galaxy S8 gets selected as having the best camera.

In fact, devices like the LG G6 and the Google Pixel also tend to oversaturate colors in a wide variety of situations, lending support to the fact that that is what consumers prefer. It’s something a lot of us have always believed, but the Galaxy S8 continuing the tradition of Samsung devices getting the most votes in blind tests such as these is further proof that the little things that many camera comparisons like to dwell on don’t exactly matter.

It’s not that these comparisons are wrong in going into detail. In this day and age, there’s no such thing as the wrong choice as far as flagship phone cameras are concerned. Testing on technical grounds is a great way to reveal how one phone does it differently (or better) than the other. Android Central’s test, for example, shows how Samsung still has work to do with its selfie cameras, and how everyone but Apple manages to ruin photos of food by messing up the colors even in good lighting.

But overall, it goes to show that Samsung still has the lead as far as taking pleasing images are concerned, even if it wins by just a slight margin. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ take great photos despite not matching up the competition in some aspects, and Samsung will no doubt be working on adding improvements with its future flagship phones.

Hit the source link to take a look at Android Central’s camera test. Still undecided on whether the Galaxy S8 or S8+ are worth buying? Check out what we think of the phones after a couple of weeks of use.

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SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

I think Samsung should go back to 16MP for more details especially when zooming in. The saturation of its pictures is pleasing however if you don’t like it you can always reduce it to your own taste later on and make photos look more natural.
It’s about time to stop comparing phones just based on auto mode. There’s a reason why manufacturers like Samsung, LG, HTC and few others are offering good manual controls that allows tweaking pictures and videos to a level that sth manufacturers like Apple and Google (Pixle) haven’t so far.

ELton Brooks
ELton Brooks

iPhone camera is the most used smartphone camera and has a 97% user satisfaction rate, soI would say it also is best for general consumers who don’t like saturated colors like those who respond to blind comparisons like…….

parshakov
parshakov

I’m a Samsung fan, but I did the blind test very carefully, with zooming in and such, and for me the winner was the G6, just like last year it was the G5. I liked the sensor in my Note 5 better than the one in my S7 edge, it won in most situations except for extremely dark conditions (based on my own testing).

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

MKBHD did a great blind camera test and Surprise surprise, the S8 performed best in my opinion lol. iPhone and OnePlus did the worst – again IMO. I still think though, in good lighting, the S6 edge+ does a better job at capturing details.

WP00
WP00

I really don’t think a 0.55% margin (29.75 to 29.2) is too much to brag about.
Over the iPhone’s 14.5 though, well, that’s a different story.

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