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Camera comparison: Galaxy S8 vs the Galaxy S7

For a long time now, Samsung has been at the top of its game when it comes to smartphone cameras. The Galaxy S7 had the best overall phone camera on the market for quite a long time, and with the Galaxy S8, Samsung has made minor changes to further improve the quality of images captured by the 12-megapixel rear camera. We’ve talked in detail about the Galaxy S8’s camera in our official review, but we haven’t yet talked about how it compares to its predecessor. Well, we’ve decided we’ll just let the pictures do the talking.

The photos you see below were taken in auto mode (with HDR set to auto as well); we didn’t reach for the pro mode for any picture, as we feel most folks simply use their phones as a point-and-shoot camera instead of fiddling around with advanced settings. What we should point out here is the Galaxy S7’s camera still holds its own more than a year later, especially in daylight. Nighttime is where the Galaxy S8 leads the way, doing better with detail and color. The colors in low-light shots aren’t perfect on the S8, either, as they look too white compared to their real-life counterparts. But again, it does better at night compared to the S7, and part of the reason for that is no doubt the new multi-frame processor on the S8.

Well, enough talk. Go ahead and enjoy the pictures below (photos from the S8 are on the left while the S7’s images are on the right), and let us know what you think!

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Note: We’re aware that it’s a bit hard to see the differences between two images without being able to see them in a bigger format. We’re working on adjusting our site to fix this, so that our camera comparisons are more useful than they might be right now for some folks. 

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bushikishitsu
bushikishitsu

I don´t know the propose of this test but I think this is little fake. Both phones have the same camera (12 MP (f/1.7, 26mm, 1/2.5″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF)) It doesn’t make any sense this kind of difference between this two phones. If you guys want to see test, go to youtube whem the guys show the differences in “real-time” Not to mention I have a S7 Edge and a friend of mine a S8 Plus and when I grab his phone to compare myself the quality of the photos and you know what?! Im thinking mine it was… Read more »

sparq
sparq

Great comparision. S8 seem to have more punch, being more saturated and have a more pleasent white balance. Maybe less noise, and more contrast. Its kinda like the s8-image has been edited in a raw format app and s7 was not. Might be software differences and not the lens/sensor. The night street image seems to be less blury though.

calogero9090
calogero9090

S8 immagini più nitide colore più ricco con rumore fotocamera inferiore al S7 sopratutto nelle foto scattate di sera e HDR più efficace. S8 superiore ma comunque S7 fa sempre ottime foto!

agyawusu2012
agyawusu2012

S7 still holds up well though its one year old

Tofunmi
Tofunmi

I think s8 is better

nino77ns
nino77ns

They are sharp, but during the day, automatic shooting is very bright, and colors are too pronounced, if the green color is too green, as seen in the first picture where the grass is green, it’s almost ruddy green, For example, huawei p9 lite , Its front camera also has a zoom mode, and it makes much better pictures of Samsung, I have both phones I could not believe is much better than samsung and much cheaper, samsung has inserted filters, ears, nose, it looks too much kitsch and kids, Does not give a premium look, I think you should… Read more »

adrscu
adrscu

“ears, nose”? We are not able to understand slang from your own language.

siddhant11911
siddhant11911

Indian photographer confirmed

popetillox
popetillox

…and?

popetillox
popetillox

s8 is better in all

auctyvance
auctyvance

S8 pictures are awesome.

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

S8 pictures are much sharper

marchulya
marchulya

S8 fotos are brighter. sky is more natural and night fotos are better with more details

archer999
archer999

The only difference that i can see only the S8 tends to oversaturated more than the S7.