iphone vs. s7 _thumbnails_4x3Skye Gould

We got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy S7 this week, boasting the best smartphone camera Samsung's ever made. So of course we wanted to compare it to the iPhone 6s Plus, until now the benchmark for high-end pocket photography.

Frankly, I expected the Galaxy S7 to underperform. Apple's cameras are legendary and tend to destroy any "revolutionary" new device in head-to-head comparisons. A big part of that is the sheer exposure smarts of the iOS software. But Samsung's new smartphone camera is amazing. In everyday situations the two 12-megapixel, 4:3 crop shooters produce nearly identical images. But on the margins — in low light, mixed light, and shooting motion — Samsung's hardware outperforms Apple by every objective measure (even if it does have a couple habits I find annoying).

Check out my detailed comparison of the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s Plus.

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