iPhone 12 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra are two of the best “camera phones” today. So which phone would be better for landscape, portrait, selfie and night mode photography? Following Mazetti to find out it!
Compare camera iPhone 12 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
In theory, the cameras on Apple’s new iPhone 12 Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra look the same. Both have 3-camera systems on the rear with excellent low-light photography, 4K HDR video recording and advanced autofocus. Of course, they’re not perfect in every way, as each phone has different strengths and weaknesses.
Therefore, we tested the cameras of the iPhone 12 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in modes such as zoom, portrait, landscape. From there, we can view the images and see how well they are capable of capturing.
Great for landscape, super wide and HDR photos between iPhone 12 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
In well-lit situations, it can be difficult to differentiate between which phone the photo was taken as the results are excellent in terms of both excellent color, detail and dynamic range. The automatic image processing and optimizers from Samsung or Apple are capable of handling impressive under all conditions. If the iPhone 12 Pro has Smart HDR and Deep Fusion, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has the Scene Optimizer. All of them complete their work as intended by the manufacturer.
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s main wide-angle rear camera has a 108-megapixel sensor that lets you crop and edit frames even after you’ve taken a snapshot. You can also get more depth-of-field effects on your photos without shooting in portrait mode. Samsung also offers a technique called pixel bining on its phones to ensure that the photos taken at 12-megapixel (default) resolution look great.
The super wide-angle camera on both phones is also great in good lighting. Although I found that in indoor lighting conditions, the iPhone 12 Pro produces a more balanced and more saturated photo. The iPhone’s super wide-angle lens also fixes distortion better than the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
Zoomed images are a clear win for the Note 20 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has 5x optical zoom, which is a lot better than the 2x optical zoom on the iPhone 12 Pro. So you shouldn’t be surprised that the Samsung handset offers better results in this comparison. With enough light, the 5x zoom shots taken by the Note 20 Ultra look sharp and well-balanced. Samsung also provides users with even greater zoom capabilities with digital zoom that can be increased from 10x to 50x.
On the other hand, the iPhone 12 Pro maxes out at 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom. Notably, the 2x zoom on an Apple phone looks sharper than the same zoom level on the Note 20 Ultra. Meanwhile, results like the 12 Pro’s 5x or 10x zoom were not as good as the competition.
Portrait mode is better on iPhone 12 Pro
Both phones give you the option to portrait anything with a background blur (Bokeh) effect. On the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, this mode is called Live Focus while Apple calls it Portrait Mode on the iPhone 12 Pro.
They both do a good job of pinpointing the edges of the subject to figure out what to focus on, but the iPhone 12 Pro does a much better job of capturing outstanding shadows and details in overall photos. As a result, the Apple phones capture the subject that looks sharper and the background blurring effect is more natural.
Even in less than ideal lighting conditions like when the subject is backlit, both phones give acceptable results. However, I personally prefer the overall portrait shot taken from the iPhone because the photo it takes can retain more detail in the area where the sun shines on the hair.
When taking photos with the front camera, the iPhone’s white balance and exposure are more accurate. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra makes skin color and hair look a bit darker. But with ideal lighting, the Samsung phone’s selfie camera offers a wider dynamic range when taking photos or videos.
The iPhone 12 Pro does a great job with a night mode when taking portraits, which keeps subjects sharp and looks bright, even when lighting conditions aren’t ideal. As for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, it doesn’t have that option so you may have to take regular night shots if you don’t want your photo to be dark and blurry.