The iPhone 14 Pro is one of Apple’s most welcome camera upgrades in years. It offers an all-new 48MP camera, an upgraded way of image processing, and more. But how does it compare to the similarly priced Galaxy S22 Ultra? The new iPhone doesn’t have a fancy 100x zoom like Samsung’s flagship, but how can it stand up to the competition? Let’s find out.
iPhone 14 Pro and Galaxy S22 Ultra: Camera Specifications
The The iPhone 14 Pro has finally been upgraded from a 12MP camera. The latest iPhone Pro lineup includes a 48MP primary camera, 24mm wide lens, and f/1.8 aperture. It comes with Dual Pixel PDAF and Sensor Shift Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).
The primary camera is accompanied by a 12MP telephoto camera that supports 3x optical zoom and 15x digital zoom. You also get a 120-degree ultra-wide-angle camera with dual pixel PDAF. Finally, there is a 3D LiDAR sensor for depth calibration. The camera system is capable of recording videos in up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second (fps).
On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra features a quad camera setup. The iPhone 14 Pro tops out with a 108MP main camera with laser autofocus and OIS. A secondary 10MP telephoto camera offers 10x optical zoom with OIS accompanied by a 10MP regular telephoto lens for 3x optical zoom. Finally, you will also get a 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera with a 120-degree field of view. For videos, you get the option to shoot 4K at up to 60fps, like the latest iPhone.
iPhone 14 Pro vs. Galaxy S22 Ultra: Main Camera
Let’s start with the vertical position. Both smartphones were able to detect the edge directly in artificial light. If you zoom in, you’ll notice that the S22 Ultra and iPhone 14 Pro smooth strands of hair on top of my head. It’s a tough shot with indoor lighting in the evening. Look at the tufts of hair on my arm. The iPhone 14 Pro doesn’t improperly blur it like the Galaxy S22 Ultra does.
Neither phone got the correct skin tone. If I had to choose, I’d pick the iPhone 14 Pro because it’s closer to the shape of my skin already. I’m not quite that pale, but overall, it’s closer. As for Samsung, it gives my skin a pinkish tint. And with the huge amount of variance, it feels artificial. Apple’s software blur also looks a little better, especially in warm light conditions.
When it comes to the portrait mode of things, both smartphones take a few seconds to get the right product. If the phone is sitting parallel to the camera, both phones are able to detect edges, but Samsung does a better job of clicking portrait mode photos of things, just like I mentioned in my custom portrait mode comparison.
Both smartphones take great food photos. You will not be disappointed with either of the two. With the pasta in the shot above, it’s hard to pick one (and, incidentally, the pasta tastes as good as it looks). The Galaxy S22 Ultra is closer to reality, but you may want to choose the warmest iPhone image for social media.
The images above are great examples of how the iPhone 14 Pro and Galaxy S22 Ultra take different positions on what an image should look like. While the sky captured on the iPhone looks pale, it’s much closer to reality. On the other hand, Samsung is striving for a more saturated sky – which I would choose for my social media.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra shows trees better, and you can see brighter leaves in its photo. There are details in the shadows on the photo taken on the iPhone 14 Pro, but it doesn’t show the subject as much as it should. These photos are examples of point-and-shoot photography – the way most people take pictures. If you tap to focus, the dynamic range on the iPhone is largely ineffective.
Finally, in the image above, Samsung overexposed the trims a bit. As a result, the blue decorative pieces lack detail. On the other hand, you can see a more detailed shot on the iPhone 14 Pro.
In general, it is difficult to choose a winner. The iPhone may shoot better portrait shots of humans, but it lacks the ability to get it right on food and stuff. The iPhone 14 Pro captures skin tones that are more lifelike, while the Galaxy S22 Ultra gives my skin a pink hue. The iPhone uses a warmer color palette, while Samsung opts for a more saturated look with more contrast. It’s all about preference, and which image you’ll choose for your Instagram post. Despite this, the iPhone manages to click more details at times.
iPhone 14 Pro vs. Galaxy S22 Ultra: Ultra HD Camera
The same story continues with the Ultra HD camera. The iPhone 14 Pro taps into more realism, but at the cost of not exposing the subject, which in this case is flowers. The Galaxy S22 Ultra displays flowers in a better way, and as such, the colors appear. While the image of the S22 Ultra may be better looking, the colors of the sky are more accurate on the iPhone 14 Pro.
I would choose a Samsung image if I didn’t know what the building looked like when I clicked the images. Samsung gives it a pink color, but the iPhone 14 Pro keeps the true color. Samsung again goes for a more saturated image – that’s how the company’s camera processing works. But again, the iPhone 14 Pro took a more accurate photo. The image of the S22 Ultra is an easy choice for social media, although it is not the most realistic.
If I had to pick a winner, I would pick the iPhone 14 Pro because of its more realistic colors and photo-realistic.
Winner: iPhone 14 Pro
iPhone 14 Pro vs. Galaxy S22 Ultra: Telephoto Camera
The screenshots above show how 3x optical zoom colors work on both smartphones. Red is usually more difficult to pick up than green. The Galaxy S22 Ultra’s telephoto camera struggles to capture the red on the Levis logo, while the iPhone 14 Pro corrects it. iPhone photo closer to reality, red windows.
Again, if I didn’t know what the sky looked like that day, I would have chosen the image the Galaxy S22 Ultra clicked on. But the iPhone 14 Pro gets the color of the sky just right. The dynamic range on the Galaxy S22 Ultra is better, and there’s more detail in the building.
However, there is no competition in 10x and 100x zoom. Samsung wins it easily. If I had to pick one, I’d choose the Galaxy S22 Ultra for the different perspectives I can photograph with the smartphone. I shot some good 10x photos with the S22 Ulttra, which is my favorite phone for taking enlarged photos.
Winner: Galaxy S22 Ultra
The iPhone 14 Pro clicks for shots that are warmer and closer to reality, while the Galaxy S22 Ultra works for a more saturated and restrained look. It’s all about what you prefer. In some cases, the iPhone 14 Pro is better, while the Galaxy S22 Ultra takes it out of the park with its 10x optical zoom lens.
If you want flexibility and more views with still images, then the Galaxy S22 Ultra should be your choice. However, if you prefer photos that are closer to reality, and like to shoot videos, then the iPhone 14 Pro should be your smartphone of choice. Nothing compares to the video capabilities of the iPhone 14 Pro, and features like Motion Mode and Enhanced Cinema Mode only take it one step ahead after the competition.
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