Galaxy S20 Ultra vs. iPhone 11 Pro camera comparison: Which phone is best?


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Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra is all in regards to the digicam. It packs a sensor that may take 108-megapixel pictures and affords a whopping 100x zoom to shut up on distant particulars. But it is not alone in having a powerful digicam: Top-end handsets such because the iPhone 11 Pro and Google Pixel 4 tout cameras that may rival DSLRs of their skills too. Neither phone is reasonable sufficient to purchase with out being certain it is the one you need. The S20 Ultra begins at $1,399 for the 128GB model (£1,199, AU$1,999) whereas the iPhone 11 Pro begins at $999 ( £1,049, AU$1,749) for the 64GB model. 

To see how the S20 Ultra’s digicam compares to the iPhone 11 Pro, I took each telephones across the stunning Scottish capital metropolis of Edinburgh. Note that whereas the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s pictures have been straight uploaded, the iPhone’s pictures (which had been taken in Apple’s HEIC format) needed to be first imported into Adobe Lightroom and exported as full-resolution JPEG information. No sharpening, noise correction or some other adjustments have been made to the pictures. Yes, the iPhone can even shoot in JPEG, however that wasn’t activated so a fast conversion was obligatory.

This article is simply evaluating nonetheless pictures — largely of landscapes, metropolis scenes and structure, night time mode and normal journey snaps from the 2 telephones. We’re engaged on video comparisons, in addition to comparisons between different telephones, together with portrait modes, so maintain your eyes peeled for extra.

I began within the quaint space of Dean Village and the telephones’ customary digicam modes produced some attention-grabbing outcomes.

Galaxy S20 Ultra.


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iPhone 11 Pro.


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At first look I desire the shot from the S20 Ultra. It’s a contact brighter and the white steadiness has given extra reasonable colour tones to the constructing on the left, which appears to be like a bit of blue within the iPhone’s shot. 

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Galaxy S20 Ultra 100% crop.


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iPhone 11 Pro 100% crop.


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Things change after I zoom in, nonetheless. The S20 Ultra utilized a variety of picture sharpening, which supplies the main points a crunchy look, a bit of just like the impact you get from ramping up the “clarity” slider in Lightroom. For fast snaps in your vacation it’s possible you’ll desire the crisp look of the S20 Ultra, however this could look overprocessed.

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Galaxy S20 Ultra 2x zoom.


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iPhone 11 Pro 2x zoom.


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Both telephones supply a 2x zoom mode. While I desire the look of the brighter shot from the S20 Ultra, the iPhone 11 Pro’s high quality when seen up shut was superior. Let’s zoom in additional…

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Galaxy S20 Ultra 5x zoom.


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At 5x zoom, the S20 Ultra’s picture is all of a sudden way more crisp and filled with element. What is probably going taking place right here is that in 5x mode, the digicam makes use of an optical zoom lens, however retains the total high quality of the picture sensor. At 2x it simply digitally crops into the usual view, subsequently decreasing the standard. If you wish to maximize the standard of your zooming, 5x is the way in which to go. Samsung hasn’t confirmed to me but whether or not that is what is going on on, but it surely definitely appears to be the case, judging by the pictures. 

A faucet of the zoom button (displayed as a button with a single leaf) brings up your choices, but additionally mechanically switches to the 5x zoom mode (which it signifies with on-screen textual content). For some cause 5x zoom is not one of many accessible zoom modes, which embody 0.5x, 1x, 2x, 4x, 10x, 30x and 100x. I’ve additionally requested Samsung to make clear whether or not 5x makes use of the total decision or whether or not it crops in. Needless to say, it is barely complicated. 

The zoom is the place the S20 actually takes the lead over the iPhone. Not solely does it produce a stunning crisp shot at 5x (simply beating the iPhone’s 2x telephoto zoom), it may well take it even additional…

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Galaxy S20 Ultra 10x zoom.


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At 10x there’s nonetheless an honest quantity of element. Perhaps not even to warrant printing out on an enormous piece of photograph paper, however definitely sufficient to put up to Instagram or Facebook. 

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Galaxy S20 Ultra 30x zoom.


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At 30x zoom the standard takes an actual dive.

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Galaxy S20 Ultra 100x zoom.


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And at 100x zoom, the picture appears to be like extra like a watercolor portray than {a photograph}. You definitely will not win any pictures awards from pictures taken at this zoom (until you occur to make use of it to show the existence of the yeti), but it surely’s not an entire wash. To my thoughts, the actual function of this quantity of zoom is for reference — whether or not you are zooming in on a chicken in a tree to determine it or simply peeking at particulars on issues you possibly can’t get near. It’s greatest to view the 100x zoom as extra of a telescope than a digicam.

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Galaxy S20 Ultra 100x zoom.


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I used the 100x zoom right here, for instance, to shut in on what regarded, from a distance, like an otter. The zoom allowed me to seek out out it was truly a bronze statue of an otter, artistically positioned within the river. 

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Galaxy S20 Ultra.


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iPhone 11 Pro.


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Both telephones have carried out nicely in balancing the intense sky and shadowy constructing element. I give the sting to the S20 Plus for its extra distinction, which supplies this scene a bit of additional punch, regardless of among the similar oversharpening points we have seen once you zoom in shut. 

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Galaxy S20 Ultra.


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iPhone 11 Pro.


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There’s virtually nothing to distinguish these two pictures of some sneakers on a doorstep. Both pictures are completely uncovered. There’s tons of element and the colours look nice. The iPhone’s white steadiness is a contact hotter than the Ultra’s, however whether or not that is good or not will come right down to your private desire. 

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Galaxy S20 Ultra.


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iPhone 11 Pro.


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In this alleyway shot, I desire the iPhone 11 Pro’s picture. The auto HDR introduced out extra element within the shadowy areas and I desire the general colour. 

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Galaxy S20 Ultra, wide-angle mode (0.5x).


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iPhone 11 Pro, extensive angle mode (0.5x).


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Dean Bridge, shot utilizing the ultrawide-angle mode on each telephones, appears to be like nice in each footage. In this occasion, the iPhone has the sting because it managed to seize extra element within the sky and delivered a brighter picture total.

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Galaxy S20 Ultra.


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iPhone 11 Pro.


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Both telephones did a terrific job with this shot of the outdated entrance to Edinburgh’s Stockbridge market. The S20 Ultra bumped up the saturation a bit and added extra sharpening, which supplies the shot a punchier look total. The iPhone’s has a barely extra pure look. Personally, I desire the iPhone’s take.

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Galaxy S20 Ultra (left) and iPhone 11 Pro (proper).


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There’s no query that the S20 Ultra achieved a extra vibrant, punchy shot in these taken on Victoria Street. The colours on the orange constructing within the middle of the body are way more vivid. It’ll nonetheless come down to non-public selection, nonetheless, as to which one is “better.” To my eye, the iPhone’s shot has a filmy, matte model that might lend itself nicely to post-processing in Lightroom, whereas the S20 Ultra’s shot is healthier for importing to Instagram as it’s. 

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Galaxy S20 Ultra (left) and iPhone 11 Pro (proper).


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It’s the identical story right here with this shot on Calton Hill. The S20 Ultra’s shot upped the distinction, which I feel appears to be like nice on the rocks within the foreground and helps make the inexperienced grass within the background pop extra. 

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Galaxy S20 Ultra (left) and iPhone 11 Pro (proper).


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Again, richer colours from the S20 Ultra and the additional sharpening labored in its favor this time by making the froth on prime of this flat white look a bit crispier. 

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Galaxy S20 Ultra.


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iPhone 11 Pro.


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In this occasion, the S20 Ultra’s “boosts” have gone too far, leading to an excellent saturated sky. There’s additionally some odd purple firming within the clouds, which look pure white on the iPhone’s shot. 

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Galaxy S20 Ultra.


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iPhone 11 Pro.


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Different scene, similar story. The S20 Ultra ups the distinction and the saturation for a extra punchy picture straight out of the digicam. Both are good pictures and the S20 is healthier for sharing to social channels instantly. But the iPhone’s flatter look is healthier for extra inventive tweaking in put up. 

In the subsequent photograph taken on the prime of Calton Hill, the S20 Ultra’s zoom mode actually shines. 

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Galaxy S20 Ultra 5x zoom.


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Galaxy S20 Ultra 5x zoom.


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Galaxy S20 Ultra 5x zoom.


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Galaxy S20 Ultra 5x zoom.


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I like these pictures overlooking the town, which had been solely potential to seize due to the S20 Ultra’s 5x zoom. The publicity and the colours look nice and there is tons of element within the pictures.

Night mode

The iPhone 11 Pro critically impressed with its low-light pictures expertise, and Samsung boasts that with its bigger picture sensor and software program tweaks, it’s going to be capable of take unimaginable night-time pictures. Let’s discover out. 

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Galaxy S20 Ultra Night Mode.


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iPhone 11 Pro Night Mode.


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Both telephones did a terrific job of capturing such shiny pictures in a darkish night time scene. However, I’ve to provide the win to the iPhone 11 Pro. Let’s have a look at the main points:

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Galaxy S20 Ultra Night Mode (100% crop).


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iPhone 11 Pro Night Mode (100% crop).


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When you zoom in on the pictures, it is clear that the iPhone’s shot is each brighter and sharper than the S20 Ultra’s.

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Galaxy S20 Ultra Night Mode.


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iPhone 11 Pro Night Mode.


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There’s much less noticeable distinction in these two pictures. Both are shiny and the colour tones are virtually similar.

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Galaxy S20 Ultra Night Mode.


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iPhone 11 Pro Night Mode.


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In this cool cocktail bar, the distinction is extra noticeable. The Galaxy S20 Ultra’s shot is brighter, with extra shadow element seen beneath the bar. It’s bought a powerful “HDR style” nonetheless, which will not be to everybody’s tastes.

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Galaxy S20 Ultra (left) and iPhone 11 Pro (proper).


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Things have swapped spherical on this image of a stunning leather-based chair. Now the iPhone’s shot is the brighter and higher trying of the 2. 

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Galaxy S20 Ultra or iPhone 11 Pro?

I’m impressed with each telephones. They take unimaginable images and eager photographers can be nicely suited with both of them. It’s clear the place the S20 Ultra wins although: the zoom. Sure, at 100x and even 30x the pictures aren’t “good” per se, however the readability at 5x and to a lesser extent at 10x opens up an enormous quantity of alternatives not accessible to you with the iPhone’s 2x lens. I cherished snapping away on Calton Hill overlooking the town, and zooming in on the buildings to seek out attention-grabbing compositions. 

But in relation to total picture high quality, the winner is not so clear. The S20 Ultra produces extra vibrant, punchier pictures, however many photographers (myself included) desire the extra pure, much less heavy-handed strategy of the iPhone. It provides a extra flat base picture that I can then take into apps akin to Lightroom or Snapseed so as to add my very own touches later. 

With Night Mode, it is a shut name. Both telephones produce excellent outcomes. But the iPhone might need simply snuck forward in a few my checks, although not by sufficient to have an effect on anybody’s shopping for determination on that issue alone.

Deciding between the 2 will actually come down to 2 elements: what kind of images you wish to take and the value. The S20 Ultra begins at $1,399 (£1,199, AU$1,999) for the 128GB model, whereas the iPhone 11 Pro is available in cheaper at $999 (£1,049, AU$1,749) for the 64GB model or $1,149 (£1,199, AU$1,999) for 256GB of storage. 

When it involves your desire of picture model, would you like vibrant and punchy footage for fast sharing on Instagram? Go for the S20 Ultra. Do you need extra true-to-life pictures? Go for the iPhone 11 Pro.

Of course, if you wish to zoom in on distant particulars, there’s merely no competitors. Go for the S20 Ultra.

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