Samsung S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional Digicam Shootout

iPhones have lengthy been hailed because the “go-to” smartphone of selection relating to video recording. Whether or not its content material creators or cell pictures lovers, Apple’s iPhones pack sufficient energy and capabilities to satiate everybody’s video capturing necessities. Nevertheless, this yr greater than ever, Apple appears to have fallen behind when it comes to nonetheless imaging high quality. In my earlier smartphone digital camera shootout between the Google Pixel 7 Professional and the iPhone 14 Professional, it was simple to inform how large of a leap Google had over the iPhone 14 Professional. On the identical time, our overview of the Pixel 7 Professional (Overview) additionally drove residence the truth that whereas Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Extremely (Overview) could be the ‘king of zoom’, it nonetheless had lots of catching up when it got here to common nonetheless pictures.

It is 2023, and Samsung has launched its newest Galaxy S23 Extremely, which exceeded expectations in our overview because of its new 200-megapixel main digital camera sensor and the personalised processor from Qualcomm. On the identical time, Apple has had loads of time to ship a number of updates to the iPhone 14 Professional so as to fine-tune its high-resolution 48-megapixel sensor. Each telephones can be found at the same worth too, which simply begs one other digital camera shootout, and that is precisely what we’ve got finished. 

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Digicam specs

Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Extremely has 4 rear-facing cameras and the specs are in the desk beneath. Whereas it might appear to be a easy setup, Samsung makes use of these cameras in a really attention-grabbing method and most of this is determined by how far an object or individual is from the rear cameras. These outcomes do differ relying on how nicely one understands this digital camera system, so let’s dive a bit deeper.

    Galaxy S23 Extremely iPhone 14 Professional
Major Digicam Decision 200-megapixels 48-megapixels
Aperture f/1.7 f/1.78
Stabilisation Optical Optical
Huge-angle Digicam Decision 12-megapixels 12-megapixels
Aperture f/2.2 f/2.2
Area of View 120 diploma 120 diploma
Telephoto Digicam Decision 10 + 10-megapixels 12-megapixels
Aperture f/2.4 + f/4.9 f/2.8
Optical zoom 3X + 10X 3X
Max zoom 100X 15X
Stabilisation Optical Optical
Depth Sensor   No Sure
Selfie Digicam Decision 12-megapixels 12-megapixels
  Aperture f/2.2 f/1.9

Because the main digital camera on the Galaxy S23 Extremely has a big sensor, it results in pictures which have a really shallow depth of subject (DoF), which some might want however others will not. This DoF makes higher sense when capturing individuals or objects a metre away, however on the identical time makes it tough to shoot smaller objects up shut. Samsung makes an attempt to treatment this through the use of a function referred to as Focus Enhancer, which principally switches between the first sensor and the ultra-wide sensor relying on the lighting situations and the way far telephone is from the topic.

While you tap-to-focus on an object lower than a metre away from the rear cameras, Focus Enhancer makes an attempt to provide the consumer a wider DoF by switching to the ultra-wide digital camera and this results in some underwhelming and over-sharpened photographs. Transfer in nearer for that macro shot (about a few centimetres away from the identical topic) and the telephone switches to a cropped (virtually 1.5-2X) view of the ultra-wide angle digital camera.

This looks as if a sensible transfer as a result of it will get you nearer to the article for that excellent macro picture, however leads to a barely upscaled picture that appears a bit over-sharpened. It does make higher sense to change to the ultra-wide digital camera manually and use the complete decision of the 12-megapixel sensor, which leads to some high quality macro pictures.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely’s rear digital camera setup is much extra sophisticated when in comparison with the Apple iPhone 14 Professional

On the iPhone 14 Professional, the system is much less complicated and Apple makes use of its massive main 48-megapixel sensor to its benefit, switching to the 3X telephoto solely when it is actually wanted. Nevertheless, relating to macro pictures, similar to the Galaxy S23 Extremely, I discovered the outcomes from the ultra-wide digital camera to be much better.

For daylight samples on this comparability, I disabled the Galaxy S23 Extremely’s Scene Optimiser function because it captures pictures with abnormally saturated colors which are nowhere near the precise scene. Nevertheless, Scene Optimiser has its benefits in low-light capturing because it helps seize well-optimised low-light pictures with shorter publicity instances, firing up the devoted Night time mode solely when wanted. I did hold the function enabled after sundown. One factor to bear in mind is that Samsung’s Scene Optimiser is simply obtainable for the rear cameras when utilizing Picture mode.

Apple’s auto-night mode additionally features in the same method when set to “Auto” within the slide up tray. It mechanically judges publicity instances based on the scene. Setting the identical slider to “Off” switches off Night time mode fully resulting in noisy low-light pictures, and setting it to “Max” allows a correct Night time mode with lengthy exposures.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Major cameras

In terms of color consistency, Samsung wins towards the iPhone regardless of its barely hotter color tones. It is extremely arduous to grasp how Apple will get this fallacious, however photographs produced by the iPhone have colors that may be fairly correct or manner off at instances, showing as if they’ve been shot by means of a filter. Samsung is not one of the best within the enterprise both, because it showcases barely hotter tones with a reddish tinge, however it positive has come a good distance from earlier Galaxy fashions.

There’s additionally a noticeable distinction in focus precedence between the 2 main cameras. Apple’s iPhone prioritises and focuses on an object or airplane closest to the digital camera, which ends up in a pleasant focus fall off thereon. The Galaxy alternatively tends to throw it broad open and focus to infinity (until you faucet on an object within the viewfinder) so there are cases the place a scene might find yourself showing a bit flat with all of the objects within the scene showing sharp. In fact, this is not an issue however one thing that may be remedied with a single tap-to-focus gesture when you must create that sense of depth.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Major digital camera, daylight samples (Faucet to see full measurement)


The first digital camera on the Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely captures photographs with loads of element at 1X and as much as 2.9X, past which is the place the primary telephoto digital camera takes over. Because of its abnormally excessive sensor decision and Samsung’s optimisations ({hardware} and software program), even the cropped output at 2X seems virtually native when it comes to particulars (with the Focus Enhancer switched off).

The iPhone 14 Professional captures contrasted pictures, which results in lesser dynamic vary. I seen this in my earlier digital camera shootout with the Google Pixel 7 Professional too, and it is the identical case out right here as nicely. This is extra evident when capturing round sundown as particulars within the shadows get blacked out or highlights get clipped simply.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Major digital camera, auto-night mode samples (Faucet to see full measurement)


In low gentle, Samsung manages higher particulars than the iPhone. Surprisingly, Apple’s iPhone additionally captures some saturated photographs at instances, even when in comparison with the S23 Extremely’s scene-optimised pictures. In contrasting conditions like a brightly lit up constructing, Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Extremely shines with low noise, extra particulars, and glorious dynamic vary.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Major digital camera, Night time mode samples (Faucet to see full measurement)


Samsung’s main digital camera in street-lit situations (with the Scene Optimiser on) snaps spectacular pictures, however its efficiency in dim lighting (whereas glorious on different parameters) overdoes the HDR imaging resulting in some random haloing round objects. Apple’s iPhone 14 Professional because of its contrast-heavy strategy tended to overdo the shadows, which didn’t result in good outcomes. Nevertheless, Samsung’s large sensor manages much better resolved element than what the iPhone is able to.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Extremely-wide cameras

By way of {hardware}, Samsung and Apple are on par with each other relating to ultra-wide cameras. Nevertheless, Apple’s consistency with color tones is as confused as its main digital camera. Particulars are sharper on the Galaxy S23 Extremely and the identical goes for its shot-to-shot consistency (though it showcases the identical shortcomings as the first digital camera). Nevertheless, after software program correction for barrel distortion cropping a few of the body on the Samsung, it is the iPhone that finally ends up providing a wider subject of view.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Extremely-wide digital camera samples (Faucet to see full measurement)


In low gentle, Apple’s ultra-wide digital camera is unable to focus accurately, which ends up in smooth photographs. Samsung’s ultra-wide digital camera is fast to lock focus and gives sharper photographs and good distinction in powerful lighting situations. That is certainly among the best ultra-wide-angle cameras I’ve come throughout on a smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Telephoto cameras

Samsung’s zoom vary stays as spectacular as final yr’s Galaxy S22 Extremely, however the firm has improved when it comes to shot-to-shot consistency this yr. Images seem sharp and pack in loads of element until 3X zoom (which is the place the primary telephoto digital camera takes over) and the identical goes for dynamic vary.

Leaping to 10X zoom, which is the Galaxy’s optical restrict, additionally exhibits glorious particulars. In actual fact, it will get actually arduous to persuade individuals that such pictures had been captured at 10X magnification. At 15X, which is the iPhone’s hybrid zoom restrict, pictures are nonetheless fairly usable, however a skilled eye can inform that these have been digitally zoomed in.

On the 30X, Samsung’s stabilisation is sort of spectacular and the identical goes for the ensuing picture which has a little bit of noise however in any other case seems like an everyday picture that lacks a little bit of resolved element. At 100X, the picture finally ends up wanting like a portray, however continues to be spectacular as you can inform what’s within the picture, which is in any other case not seen with the bare eye. Total, there’s a noticeable enchancment within the high quality of telephoto photographs in comparison with its predecessor.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Telephoto cameras, daylight samples (Faucet to see full measurement)


Apple’s telephoto functionality is restricted to 3X optical zoom and 15X hybrid zoom. At 3X zoom, it’s shocking to see the identical flaw in colors and dynamic vary that I noticed at 1X. However when it comes to high quality, photographs look fairly good, with good particulars and sharpness. At 10X zoom, picture high quality is just like the Galaxy’s 15X with a little bit of noise creeping in. At 15X, it’s fairly apparent that it is a closely cropped and upscaled picture.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Telephoto cameras, auto-night samples (Faucet to see full measurement)


With their respective auto-night modes switched on, the Galaxy S23 Extremely at 3X zoom manages noisier pictures than the iPhone 14 Professional. Nevertheless, these have higher dynamic vary and seem a bit brighter than the latter. At 10X zoom, Samsung clearly manages higher picture high quality, with higher definition and resolved element than the iPhone. Nonetheless, it is spectacular to see how the iPhone 14 Professional manages comparable stage of high quality regardless of going fully digital.

At 15X zoom, Samsung’s cropping turns into apparent and so does the noise, which begins creeping up. However Apple’s picture is much from unusable at this level. Samsung manages to push additional at 30X and the pictures are surprisingly helpful, with solely a little bit of purple fringing. At 100X the picture finally ends up wanting like an oil portray.

Each telephones are additionally able to capturing longer exposures in Night time mode when zoomed in. Each showcase spectacular high quality at 3X with the noise and dynamic vary underneath management, however the 14 Professional’s picture high quality deteriorates from thereon as stabilisation turns into an issue with the longer exposures. Taking pictures at 3X on the iPhone wants a little bit of talent by itself when utilizing Night time mode set to “max”.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Telephoto digital camera, night time mode samples (Faucet to see full measurement)


Samsung’s zoom stage within the devoted Night time mode maxes out at 10X, however the result’s jaw-droppingly spectacular. Noise is nicely underneath management, however resolved element is downright spectacular for a picture captured at 10X zoom. Cropping into that 10X pattern reveals much more element (the online underneath the spire), which is admittedly arduous to perform at this focal size on a smartphone. It is fairly clear that Samsung has finished lots of work on this yr’s Extremely relating to zoom functionality.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Portrait and selfie cameras

In daylight, each smartphones handle equally spectacular portrait pictures when utilizing their respective rear cameras. Edge detection can also be spot on and pictures seem fairly sharp. Nevertheless, Samsung makes faces seem a bit pink for some cause. In low gentle, Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Extremely captures saturated colors when capturing portraits, however in some way manages extra correct pores and skin tones. Apple alternatively manages higher particulars and sharpness than the S23 Extremely, however captures inaccurate pores and skin tones.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional (L to R): Portrait main, Portrait selfie daylight, and Portrait selfie low gentle (Faucet to see full measurement)


Taking pictures with the entrance cameras, it turns into apparent that Samsung gives a wider subject of view. Edge detection can also be extra correct in comparison with the iPhone 14 Professional. In low gentle with the show flash enabled, Samsung once more takes the lead, providing higher edge detection together with good element and readability, whereas the iPhone manages to seize far much less particulars with a pink tint.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Macro mode

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional (Prime) Macro mode (50% crop), (Backside) Extremely-wide digital camera shut up (Faucet to see full measurement)


In terms of macro functionality, I utilised every digital camera’s auto-macro mode which has some stage of cropping and upscaling concerned. Then I switched to their respective ultra-wide cameras and clicked the identical object utilizing every digital camera’s native decision. Each smartphones managed equally spectacular particulars and had been in a position to focus extraordinarily near an object at round 3cm. The Galaxy S23 Extremely managed barely higher color copy, however at the price of barely overexposed photographs. The iPhone managed to get a wee-bit nearer with well-balanced outcomes, however its pictures had a yellowish tint.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely vs iPhone 14 Professional: Video recording

Taking pictures common movies at 4K, Samsung’s bigger sensor positive manages higher resolved particulars in daylight. Additionally underneath management are reflections from shiny surfaces which have been an issue with current iPhone fashions. Taking pictures with the telephoto cameras was additionally a very good expertise, nonetheless, not like the iPhone 14 Professional, Samsung allows you to zoom in to as much as 10X and nonetheless preserve loads of fantastic particulars when capturing in daylight.

Nevertheless, in low gentle or street-lit situations, the Galaxy S23 Extremely captured barely saturated movies with extra noise, whereas the iPhone discovered the candy spot, providing higher particulars and fewer noise. Samsung additionally helps 8K 30fps video recording, which presents a loopy quantity of element, however on the identical time is greatest seen solely on an 8K TV and it does take up lots of house on the telephone.

Video stabilisation was good on each telephones, regardless of which digital camera I used. This was additionally spectacular when capturing on the far finish of every smartphone’s optical zoom restrict (3X for iPhone and 10X for Galaxy). Whereas the iPhone’s viewfinder confirmed me shaky footage when recording, the output appeared fairly clean. Samsung’s preview alternatively appeared secure similar to the ultimate output.

Since each smartphones are greater than able to capturing 4K footage, I additionally recorded samples in HDR. Samsung’s HDR10+ footage, though fairly good when it comes to dynamic vary, bitrate and total high quality, showcases saturated colors, which as identified in my overview, aren’t a real illustration of the particular scene. Apple, which information in Dolby Imaginative and prescient, captures barely muted colors, however for some cause provides a contrasted look to the footage. Absolutely, Apple comes out as the general winner relating to video recording, however it’s shocking to see how shut Samsung has come and what extra it has on supply relating to zoom.

A number of different issues…

Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Extremely could be a bit behind the iPhone when it involves video recording, however it presents a built-in Professional mode with guide controls which could be helpful if you wish to get severe about your video recording classes. In terms of warmth administration, Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Extremely does heat up whereas capturing video, however it’s removed from the recent mess the iPhone 14 Professional turns into when recording video again to again on a sunny afternoon.

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Apple’s iPhone 14 Professional is obtainable in an everyday and a Max model, whereas Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Extremely solely exhibits up in a single measurement yearly


Nevertheless, Apple has the benefit of measurement, or reasonably extra choices relating to it. As I’ve talked about in my overview of the Galaxy S23 Extremely, Samsung solely presents it in a single measurement which could not swimsuit everybody particularly when you’ve got smaller fingers. The iPhone 14 Professional alternatively is much more pocketable and simpler to deal with.


Samsung’s Galaxy Extremely sequence has come a good distance certainly, from a mannequin that was nearly bragging rights (Galaxy S20 Extremely), to being merged with the Galaxy Observe lineup (Galaxy S22 Extremely), making the Galaxy S23 Extremely its most polished try but. Samsung appears to have gotten fairly a couple of issues proper this yr, which features a constant imaging expertise with all its cameras. Video high quality can also be most likely one of the best you’ll be able to presumably get on an Android smartphone at the moment. The iPhone 14 Professional’s digital camera efficiency hasn’t modified a lot since our final digital camera shootout, however it nonetheless is the go-to smartphone for content material creators because the video recording expertise is second to none. 

Nevertheless, if I had been to select a winner between the 2 telephones, then the Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely makes a a lot stronger case for itself total. Nonetheless pictures is great in each day and night time, telephoto efficiency continues to be unrivalled, and movies recording high quality is simply a small step behind the iPhone. Should you can reside with the comparatively massive measurement of the telephone, the Galaxy S23 Extremely ought to hold informal photographers and inventive professionals equally glad.  

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