In the run-up to their respective launch dates, there was a lot of noise about the quality of the cameras on these phones. So naturally, it only makes sense that we launch this epic smartphone battle with this discussion. Both the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the iPhone 11 Pro feature three rear-facing cameras that can capture crystal-clear, ultra-wide images with a much larger field of view that their previous incarnations.
In the one corner, we have our rookie favourite from a long line of tried and tested camera phones. The iPhone 11 Pro has added a third lens into the mix: this bad boy is packing a 12MP main camera, a 12 MP telephoto, and a 12MP ultrawide lens capable of capturing a 120-degree field of view.
However, not all cameras were created equal. We went full fanboy-mode when gushing about Samsung’s cameras in our Phonefinder review of the Galaxy S10, but let’s get another look for those of you, who missed it. The 16MP ultrawide camera of Samsung’s midline model presents a 123-degree field of view, which is wider than the 120-degrees on Apple’s 12MP camera.
What’s more, Samsung’s ultrawide camera has a lower aperture than Apple’s. This means that the S10’s camera lenses can open wider to absorb more light, providing greater exposure and giving you more vibrant photos. Same story with the telephoto camera: the Galaxy S10’s aperture f/2.4 while the new iPhone’s stands at f/2.0.
For a phone that was heralded for its camera quality, the iPhone 11 isn’t putting up much of a fight.