It seems like 2022 saw a big upgrade from the big three phone makers as far as cameras go. Google's Pixel 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, and iPhone 14 Pro all made huge strides from previous iterations when it came to making images, but which one had the biggest improvement?
Coming to you from PhoneArena is a head-to-head comparison of the cameras on these three flagship smartphones from Google, Samsung, and Apple, and the winner is ... it depends.
You truly have to look at the photos featured in this video side-by-side on a large monitor to see the differences, but from PhoneArena's tests, it's clear that each has a distinct style, between Samsung's punchy, sometimes-too-vibrant colors to Google's often slightly-underexposed-but-detailed look to the iPhone's middle-of-the-road. Some may prefer the S22 Ultra's approach, as strange as it looked to my eyes.
One thing the reviewer mentions is the iPhone's tendency to oversharpen. I haven't noticed that in either the video or my own experiences with my own iPhone 14, but it's worth noting that you can always work around this by shooting in raw mode, something that's possible on the Samsung and iPhone, but not on the Pixel. It's also important to note that raw modes on the Samsung and iPhone enable access to full 108-megapixel and 48-megapixel photos respectively; There's no way to access the 50-megapixel photos being captured by the Pixel 7 Pro.
It's also interesting to see how much is marketing hype here; While the Samsung claims a 10x lens, the f/4.9 aperture actually seems to make things worse in poor lighting conditions than the digital zoom equivalents of the iPhone and Pixel, which are clearly employing some high level of apparently very effective computational imaging to make it work.
When it comes to video, there's a clear winner in the iPhone, with its much more usable cinematic video mode than the other two cameras, but as far as the photos, to my eyes, it seems like a toss-up, at least as far as using the default camera app is concerned. Of course, things take a sharp turn when you use raw mode and some professional editing tools.
Which phone looks the best to you? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.