The S20 Ultra Vs. the iPhone 11 Pro

The new Samsung S20 ultra is all about one thing: the camera. It has a sensor that can take 108-MP images and offers a 100X zoom on distant details. But it actually can rival the DSLRs in abilities as well. But the thing is, both of them are not cheap, and they both are at least over a grand as well.

To see how they compare to one another, you should definitely look at the camera quality of both.  You can add these to the lightroom as well, even without noise correction, sharpening, or changes on this. The iPhone can shoot in JPEG, but you do need to convert it, so it’s important that if you consider this, you do that.

When you first look at images of the places, you may notice that the S20 ultra is a tad bit brighter, and has a white balance that offers more realistic color tones, whereas, in the iPhone 11 pro max, it might look a little bit darker in color.

There is a natural image sharpening that happens on the S20 ultra. When you zoom in, the details are a bit crunchier, which is pretty much what happens when you add the clarity slider within lightroom.  You may like this crisper look, but the one downside is that this definitely can look too processed, which is definitely a big downside.

There is also the 2X zoom mode, which is definitely worth looking at.  The brightness of the S20 ultra is nice, but the iPhone !1 pro has a better quality. At 5X, the S20 ultra has a crisper look, and more detail, where the optical zoom lens will offer the full quality of your image sensor.  The thing is, when you run the 2X on the S20 ultra, it’ll just digitally crop this to standard viewing, which will, in turn, affect the quality. If you want to maximize the quality of this, you want to go with 5X on the S20 ultra. Samsung, however, hasn’t confirmed yet on this, but that’s just the theory.

Now, when you start to do this with the zoom button, you’ll notice there isn’t an automatic 5X zoom mode.  The thing must be manually set. The zoom at 5X and beyond is where it takes the lead over the 11 pro max, since it offers a crispier shot, and it can be taken further. At 10X, it still has detailed, enough to post to Facebook or Instagram, so pretty decent regardless.

However, once you get to 30x, the quality completely dives, and then, at 100X, it looks more like a watercolor than a photograph, and this is really just used for reference images, and it can help you figure out where something is from a distance, which can be helpful, but doesn’t expect it to win any awards or anything.

The S20 ultra does offer more contrast in some cases, and offers a little bit of the same punch, despite the over-sharpening issues that happen.

However, in some cases, with just the normal camera functions, there isn’t enough of a difference.

So, what did we learn here?

Well, they both take amazing photos, and the S20 ultra wins in the zoom, so you can look at different places and get good images.

But, in terms of overall quality, it’s really up to you. The Samsung S20 ultra is punchier and more vibrant but it’s not as natural, and in night mode, both of these work. You should think about the photos, and the price before buying.