Although new smartphones seem to be popping up every day, two of the biggest hitters in the last year are the iPhone 8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8. The war between iPhone and Android still rages on, with both sides making colossal profits with each new device.
The most important thing for us photography nerds is the camera. How good is it? How easy is it to use? What cool new features could make photography on the go so much better?
Here we look at the pros of each device to help you choose which one is best for taking beautiful imagery.
The iPhone 8 – released in September 2017 – is ‘formed from glass’ and boasts a 4.7 inch Retina HD display. Apple says that the new display is more beautiful than ever, with True Tone, 3D Touch and a wide colour gamut.
True Tone – This technology automatically adjusts white balance to match the light around you, said to give a better viewing experience in all kinds of environments.
Wide colour gamut – as well as this feature, the iPhone 8 has the ‘best colour accuracy ever’ from the company, making everything look more brilliant and vibrant.
For viewing your images, the phone has dual-domain pixels that give you a great view of the screen from almost any angle. It also comes with a new sensor that is larger and faster than previous models, a new colour filter, deeper pixels and an optical image stabilisation for photos and videos.
The iPhone 8 has a 12 MP camera.
Portrait mode gives sharper backgrounds and more naturally blurred backgrounds depending on what you want from your image. The dual cameras and facial landmarking are said by Apple to ‘create dramatic studio lighting effects’ in portrait mode.
Samsung Galaxy S8
The S8 has front and rear cameras that Samsung says create photos that are bright and clear even when there’s very little light. Apparently, what you see is what you get in the shot.
Fan of the selfie? The S8 comes with Smart Auto Focus so that your faces – or the faces of the people you’re trying to fit into one shot – will be in focus every time. All your selfies will be crisp and clear because of ‘enhanced multi-frame processing’.
The front camera on the S8 is 8MP while the dual sensor camera is 12MP.
The Dual Pixel sensor, bright lens and wide aperture work together to focus as quickly as your eyes do so you can capture the moment.
Use the shutter mode to take multiple shots that will be then combine into one ‘high-quality’ photo.
Pro mode on the S8 allows you to adjust the shutter speed, ISO, exposure, manual focus, colour tone and white balance. Make full use of the Galaxy S8 and S8+'s superior camera performance by turning on Pro Mode.
The phone even has food mode! This feature brings out the most in your lunch, dinner or dessert for ‘mouth-watering results’. Check out the Parrot Print post about the best food photographers to follow on Instagram.