Specs of the Samsung Galaxy S21 range were leaked some time ago, but they only tell half the story. If we want to know how the phone performs, especially with photography, then we need a hand for some time.
The YouTube channel Random Stuff 2 grabbed the Galaxy S21 Plus and put its camera to the test against the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The results were not even close.
While Random Stuff 2 has more general impressions with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus, we’re really focusing on the camera at this point. Ultimately this is one of the features that can make or break a phone, and poor performance is not good if older phones work better than competitors.
Unfortunately that is what is happening with the photos of Random Stuff 2. While the Galaxy S21 Pro’s pictures are not terrible, Apple’s top-tier camera works much better. Since the S21 Plus is set to have the same camera specs as the standard S21, this means that the base-level model’s performance is probably the same.
The main problem is that, in comparison, the S21 Plus photos look more washed out. The pictures look great compared to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, but the actual content doesn’t look nearly as good.
This is almost as if Samsung has artificially increased brightness in post-shot processing, or has never bothered to compensate for the excess sunlight in California (where these pictures are taken).
In some shots, like the giant metal hand, the background also appears very blurred on the S21 Plus. Apart from similar issues with contrast and poor color.
Video quality is also quite poor in comparison. It looks everything in chopper and distance blur compared to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. All-round, therefore, is not a particularly favorable comparison for Samsung.
The camera quality of the Galaxy S21 Plus on its own is not terrible, but compared to the iPhone 12 Pro Max it is very clear who is the winner. The only question is why? What is the iPhone doing that Samsung is not? Those are not questions we can actually answer based on a five-minute YouTube video.
Of course, as Random Stuff 2 points out, it is still the pre-release version of the Galaxy S21 Plus. This phone is not going to launch till January 14 and it will not be released until the end of that month. Assuming issues with the pictures of the Galaxy S21 Plus are software related, Samsung still has time to roll out some updates and fix the problem. Or at any rate reduce the difference between you and the iPhone.
Everything else about the S21 Plus seems positive, however, and Random Stuff 2 was very excited about how the phone is performing. Of particular note was the battery, which he said lasted well through the day. It seems those Snapdragon 888 Optimization Is being put to good use. He was also a fan of how small the bezels were, and how tough the rear camera lens is at the moment.
So it is not good for Samsung right now, especially as it has not been able to beat its biggest rival in the camera game so far. Hopefully things will improve in the weeks before release, or at the very least the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which has a different camera setup, does a better job of snapping great photos.