Blind photo test between Galaxy S24 Ultra and iPhone 15 Pro Max: I asked 10 iPhone users which they prefer

Blind photo test between Galaxy S24 Ultra and iPhone 15 Pro Max: I asked 10 iPhone users which they prefer

Muhahahaha! Here I am continuing to fan the “Android vs. iPhone” fire with another blind test with iPhone users, allowing me to determine whether or not iDevice owners truly They prefer their own phones for photos.

Last time, I ran a blind test with the iPhone 15 Pro Max and Google Pixel 8 Pro. The iPhone participants in this test preferred Android for zoomed-in photos, but when it came to wide and ultra-wide shots, Apple snatched the throne.

Now that I have the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, I can’t wait to blind test iPhone users again.

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Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra and iPhone 15 Pro Max images

I took my Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra and iPhone 15 Pro Max with me to Columbus Circle in New York City over the weekend. I tested the phone’s wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto capabilities — and even its night mode prowess.

USS Maine National Monument (very spacious)

I took photos of the USS Maine National Monument, which features a golden female figure inside a wagon.

Both the Galaxy S24 Ultra and iPhone 15 Pro Max have 12-megapixel ultra-wide cameras, which I used in these photos.

Wide shot of USS Maine National Monument

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra (left), iPhone 15 Pro Max (right)
Credit: Kimberly Gideon/Mashable

Admittedly, the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s capture is more natural, and accurately replicates the somber and gloomy atmosphere of a winter scene. (Trust me, I’ve been there.) However, the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s wide camera, combined with software, has revitalized the setting, delivering better dynamic range and richer colors.

Look at the sky too. The iPhone 15 Pro Max shows more cloudiness in its image than the Galaxy S24 Ultra.

winner: iPhone 15 Pro Max

USS Maine National Monument (large)

I also took wide shots of the USS Maine National Monument at night.

The Galaxy S24 Ultra has a 200MP ultra-wide camera while the iPhone 15 Pro Max has a 48MP ultra-wide lens. The Samsung phone seemed to have more power in this showdown, but even though the iPhone seemed under-equipped, the iDevice won the hearts of the participants.

USS Maine National Monument at night

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra (left), iPhone 15 Pro Max (right)
Credit: Kimberly Gideon/Mashable

Although the Galaxy S24 Ultra does a better job of keeping lens flare at bay and maintaining wiry tree definition, the iPhone 15 Pro Max outperformed the Samsung at capturing weathered detail on the monument steps. The colors on Apple’s phone are richer, too. It does not necessarily reflect the natural colors of the scene, which are less striking in real life, but the richer tones caught participants’ attention.

winner: iPhone 15 Pro Max

Columbus Circle Globe and Magnolia Bakery Cake (3x telephoto)

iPhone 15 Pro Max has a 12-megapixel telephoto camera, ideal for portraits and zoom shots, with up to 5x optical zoom.

However, the new kid on the block, the Galaxy S24 Ultra, has done just that two Telephoto cameras; One is a new 50MP telephoto with 5x zoom and the other remains the same (i.e. 10MP with 3x zoom).

Samsung’s last-generation phone, the Galaxy S23 Ultra, has two telephoto cameras as well, featuring a 10-megapixel telephoto camera with 10x zoom and another 10-megapixel telephoto camera with 3x zoom.

Magnolia Bakery Cake

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra (left), iPhone 15 Pro Max (right)
Credit: Kimberly Gideon/Mashable

Some fans were angry about Samsung “downgrading” the 10x zoom to 5x zoom, but Samsung hinted that the new 50MP lens should make up for the “reduced” optical zoom range.

Columbus World Circle

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra (left), iPhone 15 Pro Max (right)
Credit: Kimberly Gideon/Mashable

At 3x zoom, I captured images of the famous Columbus Circle globe and the display cake inside Magnolia Bakery near Central Park South.

Participants again preferred the iPhone 15 Pro Max shot. It’s sharper, sharper, richer and maintains more colors. The image of the globe is particularly striking; The iPhone 15 Pro Max seems to be better at rendering textures. You can almost Feel Small indentations appearing on the iPhone 15 Pro Max photo.

winner: iPhone 15 Pro Max

Flowers (10x zoom)

By some miracle, I found some flowers in the dead of a New York City winter. However, I had to go into a pizzeria in Manhattan to find them.

I decided to test the capabilities of both phones in handling 10x zoom. Keep in mind that the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s optical zoom maxes out at 10x before starting the software. For the iPhone 15 Pro Max, the maximum is 5x.

Flowers inside a pizzeria

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra (left), iPhone 15 Pro Max (right)
Credit: Kimberly Gideon/Mashable

This is where the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra’s fortunes start to turn for the better. Participants in this blind test preferred the Galaxy S24 Ultra here. And I don’t blame them. A zoomed shot is clearer and more detailed, resulting in less noise. The iPhone 15 Pro Max software overcompensates by making flowers also Pink color.

winner: Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

Final thoughts

The iPhone owners participating in this test preferred the iPhone 15 Pro Max, making it the champion of this blind test.

However, when it comes to zoom Real relativeParticipants preferred the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra.

Fifteen iPhone-owning co-workers, colleagues, and friends participated in this blind test, but only 10 of them were eligible because five of them failed to vote on the everyone Five pictures.

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