Cell phones are getting better and better for taking pictures. The three most powerful models of the most famous brands in Brazil are not lacking in this regard. But who takes the best photos of everyday life today: iPhone 13 x Galaxy S22 or Motorola Edge 30 Pro?
To clear the doubt, I took the versions with the most complete set from each brand and went out to take pictures. Below, I analyze each camera and scenario for the Motorola Edge 30 Pro, Galaxy S22 Ultra, and iPhone 13 Pro to see which manufacturer is ahead when it comes to the “camera”.
So, who do you think wins? Motorola, Samsung or Apple? Let’s find out!
How was the test?
All photos were taken in automatic mode, with cell phones more or less placed in the same place. The difference in framing of some images is due to the positioning and field of view of each camera.
The brightness in any of the images is not modified. In cases where the touch is on the screen, it was just a matter of adjusting the focus location. I have used the night mode on both Android models in all the scenarios as the iPhone 13 Pro automatically enabled this feature.
In some images, portrait mode only appears to be activated on one or two models. However, there are cases when the properties of the lens have led to natural blurring of very distant objects. Pictures captured in portrait mode have this indicator in the caption.
Remember, the text is about who takes better photos. Analyze a video recording for another occasion, ok?
The most used camera for each device has its own advantages and disadvantages in the three models. In general, they all give amazing results if we consider that each sensor is very small and shares space with many other components.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra offers photos that are more ready to share on social media, while the iPhone 13 Pro prefers editable photos. This does not mean that you cannot share it directly, but that you have more space to make it to your liking.
Motorola Edge 30 Pro is slightly behind the competition in terms of sharpness and dynamic range. These images are more difficult to edit, and you may miss out on some details if you’re not careful with contrast, shadows, and highlights. But photos can be very satisfying.
Things change in low light. The S22 Ultra gets better results most of the time, while the other two alternatives get a more exciting shot. It all depends on the configuration and knowing how to use the low light available to help the cell phone see the scene.
Ultra Wide Camera
In images with a wider field of view, again we have a lot of balance. The iPhone 13 Pro is characterized by providing clearer images in general, due to the larger aperture of its lens.
You can see this difference in background blur. Note that the Apple cell phone has a very light natural blur on the buildings in the background of the image below. This is because the Apple model’s aperture is f/1.8 versus f/2.2 on Android.
In the backlight, which stands out favorably is Edge 30 Pro, which manages to perform better than competitors. In the photos at night, it’s the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s turn to shine. That is, each model works best at a specific time.
The Motorola Edge 30 Pro doesn’t have a zoom specific camera, but it can zoom up to 10x digitally. The Galaxy S22 Ultra has a 3x optical zoom lens, like the iPhone 13 Pro, and a 10x zoom lens.
These cameras aren’t very good in low light, so I wasn’t able to test that much in this light condition. As expected, Motorola’s cell phone can maintain almost no quality with the 10x approach, while Apple does well in this scenario, but Samsung is the best.
When lowering the zoom to 3x, the sticking changes slightly. iPhone 13 Pro and Galaxy S22 Ultra equalizer, with the difference that the Apple model offers clearer results. But the dynamic range of Samsung is very good. Motorola, on the other hand, manages to maintain a slightly higher quality, but still lags far behind.
When night falls, Samsung’s cell phone is again ahead of the competition. And forward a clear difference. This is what the company calls “Nightography”, which I saw with my own eyes and honestly liked.
None of the three models have a dedicated macro camera, but they all capture this type of shot using the same ultra-wide lens. To turn it into a macro, just get very close to the object to be photographed, and focus is the rest.
Here the dispute is completely different. The Edge 30 Pro has a wider focus, it doesn’t give that overall edge-to-edge effect like its competitors. But it achieves amazing sharpness and has good dynamic range. Also, it goes well even in low light.
It’s hard to get true macro of the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Perhaps due to the position of the ultra-wide camera, the frame is a bit complicated, and finding the right focal length was not easy either. Over time, you get amazing photos.
The iPhone 13 Pro maintains the excellent quality of the ultrawide display, and still achieves slightly better night photos in close-up subjects. I don’t see a clear winner here, but I do see different ways to make macro shots.
I’ve already handled low-light photos separately on each camera available on the three models, but it doesn’t hurt to talk about their general behavior. In my opinion, the iPhone 13 Pro has the best solution, because it automatically activates the night mode when the device feels the need.
But I think the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s score is a little better, especially in close-up and foreground shots. The iPhone 13 Pro selfies weren’t very good in low light, and the sharpness was better on the Samsung smartphone. Even the Edge 30 Pro performed better on fronts in low light.
To be honest, I was a little disappointed with the results of my Apple cell phone in the night shots. I was expecting more from him, and even more because I’ve seen a lot of really amazing low light photos designed with him.
And finally, selfies. And there is a very interesting clash between the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the iPhone 13 Pro. In some scenarios, depending on the configuration and position of the light sources, the Samsung model is slightly better. In other cases, Apple outperforms.
Once again, the Edge 30 Pro lacks dynamic range. The Motorola smartphone offers more muted colors, with results that don’t catch as many eyes as those of its competitors.
However, in low-light scenarios, the S22 Ultra is again better. The iPhone 13 switches between grainy or shaky results, which shouldn’t happen precisely because of the algorithm that corrects flaws in low-light scenarios.
I was able to take a good selfie in low light on my Apple phone. But in one case, even the Edge 30 Pro was better than the Apple model.
Who takes the best pictures in everyday life? iPhone 13 x Galaxy S22 and Edge 30 Pro
Overall, I thought the Galaxy S22 Ultra was way better than its competitors. Of course, this was not the best in every scenario, but the Samsung device was the most consistent, with good pictures on all the cameras available.
The iPhone 13 Pro is just a few steps away from the Motorola Edge 30 Pro in delivering amazing results in good lighting. And I’m sure a more experienced Apple mobile user can extract great photos in low light, too.
The Edge 30 Pro ultimately did well with the main and ultra-wide lighting, and it did well in low light in a few instances. But it lags far behind its competitors when we analyze sharpness and dynamic range, points where it still lacks a lot.
However, I didn’t find any of the three really bad, as I took a photo or another that I ended up getting rid of. All of them can give good results for you to post on social media and get a large amount of likes, regardless of the scenario.
I just wouldn’t recommend zooming in with a Motorola model, anyway. Otherwise, everything will depend on your perspective as a photographer to determine the best composition and use of available light to make records.
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