iPhone 11 Pro Max And Samsung Galaxy Note 10+: A Camera Comparison

Aadhya Khatri - Oct 09, 2019


iPhone 11 Pro Max And Samsung Galaxy Note 10+: A Camera Comparison

The quality of pictures taken by iPhone 11 Pro Max and Galaxy Note 10+ will depend on the conditions when you shoot, but there are still some differences

The Galaxy Note 10+ is the latest flagship smartphone from Samsung, and it was released a month earlier than Apple’s iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. Needless to say, it is one of Apple’s main competitors.

Since both of the Galaxy Note 10+ and iPhone Pro Max have a triple camera setup, we will draw a comparison by weighing their photo quality against each other to see whether there is one more capable than the other.

iPhone 11 Pro Max features a 12-megapixel telephoto, ultra-wide-angle, and wide-angle lenses. Galaxy Note 10+ has the same 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and 12-megapixel telephoto lens, but a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens. So the latter wins regarding the megapixel count of the ultra-wide-angle snapper.

These two phones can both take amazing pictures. However, the real quality will depend a lot on the conditions when you shoot, including lighting and subjects. So here are some disparities you should know of:

The Galaxy Note 10+ appears to focus too much on highlights in certain situations, so sometimes, you may have overexposed and washed out photos. On the other hand, the iPhone 11 Pro Max does not seem to do so.

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iPhone 11 Pro Max tends to stay true to the real-life colors of subjects

Plus, the one from Apple tends to stay true to the real colors of subjects while you may notice that that of Samsung can oversaturate pictures.

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The Galaxy Note 10+ appears to focus too much on highlights in certain situations, so sometimes, you may have overexposed and washed out photos

Some people may like the brightness and oversaturation it brings to pictures. If you are not one of them, adjusting so that the colors look more accurate is easy. After the picture is taken, you can tone it down in post-processing. iPhone 11 Pro Max owners will not experience this. However, in general, colors tend to be more vibrant if you take pictures with the Galaxy Note 10+.

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In general, colors tend to be more vibrant if you take pictures with the Galaxy Note 10+

It is true that the smartphone from Samsung has more megapixels on the ultra-wide-angle camera, but it does not mean you will always have better pictures. With the iPhone 11 Pro Max, that camera seems to lack some handy features of the wide-angle camera, including larger sensor, lower aperture, Night Mode support, and optical image stabilization.

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With the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the ultra-wide-angle camera seems to lack some handy features including larger sensor, lower aperture, Night Mode support, and optical image stabilization

With this lens, you can have fantastic photos of architecture, landscape, and also people. However, the lens will work best under optimal lighting conditions. It is the case for that of Galaxy Note 10+ too.

Both the Galaxy Note 10+ and iPhone 11 Pro Max have night mode to capture images in low light, and they both work great. The former’s tendency to overexpose photos will make night time pictures seem brighter than usual, and not everyone wants that to happen to their photos. Apple’s night mode was designed in a way that makes pictures feel that they are taken in low light, so this is another aspect that Apple outruns Samsung.

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Apple’s night mode was designed in a way that makes pictures feel that they are taken in low light, so this is another aspect that Apple outruns Samsung

With the Galaxy Note 10+, users will have Live Focus, which can provide an adjustable live background blurring effect for pictures taken by both rear and front-facing cameras. On the iPhone, we have Portrait Mode. They have different names, but they offer similar results. In comparison with earlier versions, we can see an improvement in picture quality. The edge detection works marvelously, and the blurring of background is good, so in this aspect, we cannot pick out a winner.

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With the Galaxy Note 10+, users will have Live Focus, which can provide an adjustable live background blurring effect for pictures taken by both rear and front-facing cameras

When shooting videos, users will have 4K clips at 60 frames per second on both smartphones. However, you can have better auto stabilization without open up settings on iPhone 11 Pro Max.

You will have a quite similar setup for front-facing cameras on the two phones. On Galaxy Note 10+, the selfie snapper is 10 megapixels while that of the iPhone is 12 megapixels. However, there is a limitation with the iPhone 11 Pro Max. You will have the option to zoom out, and in starting this year, but by default, you will have pictures in 7 megapixels. To have one with 12 megapixels, you need to zoom out.

The front camera of the Galaxy Note 10+ appears to have the edge over the iPhone when it comes to sharpness and details. However, iPhone 11 Pro Max excels in color accuracy. Some people might find pictures taken by the Galaxy too sharp for their taste for their taste, so the decision of which one is better depends on the level of sharpness you want to have.

For outdoor shots, iPhone 11 Pro Max does a better job than that of Samsung. The details are sharper when taken by Apple’s handset, and the phone’s Smart HDR can churn out amazing gradients., which the Galaxy Note 10+ is unable to achieve.

With indoor pictures, the iPhone’s ultra-wide lens results in too soft and contrast-lacking photos in comparison with those taken by the Note 10+.

When it comes to security, the Galaxy Note 10+ cannot rival iPhone 11 Pro Max’s Face ID. However, for payment, you still need the fingerprint scanner since the Face ID is not secure enough on its own.

So overall, iPhone 11 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ can both produce sharp, detailed, and crisp photos. However, there is no clear winner as each of them is the best at different aspects of photography. So the decision is more about your personal preference.

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There is no clear winner as each of them is the best at different aspects of photography

The Galaxy Note 10+ will be best for those who like pictures with vibrant and rich colors, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max is the best at color accuracy.

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