And here we have another result of our recent conflict with the camera, this time setting the Galaxy S22 Ultra To face iPhone 13 Pro Max it’s the Xiaomi 12 Pro. Will the new Korean cell phone outperform its biggest competitor? To make the dispute more exciting we put a file Galaxy Z Fold 3 In the battle to see if there’s a major advance in camera from the best 2021 Samsung model to the 2022 model.
It is good to remember that our comparison was attended by the audience and also the TudoCelular team. The sounds were blind, i.e. no one knew which smartphone took each photo to ensure maximum neutrality.
|Galaxy S22 Ultra||Xiaomi 12 Pro||iPhone 13 Pro Max||Galaxy Z Fold 3|
|Accuracy||108MP + 10MP + 10MP + 12MP||50 Megapixel + 50 Megapixel + 50 Megapixel||12MP + 12MP + 12MP||12MP + 12MP + 12MP|
|Opening||f / 1.8 + f / 4.9 + f / 2.4 / f / 2.2||f / 1.9 + f / 1.9 + f / 2.2||f / 1.5 + f / 2.8 + f / 1.8||f / 1.8 + f / 2.4 + f / 2.2|
|pixel size||0.8 µm + 1.12 µm + 1.12 µm + 1.4 µm||1.22 µm||1.9 µm||1.8 µm + 1 µm + 1.12 µm|
|front camera||40 MP, f / 2.2 . lens||32 MP, f / 2.5||12 MP, f / 2.2||4 MP, f/1.8 (UD) + 10 MP, f/2.2|
Photos were taken with smartphones using Auto mode, except for scene in HDR (where HDR is manually activated if it’s not in Auto) and Night mode. All at the maximum allowable resolution in the aspect ratio 4: 3, in which we usually reach the full potential of the sensor. Voting can be checked by clicking here.
Find out now the order of smartphones used in the test:
The results listed below are the result of the following methodology with the establishment of the individual and final classification. Each smartphone received a score in each individual comparison, with the sum of all points revealing the winner. The following weights were used:
- first place: 4 points
- second place: 3 points
- Third place: 2 points
- fourth place: 1 point
Explaining the registration method, let’s move on to the results!
Picture 1 – A selfie during the day
We started our fight with something that many love: a selfie. Apple has always stood out for the front camera of its devices and still brings the work to the competition. 13 Pro Max beats the Galaxy S22 Ultra by a small margin and captures the image with the best balance of light, shade, contrast and skin clarity. Plus there is a blurry background with fewer gaps. The camera below the fold screen hurts its performance in selfies and comes last.
Picture 2 – Far details
For those who enjoy shooting landscapes and strive to record every little detail, it’s a good idea to have a cell phone with a high-resolution sensor and this is where the 108MP in the S22 Ultra makes a difference and we have a more detailed photo than the others. In second place is the 50MP Xiaomi 12 Pro, leaving the Fold in third and the iPhone last.
Photo 3 – Short Zoom
And when it’s a little far away and you need to zoom in on your phone? Many devices have optical zoom, but not all have the same range. This is where the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a huge advantage over its competitors in capturing the clearest picture. The iPhone comes in second for taking sharper photos than the Fold, while Xiaomi is the weakest.
Picture 4 – Long Zoom
If you enjoy shooting from afar, it is important to have a long-range zoom and this is where the Galaxy S22 Ultra really shines with its powerful 10x optical zoom. It captures the most accurate picture with the best colors. This time, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 won the silver, despite not being able to come close to the others. Xiaomi and Apple phones have a good range, but the drop in quality is significant.
Photo 5 – Ultra Wide
An ultra-wide camera is a common thing in any top-of-the-line cell phone today, but not everyone uses a good sensor capable of recording beautiful wide-angle photos. We tested all four models in the worst possible situation, which would be a person against the light, and were surprised to see Samsung topping out with the S22 Ultra and Fold 2 struggling less to get the right balance of light, color and shade. The iPhone was the one who lost the most detail with the darkest picture.
Photo 6 – HDR
But Samsung isn’t always the best at shooting with light. If you use the main camera with HDR enabled, this is the iPhone that has a slight advantage over the Korean duo in capturing the most balanced image. The S22 Ultra takes the silver, while Xiaomi takes the last place with the clearest picture, but with the worst contrast and colors.
Photo 7 – close-up
We don’t always use the telephoto camera only when we want to shoot something far away. Sometimes we zoom in a bit for better framing and here is where the iPhone beats the S22 Ultra which got the best of its previous shots. Xiaomi mistook the colors, but he didn’t miss the contrast like the fold, which is the last.
Picture 8 – Wide Macro
And which one gets the best close-up photography? Apple has improved the Ultra Wide camera for use in macros, and it was the 13 Pro Max in particular that took the lead in our comparison. Interestingly, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 stood out more than the S22 Ultra, which shows that the latest is not always the best. Xiaomi 12 Pro also got the worst in this comparison.
Picture 9 – Macro details
We’ve done another macro comparison to prove it, but this time with something smaller to shoot, and once again, the iPhone got the best of it. He managed to get quite close without losing focus and presented the most natural colors. The S22 Ultra leaned towards cooler colors but picked up more details than the Fold 3, while Xiaomi came out again at the end.
Picture 10 – Contrast
Cell phone does not always get the right contrast and when we have excess shades that are too dark lose detail. This is where the Fold feature excels, although slightly oversaturated. Either way, it retained the most photo detail, while the iPhone took second place at this point. Xiaomi 12 Pro weighed the most on contrast and ended up blurring the image.
Picture 11 – Dusk
When the light falls is where we see the true limitations of every cell phone. The iPhone had the most pain when shooting in the late afternoon, with a dark photo with few details preserved. Xiaomi took a sharper picture, but with distorted colors. With that said, the Galaxy S22 Ultra and Z Fold 3 are left for us to get the best photo at dusk.
Picture 12 – Night
Samsung and Apple have been struggling to see who offers the best night mode with their phones, but in our comparison, it was the Xiaomi 12 Pro that came out on top. Not only was he able to brighten the image, but he avoided blurring without compromising the colors. The Galaxy S22 Ultra came in second and showed a nice jump over the Fold 3 that came last.
Picture 13 – Night Zoom
And in the night zoom feature, is the S22 Ultra also king? Yes, in our comparison, we saw that it takes the clearest picture of the four, plus it has the best colors. The iPhone comes in second in terms of sharpness, but it lacks clarity. This is where the fold ends up falling behind and losing out to the Xiaomi 12 Pro.
Picture 14 – Portrait mode
When using portrait mode at night, we almost had a link between the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The Korean model scored the best photo overall, but it didn’t have as sharp a blur as the Apple model, and here’s the choice for each photo. The fold is the worst in this scenario and it barely manages to blur what is close to the form.
Picture 15 – Night selfie
And finally, we have a night selfie with a portrait effect. If the iPhone is best when using the front camera during the day, then in dark places, the S22 Ultra takes a small advantage with a sharper selfie. The Apple model comes soon after with a selfie in great colors and a stylish portrait effect. Xiaomi takes third place, leaving the fold in last.
After analyzing 15 different situations, it turns out that the Galaxy S22 Ultra is the phone with the most balanced set of cameras. He won the most matches and was never the worst of the four, which shows that Samsung has evolved a lot since the last generation. This is even more evident when compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 which the iPhone lost in third place. Xiaomi, however evolved, is still eating dust for Samsung and Apple in the camera.
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: 32.9% of the votes
- Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max: 27.3% of the vote
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: 20.4% of the votes
- Xiaomi 12 Pro: 19.4% of the vote
But we know that not only a good photo is made by a really worthy camera, we will also analyze which one has the best in the videos.
In terms of resolution, we beat the Galaxy S22 Ultra and Xiaomi 12 Pro for their ability to record in 8K, while the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and iPhone 13 Pro Max shoot in 4K max. With the front camera, the Chinese top is only limited to Full HD.
When shooting with the rear camera, we see that the S22 Ultra and the iPhone 13 Pro Max fight equally in quality, stability and focus. When recording at night, Maçã has the advantage of sharper shots. The Fold is the most underrated in terms of quality and sound capture out of the four, while Xiaomi has the worst stability and focus, but it beats Samsung’s foldable in other respects.
The front of the iPhone not only features selfies, but it makes recording smoother with better white and color balance, even with the sun in the background. At night it is least affected by noise and antiques. Once again, the Fold comes last, with the camera under the screen significantly limiting the quality of shots.
We can pair the S22 Ultra and iPhone 13 Pro Max with the camcorder, but the Apple model has more Instagram integration, posts higher quality, is capable of shooting with Dolby Vision and even has better background blur. Which makes it the most complete of the four.
Now, which one won the comparison? The Galaxy S22 Ultra is best for photos and the second best for videos, while the iPhone is just the opposite. It is up to you to decide what is most important.
What matters is that it’s clear how far Samsung has evolved from a 2021 foldable to the more advanced 2022. While Xiaomi is still struggling to try to compete with the competition, but that doesn’t mean the 12 Pro’s cameras are bad, it just doesn’t. It doesn’t do justice to the size and price of the device.
(Updated April 29, 2022 at 4:14 pm)
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