Camera Shootouts

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs OPPO Find X3 Pro: Camera shootout

Camera smackdown between the ‘Pro’ and the ‘Ultra’

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As new smartphones slowly dominate the 2021 tech scene one by one, we get more chances to compare their camera capabilities side by side.

The new OPPO Find X3 Pro promises improvements in camera performance — but is this ‘Pro’ flagship enough to compete with Samsung’s ‘Ultra’ behemoth?

In GadgetMatch’s standards, our camera samples were taken straight out of the phone’s camera app. The only post-processing techniques applied are collaging, putting simple texts in each photo, and resizing. Just like the previous camera shootouts, photos are completely shuffled so you have to remember your picks.

Can’t wait further? Let’s start the camera smackdown!

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

Outdoor shots with natural light are easy to achieve — unless they show blown-out highlights and darker shadows in a scene.

#1 (Wide)

#2 (Zoom)

Saturation

Most of the time, color accuracy is one factor that differentiates one smartphone from other models.

#3

#4

#5

AWB (Auto White Balance)

While color temperature can be adjusted right after taking the photo, it’s still a nice feature for a smartphone camera to detect the right type of White Balance in a shot.

#6 (Outdoors)

#7 (Indoors)

#8 (Shade)

Zoom

There’s totally a big difference between two telephoto lenses versus one.

#9 (3x Zoom)

#10 (5x Zoom)

#11 (30x Zoom)

Food

For those appetizing and scrumptious, IG-worthy food shots

#12 (Wide)

#13 (Zoom)

#14 (Low-light Zoom)

Faces

A dedicated section for people who love taking portraits, body shots, and selfies — whether day or night.

#15 (Zoom)

#16 (Selfie)

#17 (Portrait Mode)

#18 (Low-light)

Night Mode

While we’re on the topic of low-light samples, it’s time to reveal the ultimate test that makes or breaks a smartphone camera.

#19 (Ultra-wide)

#20 (Wide)

#21 (Zoom)

#22 BONUS (Wide)

Results

Do you remember your picks? Check them out below to see which smartphone is your best bet!

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

1B / 2A / 3B / 4A / 5A

6A / 7A / 8A / 9A / 10A

11B / 12B / 13A / 14B / 15A

16B / 17B / 18B / 19B / 20A

21B / 22B

OPPO Find X3 Pro

1A / 2B / 3A / 4B / 5B

6B / 7B / 8B / 9B / 10B

11A / 12A / 13B / 14A / 15B

16A / 17A / 18A / 19A / 20B

21A / 22A

Conclusion

In most shots taken with natural light, both the Find X3 Pro and the Galaxy S21 Ultra produced great-looking images. But if you’ve been reading our camera shootouts for a while now, you’d clearly know which shots were taken with the Galaxy S21 Ultra — and those are the wider ones.

While a larger Field of View (FoV) contributes to wider photos, sometimes, Galaxy S21 Ultra’s camera software processing goes over the limit by boosting saturation or doing too much sharpening in one scene. Those techniques heavily affect a natural-looking subject or scenario.

Also, having two telephoto lenses is a great feature in a sea of smartphones that only acquire one fixed telephoto lens (the 30x zoom shot of the S21 Ultra for example produced a clearer shot vs the one taken with the Find X3 Pro). But because of Samsung’s AI enhancements, the Galaxy S21 Ultra over-sharpened most photos — particularly shots of the coffee on a bench and the shoes inside a store.

Meanwhile, the Find X3 Pro’s image quality is actually closer to reality. The details were there, and OPPO’s software magic gave the photos the right amount of detail and contrast, as well as better AWB (Auto White Balance) detection.

During that day, my eyes only saw warm-looking subjects. Also, portraits and selfies are more natural-looking on this phone. Let the background depth segmentation in Portrait Mode speak for itself. I didn’t change the aperture value on the S21 Ultra just to stick with the default settings of the camera feature. The Find X3 Pro has cleaner cutouts — even with tiny hair strands.

I also think Night Mode shots are better on the Find X3 Pro. It’s not too bright and shabby with tolerable levels of highlights, shadows, and colors.

I’d say this was a tight camera competition.

SEE ALSO: Find X3 Pro vs Mi 11: Camera shootout | Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Mi 11: Camera shootout

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Xiaomi 11T Pro vs Mi 10T Pro: Camera shootout

Camera duel between two “Pro” smartphones from the same Chinese company

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Xiaomi was the first to launch a 108MP-touting smartphone — the Mi Note 10 to be exact. Several years later, having a 108MP camera sensor in Android smartphones isn’t much of a big deal anymore. The Xiaomi 11T Pro and Mi 10T Pro are two of the smartphones in that list.

Xiaomi 11T Pro’s 108MP camera

For tech nerds out there, the Mi 10T Pro packs an older Samsung ISOCELL HMX sensor just like the Mi 11 and Mi Note 10. Meanwhile, Samsung’s ISOCELL HM2 sensor is found on the newer 11T Pro and the 11T as well. For a better distinction, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is equipped with the higher-end HM3 sensor.

But does that guarantee the best in class photography experience on a “Pro” Xiaomi device? Let’s find out in the samples below.

Disclaimer: Just like our other camera shootouts, photos were collaged, resized, and labeled for faster loading and preview. No other manipulations were applied.

Ultra-Wide

On paper, they both have different ultra-wide cameras: 13MP f/2.4 with 123-degree FoV on the Mi 10T Pro vs an 8MP f/2.2 120-degree UWA camera on the 11T Pro. But does the newer model perform better in this category?

#1

#2

#3

High Dynamic Range (HDR)

This is the ability of the smartphone camera to process a situation and be able to give commendable image output displaying the right amount of highlights, shadows, and contrast overall.

#4

#5

#6

#7

Saturation

Just a friendly reminder: Not all saturated photos are the accurate ones you see in real life.

#8

#9

#10

#11

Food

People love taking food photos with their smartphones — but which one looks more true-to-life?

#12

#13

#14

#15

Portrait

With a dedicated 5MP f/2.4 macro camera, portrait shots with better Depth of Field (or the ability to give creamier bokeh in layman’s term) should look better for the most part, but you be the judge.

#16

#17

#18

Selfies

Not the biggest selfie master but you can see the huge difference. You just have to pick which is which.

#19

#20

2x Telephoto

Both phones lack a dedicated telephoto zoom lens and heavily rely on digital cropping via its main lens — but the 11T Pro’s lack of OIS (which the Mi 10T Pro has) might be the biggest dealbreaker in this camera shootout segment.

#21

#22

#23

#24

#25

#26 (Night 2x zoom)

Night Mode

Now that a night shot was introduced in the previous segment, it’s time for some thorough night shot comparison.

#27

#28

#29

#30

BONUS

B1

B2

B3

Results

Xiaomi 11T Pro: Photo A

Xiaomi 10T Pro: Photo B

Google Pixel 2 XL: Photo C (Bonus part only)

Conclusion

Just like what I said in my Mi 11 vs Mi 10T Pro camera shootout, results vary (especially in saturation, AWB, HDR, and contrast) due to difference in software camera processing techniques and AI algorithms even if both are equipped with a large 108-megapixel camera sensor delivered varying image results. My Xiaomi 11T Pro review article also shared glimpses of how its cameras performed in day-to-day scenarios.

Moreover, the 2x telephoto zoom lens on the Xiaomi 11T Pro is mostly a miss. Not only did the lack of OIS degraded and made the image output a lot blurrier in comparison to the Mi 10T Pro, but it’s also a testament that not all newer phones are better — at least in the camera department. The 2017 flagship Google Pixel 2 XL can still keep up with the Night Mode competition despite having a Sony IMX362 sensor from 2016.

That being said, the Xiaomi 11T Pro and Mi 10T Pro are both capable smartphones. But if cameras are your main point of buying a new smartphone, you should really look elsewhere. The results are there, you just have to pick which is your best bet.

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Xiaomi 11T Pro vs Mi 10T Pro: 11 changes in 1 year

Xiaomi Mi 11 vs Mi 10T Pro: Camera shootout

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Pixel 6 vs iPhone 13 Pro: Camera shootout

Battle of the best smartphone cameras!

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Pixel 6 iPhone 13 Pro

We’re back with another shootout! This time, we’ll be comparing two smartphones known best for taking natural shots that are close to reality. Raw images that will capture your sights the way you see them with your own eyes.

Here, we’ll see if the Pixel 6 can square up against the iPhone 13 Pro. Like our other shootouts, photos were only collaged, resized, and labeled for faster loading and preview. No other edits have been applied.

To make it easier for you, all photos labeled A were taken using the iPhone 13 Pro. Meanwhile, the photos labeled B were shot on the Pixel 6. Now, let’s start the fight!

#1

Pixel 6 iPhone 13 Pro

#2

Pixel 6 iPhone 13 Pro

#3

Pixel 6 iPhone 13 Pro

#4

Pixel 6 iPhone 13 Pro

#5

Pixel 6 iPhone 13 Pro

#6

Pixel 6 iPhone 13 Pro

#7

#8

Pixel 6 iPhone 13 Pro

#9

Pixel 6 iPhone 13 Pro

#10

#11

#12

#13

Results

If you observed closely, photos taken by the Pixel 6 during the day were well-lit, balanced, and seemed closer due to its focal length. The iPhone 13 Pro, on the other hand, produces vibrant photos that look social media ready.

Although, macro shots tend to be darker on the Pixel 6 as the processor focuses on sharpening the details rather than keeping a well-lit background.

For portraits, the phones aim to please different users. Some would prefer the sharpened, detailed, and wider portrait on the iPhone 13 Pro. However, in our Instagram poll, 61 percent picked the portrait taken by the Pixel 6. Perhaps because it looks pleasing to the naked eye. It looked softened and warm, and closer to a shot taken by a mirrorless camera.

Night shots are a close fight, though. Details are a priority when it comes to the Pixel, while vibrance and colors are a must for the iPhone. Meanwhile, night mode allows the Pixel to illuminate a dark room while the iPhone still tried to keep it as close to reality as possible.

Conclusion

As of the moment, I think it’s clear that in the camera department, the Pixel and the iPhones still reign supreme especially for the average users. Don’t try to bring in Sony’s Xperia here — that’s a different beast.

Pixel’s camera performance appeals to tech enthusiasts who’d love a camera that allows more room for flexibility. Where you can have the freedom to help you express yourself through photographs.

While the iPhone appeals to casual users who enjoy bright, processed, and detailed photos that helps them to live in the moment — uploading photos as is whenever they want.

I’m not saying that the Pixel and the iPhone are limited to enthusiasts and casual users respectively. Photographers, creatives, and other users who’d love to explore camera settings and modes know that both smartphones are equipped with the right tools to make something extraordinary out of nothing.

Take raw photos, adjust the settings, tinker around. When used by the right people, both the Pixel and the iPhone can be revolutionary beasts in the smartphone camera department. It’s proof that technology is evolving, and we can only look forward to what’s coming next.


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Galaxy S21 Ultra vs vivo X70 Pro+: Camera shootout

The Chinese company’s finest smartphone goes head-to-head with the South Korean giant’s best.

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Huawei with Leica, OnePlus with Hasselblad. Like many brands that have come before, vivo recently partnered with lens manufacturer Zeiss in an effort to level up its reputation as a bonafide smartphone camera champ.

We’ve always been cynical of these co-branding partnerships as being nothing more than a license to plaster a camera company’s logo on smartphones. Although, our experience made us a believer.

Before we do a deep dive on its cameras, let’s discuss the partnership first.

Vivo x Zeiss: What is it all about?

Zeiss claims one of the areas they partnered in has to do with Zeiss T* coating. This time around, all of the X70 Pro+’s cameras have this coating and Zeiss says it has to customize a recipe for each one, so it’s optimized for each lens.

The coating helps reduce the glare, ghosting, and imaging artifacts. Take a look at this example shot at the Barclays Center.

Left: iPhone 13 Pro Max (Normal coating), Right: vivo X70 Pro+ (Zeiss T* coating)

See how the X70 Pro+’s camera managed all that glare.

Cameras

Now, let’s talk cameras and take a look at some samples.

First, the X70 Pro+ has four cameras: a 50-megapixel wide camera, a 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 114-degree field of view (and with gimbal stabilization), a 12-megapixel telephoto camera with optical zoom, and an additional periscope camera with 5x optical zoom.

Regular 1x shots

Ultra-wide-angle shot

2x zoom

Using the periscope

Macro

Taking selfies on its 32-megapixel selfie shooter

Mirrored

Performing against the Galaxy S21 Ultra

This is probably what you’ve been waiting for: a comparison of the vivo X70 Pro+ against the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Without further ado, let’s jump ahead. For easier comparison, all photos on the left were taken using the vivo X70 Pro+ while the photos on the right were shots from the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

These photos were shot during the day with the sun out, and the phones do well as expected.

Even in tricky situations such as against the light shots, where the HDR kicks in.

It’s the same on a gloomier day.

Low light is where we’ll see the most dramatic of differences, but first, let’s go indoors.

Admittedly, this wasn’t the most photogenic cocktail but the X70 Pro+ produced the most post-worthy shot.

And we like its photo best in this shot of the bar’s interior.

Next, dusk — right before the lovely blue hour.

This shot taken at Transmitter Park in Brooklyn could go either way. The Galaxy S21 Ultra’s photo is the brightest while the X70 Pro+ tones it down a little — keeping it bright but also keeping it as close to reality as possible.

Now, let’s add a human subject. The problem here is the X70 Pro+’s photo is too bright, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s is not very sharp.

Low-light battle

That evening, we also stumbled on a very, very dimly lit bar. Think: heavily dark room with little to no lights.

Truly, the X70 Pro+ is a low-light master. Chay looked stunning and the room looked bright — something you couldn’t even see even with your naked eye. (Because the room is dark, remember?)

The Galaxy S21 Ultra managed to capture all the colors too, but at cost of noise. And when a face is involved — it’s not very flattering.

Although, personally, we wouldn’t post the shot taken using the X70 Pro+. It’s so good, it kind of takes away from the point of the photo.

That said, this is such a great example of how good of a low-light shooter this phone is.

Last shot at this bar without a human subject. The drink was a Piña Colada smoothie and it was white. Notice how the X70 Pro+ captured the condensation on the glass.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s shot was color accurate, but if you’ll zoom in to the upper right corner, you can see how noisy the S21 Ultra’s shot actually is.

You good? Crazy ‘no?

While comparing, here’s one last thing we want to show you. Thanks to its T star coating, notice these two shots taken in two different subway stations. Notice how the fluorescent lights aren’t as blown out on the X70 Pro+’s photos.

X70 Pro+ vs Galaxy S21 Ultra

Cameras aside, the X70 Pro+ directly goes after the Galaxy S21 Ultra. On paper, it’s got a resume that can go head-to-head with Samsung’s best.

S21 Ultra 

X70 Pro+

Processor

SD888

SD888+

RAM

12GB/16GB

12GB

Storage

128-512GB

256GB-512GB

Display

6.8 / AMOLED / 120Hz

6.8 / AMOLED / 120Hz

Battery

5,000 mAh

4,500 mAh

If you look at this chart, you’ll see they’re pretty similar. The X70 Pro+ is at a slight advantage with its newer 888 Plus processor, which was launched last June way after the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s release. While the Galaxy S21 Ultra has a bigger battery.

They both offer a complement of cameras that, as you saw in the comparison, are competitive with one another. But the Periscope Camera on the Galaxy S21 Ultra can zoom further to 10x.

They both have things like IP68 water and dust resistance, and an under-display fingerprint scanner — both of which are fast and snappy.

Both have quick wired and wireless charging. The biggest leg up the Galaxy S21 Ultra has is support for the S-Pen, in case you want a phone that lets you use a stylus.

Is the vivo X70 Pro+ worth considering as your GadgetMatch?

Overall, vivo has built a solid challenger, delivering on the needs of hardcore users: a screen that’s great for content consumption be it watching movies or games; cameras that shoot well, especially in low light; and batteries that last longer and charge fast.

And in a world without Huawei — still suffering from the Google ban — and LG, which closed down its mobile phone business this year, vivo is the only other manufacturer that’s made a phone that can legitimately rival the best from Samsung.

Undoubtedly, the X70 Pro+ is one of the best Android phones you can buy today. Period. And for that, the phone deserves the GadgetMatch seal of approval.

For the full vivo X70 Pro+ review, watch our video on YouTube:

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