The Samsung Galaxy S21 The scope specification was leaked a while ago, but it only tells half the story. If we want to know how the phone performs, especially with photography, we need some practical time.
While Random Stuff 2 makes more general impressions with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus, we’re really focused on the camera at this point. After all, it’s one of the features that can make or break a phone, and poor performance is not a good look if old phones from competitors do better.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what seems to happen with Random Stuff 2’s photos. While the Galaxy S21 Pro’s photos aren’t terrible, Apple’s first-class camera does a much better job. Since the S21 Plus is set to the same camera specifications as the standard S21, that means the base-level model probably has similar performance.
The main problem is that, by comparison, the photos of the S21 Plus look a lot duller. The photos look brighter than the iPhone 12 Pro Max, but the actual content doesn’t look nearly as good.
It’s as if Samsung artificially increased brightness in post-shoot processing, or never bothered to compensate for excess sunlight in California (where these photos appear to have been taken).
In some shots, such as the giant metallic scorpion, the background also looks more blurry on the S21 Plus. Plus the same issues with contrast and poor coloring.
The video quality is also noticeably worse in comparison. It looks a lot more choppy, and everything in the distance is hazy and more blurry compared to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. So in all respects it’s not a particularly favorable comparison for Samsung.
The Galaxy S21 Plus’ camera quality on its own isn’t terrible, but compared to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, it’s pretty clear who’s the winner. The only question is why? What does the iPhone do and Samsung not? These aren’t questions we can really answer based on a five-minute YouTube video.
Of course, as Random Stuff 2 points out, this is still a pre-release version of the Galaxy S21 Plus. The phone will not be launched until January 14th, and it will not be launched until the end of that month. Assuming that the issues with images of the Galaxy S21 Plus are software related, there’s still plenty of time for Samsung to roll out some updates and fix the problem. Or reduce the gap between it and iPhone in any way.
Everything else about the S21 Plus looks positive, and Random Stuff 2 has been extremely enthusiastic about the phone’s performance. Of particular note is the battery, which he said lasts well all day. These seem Snapdragon 888 improvements They are used well. He was also impressed with how small the bezels are, and how powerful the rear camera lens is this time.
So at the moment, Samsung is not looking good, especially because it has not yet been able to beat its biggest rival in the camera game. Hopefully things get better in the weeks leading up to the release, or at least the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which has a different camera setup, does a better job at taking great photos.