Camera Comparison of iPhone 13 Pro Max vs. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

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If you are looking for the best smartphone cameras, then the iPhone 13 Pro Max and S22 Ultra are probably at the top of your list. It is a given that both these smartphones boast of excellent cameras, but a few differences may help you make a clear choice. Read on to know which is the better camera smartphone For you And why?

Tip: Read our full comparison of the S22 Ultra vs. iPhone 13 Pro Max

standard camera

The primary camera of iPhone 13 Pro Max is a 12MP sensor with f/1.5 aperture. The S22 Ultra sports a 108MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture as the primary camera. If you look at the samples below, you can see a green tint on the image of the iPhone.

The field of view of the S22 Ultra is comparatively larger than that of the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The details are pretty much the same, and that’s because even though the S22 Ultra has a 108MP sensor, it uses pixel binning technology and shoots in 12MP. Pixel binning combines the pixels on a sensor, and in a larger sensor like 108MP, the ratio is nine to one.

selfie camera

The selfie camera of both these phones does a great job. The iPhone 13 Pro Max has a 12MP sensor, while the S22 Ultra has a 40MP sensor. However, making decisions based on numbers is a risky game that anyone can play. The iPhone 13 Pro Max shoots more real-tone images through the selfie camera.

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Samsung makes skin soft even when all filters are turned off. The S22 Ultra selfie camera isn’t bad by any means, but when it comes to color-accurate selfie images, the iPhone 13 Pro Max does a better job.

low light camera

Low light mode has come a long way in the last few years. Today, this feature relies more heavily on software post-processing, so the final image may not be for everyone.

Here are some samples of both phones, and I will leave this section open for your interpretation. Primarily, because the iPhone 13 Pro Max shoots more realistic images, the S22 Ultra makes it a bit brighter. So let me know in the comments below which camera worked better.

portrait camera

Portrait images, especially from phone cameras, have garnered a lot of attention. One of the first phones to nail portrait images was the iPhone 7 Plus. These images have come a long way since then, and the ball seems to be in Samsung’s court with portrait images, at least in this comparison.

Edge detection on the S22 Ultra is phenomenal, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max retains a fair amount of colors and details. Overall, both devices perform equally well, but the decision boils down to if you prefer a brighter image with some missed edges or a slightly darker image with excellent edge detection.

ability to zoom


Optical zoom refers to the ability to zoom in without losing any quality. The Samsung S22 Ultra is a clear winner in zooming capabilities, and that’s because the iPhone 13 Pro Max supports 3x optical zoom, and the S22 Ultra supports 10x optical zoom. The Samsung S22 Ultra has two telephoto lenses, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max has one.

As the S22 Ultra has two telephoto lenses, zoomed-in images come out better on it.

space zoom

Space zoom refers to the S22 Ultra’s capabilities to zoom in 100 times when clicking an image. Yes, the zoom is digital and not optical, but it performs well for what it’s worth.

Galaxy S22 Ultra's Space Zoom

It blew me away when I could zoom in about 100 meters from the office to a belfry that was barely visible. I could see the time on the clock, and that was mind-boggling.

Although this feature might sound like a gimmick and make you think, “When will I ever need that much zoom?” Trust me, you’ll need it at some point, and when you do, you’ll be grateful that you have the option to do so.

color accuracy

Achieving color accuracy is becoming increasingly difficult as images go through a lot of post-processing. Creating real-life images is not the goal for most brands, as users enjoy images with higher brightness and saturation levels.

Samsung has been quite infamous for increasing the saturation on images, while the iPhone also enhances the contrast.

However, in this specimen, both images are quite similar, with some minor changes that would be difficult for an untrained eye to notice. The Samsung image has become brighter, and the iPhone image is boosted to higher contrast.

macro camera

The S22 Ultra is faster to focus and click an image, but the iPhone 13 Pro Max captures more detail and better colors. Well, this also varies from situation to situation. There are situations where the iPhone 13 Pro Max can barely focus on the subject, and the same can be said for the S22 Ultra.

When we look at the overall quality and stability of macro images, there is no clear winner as both these cameras have their own characteristics.

video quality

Android devices have come a long way in terms of video quality, but iPhones have always been the best for capturing videos. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is no different. Regardless of the lighting conditions, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is excellent.

A few years back, there was no competition between these two flagship lineups, with the iPhone taking a clear lead. However, times have changed, and the S22 Ultra has come close, but it can’t separate the king (iPhone 13 Pro Max) in video quality.

Here is a video of YouTuber, danny winget To give you a better idea.

which has a better camera , iPhone 13 Pro Max or S22 Ultra?

After using both of these cameras, I think, for photos, choose S22 Ultra and for video, choose iPhone 13 Pro Max. It’s not that the S22 Ultra can’t shoot video, or the iPhone 13 Pro Max can’t shoot images. When tested side by side, these are the strengths of these devices.

I just put forward which camera does which function better. When deciding which device to buy, consider other factors like battery, display, etc. But if it’s just for the camera, you also won’t go wrong.

Which smartphone are you planning to get for its camera? Share in the comments below.

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