The zoom was especially helpful when taking pictures of goslings at Golden Golden Gate Park as it kept me from having to get in pecking range of their watchful parents. Neither shot looks crisp at 8x, but the S8's photo looks a lot more pixelated and slightly blown-out. This is where the iPhone's optical zoom shines most. The iPhone's version is softer with warmer tones. The 10x zoom on the iPhone 7 Plus allows it to get closer than the S8. Ten times zoom on the surfer shows that the iPhone can, to a certain extent, retain detail while letting you get super-close.
With close-ups, the difference between the iPhone and S8 comes down to two things: ease of splatoon 2 iphone case use and detail, On the iPhone, you can select and lock focus on an area when you're up close, but getting too close to a subject is a problem, The iPhone will not be able to focus on anything closer than two inches and getting the shot of the butterfly took a few tries, The S8 has a Pro Mode with a manual focus option that allows you to select the exact focal point in the shot, giving you a more precise and closer shot of the butterfly off the bat, My one complaint is that the manual focus sliding gesture kept making me switch to the front camera while I was trying to focus..
The S8 has brighter greens, but the greater contrast on the iPhone's shot gives it more depth. The final results are impressive on both as seen on the shot of the butterfly at the California Academy of Sciences. The S8 captured more vivid greens than the iPhone, with a more pronounced bokeh effect while the greater contrast on the iPhone gave it more depth. But if you zoom in closer, you'll notice the S8 captured a lot more detail on the veins of the wings and texture on the torso. To test the burst mode, we took the phones to capture some feeding time action at the Marine Mammal Center in Marin.
The shots are similar, but the S8 captured more detail in the flying fish and ice chunks, The S8 took more shots per burst, which gave me more options to choose from, but both were able to capture the fish and ice bits midflight with no blur or distortion, The one shot on the S8 was a bit splatoon 2 iphone case sharper, but the difference would only be visible if you plan on enlarging the photo or zooming in, And, as with any action shots, much of this comes down to luck and how well you steady the phone, I got some great wildlife portraits with the iPhone that I wasn't able to capture on the S8..
The iPhone 7 Plus is known for its Portrait mode, which creates that bokeh effect that makes portraits pop. The S8 has a Selective Focus mode which aims to do the same thing, but relies entirely on software to create the effect because it doesn't have the second lens. Both ended up getting it right eventually, but getting the bokeh effect on the S8 was not easy. The subject has to be standing relatively still and within a few feet of the phone for it to capture the effect. So things that move, like these seals at the rescue center, were tough to get.