What’s up guys, Saf here on SuperSaf TV and welcome to another SuperSafstyle camera comparison. This time, it is of course, between the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. That has been the most requestedon the channel recently, so a thumbs up for thatwould be appreciated. We’re going to cover allaspects of the cameras front facing, rear facing, images, video, low light,portrait, everything. I’ll try to leave sometimestamps down below because this will be a long video. We’re starting off withthe front facing cameras and we’re going to testout stabilization so walking and- Well let’s go ahead and run. Both smart phones can alsofilm at 4K, 60 frames a second. Dynamic range is usually affected when we switch to 4K 60. So this will be a good test to see how much of thecloud detail you can see in the background comparedto when we were at 4K 30 and let’s just test outstabilization at 4K 60. Now we’ve switched on tothe rear facing cameras. Both smart phones do allow us to switch to the ultra-wide as well as the zoom. So we’ve got up to two times optical zoom on the iPhone 11 Pro Max. On the Note20 Ultra,you’ve got up to five times so look how much closer you can get in with that five times optical zoom. Let’s go ahead and test out stabilization at a 4K 30 on the primary camera.
Test that stabilization withthe ultra-wide cameras as well. So a walk into a run. Now, 4K 60 from the rear facing cameras, one thing to note is thatthe iPhone does let you film 4K 60 from all thecameras so that includes the ultra-wide, as well as the zoom but on the S20, sorry, Note20 Ultra, you can only film at 4K 60from the primary camera, there is no option to film4K 60 from any of the others. So for the sake of itstabilization at 4K 60, so just walking, if you’revlogging or something and we can run. You do have 8K video on the Note20 Ultra. It does crop in quite significantly when you are shooting at 8K but it does give youa lot more resolution. Now because this video is at4K, we can crop in further and see that one-to-one 8Kresolution, which is insane. And you’ll notice, I’m not moving too much and that is because thereis no stabilization at 8K. Understandably so, it is usinga large part of the sensor, but yeah, something nice to have. So quick, low light video tests, for those of you who liketo take videos in the dark. It is raining a little bit. See how the lights are handled. Just going in here to pick up my next car, not really. (lighter clicking) (lighter clicking) Now testing the autofocus of the Note20 Ultra. Very, very fast. This is something thatwe were concerned about on the S20 Ultra but definitely seems to have been fixed. Same test on the iPhone 11 Pro Max and once again, working absolutely fine, very fast and smooth.
Now that was the video before we move on to images. if you like what you’re seeing so far then please do considersubscribing to the channel. There’s lots of SuperSaf style content that I post on here very regularly. And let’s look at what we’reworking with on both cameras. For the front facing cameras, the iPhone does have a high resolution and for the rear facing cameras, we have triple cameras on both. They work similarly, in thatwe have an ultra-wide camera, a primary camera, aswell as a zoom camera. On the iPhone, the 12megapixels across the board, on the Note20 Ultra, the ultra-wide camera is 12 megapixels, the primary camera isactually 108 megapixels, although you’ll beshooting at 12 megapixels, 99% of the time anyway and that is where you will getthe best software processing. And then we have a periscope zoom camera, which gives you five times optical zoom, and up to 50 times digital zoom. The iPhone maxes out at10 times digital zoom. And on the Note20 Ultra this time, you also have laser auto focus, which definitely doeshelp with auto focus, as you saw from thevideo examples earlier. The Note20 Ultra also hasa pro video and photo app so you manually tweak settings, including lots of different audio options.
This is something that’s not available on the iPhone, on default anyway you will have to download an excel app such as FiLMiC Pro in order tohave some of these features. Now let’s get to the images. So what you’ll notice frommany of these examples is that both devices takeabsolutely great images in good light. We’ve got lots of detail,great dynamic range, dynamic range does go back and forth. Some situations I prefer the iPhone, such as this one of my car. If you look at the front of the car and the shadow details, those are much betteron the iPhone compared to the much darker tones on theNote20 Ultra, in my opinion. But if you look at thisshot of this sunset, the Note20 Ultra hasmaintained a lot more detail in the foreground without blowingout the background at all. So I do like this shoton the Note20 Ultra. So it is going to go back and forth. Now, one thing to bear in mind is that you do have a much largersensor on the Note20 Ultra and let’s just get this whole 108 megapixel thing out the way. So here’s a shot taken at 12 megapixels. I do prefer the iPhone here actually, does seem to have better dynamic range but if you do go ahead and switch to the 108megapixels resolution on the Note20 Ultra, you’ll immediately notice that the image becomes a lot darker and you lose a lot ofdetail in the shadows. And that is because, as mentioned, it is not optimizingthe software performance when you are shooting at that insane 108 megapixels resolution.
This however, does meanthat you can crop in much further to this image. So if you look at bothimages side by side, at 100% on this 4K video, you can see that we cancrop in much further on the Note20 Ultra comparedto that on the iPhone. Again, I think this is somethingthat you’ll probably use 1% of the time, 99% of thetime to get the best results from the Note20 Ultra,you will want to shoot at around 12 megapixels and that is what it’s set to by default. Now there’s a few other things that you do have to bear in mind when you’re using such a large sensor. The first thing is thatyou are going to get a shallow depth of field,a blurry background. So you can see theseshots here of these leaves and both look absolutely great but on the Note20 Ultra, just look at the leaves that are immediatelybehind the ones in focus and you’ll see, on the Note20 Ultra they’re completely blurred out, which gives you so much more isolation for the subject that is in focus. But having said that you dohave to also bear in mind that the area of focus with such a large sizesensor is very, very small. So in this example, you can see that we’ve only got a very few flowers in focus because the other ones are kind of a little bit more of the background, they are completely blurred out, whereas you’re getting amuch more pleasing shot on the iPhone here, so justsomething to bear in mind. Yes, that larger sensordoes have some advantages but it can have some disadvantages too.
Now let’s move on tothe ultra-wide cameras and I have to say that both smartphones have amazing ultra-wide cameras, they take some great shots. Now, as far as I can see, the iPhone does have aslightly wider angle of view, it’s only by like a couple of degrees, I’m not sure it’s reallygoing to matter to many. And overall I did prefer the dynamic range on the Note20 Ultra, I’llshow you a few examples here. So in this shot, we do have the sunbeaming in the background but look at the foregroundelements on the Note20 Ultra. So looking towards thebuilding, for example, we do have a better shadowdetails on the Note20 Ultra compared to the iPhone. And again, looking at that samesunset with the ultra-wide, we’ve got much, much morebrighter shadow details here on the Note20 Ultra comparedto that on the iPhone. It has overexposed the sun a little bit on the Note20 Ultra but overall I do prefer the dynamic range on the Note20 Ultra when itcomes to the ultra-wide camera. Now you guys mightremember me complaining, quite a bit, about theS20 Ultra’s wide camera, which didn’t have great dynamic range. So it looks like Samsung hastaken that feedback on board and they’ve definitelyimproved the dynamic range on the ultra-wide cameraof the Note20 Ultra so thumbs up for that.
Now, of course, we dohave to look at the zoom. So here are a few exampleswith the zoom capabilities of both of these smartphones. So initially going to 2X, so this is what the iPhone has optically. On the Note20 Ultra, it seems to be using the primary camera but it’s kind of like punching in. And this is definitely noticeable because the iPhone is givingyou a sharper overall result which you can definitelynotice when we do go 100%. Now do keep this thought in mind because we’ll be touchingon that a little bit later. Now, when we get to 5X, then this is where the periscope zoom capabilities of the Note20 Ultra really shine. You can see that we’ve got a much sharper and crisper image on the Note20 Ultra, compared to the five times digital zoom that we’ve got on the iPhone. Now, if we do go in times 10, which is the maximumdigital zoom on the iPhone on the Note20 Ultra, it’sactually using a hybrid of optical and digital zoom. And you’ll see, once again,we have a much sharper image on the Note20 Ultra. The Note20 Ultra does go in even further. So just trying out 50X here, you can actually read this sign, which is quite a way away. Let’s skip back to 1X and back to here, 50X, look at how much you can actually see. It’d be impossible to readthis sign with your eyes at that distance, so 50X is there and I’m glad thatsomething haven’t plastered it on the camera likethey did on the S20 Ultra so bravo Samsung for takingthat feedback onboard.
Now, testing out the zoom further so using the primary cameras, I actually prefer the iPhone shot here, you’ve got better dynamic range. Now, when you do use the 2Xoptical zoom on the iPhone, you can see that once again, it is sharper compared to that on the Note20 Ultra but then as soon as we go to 5X, the Note20 Ultra, as expected, is giving you a sharper image. At 10X, once again, muchsharper compared to the iPhone and then we can do 20X and we can even go up to 50X. Yes, it’s not an amazing image, it’s not something thatyou’re going to share on your Instagram grid. And again, I want to emphasize that because Samsung hasn’treally put an emphasis on this 50X zoom as muchI’m okay with having it you don’t have to use it all the time. The 5X works really well and the 10X also worksreally, really well. Now let’s move onto portraits. So here’s where we’re goingto be talking about that 2X in a short while. So firstly taking a portrait shot from the primary cameras on both, I do prefer the dynamicrange on the iPhone. You can see more shadowdetails in my full black outfit compared to that on the Note20 Ultra.
I think both are doing a good job overall in terms of the edge detection. One thing that I do like on the Note is that you do have agradual depth of field. So if you look towards thefloor of where my feet are, that area is in focus, likeit would be if you were using a regular mirrorless or DSLR pro camera, but then the falloff of that blur is a little bit morenatural on the Note20 Ultra compared to that on the iPhone. Now, if we go on and use the2X portraits on both devices, this is generally the focal length, which gives you thebest looking portraits. It’s at around 50 mil, which is generally the focal length that works best onsmartphones for portraits. You’ll see that the iPhoneis doing much better here, you’ve got much better dynamic range. On the Note20 Ultra, youcan see the side of my head is completely blown out. Edge detection is actuallyreally good on both but the Note20 Ultra isalso noticeably softer compared to the iPhone. Now, the reason why this seems to be is because the iPhone is using optical zoom to get this portrait, whereas because there is no 2X optical, as we saw earlier on the Note20 Ultra, it seems to be punchinginto the primary camera, which is giving you anoverall soft result. This is also noticeable here, you’ll see that the iPhone is giving you a much sharper image.
Edge detection, I think is fine on both they’re both doing a very, very good job but here’s an advantage that you will get on the iPhone 11 Pro Max because of that dedicated 2X, it is going to be better for portraits. Now let’s move on to low light. So here is a shot takenwith no fancy modes, it’s just using the automatic and both seem to be doing pretty well. The iPhone does seem to bedoing a little bit better but then when we do switchon the respective night modes on both, I think both aredoing really, really good. The iPhone does appear to be brighter here but I can see some morenoise in the cloud area whereas the Note20 Ultrais a little bit cleaner. Another shot in low light, I think both they’re doingabsolutely fine here. Very good results on both, I’d call this one a draw. Now this shot, I doprefer the Note20 Ultra because if look towards the Bentley sign, this has been blown out on the iPhone whereas that’s been maintainedon the Note20 Ultra, and you’ve also got moredetail in the tree areas on the Note20 Ultra comparedto that of the iPhone. Here’s another low light shot and again, I do preferthe Note20 Ultra here. If you look towards the slabs, they are sharper on the Note20 Ultra compared to the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Now I think this might partly be because you do have that larger sensor, it is going to be ableto capture more light compared to the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Now let’s look at the ultra-wide cameras and this is where thingsget quite interesting.
So taking the shots on both, on automatic, the Note does seem to begiving us a sharper result and it’s also brighter but the Note20 Ultra does have night mode for the ultra-wide camera. This is something that’s justnot available on the iPhone, it’s something that Ihave talked about before. So here it is night and day. The Note20 Ultra, just givingyou a much better result, thanks to the night mode that’s available on the ultra-wide camera. Here’s another example, onceagain, just night and day here. The Note20 Ultra just doing much better. I don’t know why Apple haven’t included the night mode for the ultra-wide camera but it really does let itdown in low light situations. One more example, and again, the iPhone, I mean the image is completely not usable and it’s just blurry whereas the Note20 Ultra is actually giving you a very sharp and usable image fromthe ultra-wide camera. Now just testing outthe zoom in low light, you do have night modeon both the zoom cameras. It’s hard to really measure because we do have 5X versus 2X but I mean it’s there and itdoes work and it does help. Now let’s look at some selfies. Overall, I think both doa really, really good job. We’ve got lots of detail, slight differences in skin tone but generally speaking, they are absolutely fine.
One thing I do have to mention is that I did have to switchoff the skin smoothening on at the Note20 Ultra because it did really struggle and it seemed to mess up the images so I did switch that off and I would advise you to do the same. Now both smart phones do havea wide option for selfies, and this will allow you to get maybe more people into your shot, more of your background into your shots and you can see once again, both are doing a very,very good job overall, the iPhone is widercompared to the Note20 Ultra something to bear in mind. Now here again, you can see that theiPhone is slightly wider but both are doing an excellent job. You’ve got lots of detail, you can see all the detail on my beard. Dynamic range is also really good on both, you can see a bit of the treedetail in the background. Now let’s look at the selfie portrait mode so this is where it’s goingto try to blur the background and here I think both doinga really, really good job. I do prefer the skin tones on the iPhone, but I do prefer the edgedetection on the Note20 Ultra, it’s done a very nice sharpedge around my glasses and everywhere.
The iPhone is not really doing bad but I do prefer the Note20Ultra a little bit here. And the Note20 Ultraalso gives you the option of using portrait mode withthe wider field of view, this is something that youcan’t do on the iPhone, as soon as you switchto portrait it crops in, and that is your only option so the Note20 Ultra will giveyou a bit more flexibility. Although edge detection is not as good, you can see towards theedge of my sunglasses, this has been blurred out a little bit so just something to bear in mind but I do like having that option here. Now here’s another shotusing the portrait mode. Here, the iPhone has gotthe side of my sunglasses, but it has blurred out a lot of my hair whereas the Note20 Ultra hasblurred out my sunglasses, it has done a good job of my hair but you’ve got quite a bit of the seat in the back on the Note whereas the iPhone has isolatedme a little bit better here. Once again, the Note does have the option of the ultra-wide fromthe front facing camera for portraits. Again, it has missed theside of my sunglasses but it is doing a good job overall. Now looking at some low light selfies so neither are doing good here.
Lots of noise on the iPhone, the Note20 Ultra is brighter but you know, it’s completelylost all the color, I’m looking like a zombie here, the iPhone does have better colors. Neither were amazing, now the Note20 Ultra does have night mode fromthe selfie camera as well so if you do use this, you’ll see that we geta much brighter image. Once again, colors are a little bit off but you know, I would prefer this image compared to that on the iPhone. And then we’ve got the selfie flash. so this is where the frontscreen is illuminated to give you some more light. The Note20 Ultra givingyou a sharper image, it’s a brighter image as well but once again, I do preferthe colors on the iPhone, they are much more true to my skin tone whereas the Note20 Ultra is washing things out a little bit. Right, so that was a lot to cover. I think, overall bothare excellent smartphones and you really can’t gowrong with either of these for photography and video. Now, if you ask me formy thoughts and opinions, of course, the Note20 Ultra does give you the additional zoom so you are getting theadvantage there of 5X, 10X, if that’s something that you’re into but the iPhone does giveyou better images at 2X and that’s especially useful when you are trying totake portrait shots.
So if you are somebody wholikes taking lots of portraits, then the iPhone is going tobe the better option here. Now for images in goodlight, honestly speaking, you can’t go wrong with either of these, they both take excellent images. Dynamic range, as mentioned,can go back and forth. You do have quite a large sensor on the Note20 Ultra which, as mentioned, can have some advantages aswell as some disadvantages. In the low light, the Note20 Ultra, I believe overall does get the advantage, did give some better lowlight images in my opinion and that does seem to be thanksto that larger sensor size. And also you have theoption of the night mode for the ultra-wide camera, something that you don’t haveon the iPhone 11 Pro Max. And speaking of the ultra-wide camera, I think both were very, very good but I did prefer the Note20 ultra, which I believe does have,overall, better dynamic range. Now, when it comes to videoit was very interesting because I think both smartphones give you great quality video. When it came to stabilization, the Note20 Ultra did seem more stable but it does kind of makethe image a lot softer because there are a lot more vibrations whereas I believe the iPhone, even though it might not appear as stable does keep everything sharpand in focus, which I do like.
Now the Note20 Ultra does have 8K video so if that is something that you’re into, you might like that. Now, as I mentioned earlier on, you do lose things like stabilization so it is going to be quite limited to what you can do with the 8K. You’re going to have to use a gimbal, you might have to haveit mounted on a tripod but nevertheless, the option is there. However, when you are shooting at 4K 60, then the Note20 Ultra you canonly use the primary camera, you can’t use the ultra-wide camera, you can’t use the periscope zoom camera and these are the things that you do have on the iPhone 11 Pro Max. So for video overall, it does seem to be a little bit of a draw. Even if you look at the low light video, there were certain situationswhere I liked the iPhone. It did seem to bebrighter around the trees but then it was a littlebit choppy when we moved from one area to another and it seems to bedropping the frame rates to capture more light. So you know, again, itdid go back and forth.
Now for front facing video, the iPhone was a little bit wider but the Note20 Ultra was more stable so it looks like I like the Note20 Ultra does crop in a little bit toachieve that stabilization so that’s just something to bear in mind. And also it did seem tohave better dynamic range when you are at 4K 60 fromthe front facing cameras. For selfies, I think bothdid an excellent job. The iPhone is slightly wider but as soon as you go onto portrait mode, you no longer have thatwider field of view and then the Note20 Ultra has the option for a wider field of view. For low light, the Note20 Ultra does give you a brighter image but the colors are better on the iPhone. Slow motion, both can doup to 240 frames a second, they do great. The Note20 Ultra doeshave super slow motion. so that option is available. Although this is just at 720PM, it is just a small burst of slow motion. And for audio, I’mgoing to let you go back and have a listen, I think bothrecord great quality audio. Now, overall, I want to emphasize again that both smartphonesare absolutely excellent and you can’t really gowrong with either of these for images and video, theyboth take amazing shots.
Now I do also want to clarify that, yes, I am fully aware thatthe iPhone 11 Pro Max is almost a year old now. So some of you may say thatthis comparison is unfair, but if anything, I was veryimpressed with the iPhone and how it actually wenttoe-to-toe with this newer device and in some areas actually beat it. But of course the real test and real comparison will bewhen the iPhone 12 Pro is out in a couple of months and of course we’re goingto be doing a SuperSaf style camera comparison, as soon as that’s out. If you want to see that first, then be sure to subscribe and hit that bell icon. I also want to say that I’m very impressed with the way Samsung hastaken a lot of the feedback that I’ve been giving and many others have been giving such as the auto focus issues that we had with the S20 Ultra, the ultra-wide camera dynamic range, not plastering, you know, 100X or 50X. I like that they went down to 50X, so props to Samsung for actually taking that feedback onboard and giving us lots of improvements here on the Note20 Ultra.
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