In a comparison between Apple Inc.‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 15 Pro Max and Samsung Electronics (OTC:SSNLF) Galaxy S23 Ultra, the differences in their moon photography capabilities have sparked discussions on why Apple’s latest high-end smartphone may have limitations in this aspect compared to Samsung’s flagship model.
What Happened: On Monday, a leaker known as Ice Universe on Twitter, now rebranded as X, shared side-by-side images of moon shots taken with the iPhone 15 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. These photos were captured at a 25x zoom level.
The image taken with the iPhone 15 Pro Max showed the moon as a somewhat overexposed light source, lacking the defined details one would expect from a high-end smartphone camera. In contrast, the picture taken with the Galaxy S23 Ultra presented a clearer and more detailed view of the lunar surface.
In response to questions about potential bias, the leaker defended the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s results, explaining that attempts were made to manually reduce the brightness to improve the photos. However, the iPhone struggled to focus and capture clear details during this process.
Some people question that I deliberately overexpose the moon photos taken by iPhone 15 pro max, which is a slander. I tried to take a lot of moon photos and tried to manually reduce the brightness many times, but in the process of reducing the brightness, the iPhone was difficult… pic.twitter.com/u73OnswtYk
— ICE UNIVERSE (@UniverseIce) September 26, 2023
Naturally, netizens were quick to jump into the comment section, and while some said that the leaker’s skills are subpar, others said that “S23 ultra destroys the iPhone.”
— Texas Made (@ramirezdtx) September 26, 2023
Use the S23 ultra you will get a good moon shot
— Dale Sr. (@DaleSr141) September 26, 2023
Moon shots are always difficult on iPhone
— necondaa (@necondaa007) September 26, 2023
The debate between Samsung and Apple in the realm of moon photography isn’t new.
Samsung’s “Space Zoom” feature has garnered attention for its ability to capture detailed moon photos. However, discussions have arisen regarding the authenticity of these images, with some suggesting that Samsung’s devices add details that were originally absent.
In 2021, Input Mag published a feature investigating the “fake detailed moon photos” captured by the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Samsung maintained that they do not overlay images or apply texture effects but use AI to enhance details by reducing blurs and noise.
While the exact methods remain mysterious, it’s clear that Samsung’s approach to moon photography involves AI processing, potentially generating details that didn’t exist in the original photo.
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