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The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s color science tend to cool, outdoor christmas projector resulting in less of a yellow hue that’s present in the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s shots. A lamp that’s too bright will be hard to watch for long spans of time and can lead to eye strain and pain. Samsung will make big camera claims that will require rigorous testing to verify. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s main camera sensor measures 1/1.33″, making it the second-largest sensor (the Huawei P40 Pro and Huawei Mate 40 Pro edges it out with a 1/1.28″) in smartphones. Zooming closer, we can see the actual paintings in the 12 Pro Max’s shot while the Note 20 Ultra’s shot is dim. But Apple also tends to keep colors too natural, while Samsung isn’t afraid to make tweaks to produce what it thinks are more pleasing shots – and you know what, for the most part, I like Samsung’s color science better. Technically, the 12 Pro Max’s colors are more accurate because there was a yellow-ish tint from the fluorescent street lights, but again, I like Samsung’s color science a tad better.

This first set, although taken at night, barely qualifies as a low light shot, because Hong Kong streets have so many lights, but it’s still a hint of what’s to come as we go darker. And so every year around this time, it’s worth comparing the latest iPhone against the latest Galaxy Note, because they represent the two most mainstream, widely-available premium phones for consumers around the world. Whenever I point both phones at moving cars and hit the shutter button at the same time, the vehicle is always further along in the shot in the Note 20 Ultra’s shot – because the photo was taken a split-second later than the 12 Pro Max’s. The point is Apple wants night mode to take over automatically without the user even noticing; whereas pretty much all Android phones still require you to manually select night mode. Over the past couple of years, Chinese phone brands such as Huawei and Xiaomi have been stuffing the spec sheet with more pixels, larger sensors and more lenses, while Samsung and Apple played it safe and stuck with camera hardware that seemed pedestrian on paper.

For example, the set below is a relatively challenging shot, with really harsh sunlight blasting through the lower half of the window, while the blackout curtains in the top half cast a deep shadow across the room and the human subject’s face. With both Apple and Samsung claiming major camera breakthroughs for their respective top flagship, we figure it’s time for a camera shootout between the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Samsung, meanwhile, gave the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra a laser sensor to help with that 108MP sensor’s focusing, which was slightly unreliable on the Galaxy S20 Ultra (spoiler alert: the Note 20 Ultra’s auto-focusing improves from the S20 Ultra but it’s still a bit wonky compared to other top phones). Moving onto another day shot, it’s mostly the same deal: the Galaxy Note 20 shot is slightly sharper, showing the texture of the tree’s leaves and pavement better, but slightly overexposes the clouds.

But photos during the day is easy stuff. While there is light coming through from behind the glass door (left side of the photo), the plant on the patio (right side of photo) was almost pitch black to my eyes. Around the front, the iPhone 12 Pro sports a 12MP camera placed with the Face ID facial scanning system – resulting in a huge notch – while Samsung uses a 10MP selfie lens in a tiny hole-punch cut-out. On the flip side, the notch has become an undeniably recognizable part of the iPhone. Since the iPhone 12 Pro Max turned on night mode, it beats the Note 20 Ultra’s regular shot. One can argue the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s photo is moodier, more atmospheric. In fact, in a shootout between this phone, the iPhone 11, the Galaxy S20 FE and the OnePlus 8T, the Pixel often produced images with the warmest and flattest colors. Plus, as the Google Pixel 5 has proven, software smarts is arguably as important as hardware for low light performance. In addition to the now standard wide, ultra-wide, zoom triple focal length set-up, each device has an additional sensor: the iPhone 12 Pro Max sports a LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensor which is mainly used for AR tech, but Apple also says it helps with focusing at night (spoiler alert: I compared the 12 Pro Max against the standard iPhone 12 without LIDAR and could not see a difference in focusing prowess).