Expert reveals science behind smartphone cameras — IPhone vs Samsung

James Marshall
August 1, 2017

Everyone is entitled to change them as often as they'd like.

A former senior executive of Google has said that Android cameras are "years behind" the iPhone, adding on that the recent iPhone 7 has proved that the era of the DSLR may slowly be fading away.

"Bottom line: If you truly care about great photography, you own an iPhone", Gundotra concluded.

By Gundotra's logic, Windows is better than Android while iPhone is the best. Gundotra's right that the iPhone 7 takes wonderful photos, but he's also wrong that Android phones are a few years behind. It certainly wasn't as good in the initial run, or more precisely when it was in beta.

Gundotra himself took pictures of his kids using his iPhone without using the flash.

It's debatable which phone (iPhone or Android's 2017 flagship phones) takes the best photo. In the comments that followed Gundotra's seemingly intimate confession, the Samsung Galaxy S8 was clearly the talk of the town. Some people might even go the length of saying that Pixel is Google's vision of a flawless Android powered smartphone. The reason why the aforementioned phones made the cut, is because, simply put, they are quite brilliant phones as far as photography is concerned.

Not an Android phone, apparently.

After a commenter responded that the Samsung S8 is better still at photography than the iPhone 7, Gundotra countered by saying that the iPhone's photo capabilities are years ahead of any phone camera powered by Android, which is developed by Google. And all these phones manage to do that with just the one lens.

Here is the problem: It's Android.

They're specced to the hilt with masses of hardware and Google because you're dealing with the source of Android, has confirmed software support for at least two years, meaning you won't any Android updates between now and 2020. Ever wonder why a Samsung phone has a confused and bewildering array of photo options?

In a follow-up post an hour later (on 30 July), the former Google exec panned Android camera software and the fragmentation of the OS across phones from multiple manufacturers. Gundotra says that the greatest innovation in photography is not happening at the hardware level but at the computational photography level. "That can take YEARS", said Gundotra.

On the other hand, Android OEMs can only innovate on the hardware level and then convince Google to allow that innovation to be surfaced to other apps using the appropriate APIs.

"Google was crushing this five years ago.recently [it] has fallen back". According to him, Apple is way ahead of Android because it "doesn't have all these constraints", which leads to the best smartphone camera on the market. They've both had Apple's depth effect for some time and seem to innovate just fine in these departments.

And the service is only getting better.

If nothing else, however, he's kicked off a heated debate between Apple and Android fans.

To understand Gundotra's position, one has to realize that he is focusing more on the end to end user experience.

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