Head-To-Head: Apple iPhone 5S Vs. Samsung Galaxy S4


Camera And Software

The iPhone 5S camera contains the same 8 megapixels as in the iPhone 5, but at 1.5 microns, the iPhone 5S's pixels are bigger. And, size matters, according to Phil Schiller, Apple's SVP of worldwide marketing. "Bigger pixels make a better picture," he said at the announcement. Leave it to Apple to change the conversation. Samsung doesn't (yet) publish the size of its pixels, but the 13-megapixel camera in Galaxy S4 delivers amazing pictures. Apple talked up its five-element lens with F2.2 aperture and a 15 percent larger sensor surface area (presumably to hold all those enormous pixels). iPhone 5S' camera software reportedly delivers image stabilization (as does Samsung) and a 10 fps burst mode. Samsung has a similar feature called Drama Shot, which captures up to 100 frames in a short burst. Apple now offers what it calls True Tone flash, which measures ambient light temperature and selects the right balance between its two flash LEDs: cool white and warm amber. And, its main camera also can shoot 720p video at 120 fps for high-resolution slow-motion playback. Samsung counters with a time-lapse feature that captures at speeds between one-half and one-eighth normal.