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Samsung Galaxy S8+ Vs Oppo F3 Plus Main Camera Comparison

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The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is one of the best flagship phones today while the OPPO F3 Plus is one of the best Upper mid tier phones in the market out today in 2017.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ Vs Oppo F3 Plus Main Camera Comparison
OPPO F3 Plus or Samsung Galaxy S8+?

Making a camera comparison between two different price point may seem unfair (even if both phones are equipped with f/1.7 aperture lenses, the largest maximum aperture in any smartphone today), but that is the point. We want to find out if the extra premium we pay is justified by better overall camera performance. That is why we are doing this article. Let's get started!

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Vs Oppo F3 Plus Main Camera Specs

Specs Samsung Galaxy S8+ OPPO F3 Plus
Back Camera: 12 MP f/1.7 w/ Dual Pixel, OIS, multi-frame, and dual tone LED flash 16 MP f/1.7 Sony IMX398 w/ PDAF, OIS, and dual tone LED flash

Disclaimer: All images are described based on our subjective opinions and experiences.

Scene 1 - Wide angle, natural daylight
Scene 1 - Wide angle, natural daylight
Scene 1 - Wide angle, natural daylight

OPPO performed well but has noticeable green tinge, uncontrolled flaring and a wider field of view but Samsung is the clear winner because of the higher resolution (sharper), accurate color reproduction, better contrast and better control flare control. Galaxy S8+ - 1 point

Scene 2 - Bright natural daylight crop ability and bokeh
Scene 2 - Bright natural daylight crop ability and bokeh
Scene 2 - Bright natural daylight crop ability and bokeh

At first glance, the OPPO captured a pleasing image that is brighter than the S8+ but when zooming in up close we can see that the S8 Plus has captured more detail and has more pleasing bokeh than the OPPO F3 Plus. In all honesty the S8+ was darker, but it was more accurate in capturing the real world colors and lighting. It wasn't that bright. We can safely say that the Oppo tends to overexpose which resulted in a brighter image but caused blown out highlights in some parts of the image. Particularly capture light sources. Galaxy S8+ - 2 points

Scene 3 - Indoor dim light macro
Scene 3 - Indoor dim light macro
Scene 3 - Indoor dim light macro

In this scene, we were inside a Brooklyn Ramen shop where there were very little lighting except for the large front door window which was several meters away from our table. Both cameras compensated by over exposing the shots. These are brighter than how we remember the Ramen place was at the time. They both blew up the highlights but the samsung may have compensated a little too much. In terms of detail/sharpness, Samsung wins by quite a margin. We also like the colors of the Samsung more for this test.

In terms of macro distance, they both can focus really close at more or less at 6 inches from each respective cameras. It is only because of the wider field of view and shorter focal length of the OPPO that gives the illusion that the subject is farther away which is not so good for macro photography because you really want to be up close. 

Samsung wins for Macro close ups and for detail while the OPPO wins for better low light exposure compensation. Galaxy S8+ - 3 points, F3 Plus - 1 point

Scene 4 - Lowlight, Indoor with no flash
Scene 4 - Lowlight, Indoor with no flash
Scene 4 - Lowlight, Indoor with no flash

Both Phones compensated by increasing the ISO and slowing down the shutter speed. This resulted in increased prominence of grain and increased susceptibility to motion blur which both resulted in loss of detail. The image resulted in a brighter image but at the loss of detail.  

But like in scene 3, the Samsung may have compensated a little too much that it overexposed the image a little more than the OPPO but surprisingly the S8+ retains more detail than the OPPO which is interesting.

Both phones performed well and deserve points. The Samsung got a point because even though it was a little more overexposed it still retained more detail while the OPPO compensated better in low light with out overexposing the image. Galaxy S8+ - 4 points, F3 Plus - 2 points

Verdict

As much as we love the image quality of the OPPO F3 Plus for its price point, it is clear that yes, more money means superior image quality in almost all cases. The F3 Plus stood its ground and managed to be better in terms of field of view and low light exposure compensation in auto mode. Otherwise, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is superior in every other aspect like resolution, autofocus, color reproduction, saturation, contrast and etc.

But DO NOT let this hard comparison deter you from looking at OPPO especially if you are managing your spending. We love both phones and we hope we answered the question of does more money spent mean better smartphone pictures?
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