Earlier this year, the South Korean giant Samsung has finally unveiled Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge with host new features in an attempt to outdo its arch rival Apple. Despite the fact that, the Galaxy S7 has heaps of contenders including Xperia Z5, LG G5, Apple iPhone 6s, one of the commendable rivals as far as the pricing concern is the Xiaomi Mi 5.
Both the smartphones come with top notch specifications with brilliant build quality. However, it terms of pricing, the Xiaomi Mi5 holds the edge over Galaxy S7. Reiterating, the Xiaomi is known for manufacturing devices with state of art technology at an affordable price.
Talking about the specifications, the Galaxy S7 comes packed with 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, Exynos 8 Octa 8890 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB inbuilt memory with the expandable option, 12MP/5MP camera, water and dust resistance, Android 6.0 and powered by a 3000mAh battery.
On the other hand, the Xiaomi Mi 5 is wrapped with 5.15-inch Full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, 3GB RAM, 32GB inbuilt memory with no expandable option, 16MP/4MP camera options, Android 6.0 Marshmallow on top of MIUI 7 and juiced with a 3000mAh battery.
Before getting into the comparison, we would like to clear the air regarding the Samsung's camera downgrade from 16MP to 12MP in S7. Contrary to the popular belief "bigger the pixel, better the picture quality", the sensor, pixel size, and aperture are the important factor that determines the picture quality.
In this case, Samsung has increased the pixel quality to 1.4 μm along with aperture and sensor to F1.7 and 1/2.5 respectively. Today, we are pitting the latest flagship offering from Xiaomi against the Samsung Galaxy S7 in terms low light camera performance. We strolled around at night in Bangalore and took some night shots on both Galaxy S7 and Xiaomi Mi 5. Let's compare both now.
The image took from Galaxy S7 looks a bit hazy and soft. Meanwhile, the device has managed to capture background details as well. Then again, the picture caught from Mi 5 has high green tints on the right half of the picture and the subject is hazy in a few regions. However, both the smartphones managed to capture decent images.
This picture was caught from Galaxy S7 and it is up to the point. This picture is sharp and captured the details as it is. In this case, the water flow is sharp exposing the minute details and captures the background leaves perfectly.
When we attempted the same shot with Mi 5, it looks completely out of focus leaving the image bright and blurry. The light is scattered is uneven and scattered over the parts.
As you can observe,the photo shot from Mi 5 produces unnatural shades leaving the subject fairly greenish. Likewise, the subject is focussed on some parts, leaving other regions foggy Moreover, we can see some noises on the picture.
Talking about the Galaxy S7's image, the subject is completely focussed, giving us a clear low light image with no obscure. However, it didn't capture the moving subject clearly on the background. Further, on the edges image tends to look brighter than other parts.
Despite the fact that the Xiaomi Mi 5 has managed to capture the subject, the whole image seems to be blurry and noisy. Then again, the Galaxy S7 has caught more details compared to Mi 5, however, it winds up with the same result as Mi 5.
Discussing the image, the picture from Samsung Galaxy S7 is pretty much in center, while the Xiaomi Mi 5's is totally out. Even though both the device didn't manage to capture the moving subject properly, Galaxy S7 is way better than Mi 5.
Talking about the selfies, both the device captures more or less the same pictures. In any case, the Galaxy S7 with its wide point lens, catch more subjects than its Chinese partner.
Here, Mi 5's image looks brighter compared to Galaxy S7. Comparatively, Mi 5 has capture better micro shots revealing minute details about the subject when compared to Galaxy S7.
While the Samsung Galaxy S7 retails at Rs. 49,000, users can get hands on Xiaomi Mi 5 with half of the price - Rs. 24,999. However, both the mobile offers decent pictures for their respective price point at low light conditions.