In an ad posted late last week titled “Space Zoom,” an iPhone 12 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra can be seen taking a photo of the moon in total darkness. The iPhone 12 Pro Max zooms in at its max 12x ability, while the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra gets a closer shot thanks to its 100x digital zoom feature.
In a second ad titled “108 MP,” Samsung targets the iPhone 12 Pro Max 12MP wide camera, compared to the Galaxy S21 Ultra 108MP main camera. The video features both flagship devices zooming into a burger, concluding that the photo taken with the Galaxy Ultra 21 allows users to see “pin-sharp details,” while the photo taken with the iPhone does not.
Samsung starts both ads by saying, “Your smartphone upgrade shouldn’t be a downgrade,” insinuating that an upgrade to an iPhone is a downgrade rather than an upgrade.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra features a wide array of camera features, including a 108MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, and a telephoto lens. The 100x zoom featured in the Galaxy S21 Ultra is, however, only digital. Compared to optical zoom, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max features up to 2.5x zoom-in, while the Galaxy offers up to 3x.