Along with the launch of Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, literally one of the best Android phones currently, it will never end comparing with other flagship phones lately. As one of the dual-camera phones, Samsung Galaxy S9+ undoubtedly becomes the top-end performance competitor for the best-camera phone. The basic specs of Samsung Galaxy S9+ is similar to Note 8, but it adds a variable-aperture lens, according to the final score from DXOMark, Samsung Galaxy S9+ reached the highest 104 points in the photo category, which beats Apple iPhone X by 3 points and Google Pixel 2 by 5 points. What makes the difference?
|Samsung Galaxy S9+||Apple iPhone X||Pixel 2|
|Camera resolution||Dual: 12 MP (Megapixel)||Dual: 12 MP||12.2 MP|
|Aperture||f/1.5-2.4 ; f/2.4||f/1.8 ; f/2.4||f/2.0|
|Focus||Phase Detection Autofocus||Phase Detection Autofocus||Phase detection & laser autofocus|
|Sensor size||1/2.55″ ; 1/3.6″||N/A||1/2.6″|
|Pixel size||1.4 µm ; 1 µm||N/A||1.4 µm|
|Video||2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR, dual-video rec||2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps||2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps|
|Front camera resolution||8 MP||7 MP||8 MP|
|Front camera aperture||f/1.7||f/2.2||f/2.4|
From the specs details it’s not hard to find that Samsung Galaxy S9+ earns the best score for a reason, dual-lens with variable-aperture creates one of the most comprehensive smartphone imaging feature sets. The camera uses a pretty fast f/1.5 aperture to maximize light capture, when it’s in brighter light, it switches to a slower f/2.4 aperture value for optimized detail and sharpness, what a brilliant choice.
The biggest advantage of dual-lens is that it can zoom in and out of objects up to double the distance without loss of image quality, even simulate shallow depth-of-field. Pixel 2 unfortunately didn’t join the club, but the relatively narrow f/2.0 aperture with single lens performs better in exposure & contrast, color, autofocus (both phase and laser ) and texture.
Regarding the video performance, the slow-mo function of S9+ by adding 960fps video capture creates clips that are four times slower than the S8 could take (at 240fps). Or, in real-world terms, 0.2 seconds of actual time will be slowed down to about six seconds of playback. It has become another highlighted feature highly recommended by Engadget.
Apple iPhone X offered more possibility on its front camera for the faceID tech and animoji function, while Galaxy S9+ makes an answer to it with AR Emoji, what’s more, it’s able to create an emoji of your face by taking a selfie and not an impersonal, generic one. It sounds more funny.
Which phone features the best camera? I will vote for Samsung Galaxy S9+, which performs good both in bright and low light, and by adding the super cool slow-mo makes it perfect for fashion photographer and video shooter.