Which phone has the best camera: Apple iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S9+ vs Pixel 2



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?

Specs Comparison

  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
Stabilization OIS OIS OIS
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. 



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