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Pixel 2 vs iPhone X vs OnePlus 6 vs Galaxy Note 9/S9 vs Xperia XZ2 vs KEY2 Camera

Pixel 2 vs iPhone X vs OnePlus 6 vs Galaxy Note 9/S9 vs Xperia XZ2 vs KEY2 Camera

Cellular images is among the cornerstones of the smartphone expertise. I recall that my very first all-touch smartphone was the Samsung Omnia, a telephone that touted its cellular images expertise with a then exceptional 5MP sensor. The know-how continued to enhance, resulting in Apple pushing it ahead with iPhones and Nokia principally placing some extent and shoot digital camera in a single telephone. Additionally, does anybody recall the Samsung Galaxy Camera? Recently, although, it feels as if smartphone cameras have moved from considered one of many cornerstones to the cornerstone. I’ve handed over units I actually appreciated just because their digital camera was not aggressive sufficient, and I’m not alone in that regard.

Google turned a brand new leaf with its Pixel and software-based Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL) picture stacking know-how two years in the past, and blazed far forward of the competitors in goal digital camera evaluations, a development that continued with the Google Pixel 2. Samsung took the opposite route this yr, hanging their successes on hardware with an industry-first variable aperture, one thing that helps in low mild but in addition offers extra sharpness as a consequence of its f/2.four default aperture. That they had a slight change of coronary heart within the second half of the yr with the all-new scene optimization know-how on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

Coming in for lots of much less, OnePlus has but once more proven up with its budget-focused various to the flagship, touting its greatest digital camera ever on the OnePlus 6. So right here we’re, and that is the premise of our comparability. With our 4 major units locked down, we additionally introduced alongside the Apple iPhone X, Sony Xperia XZ2, and BlackBerry KEY 2, making our subject include what all these producers promote as their flagship units starting from $579 to a whopping $999. Does Samsung’s new picture sensing know-how stand as much as the may of Google’s software program? Does OnePlus actually supply a flagship-tier digital camera? AI vs non-AI, which Samsung is best? At present we’re going to take a look at an enormous comparability the place I’ll lend my ideas, however finally I would like you to determine which digital camera do you are feeling is the most effective and which one stunned you. Welcome to half 2 of the XDA Smartphone Camera Comparability. You’ll find Half 1 of the Smartphone Camera Comparability proper right here.


First, although, some remarks concerning the comparability. This was an enormous enterprise and never all of the units I might have favored to have current could possibly be obtained. Sony didn’t choose to ship an Xperia XZ2 Premium or Xperia XZ3. I used to be not capable of get my arms on an LG G7 ThinQ, and the HTC U12+… properly, who owns that anyhow? I additionally would have beloved to get a Huawei P20 Professional, however was not in a position to take action in time. We’re additionally focusing strictly on images, and with none tips like bokeh modes and so forth. I additionally set all of the cameras to their four:three ratios and stored all different default settings. Nevertheless,  for some purpose, the BlackBerry Key2 determined to be dumb and reset itself after I set all of the units, and I didn’t discover it each turned off HDR and went to its default three:2 ratio for the outside a part of the comparability. As you will notice within the indoor part, HDR doesn’t assist so much. Spoilers: a nasty digital camera is a nasty digital camera. 

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BlackBerry KEY2 – ISO110 1/3200: All issues thought-about this isn’t a nasty shot for the BlackBerry KEY2, one in every of its greatest. However there’s nonetheless vital element loss within the shadows and highlights.

Google Pixel 2 – ISO50 1/5800: The Google Pixel 2 continues its drabber flat look, however colours are represented nicely and the photograph is balanced. There’s each spotlight and low-light clipping which is unusual for the Google Pixel 2. It’s only a good photograph.

Apple iPhone X – ISO25 1/3000: I feel this is among the few iPhone misses for outside photographs. Though the photograph is eye-catching, additionally it is clipping on the primary topic with the publicity being too excessive. The colours are very properly completed although and there’s a good quantity of readability and sharpness throughout.

OnePlus 6 – ISO100 1/3200: The OnePlus 6 often could be very near the Apple iPhone X, however on this case, it went the other approach. I discover this photograph drab and lackluster. The inexperienced border across the “Nobay” signal hardly even seems to be inexperienced anymore.

Samsung Galaxy S9 – ISO50 1/1800: See the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 notes.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (AI) – ISO50 1/1800: Right here is one other state of affairs the place the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 did properly. There isn’t any actual clipping aside from a small cloud space on the higher proper aspect of the picture. The colour copy is a bit of off, each the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 made that orange too orange whereas the actual colour was between the Sony Xperia XZ2 and Google Pixel 2.

Sony Xperia XZ2 – ISO40 1/2000: That is very possible the Sony Xperia XZ2’s greatest photograph within the bunch. Though the colours are shifted a bit of to pop past realism, there’s a surprising quantity of element retained. The Xperia XZ2 is the one telephone you could truly make out the time on the door to the constructing. The Xperia XZ2 additionally completely balanced the highs and lows of the shot. Each different digital camera, Google Pixel 2 included, clipped both the home windows or the sky on the high and low finish. The Sony Xperia XZ2 prevented that.

Conclusion: Each the Google Pixel 2 and Sony Xperia XZ2 did an excellent job right here, it depends upon what you favor. For me, the nod goes to the Sony Xperia XZ2 for its excessive element and well-balanced publicity and colours that though aren’t good, are engaging.


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BlackBerry KEY2 – ISO204 1/950: This can be a dangerous shot throughout. I’m not even positive what BlackBerry is doing with these ISO numbers and shutter speeds.

Google Pixel 2 – ISO53 1/1800: That is the place the Google Pixel 2 shines. It did an ideal job right here, with wonderful colour and element retention, even whether it is clipping on each ends of the spectrum. This photograph oozes realism.

Apple iPhone X – ISO53 1/1800: It’s the Google Pixel 2’s shot with the publicity turned up a couple of pegs. Sadly, this does trigger some clipping, however general I’m impressed with the extent of element and stability right here.

OnePlus 6 – ISO100 1/1600: General this isn’t the OnePlus 6’s greatest photographs. It’s good, however not comparable with the remaining. One factor you actually see right here, although. is how tack sharp the middle of the body is and the way mushy particulars get as you exit from the middle.

Samsung Galaxy S9 – ISO50 1/170: I feel the Samsung Galaxy S9 did a fantastic job right here. There are strong particulars retained and you may actually see HDR at work on the tree bark. There’s a little weirdness happening with element on the brick constructing to the left, although.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (AI) – ISO50 1/380: Some individuals will like this photograph, it is rather catching, but in addition unrealistic in its shade illustration. In an ongoing development, it seems like AI mode on the Galaxy Note 9 solely shoots shade saturation up not, actually doing something helpful.

Sony Xperia XZ2 – ISO40 1/320: This can be a actually cool shot and appears Instagram-ready with a vignette impact happening. Sadly it isn’t an excellent illustration of the shot and clips onerous on the highlights, making it one of many Xperia XZ2’s worse ones.

Conclusion: The Google Pixel 2 walks away with this one. I nonetheless want it balanced publicity just a little greater, however it’s a pleasing and really real looking shot.


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BlackBerry KEY2 – ISO222 1/640: I needed to double-check this photograph to see if the BlackBerry KEY2 received swapped for an additional shot, however nope, it’s undoubtedly the BlackBerry KEY2. It did a superb job with publicity and balancing however don’t zoom in, as there isn’t any fantastic element.

Google Pixel 2 – ISO52 1/1800: That is certainly one of three very troublesome photographs I took and almost each digital camera dealt with it in another way. I feel the Google Pixel 2 pushed the distinction and vary slightly an excessive amount of with the photograph having a “painted” really feel to it with texture. That is particularly noticeable on the treescape within the again and the face of the statue.

Apple iPhone X – ISO52 1/1800: Very similar to the Google Pixel 2, the Apple iPhone X did an excellent job. It targeted primarily on the foreground topic and has a number of element. I really feel the colours are higher represented right here in comparison with the Pixel 2, although.

OnePlus 6 – ISO100 1/200: HDR all-the-things is the motto for this shot from the OnePlus 6. Whereas I really like the sheer quantity of highlights and particulars on the backside of the timber, it additionally shouldn’t be consultant of the unique shot. That stated, it does look cool.

Samsung Galaxy S9 – ISO50 1/280: I actually tousled the framing on this so I can’t actually examine it to the others. Whereas the Samsung Galaxy S9 did a superb job, it leans into the identical type of mass publicity because the OnePlus 6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (AI) – ISO50 1/210: That is very similar to the OnePlus 6, there’s a surprising quantity of element and colour to the timber within the background. It’s in all probability the most effective of the ‘expose everything’ fashion of shot, however just like the OnePlus 6 shot it isn’t completely lifelike.

Sony Xperia XZ2 – ISO40 1/250: The Google Pixel 2 and Sony Xperia XZ2 shot the identical type of photograph. There are wealthy distinction and harsh shadows. The Sony Xperia XZ2 edges out the Google Pixel 2 intimately and shade illustration, although. For those who look intently on the edges of the darkest blue feathers you possibly can see the inexperienced spotlight hue that the Sony Xperia XZ2 picked up on. A lot of the different cameras almost removed all of it collectively or pushed it far an excessive amount of.

Conclusion: This one comes down to non-public style. The Sony Xperia XZ2 wins the first topic low publicity comparability and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for the Direct-to-Instagram type, however general I feel the Sony Xperia XZ2 did one of the best.


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BlackBerry KEY2 – ISO282 1/570: This isn’t a nasty shot for those who keep zoomed out. It’s too shiny and delicate, although.

Google Pixel 2 – ISO79 1/1400: The Google Pixel 2 is very similar to the Apple iPhone X. Whereas I really feel the colours are higher balanced on the Apple iPhone X, the publicity is rather well accomplished on the Google Pixel 2 particularly with the trail. Each retain a whole lot of element.

Apple iPhone X – ISO20 1/380: The iPhone X has a large amount of element on this shot and did an excellent job general. There are few complaints about it, and if the Xperia XZ2 was not right here it might be prime of the pack.

OnePlus 6 – ISO100 1/1250: Right here we see one of many OnePlus 6’s Achilles’ heels. The depth of subject seems to be murky and mushy as a consequence of it making an attempt to show for one thing out of focus. The OnePlus 6 additionally loses the wonderful element on the determine.

Samsung Galaxy S9 – ISO50 1/200: See the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 notes.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (AI) – ISO50 1/210: I feel the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 did a great job right here, however the photograph is a too extremely uncovered and there’s much less distinction between the topic and the background because of that.

Sony Xperia XZ2 – ISO40 1/250: That is the place Sony and their background in DSLR images are available with their wonderful lenses. The element, the publicity, and the colours are all almost good, and the depth of area view seems incredible.

Conclusion: The Sony Xperia XZ2 wins this one arms down.


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BlackBerry KEY2 – ISO251 1/750: I assume that is what life was like earlier than HDR. How did we survive?

Google Pixel 2 – ISO50 1/2300: The Google Pixel 2 had a very exhausting time right here. Now, I do know I used tap-to-expose, however I needed to place these cameras into a troublesome spot and see how they carried out. The publicity level for this photograph was the blue wing glass insert. For that, the Google Pixel 2 excelled at offering the most effective shot of that particular person topic.

Apple iPhone X – ISO20 1/400: The Apple iPhone X managed this shot so nicely. There’s a excessive degree of element all through the shot and whereas it clearly targeted and balanced off the blue wing glass, it didn’t do it on the expense of the remainder of the shot.

OnePlus 6 – ISO100 1/140: Very similar to the opposite shot with the statue, the OnePlus 6 overdid it making an attempt to show for every little thing. Whereas there’s a lack of element on the wings it isn’t dangerous, however the remainder of the shot shouldn’t be notably good both.

Samsung Galaxy S9 – ISO50 1/900: Just like the Google Pixel 2, the Samsung Galaxy S9 uncovered for what I advised it to show for, however it does have a excessive lack of element on the wings.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (AI) – – ISO50 1/950: Not a nasty shot from the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, however not an awesome one both. Colours are overdone and the wing is somewhat underexposed, particularly contemplating that is the place I advised it to focus and expose. There’s something very bizarre happening with the tree on the center left aspect although, not fairly positive what it’s.

Sony Xperia XZ2 – ISO40 1/320: Is that this the BlackBerry?

Conclusion: I deliberately created a troublesome state of affairs on this shot to see how the digital camera carried out. Contemplating what I requested every digital camera to do, the Google Pixel 2 and Apple iPhone X did the most effective of the bunch. I used to be very disillusioned within the lack of element from the Samsung Galaxy telephones.


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BlackBerry KEY2 – ISO50 1/4700: The BlackBerry KEY2 did a good job for itself right here. Whereas it can’t match the others, it holds its personal towards itself.

Google Pixel 2 – ISO50 1/4700: The Google Pixel 2 did a great job right here with two flaws that maintain it from being the perfect. The primary is the timber within the foreground. Because of the excessive degree of dynamic vary and boosted distinction there’s lots of element ignored of them with extreme clipping all through all three timber. The second flaw is the white stability, it’s far too cool and blue.

Apple iPhone X – ISO20 1/1500: The Apple iPhone X did a well-balanced shot right here. Whereas the constructing is uncovered properly, the shot leans yellowish in tone and the timber within the foreground aren’t notably nicely uncovered. You may have advised me the Google Pixel 2 took this shot and I might consider you.

OnePlus 6 – ISO100 1/3200: I actually need to like this photograph from the OnePlus 6, however it missed the mark in a number of areas, principally colour copy. The sky has a slight purple hue and isn’t consultant of the unique capturing circumstances. The constructing is well-exposed, although.

Samsung Galaxy S9 – ISO50 1/1250: This can be a nicely finished shot by the Samsung Galaxy S9. I can’t assist however really feel that general the colour stability is a bit of off, however it did a great job. It does have probably the most clipping on the excessive finish although.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (AI) – ISO50 1/2000: This one virtually hurts my eyes. General it’s a good photograph for a choose viewers, however the publicity wants to return down a bit and general the saturation was pushed too far. For many who like heavy-handed HDR, that is very best.

Sony Xperia XZ2 – ISO40 1/1000: I like what the Sony Xperia XZ2 managed to do with this shot. It is rather well-balanced, the colour tone is on level and general it’s wonderful. I want there was extra element within the leaves of the timber just like the Apple iPhone X, however no less than they aren’t crushed just like the Google Pixel 2.

Conclusion: Not one of the photographs are terrible, however the Sony Xperia XZ2 pulls forward for me right here. It’s well-balanced and uncovered with out pushing issues too far.


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BlackBerry KEY2 – ISO215 1/460: The BlackBerry KEY2 did one other good job and even has some particulars retained.

Google Pixel 2 – ISO51 1/1000: This can be a uncommon complete miss for the Google Pixel 2. I’m not fairly positive what the Pixel 2 determined to give attention to, nevertheless it was not the topic. As for colour and publicity balancing, it’s wonderful.

Apple iPhone X – ISO20 1/125: Whereas the iPhone X is often conservative, it actually pushed each the colours and distinction on this picture. I feel it did a terrific job, however the Galaxy Note 9 and Xperia XZ2 do it higher.

OnePlus 6 – ISO100 1/590: I don’t really feel the OnePlus 6 did a nasty job right here, nevertheless it didn’t do a superb one both. It’s severely lacking intimately and the colours are too cool.

Samsung Galaxy S9 – ISO50 1/230: I like what the Samsung Galaxy S9 tried to do right here, however general it ended up making the background overexposed and distracting from the primary topic.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (AI) – ISO50 1/150: The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 did a superb job on this photograph. The topic could be very sharp, the general picture is uncovered nicely, however the colours are a bit of on the punchy aspect, particularly the rust colour.

Sony Xperia XZ2 – ISO40 1/160: The Sony did a superb job right here too. Very similar to the Galaxy Note 9, it balanced the whole lot extraordinarily properly and in case you have been to take a look at the histograms for each, they’re very comparable with the Xperia XZ2 pulling the publicity again a bit.

Conclusion: The Sony Xperia XZ2 will get the nod right here too. I feel it did an excellent job balancing the photograph and retaining a excessive degree of element. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a greater photograph for my part however the colour balancing is off and pushed too far.


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BlackBerry KEY2 – ISO273 1/1000: This can be a horrible photograph.

Google Pixel 2 – ISO50 1/2900: The Google Pixel 2 did an excellent job right here even when it’s a contact underexposed. The colours and really feel of the photograph are almost spot on, however even with the decrease publicity the Google Pixel 2 nonetheless managed to clip considerably within the sky. The Google Pixel 2 can also be a bit of cooler in general tone in comparison with the Apple iPhone X which I really feel makes outside photographs like this much less inviting.

Apple iPhone X – ISO20 1/450: Right here is an effective instance of the iPhone out-Pixeling the Pixel. It lent itself in the direction of this general decrease publicity image permitting for minimal clipped highlights. The colours are slightly extra saturated than these you discover on the Pixel 2 shot and the publicity is a tad larger too, however extra wonderful element was resolved because of that larger general publicity.

OnePlus 6 – ISO100 1/270: I feel the OnePlus 6 did an honest job right here in the event you like this expose every thing strategy. The colours are somewhat a lot together with the whole photograph publicity, however it isn’t a horrible photograph.

Samsung Galaxy S9 – ISO50 1/270: This can be a very whitewashed photograph and I feel the Galaxy S9 missed the tone of the picture. It’s far too shiny general, and whereas there’s minimal clipping and colours appear good, it’s wanted to have its publicity knocked down a contact or two.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (AI) – ISO50 1/600: I might have completely thought the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 photographs have been flipped. This shot is a really well-balanced one with nice publicity and wonderful particulars. It does push the colours far an excessive amount of with the greens and the reds, however general it did a superb job.

Sony Xperia XZ2 – ISO40 1/320: Right here is the place the Sony’s lack of dependable HDR publicity and excessive dynamic vary limits come into play. In contrast to say the Galaxy Note 9, the Xperia XZ2 was incapable of exposing each the darker timber and the sky on the similar time. Whereas the Xperia XZ2 is among the few that doesn’t clip blacks on the bench and home windows, it did so on the expense of the general photograph.

Conclusion: The Apple iPhone X dealt with this photograph excellently, I really feel, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 proper behind it solely as a result of its colour saturation points.


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BlackBerry KEY2 – ISO275 1/1250: I’ve seen far worse from the BlackBerry KEY2 and this photograph is among the many higher of the bunch. The tone and really feel of the photograph are strong.

Google Pixel 2 – ISO65 1/3900: The Google Pixel 2 did an amazing job right here. The publicity is sweet, the colours are good, and the general really feel is sweet, however the Apple iPhone X nonetheless edges it out. The Google Pixel 2 has a couple of issues working towards it. First, it crushed a few of the shadows down in the direction of the underside of the picture, and it additionally missed the blue sky shade with its cool really feel. It additionally suffers from the problems that the OnePlus 6 had the place, as a result of its noise discount or ZSL, a number of the tree foliage is gone.

Apple iPhone X – ISO20 1/480: That is the Apple iPhone X on the prime of its recreation. It nailed the publicity clipping zero blacks and spotlight clipped the least of the group. Colour and tone are additionally wonderful with an ideal blue sky and inexperienced timber. The extent of element additionally far outpaces the remainder of the group on each the leaves and tree bark. Whereas the Google Pixel 2’s photograph was nice, the Apple iPhone X’s was excellent.

OnePlus 6 – ISO100 1/200: The whole lot appears so as, publicity, colours, clipping. Whereas I nonetheless really feel the Google Pixel 2 and Apple iPhone X did it higher, the OnePlus 6 nonetheless outpaced the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Samsung Galaxy S9. However… there’s a large drawback that the OnePlus 6 has with particulars although, you’ll discover that there’s merely much less foliage on the timber in comparison with different photographs. Their noise discount simply wiped them out.

Samsung Galaxy S9 – ISO50 1/220: Very similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the Galaxy S9 tried to do an excessive amount of right here. Whereas the colours have fortunately reigned in a bit, the general publicity is just too excessive.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (AI) – ISO50 1/350: This can be a very robust photograph and I really feel the Galaxy Note 9 missed the texture completely. It has a variety of particulars, a variety of publicity, and a number of colours, however it isn’t consultant of the unique scene.

Sony Xperia XZ2 – ISO40 1/250: I feel the Sony Xperia XZ2 did a wonderful job right here, however it isn’t among the many greatest. The overall publicity is on the low aspect however it nonetheless suffers from spotlight clipping, and the tone of the photograph is a bit of lifeless.

Conclusion: As I stated within the particular person system part, the Apple iPhone X did an impressive job right here.


Indoor Comparability

We’ll now transfer indoors for the second a part of our comparability. I needed to place the telephones in usually tough, but in addition regular capturing circumstances to see how they stacked up. The BlackBerry KEY2 facet ratio and HDR setting have been fastened for this a part of the check.


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BlackBerry KEY2 – ISO299 1/370: This shot wouldn’t be so dangerous if the topic was in focus and the background was uncovered correctly…

Google Pixel 2 – ISO51 1/1000: Whereas it’s clear what the Google Pixel 2 was doing right here, it missed the mark. The entire photograph is underexposed and the colour stability is off. The surface portion appears nice, however that isn’t the topic.

Apple iPhone X – ISO20 1/150: Indoors is the place the Apple iPhone X fails to impress. It suffers from poor publicity balancing and the wonderful particulars are misplaced on the flower petals.

OnePlus 6 – ISO125 1/100: The OnePlus 6 stunned me right here with nice general publicity of each areas. There’s a common lack of advantageous particulars although, particularly on the flower edges making it look mushy and distorted.

Samsung Galaxy S9 – ISO50 1/100 f2.four: The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 each did a superb job. I feel the Samsung Galaxy S9 nudges forward just a little as a result of its extra interesting cool really feel, despite the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is extra correct. There’s loads of element and little or no smoothing.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (AI) – ISO50 1/180 f2.four: The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 did a superb job with this photograph. There’s numerous element and the tone is almost good.

Sony Xperia XZ2 – ISO40 1/100: The BlackBerry KEY2 is in wonderful firm.

Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 take this one for his or her particulars and publicity stability.


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BlackBerry KEY2 – ISO515 1/30: The BlackBerry KEY2 didn’t do a horrible job right here. There’s a basic lack of element because of the greater ISO, however it’s a respectable photograph.

Google Pixel 2 – ISO257 1/120: The Google Pixel 2 did a very good job with general publicity right here. The tone is cooler than I like, and it loses within the element battle with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, nevertheless it general did properly.

Apple iPhone X – ISO64 1/15: Once more, as I discussed earlier, the Apple iPhone X doesn’t do nicely indoors. There’s a lack of high quality element and the general tone of the photograph is simply off.

OnePlus 6 – ISO400 1/35: The OnePlus 6 is rather a lot just like the Apple iPhone X indoors in comparison with outdoor the place it does properly. This photograph shouldn’t be dangerous in any respect, however there’s vital smoothing in high quality particulars. It’s uncovered properly and the colour tone is almost good.

Samsung Galaxy S9 – ISO320 1/30 f2.four: See the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 notes.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (AI) – ISO320 1/30 f2.four: There are two telephones that rocked this photograph, and they’re the Samsung duo. There is a wonderful quantity of element and the colours are almost good. The one distinction between the 2 that I can see is a slight change in publicity. You would knock it for the blown out again of the monitor on the appropriate edge, however that isn’t the topic so does not likely play into the picture a lot.

Sony Xperia XZ2 – ISO200 1/30: The Sony Xperia XZ2 did a very good job right here. I really feel prefer it might have been uncovered just a little brighter, however I’ve few complaints.

Conclusion: But once more, the Samsung duo present their energy indoors, and each have been with out utilizing f1.5 thus far.


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BlackBerry KEY2 – ISO107 1/30: I don’t assume the BlackBerry KEY2 did a nasty job right here, and it isn’t the worst by far. It’s a completely effective photograph.

Google Pixel 2 – ISO153 1/125: I don’t just like the publicity right here, however general the Google Pixel 2 did the most effective job. Its effective line and element retention are a step above the remainder of the pack and normally it’s an amazing shot.

Apple iPhone X – ISO32 1/30: Whereas I’m not a fan of the tone of the picture, the iPhone X did a superb job general with publicity and particulars.

OnePlus 6 – ISO400 1/50: The OnePlus 6 had a really onerous time with the right colour tone for this picture, and general it’s disappointing.

Samsung Galaxy S9 – ISO250 1/60 f2.four: This photograph is way too shiny and whitewashed inflicting it to each lose the right tone and particulars.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (AI) – ISO250 1/60 f2.four: Whereas the publicity is pulled again a bit right here in comparison with the Samsung Galaxy S9, the general really feel continues to be too brilliant. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 did do an awesome job on the effective particulars edging out all however the Google Pixel 2.

Sony Xperia XZ2 – ISO80 1/50: The BlackBerry KEY2 can be pleased with this miss.

Conclusion: This may be a tossup between the Google Pixel 2 and Apple iPhone X with the nod going to the Google Pixel 2. I simply want the Google Pixel 2’s photographs have been brighter.


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BlackBerry KEY2 – ISO1369 1/30: Simply once I thought the BlackBerry KEY2 couldn’t get any worse, it does this (and no, this isn’t from the entrance digital camera).

Google Pixel 2 – ISO521 1/40: I can’t assist however really feel this photograph is a bit of mushy for the Google Pixel 2. It loses rather a lot of crispness on the sides regardless of its comparably low ISO. Nonetheless, it did a very good job in a very dangerous state of affairs.

Apple iPhone X – ISO80 1/5: If there’s one factor this check has taught me, it’s that the iPhone X loves low ISO even on the expense of a really sluggish shutter velocity. 1/5 is way too sluggish for a handheld telephone, even with Optical Picture Stabilization (OIS). That stated, the iPhone X did an excellent job general and even overexposed it.

OnePlus 6 – ISO2000 1/20: Personally, that is the place the boys separate from the lads. The OnePlus 6 will get left behind by almost each different flagship right here. General the photograph isn’t dangerous, however that prime ISO causes extreme noise removing and high-quality line and element loss.

Samsung Galaxy S9 – ISO250 1/15 f1.5: Just like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the Samsung Galaxy S9 did a great job, however the overexposure and washed out colours give the nod to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 right here.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (AI) – ISO250 1/17 f1.5: Right here we get to see f/1.5 on the Samsung duo. I feel out of all of the pictures, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 did one of the best job general. Nevertheless, that f/1.5 with low mild and low ISO capabilities comes with the aspect impact of a loss in sharpness. That is clear on each the Samsung Galaxy pictures. General although, I feel it was value it because the Samsung Galaxy photographs look nice in comparison with the remainder of the pack.

Sony Xperia XZ2 – ISO320 1/15: The Sony Xperia XZ2 did about what I anticipated right here. The photograph isn’t properly uncovered and there’s a lot of noise because of Sony’s sharpening and lack of noise discount. It isn’t the worst, however it isn’t one of the best both.

Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 takes this one. That f/1.5 capability is a parlor trick that basically helps Samsung. It’s clear why they use it occasionally, although, because the loss in sharpness and readability are clearly seen.


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BlackBerry KEY2 – ISO225 1/30: The BlackBerry KEY2 truly did an excellent job right here. The colours are a bit of washed out and there’s a extreme lack of element, however it’s nonetheless a great shot.

Google Pixel 2 – ISO305 1/120: This can be a unusual photograph for the Google Pixel 2. The place it usually does an amazing job with particulars, it did a reasonably dangerous job right here. There’s additionally black crush on the chair leg and extreme noise on the wall beneath the desk. The photograph additionally feels barely out of give attention to the dragon.

Apple iPhone X – ISO40 1/15: I don’t really feel just like the Apple iPhone X did a nasty job right here, however others did do it higher. The colours really feel lifeless and even the Google Pixel 2 represented them higher.

OnePlus 6 – ISO500 1/35: If there was one factor I want OnePlus fastened on their digital camera, it might be the noise discount algorithm they use. It provides the OnePlus 6 this dimpled appear and feel in its pictures that isn’t solely tender but in addition distorts high quality strains.

Samsung Galaxy S9 – ISO320 1/40: Whereas the colours are higher right here than the Galaxy Note 9, the picture is washed out by the sunshine supply within the again and can also be a bit delicate.

Samsung Galaxy Note9 (AI) – ISO250 1/35 f2.four: I so want that the Galaxy Note 9’s picture didn’t over-saturate the colours as a result of general, it’s the better of the bunch. It has excessive readability, wonderful particulars, nice focus, and wonderful publicity.

Sony Xperia XZ2 – ISO200 1/50: The Sony Xperia XZ2 did a really respectable job right here. Like different Sony photographs, there’s a lack of noise discount which you’ll both love or hate. I want the shot was brighter, however like with the iPhone X, others did it higher.

Conclusion: This can be a troublesome one however regardless of the wonky colours I must give the nod once more to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. It does an incredible job with focus and balancing noise discount and fantastic particulars.


Indoor – 007

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BlackBerry KEY2 – ISO307 1/280: The BlackBerry KEY2 did an excellent job right here regardless of its lack of correct publicity for the window. Whereas it’s removed from the most effective right here, I feel it dealt with the wall very properly with a surprising quantity of realness and particulars.

Google Pixel 2 – ISO50 1/500: Whereas I don’t just like the tone of this picture, there isn’t any denying the Google Pixel 2 nailed it particularly once you zoom in. There’s a surprising quantity of wonderful element on the writing, on the curtains, and on the calendar. I want it was a bit more true in tone and never as harsh, nevertheless it did an amazing job.

Apple iPhone X – ISO40 1/120: Whereas I don’t assume the Apple iPhone X did a nasty job right here, it didn’t do a terrific one both. The general publicity is excessive and the window is blown out, however it isn’t horrible.

OnePlus 6 – ISO200 1/100: The OnePlus 6 did a great job right here. It does have smoothing and a really odd inexperienced overtone which distracts from the picture, although. There’s numerous misplaced element too, however on the floor, it’s a good photograph.

Samsung Galaxy S9 – ISO50 1/90 f2.four: See the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 notes.

Samsung Galaxy Note9 (AI) – ISO50 1/120 f2.four: I feel the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 nailed this photograph. They’ve wonderful tone, element retention, publicity, and colours, balancing all of them for an general nicely uncovered and detailed shot.

Sony Xperia XZ2 – ISO40 1/50: Even the BlackBerry KEY2 did a greater job… sufficient stated.

Conclusion: I really feel the Samsung Galaxy duo but once more take this indoor shot comparability. That stated, there isn’t any denying that the Google Pixel 2 is the king of retaining nice particulars in harder conditions.


So after almost 150 photographs, the place does this depart us right now and what conclusions can we draw? Let’s revisit our opening questions and a few others that come to thoughts:

How does Samsung’s scene optimization know-how stack up?

Nicely, that is an fascinating one however not completely shocking, it doesn’t. Of all of the comparisons, AI mode helped edge out the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in just one or 2 conditions—and that was by a small margin. There solely a single case the place the Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s AI function clearly beat out the Samsung Galaxy S9 and a variety of conditions the place the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 fell behind the Samsung Galaxy S9’s non-AI-enhanced digital camera. My suggestion is to maintain AI mode off—it isn’t well worth the trade-off of completely destroying the shot.

Does OnePlus actually supply a flagship-tier digital camera?

This stunned me so much, the OnePlus 6 completely provides a digital camera that on the floor will go toe-to-toe with telephones almost twice its value. There are some things OnePlus must work on, although: noise discount, smoothing, and HDR. Relating to the noise discount, OnePlus has to work on their tendency to clean out a whole lot of particulars to scale back the noise. That is considerably enhanced by the truth that it appears the OnePlus 6 shouldn’t be able to going under ISO100. Examine this to the Apple iPhone X the place we noticed ISO20 a number of occasions. As a rule of thumb, you need a decrease ISO to scale back noise added by the sensor. The second factor OnePlus must work on is their tendency to go overboard with HDR. Whereas some individuals will like this, a number of the outcomes from the OnePlus 6 ought to be attained by means of post-processing and never out of the digital camera by default. In any other case, I feel for $529 you can’t go fallacious with the OnePlus 6.

Is the Google Pixel nonetheless king?

In case you are on the lookout for probably the most impartial, balanced, and dependable digital camera, the Google Pixel 2 is the one. I nonetheless consider the Pixel 2 underexposes photographs inflicting a lack of element in areas the place it actually shouldn’t. Hopefully, they bump this up with the Google Pixel three coming quickly. I additionally want there was a setting you can change, very similar to the display saturation settings, that may help you select when you needed a impartial shot or one the place the colours have been bumped up a bit. The Google Pixel 2 additionally tends to have its white level set too cool, making issues really feel chilly and sterile.

Does the Sony Xperia profit from Sony’s DSLR expertise?

Briefly, sure however not sufficient. There are some occasions the place the Sony Xperia XZ2 actually creates lovely photographs—better of the bunch—however others the place it falls utterly on its face. This occurs rather a lot indoors and the place there’s a want for top dynamic vary. It could possibly be a state of affairs the place Sony Xperia XZ2 must depend on multi-image stacking like some others, however in doing that it’ll lose its extra genuine really feel with a scarcity of post-processing previous sharpening.

What stunned you?

The factor that stunned me most was the Apple iPhone X. I’ve lengthy been disillusioned in my Apple iPhone X as a result of I all the time felt the digital camera was an under-performer. The digital camera nonetheless lacks closely within the indoor conditions with the shutter lag being far too lengthy, and its lack of ZSL causes many occasions the place you’ll miss your shot in case you are taking a photograph of a shifting animal or youngster. I couldn’t actually present these types of situations right here as a result of my canine and youngsters don’t sit nonetheless and I needed this comparability to be as equal as attainable. This does change with the Apple iPhone XS which I occurred to get after this comparability—I initially didn’t anticipate to get one.


I don’t anticipate to do one other comparability of this scale, however I needed to go massive with the primary one. Mixed between these two articles, there are over 10,000 phrases and over 140 pictures that took a few month from begin to end. Sooner or later, I hope to even have extra members of the Portal writing workforce weigh in on the comparability as nicely. I hope you loved this comparability and please, maintain your ideas coming within the feedback.


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