iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S9+ Camera Test

iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S9+ Camera Test


Apple’s iPhone X has one of the best cameras
available in a smartphone. But we’re barely into 2018, and Samsung
has released what they’re calling a ‘reimagined’ camera system in their Galaxy S9+. So let’s see how the iPhone X holds up against
one of Android’s best in a camera shootout. First lets cover specs. By this point everyone is familiar with the
setup on the iPhone X. It’s Apples best camera system to date,
and can take impressive photos. But Samsung is the first manufacturer to release
a dual aperture system. It switches from f/2.4 to f/1.5 in low light
conditions, and is supposed to help you get the best photo possible regardless of where
you’re shooting. I’ll mention here that I’m testing these
cameras the way most people use them, in auto mode. That means straight out of the pocket, using
the stock camera app. We also hired Victoria to model for us — be
sure to check out her Instagram. I’m breaking the results into 3 categories:
color, clarity, and exposure. We’ll be digging deep into each example
to see how the cameras are tuned. Now to the testing! The first category is color and we’ll be
looking at the white balance and color reproduction of each camera. This first shot of Victoria is a simple one,
but makes something very clear: the white balance on the iPhone leans heavy into warmer
tones. Not only is her skin a nice golden color compared
to the S9, so is everything else. The S9 feels cooler and more muted in comparison,
but it’s actually more accurate. This street scene gives us similar results,
pumping up the warm street lights in the iPhone X shot. And that’s really what it boils down to
in all these examples — would you rather have a pumped up, wamer version of the world
from the iPhone X, or a more muted slightly cooler version from the S9+? When it comes to photos of Victoria, I almost
always prefer the iPhones images, since Apple adds warmth and life to the shots. I say almost always because there’s one
photo I still can’t get over. Against this colorful wall, the iPhone just
goes too far into the unnatrual territory, presenting a neon eyesore. Yes, the S9 is cooler, but it’s so much
more natural. So I’m going to go with whats more accurate,
knowing that I can add warmth and contrast later in Instagram or Photoshop if needed. Color preferences are very subjective, but
the iPhone pushes warm tones too far too often for my tastes and professional needs. So I’m going to give the Samsung Galaxy
S9+ the edge in color. The next category is clarity. Here we’ll look at the sharpness of the
photos and how well they stay sharp in dark situations. In this first brightly lit street scene, there
doesn’t seem to be much of a difference between the two phones. But zooming in reveals sublte nuances. A combination of sharpening and compression
results in a jagged jaw line in the iPhone’s photo. The S9’s photo is cleaner but lacks some
of the fine details caught by the iPhone. At a greater distance, the S9+ fairs a bit
better, with the building revealing more detail compared to what the iPhone produced. Looking at a darker part of the frame, we
see that the S9 is still the cleaner shot. This closer capture of Victoria is shaper
on the S9, even before we zoom in. And once we do we see the traditional Samsung
overshapening on her jeans. Despite that the S9’s photo still more favorable
compared to the iPhones. Moving to a darker street scene, Samsung opens
it’s aperture to f/1.5. Zooming in reveals that the iPhone is still
the noiser of the two, but it keeps up with the S9+ for now. In an even darker scene, the S9+ pulls away
even farther. The iPhone’s shot isn’t bad, but the S9+
is easily one of the best low light camera’s I’ve used. So, in most situations the S9+ delivers a
cleaner, sharper photo — and the Clarity category goes to Samsung. The final category is exposure. This one covers dynamic range and how each
camera chooses to expose for a scene. So I’ll get this out of the way right now:
Each camera did a great job at exposing for complex scenes. Overall, I don’t have any punishing notes
about missed or odd exposures. But both phones had a habit of blowing out
highlights, with the iPhone tending to blow out skin. Bringing up some photos we covered earlier,
I was very upset with how often the iPhone ruined faces. There were also odd instances where the iPhone’s
HDR just didn’t kick in strong enough, resulting in harsh bright spots. The S9 on the other hand struggled with the
sky. Lost in these shots are any hints of blue
skies or clouds. These street shots are less harsh, but still
exhibit this problem. This category really comes down to a nit pick,
and I’d rather have blown out skies than skin. So the Samsung Galaxy S9+ takes the exposure
category. Even though the S9+ wins all 3 categories,
it’s not by much. If you prefer warmer skin tones and more contrast,
then the iPhone X is worth considering. But the S9+ has a flatter, cleaner image which
lends itself to more flexibility when editing in your favorite apps and desktop programs. Wanna see some more iPhone X testing? Check out the Last Cam Standing series from
PCWorld to see even deeper looks at all the top smartphones.

100 thoughts on “iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S9+ Camera Test

  1. Ugly youtuber goat samsung fanboy??? bcoz apple wont pay for ads

  2. S9 best

  3. 1year old I phone… still hold the power….vs a new phone… that why Apple always best

  4. S9+ ?❤

  5. I have S9+ and I dont regret it?

  6. Samsung s9+is win by normal mode…….iphone x win by portret mode

  7. if we look at the sky iphone is much better than s9,well s9 is better too

  8. The real shoot from S9+
    I Love That

  9. The s9+ won here by a looooong shot, iPhone really needs to up it's game

  10. I prefer the s9+

  11. Samsung s9+ all win

  12. Nothing beats apple's camera

  13. It s a draw for me on this video

  14. S9+ is best

  15. Super

  16. Osm

  17. Good morning babe. They didnt even have me on the schedule here. So I dont have to work tmr or Friday Or the other days 17th and 18th.

  18. S9+

  19. thanks

  20. S9+ win all

  21. so none of them is really better than the other? considering the IPhone costs almost double the price of the s9+ I would definitely prefer the s9+`s camera

  22. Victoria is the winner here. What were we comparing?

  23. S9+ win

  24. Plz
    Samsung Galaxy S9+ Vs Samsung Galaxy a9 camera ???

  25. Victoria will only date iPhone users, so iPhone wins

  26. Another paid review….

  27. I already own an S9+
    I want Victoria ❤️

  28. S9+ ?

  29. S9 half the price used phone still got a better camera and screen quality

  30. #S9PLUS

  31. They have the same lens sir in day light. goodmorning.

  32. If you say you want real skin i.e you can warm the photos while editing
    You can also cool up warm photos
    So makes no sense

  33. What about when u upload videos on instagram or snapchat it looks so bad and laggy idk why on android compare to iphone , why can anyone answer that

  34. Yes u r the only one who has a great ability to define the Real Star of phones . I LIKED YOUR VIDEO. IT HAD CLEARED MY DOUBTS. I ALSO HAVE SAMSUNG GALAXY S9

  35. S9+!!!!

  36. Watching it on my note 9 😉

  37. S9+

  38. Iphone ?

  39. S9+is one of the best smartphone super camera

  40. S9 is best❤nd the winner is s9 i am also s9 user?

  41. Best comparison

  42. Yeah I have s9+ ?

  43. S9+ camera has more vivid

  44. Wowww s9+????????????????????

  45. Watching it on s9 plus

  46. S9+ better

  47. Always love samsung????

  48. iphone x is the best phone in the world ????????????

  49. Victoria is clearly victorious

  50. Sony XZ3 is far better than these two

  51. Galaxy s9 plusssss

  52. S9+ is best

  53. S9+ is best

  54. Samsung S9+ wish this christmas

  55. SO plus clear winner

  56. S9+ win

  57. S9+

  58. S9+ very good

  59. Beautiful victoria won

  60. The only difference between both phones, Iphone is just a status symbol and Samsung is like ordinary phone. That’s it

  61. You always giving the honest review

  62. Im using S9plus ???

  63. I have samsung s9+ can i know why sometimes face skin is soo smooth aometimes i prefer my sister iphone 7 plus to take me pics

  64. S9+

  65. I dont know cause i have got the galaxy s9 but does that mean that it takes worse pictures than the s9+? Because my s9 has only 1 camera. I mean the s9+ has some additional features thag the s9 doesnt have such as live focus or 2x optical zoom and 10x zoom in total rather than 8x zoom on the s9+. But i think when i compared my moms s9+ it didnt make much difference except when i zoomed in 2x and i used optical zoom on s9+ i saw some difference in clearniness. BTW SORRY FOR SUCH A LONG COMMENT MUST HAVE MADE YOU READ TOO MUCH.

  66. My phone wins… S9+

  67. S9+ won???

  68. %100 S9+

  69. SAMSUNG!!!!!

  70. S9plus win??

  71. s9+ is best then iphone x

  72. Watching on my S9 plus??????

  73. Yes but still the selfie is probably Iphone's.

  74. S9s a beast all around

  75. S9plus wins

  76. QUESTION!! Did you use HDR (Rich Tone) in this video??

  77. aNdRoId CaMeRaS aRe TrAsH

  78. Iphone x don’t blame and show negative comments it can defeat xr and x max because it was flag ship of apple

  79. I don't want the phone. Victoria is victory for me.

  80. Iphone x win

  81. S9 plus is better..
    Good camera quality. Samsung S series phones are good. Better, ever

  82. Best phone is s

  83. S9 plus…..

  84. I don't really know why everyone is comparing Iphone X with S9…
    S9 price : 600$
    Iphone X price: 1300$.. like.. yeah but idk why S9 is still better anyways…

  85. Obiosly the Galaxy S9+ it's bets.

  86. I know s9+ camera is best

  87. Front camera???

  88. S9 ?

  89. HDR IPHONE
    AT LIGHT IPHONE
    AT NIGHT SAMSUNG

  90. Samsung win

  91. But you Forget the front facing camera ?! You dont Want to show Samsung blue filters or ?

  92. Camera reimagind wins which mean s9 plus

  93. i don't hate iPhone,im prefer Android

  94. Samsung

  95. iPhone: I have the best camera quality and andriods can't do shit

    Samsung: I'm bout to ruin this man whole career

  96. s9 plus best camera

  97. S9plus great

  98. S9plus qin

  99. s9?

  100. I think in this situation Victoria wins ? ?

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