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Apple iPhone X vs Google Pixel 2: Camera Shootout

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Apple and Google have reached the top of DxOMark’s mobile rankings with their iPhone X and Pixel 2. While that’s all well and good, the question remains: Which of the two phones do you think takes better photos?

As the best iOS and Android have to offer in terms of camera performance, the iPhone X and Pixel 2 are quite different with their implementations.

The iPhone X is the dual-camera handset of the pair, with a twin 12-megapixel setup at the back and 7-megapixel shooter in front. Its primary advantage is optical zoom using the secondary rear lens without any quality loss.

On the other hand, Google chose to stick with what they know best, and that’s a single-camera setup assisted by clever artificial intelligence. Although the system feels outdated, the 12.2-megapixel main camera and 8-megapixel selfie shooter own the highest overall score to date on DxOMark.

To keep this blind comparison fair, every shot was taken in auto mode with no filters or special effects applied. All photos are unedited, but had to be resized to make this page easier to load. Each round has a different order of images; you’ll find out which phone took what picture at the end.

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#1: Pixel 2 (A) vs iPhone X (B)

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And there we have it! This shootout was a lot closer than expected, huh?

Both smartphones performed great in their own ways. Whenever one would have better white balance and color accuracy, the other wins out in sharpness and noise control.

Which phone do you think did it best overall?

SEE ALSO: Huawei Nova 2i vs OPPO F5 vs Vivo V7+: Camera shootout

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OPPO F9 vs Vivo V11: Camera Shootout

Which midrange contender comes out on top?

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Two brands that impressed us this year with their unconventional take on the borderless design are OPPO and Vivo. These two are always neck and neck when it comes to performance, design, and even cameras. So in this video, we set out to find which of these midrange contenders takes better photos.

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iPhone XS vs Pixel 2: Camera shootout

Which smartphone camera comes out on top?

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As the iPhone XS starts to roll out to more markets across the globe, we’re doing another camera comparison here at GadgetMatch to see whether Apple’s best offering has what it takes to compete against one of the best smartphone cameras today: Google’s Pixel 2.

This year’s upgrades are merely incremental. But, while reviewing the iPhone XS last week, we noticed how much better it already is compared to its predecessor, the iPhone X. It has a bigger image sensor that should help with low-light performance.

In terms of hardware, the iPhone XS has a slight advantage over the Pixel 2 as it has two main cameras — one wide angle and one telephoto — but in this comparison we only used the main cameras of both phones to level the playing field. The iPhone XS also uses both lenses when taking portraits, while the Pixel 2 uses computational photography, which is possible thanks to the amount of data Google has collected over the years.

This is a blind test so get your pen and paper ready! Do note that all photos were taken on Auto or Portrait mode (when applicable) and have only been resized for faster loading times. They are labeled Photo A and Photo B randomly. Swipe left to see the photos in full and take note of your picks!

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Are you ready to see which phone took your picks? Here’s the answer sheet:

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

There’s no denying how close the performance of both smartphones are. Even at almost a year old, the Pixel 2’s photos look just as good compared to those of the new iPhone XS.

One new feature that Apple is not hyping so much, but everyone is raving about, is Smart HDR. In the comparison, we can see this at work in backlit photos featuring our Chief Content Creator Michael Josh, and in low light. Google has a similar technology called HDR+, although the iPhone XS’ Smart HDR works slightly better.

When it comes to the portrait mode, the Pixel 2 does cutouts much cleaner, although in the photo featuring our Her GadgetMatch editor Isa, it thinks that the pillows behind her are part of the subject. The iPhone XS also produced a warmer image here. In the selfie portrait, it’s the Pixel 2 that produced the warmer image, making the blue wall behind me look less blue than in real life.

What do you think of this comparison? Let us know in the comments section below.

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OPPO F9 vs Vivo V11: Camera shootout

The rivalry is on!

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OPPO and Vivo’s newest midrange contenders are now in the market, and as usual we’re here to pit them against one another.

The OPPO F9 sports a bigger display and what OPPO calls the water drop notch, but with similar internals as its predecessor, the F7. The Vivo V11 also gets the smaller notch treatment, but boasts a higher-end processor and in-display fingerprint reader compared to the V9.

What we’re curious to see, now that we’ve reviewed both devices, is which one takes better photos. We took the F9 and V11 with us as we sought to find out what the city of Berlin, Germany has to offer.

Get your pen and paper ready because we’ve prepared another blind test here at GadgetMatch. All photos were taken in Auto Mode and have only been resized for faster loading times. They are labeled Photo A and Photo B randomly. Swipe left to see the photos in full and take note of your picks.

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Are you ready to see which phone took the photos you picked? Here’s the answer sheet:

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A: OPPO F9
B: Vivo V11

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

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A: OPPO F9
B: Vivo V11

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

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A: OPPO F9
B: Vivo V11

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A: OPPO F9
B: Vivo V11

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A: OPPO F9
B: Vivo V11

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

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A: OPPO F9
B: Vivo V11

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

In most instances I prefer Vivo V11’s photos better than those of the OPPO F9’s. They’re more detailed, vibrant, the camera’s HDR capabilities do really well in backlit scenarios — something I also experienced on the Vivo NEX — and portrait cutouts are also more precise.

The OPPO F9 also visibly struggled to take clear shots compared to the V11 in scenarios without bright sunlight. If there’s one thing I didn’t like about the V11, it’s the way it tends to oversaturate scenes that it detects as “food” or “flower.”

What do you think of this comparison? Are you upgrading to any of these devices? Let us know in the comments below.

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