We’ve done a lot of camera shootouts in the past, but none have focused on a specific camera feature. That changes now, with two of the best smartphones built for portrait photography going head to head.
We’re, of course, talking about Huawei’s P10 Plus and Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus — two flagship smartphones with a pair of cameras at the back. But while similar in moniker and rear styling, they have distinctly different ways of producing portraits.
Let’s begin with the P10 Plus. The main selling point is its use of Leica-infused modules for added quality on top of its colored and monochrome image sensors. Putting the two together allows the P10 Plus to create crystal-clear photos and portraits with creamy background blur.
Next is the iPhone 7 Plus, which has a second lens for two reasons: to zoom in closer to a subject, and make portraits look more professional. It’s a sweet combination, but it’s not without its compromises; we’ll get more into those later.
You can already see the unique traits of each camera from the get-go. While Huawei’s entry prefers a much wider and brighter product, the Apple phone’s photo is a lot tighter and noticeably less exposed. That’s an effect of the limitations of the iPhone’s secondary lens; its smaller aperture has darker outputs in exchange for the extra zoom.
You can once again see how much tighter the iPhone 7 Plus’ angle is, which isn’t very suitable for cramped office spaces like this. Another weakness for Apple is the noticeable noise, especially in the background. The P10 Plus lets in more light, and as a result, creates a more colorful image.
Here’s another indoor shot, but with significantly more natural light to brighten up the place. With that, the iPhone 7 Plus was able to shine more. The usual graininess is still there, yet the longer focal length has less distortion, so Michael Josh’s face is closer to reality.
Finally, we have outdoor shots, which have a surprising result. Despite the excessive amount of sunlight we got (it was noontime at Central Park in sunny New York), the P10 Plus still beat the iPhone 7 Plus in terms of clarity and sharpness. But to Apple’s credit, the focal length again provided a more DSLR-like effect.
And there we have it. There are no winners or losers here, but we can conclude one thing: Huawei and Apple present their dual-camera setups and portrait modes differently, and the results vary depending on the environment you’re in.
The P10 Plus is generally better when both space and lighting are limited; on the other hand, the iPhone 7 Plus makes finer photos when all elements fall in its favor. You can’t go wrong with either one, as long as you know what you’re doing and where you are.
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This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and iProspect Philippines.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro: Camera shootout
Wide, regular, and zoom!
We’ve come to a point wherein three rear cameras on a smartphone are becoming the norm and all three must serve an individual purpose.
That’s the case with the Galaxy S10+ and Mate 20 Pro, which are Samsung and Huawei’s most versatile camera phones to date. They both have the ability to go wide and zoomed in, on top of their regular high-resolution shooters.
As always, we’re turning this into a blind shootout so you can play along. The order of each round is random, and everything has been shot using auto settings to give both phones a fair chance to shine. The results are found at the end of this article.
#1 — Flower
#2 — Building
#3 — Graffiti
#4 — Ultra-wide
#5 — Regular
#6 — Zoom
#7 — Background blur
#8 — Backlit
#9 — Bright sky
#10 — Moving subject
#11 — Macro
#12 — Landscape
#13 — Dynamic range
#14 — Portrait
#15 — Sunset
#16 — Artwork
#17 — Twilight
#18 — Food
#19 — Vegetation
#20 — Nighttime
#21 — Total darkness
Galaxy S10+: 1B, 2B, 3A, 4B, 5A, 6A, 7B, 8A, 9A, 10A, 11B, 12B, 13A, 14A, 15B, 16B, 17A, 18A, 19B, 20A, 21B
Mate 20 Pro: 1A, 2A, 3B, 4A, 5B, 6B, 7A, 8B, 9B, 10B, 11A, 12A, 13B, 14B, 15A, 16A, 17B, 18B, 19A, 20B, 21A
How do you feel about the results?
Truth be told, it’s as close as you’d expect from the two top mobile camera performers on DxOMark (for now, of course). Each round could go either way, and it ultimately comes down to personal preference — like if you prefer warmer tones or greater contrast in your photos.
Let us know which smartphone you think won in the comments section below.
Mate 20 Pro vs iPhone XS vs Galaxy Note 9: Camera shootout
The top three brands collide!
Huawei, Apple, and Samsung have released their top phones recently, which brings us to what you’ve all been waiting for: a camera shootout!
Not only are these among the fastest handsets in the market, they own some of the best cameras, as well. But because you have to pay a pretty penny to own one, it’s imperative that you make the right choice.
Brand loyalty aside, each one has its own specialty, but which flagship can we consider to be the overall best? While it’s highly subjective, they’re fun to compare nonetheless.
Even more enjoyable: Placing their photos in side-by-side comparisons for you to gander at. We compiled 14 of them in a blind test, all shot in Auto mode with AI applied when needed. Once you’re done pixel peeping at each photo, find out which phone took which picture by checking the answer sheet at the bottom.
Are you done choosing for each round? Here are the answers:
Portrait: iPhone XS, Mate 20 Pro, Galaxy Note 9
Indoor 1: Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS, Mate 20 Pro
Indoor 2: Mate 20 Pro, iPhone XS, Galaxy Note 9
Daylight 1: Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS, Mate 20 Pro
Daylight 2: iPhone XS, Galaxy Note 9, Mate 20 Pro
Macro 1: Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS, Mate 20 Pro
Macro 2: Mate 20 Pro, Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS
HDR 1: iPhone XS, Mate 20 Pro, Galaxy Note 9
HDR 2: Mate 20 Pro, iPhone XS, Galaxy Note 9
Food 1: Mate 20 Pro, Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS
Food 2: iPhone XS, Galaxy Note 9, Mate 20 Pro
Selfie: Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS, Mate 20 Pro
Nighttime: Mate 20 Pro, Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS
Bokeh: iPhone XS, Mate 20 Pro, Galaxy Note 9
Clearly, they all did great and are definitely top-notchers in the premium segment. Were there any surprises for you? Do you see a clear-cut winner? Let us know in the comments section below.
This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.
Honor 10 Lite vs OPPO F9 vs Vivo V11: Selfie Shootout
Which phone takes the best selfies?
Most of the newly released phones lately don’t just have great rear shooters; they are also equipped with quality front cameras. This only means one thing: They can take good selfies. However, which phone is the best selfie taker?
In this comparison, we’re pitting the new Honor 10 Lite against the OPPO F9 and the Vivo V11.
The Honor 10 Lite is equipped with a 24-megapixel front camera with beautification features and AI scene detection. Both the OPPO F9 and Vivo V11, on the other hand, have 25-megapixel selfie snappers with AI beauty mode.
Without further ado, let’s begin the comparison:
Let’s start with the first set of photos. These were taken without any smoothening or bokeh processing. These are as natural as their selfies can get. Taken inside a well-lit room, the phones had enough light to take a clear photo.
For the second set, we went to the balcony to check how the phones would fare in low-light. The flash setting was on auto to let the phones decide how they should take a low-light selfie. Unsurprisingly, the phones fired up their screen to act as the flash.
All three phones can take portrait-like selfies by applying artificial blur to the background. This set of photos was taken indoors with plenty of light coming in and bokeh mode turned on.
For the final set of selfies, we had bokeh and beauty mode turned on. Both the OPPO F9 and Vivo V11 were set to use AI to determine the level of beauty effect necessary. Meanwhile, the Honor 10 Lite was set to Level 3 (out of 10) to match the smoothening effect of the other two phones. To make it trickier, the photos were taken inside a busy cafe.
That ends our selfie comparison using the Honor 10 Lite, OPPO F9, and Vivo V11. Each phone delivers different results in every scenario. Which of the selfies do you like most?
The Honor 10 Lite is officially arriving in the Philippines on January 22. Starting January 26, the phone will be available in all Honor authorized shops and dealers. Also, you may catch the Honor roadshow happening on January 26 in SM North EDSA where the Honor 10 Lite will be on sale and bundled with exciting freebies! For more information about the Honor 10 Lite, visit www.hihonor.com/ph or follow Honor Philippines Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HonorPhilippines.
This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Honor Philippines.
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