Camera Shootouts

Huawei P10 Plus vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus: Portrait Shootout

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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.

Let’s begin!

Left: Huawei P10 Plus; Right: iPhone 7 Plus

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.

Left: Huawei P10 Plus; Right: iPhone 7 Plus

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.

Left: Huawei P10 Plus; Right: iPhone 7 Plus

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.

SEE ALSO: 5 facts about dual-camera smartphones

This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and iProspect Philippines.

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$100 Phone vs $900 Phone: Camera Shootout

Does paying 9X more mean 9X better photos?

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Here’s something you don’t see us do very often: comparing one of the best smartphone cameras available in the market today with one of the cheapest but not necessarily worst.

The chosen contenders in this shootout are single-camera phones, namely the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Xiaomi Redmi 5A. The former sells for around US$ 900 almost anywhere in the world except for the US where it’s much cheaper, and the latter is more or less US$ 100 in Asia and some parts of Europe.

In previous similar comparisons, we used phones that had US$ 200 to US$ 650 price gaps; this time we’re comparing phones with a huge US$ 800 difference. While it’s obvious that Samsung’s flagship has top-of-the-line specs and is one of the most feature-rich phones out there, we are curious to see if its camera is nine times better than Xiaomi’s budget offering, given its steep price tag.

Get your pen and paper ready because this is a blind test. All photos were taken in Auto Mode and were not edited. 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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And that’s it! Are you ready to see what phone you picked for each set? Here they are:

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A: Redmi 5A
B: Galaxy S9

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A: Redmi 5A
B: Galaxy S9

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A: Galaxy S9
B: Redmi 5A

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A: Redmi 5A
B: Galaxy S9

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A: Redmi 5A
B: Galaxy S9

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A: Galaxy S9
B: Redmi 5A

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A: Galaxy S9
B: Redmi 5A

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A: Redmi 5A
B: Galaxy S9

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A: Galaxy S9
B: Redmi 5A

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A: Redmi 5A
B: Galaxy S9

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A: Redmi 5A
B: Galaxy S9

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A: Galaxy S9
B: Redmi 5A

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A: Redmi 5A
B: Galaxy S9

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A: Galaxy S9
B: Redmi 5A

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A: Galaxy S9
B: Redmi 5A

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A: Galaxy S9
B: Redmi 5A

After several other comparisons in the past, we know by now that when it comes to at least daytime scenes, any two smartphone cameras will be comparable, and the same can be said about this shootout. We just didn’t expect it would be a close fight between the Galaxy S9 and Redmi 5A even for indoor and low-light shots like numbers 8 to 12.

There are, of course, little things that a comparison cannot show by just putting two photos side by side. The Galaxy S9 focuses and shoots much faster than the Redmi 5A in all scenarios. It took several tries for the Redmi 5A to produce a good photo while the S9 more often than not would get it right the first time. It’s important to note, however, that the S9 sharpens and makes some photos warmer than in real life, as can be seen in the food and portrait shots.

Overall, the Galaxy S9 is still the better camera, no doubt. But if there’s one thing we learned, it’s that when it comes to still images, you no longer need to spend all of your hard-earned savings for capturing moments you want to remember. The Redmi 5A will give you comparable results as a smartphone camera worth nine times its price tag.

As the saying goes, the best camera is the one you have in your pocket, and in this case, the one your pocket can afford.

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Google Pixel 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S9: Blind Shootout

Spoiler alert: It’s a close fight

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After comparing the cameras of the Pixel 2 and Galaxy S9 for ourselves, we want to give you a chance to see how their photos fare against each other in a blind shootout.

These two phones, as you may already know, are the cream of the crop when it comes to imaging prowess. Despite having only a single camera on their backs, both flagships produce stellar photos on a consistent basis.

As usual, we have a few rules in place. We only used auto mode for their camera apps and are showing the unedited JPEG files which we had to crop to fit this space. The order of which phone shot what is random to make this shootout more fun.

Let’s begin!

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Curious to know which phone shot what? Here’s the answer sheet:

#1: Pixel 2 (left) vs Galaxy S9 (right)

#2: Galaxy S9 (left) vs Pixel 2 (right)

#3: Pixel 2 (left) vs Galaxy S9 (right)

#4: Pixel 2 (left) vs Galaxy S9 (right)

#5: Pixel 2 (left) vs Galaxy S9 (right)

#6: Galaxy S9 (left) vs Pixel 2 (right)

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#9: Galaxy S9 (left) vs Pixel 2 (right)

#10: Galaxy S9 (left) vs Pixel 2 (right)

#11: Pixel 2 (left) vs Galaxy S9 (right)

#12: Galaxy S9 (left) vs Pixel 2 (right)

Are you surprised by these results? Like our own assessment from before, the Galaxy S9 consistently takes brighter photos while the Pixel 2 produces greater detail. It’s ultimately a matter of preference and we can safely say that these two phones can do no wrong when it comes to shooting.

Let us know what you think about the results in the comments section below and which smartphones you feel we should compare next.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Google Pixel 2: Camera Shootout

Which phone performs better in the real world?

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In 2018, a great camera makes a smartphone, at least when it comes to the cream of the crop. This week we set out to find which of the two best camera phones in the world today, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Google Pixel 2, shoots the best photos.

Like other comparisons we’ve done in the past, our parameters are the same: We only used the rear camera and only the default camera apps of each phone, all photos were taken on auto mode, and the comparison was based purely on unedited JPEG files viewed on a single computer monitor.

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