Camera Shootouts

Huawei P10 vs ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom: Camera Shootout

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Did you think we’d pit the ZenFone 3 Zoom only against the OnePlus 3T? Think again!

As close as the fight was, we feel ASUS’ best camera phone deserves to be compared to a fellow dual-camera handset in the same price bracket, as well. For this shootout, we’re bringing in Huawei’s flagship P10.

The P10 is best known for its Leica branding which carries over from last year’s P9 and Mate 9. Its dual-lens implementation, however, is quite different from the ZenFone’s. While the ZenFone 3 Zoom uses its second camera module for optical zoom, the P10’s secondary monochrome sensor adds to the imaging data to increase overall quality.

Two different styles, one worthy matchup! Like before, everything is set at Auto settings using the default camera apps and no editing in between. I highly recommend viewing these photos on a monitor to truly see the differences.

Here we have a bright sunny day to compare landscape photos. Both cameras did a fine job rendering the entire scene with balanced details and wide dynamic range. The only difference is the P10’s shot being a little warmer and the ZenFone 3 Zoom’s looking more saturated. This round can go either way.

Similar to the last sample, the P10 prefers the warmer side of the scale while making everything look nice and sharp. The ZenFone 3 Zoom did fine keeping the white balance in check, but sacrificed sharpness for the grass and wall in the process.

This round should definitely go to Huawei’s smartphone. The macro shot of the flowers has beautiful colors and fantastic focus throughout the subject. The ZenFone 3 Zoom, on the other hand, had a difficult time locking on to the moving flowers and maintaining proper exposure.

Although some may prefer the saturated skin tone the ZenFone 3 Zoom produced here, we find the P10 better at injecting more life into the scene and nailing every single detail in both the foreground and background.

In this scenario, the cameras are put to the dynamic range and detail test without the use of HDR mode or added filters. With that, the P10 once again wins with more natural colors and without blowing out the sky like what the ZenFone 3 Zoom unfortunately did.

As great as their dual-cameras are, that doesn’t automatically translate to good front-facing cameras. Both phones outputted acceptable results, but neither really ran away with the win. It’s up to you whether you prefer the more saturated and colorful look of the ZenFone 3 Zoom’s selfie or the subdued, softer self portrait of the P10.

This part is a challenge for any camera phone, but the two competitors did fine by our standards. Because of the unpredictable lighting from the disco ball, the ZenFone 3 Zoom ended up with a reddish layer, while the P10’s photo looks yellowish yet slightly brighter.

The ZenFone 3 Zoom again had a hard time lighting up subjects in a dimly lit environment. We much prefer the P10’s product in this case, having noticeably better exposure distribution and greater sharpness on the clip we focused on to the left.

In yet another challenging situation, the P10 has a slight edge in getting the white balance correctly and making the elements look sharper. We have to appreciate the ZenFone 3 Zoom’s attempt at reducing noise in the darkest regions of the landscape, though.

Now, here’s something evenly matched! We can’t fault either phone for struggling to find light using their tiny selfie cameras, but the results were fine and don’t deserve any complaints. You’ll just notice the P10’s photo looking a tad bit warmer, while the ZenFone 3 Zoom’s shot favors sharpness.

Just like in the disco ball photo earlier, the ZenFone 3 Zoom casts a red hue on darker spots, whereas the P10’s picture looks a lot more yellowish. We have to give the edge to the P10 for reducing the amount of ugly noise in the background, although the ZenFone does a better job handling white balance on the road and crossing.

Rounding up all tests, Huawei’s flagship phone edged out the ZenFone 3 Zoom in most cases. The P10 really outdid itself in producing vivid colors without oversaturating during daytime, and its low-light performance is some of the best we’ve seen out of any smartphone to come out recently. Having two main cameras work together to create one stunning photo nearly every time won us over.

With that, we can’t fault ASUS for wanting to use its additional lens for something other than improving image quality. By having optical zoom, you can capture moments without having to inch closer to the subject, which is incredibly useful when shooting things that are normally too far away or sensitive to minor movements, like a musician on stage or pets, respectively.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below if you agree or disagree with our assessments.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 3T vs ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom: Camera Shootout

Camera Shootouts

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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OPPO Find X vs Vivo NEX: Camera shootout

Battle of the pop-ups!

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When we got both the Find X and NEX in our hands at the same time, we knew what had to be done: a camera shootout!

For the uninformed, these are the pop-up camera-sporting flagship smartphones of OPPO and Vivo released this year. The former uses a pop-up mechanism to house its front and rear cameras, while the latter uses one just for the selfie shooter.

We already had a short comparison in our Find X versus NEX comparison video, but we wanted to conduct a more enjoyable blind shootout this time. And because both these phones tout their selfie capabilities and our resident social media princess took the photos you’re about to see, expect lots of self portraits.

As usual, all these photos were taken on auto settings with no post-processing other than resizing for quicker load times. For the selfies, the default AI beauty mode was turned on in all instances except one (which we’ll indicate later on).

You can find the answer sheet at the end of this article. Let’s begin:

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#1: Find X (left) vs NEX (right)

#2: NEX (left) vs Find X (right)

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#14: Find X (left) vs NEX (right) — no beauty mode

#15: NEX (left) vs Find X (right)

Are you surprised by the results? OPPO and Vivo clearly have different ways of handling image output, and their AI-powered beauty modes think differently, as well.

It ultimately comes down to which style you prefer. Do you like saturated photos or more muted ones? And which beauty mode fits your face better?

Despite being similar in execution, the Find X and NEX cater to different user types. Fortunately for us consumers, this means more GadgetMatches!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Note 8: Camera shootout

Is there any improvement?

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It was made clear that the brand-new Galaxy Note 9 has the same set of cameras as that of the Galaxy S9+ — they were released in the same year, after all. But there’s a more pressing concern: How much of an improvement is there over the Note 8?

Being the curious techies that we are, we took the two S Pen-equipped smartphones around New York City to see how they fare against each other. To make this shootout more interesting, we’re turning it into a blind comparison.

How blind? All rounds are in a random order, so you won’t know which phone shot Photo A and Photo B without checking the answer sheet at the end of this article.

To make things fair, all samples were shot using the default camera app on auto settings. No post-processing or editing was done, except for resizing so that they load faster.

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Now it’s time to see which phones you actually picked:

#1: Note 8 (left) vs Note 9 (right)

#2: Note 9 (left) vs Note 8 (right)

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As you can see, the differences are minor except for specific instances. The Note 9 seems to perform slightly better when it comes to portraits using either the front or rear cameras. Skin tone is more accurate and the photos look sharper up close.

Although the Note 8’s output is often too warm, it does surprisingly well, especially in low-light environments. And despite lacking the Dual Aperture feature of the Note 9, the predecessor can keep up in terms of overall exposure and dynamic range.

Do note that the Note 8 has had a year to refine its cameras, whereas the Note 9 just came out with its fresh software. These results could easily change in a few months with software updates.

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