Camera Shootouts

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Apple iPhone X: Camera Shootout

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You don’t need to have the two highest ratings on DxOMark to be pitted against each other in a camera shootout. Sometimes, a bitter rivalry is all it takes.

Whether in court or between fanboys, there’s never any shortage of Samsung versus Apple debates. We’re adding to that flame with a comparison between their best dual-camera smartphones to date.

The Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung’s very first dual-camera handset, and despite being a newcomer to the business, its image quality shouldn’t be taken lightly. Both image sensors at the back are of the 12-megapixel kind with optical image stabilization and 2x optical zoom. The front, while not as impressive, still houses a respectable 8-megapixel single shooter.

Like its Korean rival, the iPhone X does its work with a pair of 12-megapixel rear cameras equipped with optical image stabilization and 2x optical zoom. Again, the selfie camera is a lot simpler with a 7-megapixel sensor and no extra features. This shootout is looking quite even so far.

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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Here are the proper labels for each round:

#1: Galaxy Note 8 (A) vs iPhone X (B)

#2: iPhone X (A) vs Galaxy Note 8 (B)

#3: iPhone X (A) vs Galaxy Note 8 (B)

#4: Galaxy Note 8 (A) vs iPhone X (B)

#5: Galaxy Note 8 (A) vs iPhone X (B)

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#7: iPhone X (A) vs Galaxy Note 8 (B)

#8: iPhone X (A) vs Galaxy Note 8 (B)

#9: iPhone X (A) vs Galaxy Note 8 (B)

#10: Galaxy Note 8 (A) vs iPhone X (B)

Did anything surprise you?

It’s clear that both phones take superb photos in their own ways. It’s only when you pixel peep that you’d notice the differences in sharpness and how they handle colors. Every round could go either way, which means you can’t go wrong with either of these shooters.

How about you? Which side do you prefer?

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone X vs Google Pixel 2: Camera Shootout

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Galaxy Z Fold3 vs Z Fold2 vs S21 Ultra: Camera shootout

Battle of Samsung’s flagships!

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Yet another shootout is here! Last time, we had a camera smackdown featuring the Galaxy Z Flip3, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra. This time, we’ll be showcasing a camera fight between the Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Fold2, and Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Can the Galaxy Z Fold3 perform better than its predecessor? And can it square up with Samsung’s flagship camera powerhouse? Like our other shootouts, the photos were only collaged, resized, and labeled for a faster preview. No other edits have been applied. Now, let’s start the fight!

Note: All photos labeled A were taken using the newest Galaxy Z Fold3, while photos labeled B were shot on the Galaxy Z Fold2. On the other hand, photos labeled C were captured using Samsung’s other flagship smartphone — the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

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Results

Even with the same set of camera lenses, both the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Galaxy Z Fold2 have different chipsets and software processing. The former tends to be overexposed and there’s an increase in highlights, while the latter produces images with vibrant and rich colors.

But if you observe it closely, the Galaxy Z Fold3 tends to have a good grasp when it comes to exposure and color calibration, especially when it’s not a backlit shot. The Galaxy S21 Ultra still held out like a champ, keeping its shots close to what it looks like in real life.

The only thing that might set others off would be its portrait shot — where the Galaxy Z Fold2 looks better for those who prefer it bright, and the Galaxy Z Fold3 looks better for those who want more details. All without looking like a cutout pasted on a blurred background like the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s shot.

Conclusion

The Galaxy Z Fold3 5G can take on its predecessor and Samsung’s flagship powerhouse. The only difference would be the cameras’ grasp on exposure, which might vary depending on the lighting condition.

Nonetheless, the color calibration and the processing of the photos captured are nearly the same to the untrained eye and to average consumers. Especially those who just need to capture their day-to-day and upload on social platforms.

But for those who want to have more control over their photographs, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is the way to go.

SEE ALSO: Galaxy Z Flip 3 vs Z Flip 5G vs S21 Ultra: Camera shootout

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Galaxy Z Flip 3 vs Z Flip 5G vs S21 Ultra: Camera shootout

Battle of Samsung’s flagships!

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We’re back for another shootout!

Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Z Flip3 and we’re stoked to compare its camera performance. One fine weekend, we brought out its predecessor — the Galaxy Z Flip 5G — and Samsung’s top flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

In this shootout, let’s see if the Galaxy Z Flip3 can serve your needs for a smartphone camera. As usual, the photos were only collaged, resized, and labeled for a faster preview. No other edits have been done.

Now, let’s start the camera fight!

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Mati’s portraits

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Michael Josh’s selfies

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Results

All photos labeled A were taken using the newest Galaxy Z Flip3, while photos labeled B were shot on the Galaxy Z Flip 5G. On the other hand, photos labeled C were captured using Samsung’s other flagship smartphone — the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Notably, the Galaxy Z Flip3 uses the same camera modules as its predecessor. Although, the Galaxy Z Flip3 is equipped with a Snapdragon 888 chipset, and comes with upgraded software. This means better processing for the image captured.

If you observed it closely, you’ll notice that the Galaxy Z Flip3’s photos are slightly brighter than the other two smartphones. Shadows aren’t as strong as they used to, and its cameras have a better grasp when it comes to brightness and contrast.

Focus and cutouts have improved, you’ll barely notice the bokeh produced. See photos with beer, and bao, and even Mati’s portrait shots.

Colors have more punch but are more balanced, fixing the bluish tint that the S21 Ultra has in its outputs. This is most evident in Mati’s photo in the subway station.

The only thing I didn’t like was how the selfie turned out. If you can see Michael Josh’s backlit selfie, I’d prefer the Galaxy S21 Ultra since that’s an accurate representation of that scenery. Anyone’s face shouldn’t light up and look soft like a smudged photograph. If you want better selfies, always find the right light and take your photo there.

Conclusion

In a way, the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G struck a balance between the Galaxy Z Flip 5G and the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s performance. It processed its photos moderately to give room for more creativity.

You can post-process your photos to fit your aesthetics, although it’s enough to upload it as it is. Especially if you’re only using it for social media.

Nonetheless, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G made a lot of strides in its camera performance. Surely, it’s still a flagship smartphone, donning just a different form factor.

SEE MORE: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 Hands-on: Now more affordable!

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs OPPO Find X3 Pro: Camera shootout

Camera smackdown between the ‘Pro’ and the ‘Ultra’

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As new smartphones slowly dominate the 2021 tech scene one by one, we get more chances to compare their camera capabilities side by side.

The new OPPO Find X3 Pro promises improvements in camera performance — but is this ‘Pro’ flagship enough to compete with Samsung’s ‘Ultra’ behemoth?

In GadgetMatch’s standards, our camera samples were taken straight out of the phone’s camera app. The only post-processing techniques applied are collaging, putting simple texts in each photo, and resizing. Just like the previous camera shootouts, photos are completely shuffled so you have to remember your picks.

Can’t wait further? Let’s start the camera smackdown!

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

Outdoor shots with natural light are easy to achieve — unless they show blown-out highlights and darker shadows in a scene.

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Saturation

Most of the time, color accuracy is one factor that differentiates one smartphone from other models.

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AWB (Auto White Balance)

While color temperature can be adjusted right after taking the photo, it’s still a nice feature for a smartphone camera to detect the right type of White Balance in a shot.

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Zoom

There’s totally a big difference between two telephoto lenses versus one.

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Food

For those appetizing and scrumptious, IG-worthy food shots

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Faces

A dedicated section for people who love taking portraits, body shots, and selfies — whether day or night.

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Night Mode

While we’re on the topic of low-light samples, it’s time to reveal the ultimate test that makes or breaks a smartphone camera.

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Results

Do you remember your picks? Check them out below to see which smartphone is your best bet!

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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6A / 7A / 8A / 9A / 10A

11B / 12B / 13A / 14B / 15A

16B / 17B / 18B / 19B / 20A

21B / 22B

OPPO Find X3 Pro

1A / 2B / 3A / 4B / 5B

6B / 7B / 8B / 9B / 10B

11A / 12A / 13B / 14A / 15B

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Conclusion

In most shots taken with natural light, both the Find X3 Pro and the Galaxy S21 Ultra produced great-looking images. But if you’ve been reading our camera shootouts for a while now, you’d clearly know which shots were taken with the Galaxy S21 Ultra — and those are the wider ones.

While a larger Field of View (FoV) contributes to wider photos, sometimes, Galaxy S21 Ultra’s camera software processing goes over the limit by boosting saturation or doing too much sharpening in one scene. Those techniques heavily affect a natural-looking subject or scenario.

Also, having two telephoto lenses is a great feature in a sea of smartphones that only acquire one fixed telephoto lens (the 30x zoom shot of the S21 Ultra for example produced a clearer shot vs the one taken with the Find X3 Pro). But because of Samsung’s AI enhancements, the Galaxy S21 Ultra over-sharpened most photos — particularly shots of the coffee on a bench and the shoes inside a store.

Meanwhile, the Find X3 Pro’s image quality is actually closer to reality. The details were there, and OPPO’s software magic gave the photos the right amount of detail and contrast, as well as better AWB (Auto White Balance) detection.

During that day, my eyes only saw warm-looking subjects. Also, portraits and selfies are more natural-looking on this phone. Let the background depth segmentation in Portrait Mode speak for itself. I didn’t change the aperture value on the S21 Ultra just to stick with the default settings of the camera feature. The Find X3 Pro has cleaner cutouts — even with tiny hair strands.

I also think Night Mode shots are better on the Find X3 Pro. It’s not too bright and shabby with tolerable levels of highlights, shadows, and colors.

I’d say this was a tight camera competition.

SEE ALSO: Find X3 Pro vs Mi 11: Camera shootout | Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Mi 11: Camera shootout

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