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.
Here we go:
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)
#3: Note 8 (left) vs Note 9 (right)
#4: Note 9 (left) vs Note 8 (right)
#5: Note 9 (left) vs Note 8 (right)
#6: Note 8 (left) vs Note 9(right)
#7: Note 8 (left) vs Note 9 (right)
#8: Note 8 (left) vs Note 9 (right)
#9: Note 9 (left) vs Note 9 (right)
#10: Note 8 (left) vs Note 9 (right)
#11: Note 8 (left) vs Note 9 (right)
#12: Note 8 (left) vs Note 9 (right)
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.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ vs Huawei P30 Pro: Camera shootout
The current king and queen of flagship smartphones
Samsung has launched the Galaxy Note 10 series, which currently holds the crown in DxOMark camera ratings. Previously sitting was Huawei’s flagship, the P30 Pro. Both smartphones currently pride themselves as leaders in smartphone photography, so it’s time to compare through a blind shootout!
With this shootout, you’ll get a chance to analyze each photo and pick which one is the better shooter for you. Photos are shot in auto mode with default settings. Of course, no post-processing was done except for resizing so you can easily view the images. The answer sheet can be found at the end of this comparison.
#15 – Selfie
#17 – Portrait Mode
Galaxy Note 10+ — 1A, 2B, 3B, 4A, 5A, 6A, 7A, 8B, 9A, 10B, 11A, 12B, 13A, 14A, 15B, 16A, 17A, 18B
P30 Pro — 1B, 2A, 3A, 4B, 5B, 6B, 7B, 8A, 9B, 10A, 11B, 12A, 13B, 14B, 15A, 16B, 17B, 18A
Personally, both photos are astounding on their own. The Note 10+ and P30 Pro proves that they are indeed the king and queen of smartphone photography.
But when they’re being pitted against each other, the Galaxy Note 10+ shines when it comes to color reproduction. Its daylight photos have a better white balance complemented by high contrast which results in vibrant and saturated colors as seen in the blue skies and greenery. Even its night shots, the photos produced are more alive making every photos ready for uploading on social media. No more post-processing needed. However, it struggles in dark and low-light photos.
On the other hand, the P30 Pro produces brighter and warmer photos at daylight. Its colors are a little bit washed out due to added brightness and lesser contrast, however, mobile photography enthusiasts wouldn’t even bother since the photos produced can be altered depending on the user’s liking.
Furthermore, the P30 Pro provides a raw feeling on its night shots. It may be a little bit less vibrant compared to the Galaxy Note 10+, but it allows users to experiment and apply their artistic style on their captured photos during post-processing.
The Galaxy Note 10+ shines with its highly-rated cameras, but it’s still behind the P30 Pro when it comes to optical zoom. The Note 10+ has a 2x optical zoom while the P30 Pro has a 5x optical zoom.
It’s safe to say that both smartphones are winners at their own game, as it all comes down to a user’s preference. Thankfully, we’re now in an era where premium smartphones provide the best value their users deserve. All that’s left is for people to choose which phone they should buy.
So, how did you feel about the results? Did it help you decide which phone is really your GadgetMatch?
Share your thoughts about this shootout and connect with us on our social media channels. Don’t forget to join our growing community of fellow Matchketeers! If you have more suggestions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter.
Mi 9T vs Mi 9 SE: Camera shootout
Which Mi phone should you get?
Xiaomi has a lot of affordable yet performing smartphones. For half of what you would spend on a premium flagship, you get a decent midrange that delivers beyond its price.
Such examples are the latest Mi 9T and Mi 9 SE, which are both priced at PhP 15,990 (US$ 313). The two phones appeal to different users when it comes to its design and performance. However, if one is looking for camera capabilities as a prerequisite when buying a smartphone, one can’t help but think how they will fare against each other.
For this installment of our long-running series, we’re comparing Xiaomi’s affordable midrange headliners — the Mi 9T and Mi 9 SE.
As usual, photos are shot on auto mode except for scenes that need the portrait and ultra-wide angle mode. No post-processing was applied except for resizing so the images can load faster. You can find the results at the end of this article.
Now, get ready to take down notes. Let’s begin!
Mi 9T – 1B, 2A, 3A, 4B, 5A, 6B, 7A, 8A, 9B, 10A, 11A, 12B, 13B, 14A, 15B, 16B, 17A
Mi 9 SE – 1A, 2B, 3B, 4A, 5B, 6A, 7B, 8B, 9A, 10B, 11B, 12A, 13A, 14B, 15A, 16A, 17B
Both smartphones capture vibrant and detailed photos. As usual, midrange smartphones struggle at night and in low-light conditions. In the portrait department, bokeh cut-outs are still far from perfect. At least, selfies get a pass.
However, there is no real winner in this shootout. What matters is how you feel about these results. Did it help you decide which phone is really your GadgetMatch?
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Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs Huawei P30 Pro: Camera shootout
2019’s early flagship Androids
Now that Samsung and Huawei have released their respective flagships for the early part of 2019, it’s time to compare them in the funnest way we know how: a blind camera shootout.
Both brands make it clear that they’re proud of what their premium phones can achieve in the imaging department. While the Galaxy S10+ is incredibly versatile with its triple-camera setup and host of software tricks ranging from Live Focus to intelligent scene detection, the P30 Pro boosts its hybrid zoom and night mode game with a total of four rear cameras.
They rightfully deserve their scores at the top of DxOMark’s rankings, but what does the general public think about their camera output? With this shootout, you have your chance to analyze each photo and pick the better of the two without bias.
As always, every photo is shot in auto mode with default settings unless a category needs specific options applied. No post-processing was done except for resizing to keep the file sizes down. You may find the answer sheet at the end of this comparison.
#1 — Architecture
#2 — Building facade
#3 — Flower macro
#4 — Low-light indoor
#5 — Food close-up
#6 — Landscape
#7 — Ultra-wide landscape
#8 — Portrait
#9 — Colors
#10 — Food
#11 — Selfie
#12 — Dynamic range
#13 — Details
#14 — Nighttime outdoor
#15 — Nighttime indoor
Galaxy S10+: 1B, 2A, 3B, 4A, 5A, 6B, 7A, 8B, 9A, 10A, 11B, 12A, 13B, 14A, 15B
P30 Pro: 1A, 2B, 3A, 4B, 5B, 6A, 7B, 8A, 9B, 10B, 11A, 12B, 13A, 14B, 15A
Like past premium shootouts, the results here can often go either way. The Galaxy S10+ seems to shoot a little wider with its ultra-wide lens and tends to raise exposure more in certain situations; the P30 Pro, meanwhile, is slightly better at retaining detail in daytime and controlling light in dark areas.
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