Camera Shootouts

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Google Pixel: Camera Shootout



What happens when we have the two best single-lens camera phones in our possession? We take them out for a shootout, of course!

Since getting our hands on the Galaxy S8, we’ve been wondering why Samsung didn’t opt for a dual-camera setup like most flagship smartphones these days. After trying it out, we realized there wasn’t any need to, considering how well it performs without any added features.

This also brought up the question: How well would the Galaxy S8 fare against last year’s single-camera king, the Google Pixel? After comparing their photos side by side, we must say, calling a winner is a lot tougher than we imagined.

Each shot was taken with Auto settings turned on and using each phone’s default camera app. This best simulates what a casual user would do, which involves quick-launching the camera and shooting away.

Let’s begin:

We’ll start with a basic building shot in daylight. You can see how the Galaxy S8 illuminates the foreground better — notice the brighter exhaust pipe to the right and slightly clearer building in the middle. And yet, this causes the background to become overexposed. The Pixel nails the exposure for the sky and building in the background.

This situation tests how well the two cameras handle sharpness across the picture. The Galaxy S8 has a much warmer tone, but it noticeably sharper on the bottom floor. The Pixel, meanwhile does a better job of balancing each detail on the brick wall to the right.

Close-up portrait time! Both phones produced a sharp subject with a creamy background, but the Galaxy S8’s colors have much more pop! to them. The warm white balance of the S8 also added more life to our Creative Director’s face while the sun was gradually setting.

How do both phones handle macro shots? Quite well, actually! The two cameras managed to focus nicely on the flower and blur out all the unneeded background elements. We just found the Galaxy S8’s shot to be a tiny bit oversaturated, and the Pixel’s a little underexposed.

Here’s another instance that tests how the cameras handle sharpness when there’s less light. Like in earlier photos, the Galaxy S8 has a sharper image throughout and livened up the tree to the left a lot more. The Pixel’s edge is in the sharpness of the trees’ reflection in the puddle.

This is where things start getting tricky. The two phones shot virtually identical photos, with the only difference being the Pixel’s slightly higher exposure. Considering the nature of Auto settings, the results could just as easily be the other way around if taken a few minutes earlier or later.

We can now tell how well each phone’s auto white balance and image stabilization comes into play in this poorly lit scene. After zooming in, we’d say the Galaxy S8 has a sharper subject and more accurate colors. On the other hand, the Pixel’s camera didn’t wash out as much and retained more details on the building’s facade.

Bright lights in near darkness is a tough test for any camera. Both phones did a splendid job overall, but the Galaxy S8 ensured the sign’s brightness didn’t spill over to the background. You can see how the S8 effortlessly kept all colors in their place.

Now we check out how well the selfie camera does at night. Like with the dark shots earlier, the Galaxy S8 once again gets the colors right while keeping skin tones lively. We have to give the Pixel a point though for not turning the scarf and strands of hair into mush.

And we’ll end this shootout with a daytime selfie! This time, the Pixel wins with a rosier skin tone and sharper details on Michael Josh’s face. The Google phone also manages to produce a more accurately colored background with all the details and proper white balance retained.

When it comes down to it, all photos are absolutely superb. Never have we seen such a well-contested match between two high-end phones. Still, we have to hand out some awards.

The Pixel retains its crown as the leader in smartphone HDR photography with a distinct advantage when it comes to illuminating all parts of each photo. It also produced more pleasant selfies in daytime, as well as sharper details for things like hair and walls.

For everything else, the Galaxy S8 is a clear winner. We love how we look on the portraits it produces, whether they were taken with lots of light or barely any. No matter what situation, colors always have so much life in them without oversaturating the subjects. Samsung made the right choice of sticking to a single camera lens and simply improving on the Galaxy S7’s already awesome shooter.

With that, we want to hear from you which camera you think wins this shootout. Leave a comment below and let your opinions be heard!

SEE ALSO: 6 things the Samsung Galaxy S8 camera can do

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Xiaomi 11T Pro vs Mi 10T Pro: Camera shootout

Camera duel between two “Pro” smartphones from the same Chinese company




Xiaomi was the first to launch a 108MP-touting smartphone — the Mi Note 10 to be exact. Several years later, having a 108MP camera sensor in Android smartphones isn’t much of a big deal anymore. The Xiaomi 11T Pro and Mi 10T Pro are two of the smartphones in that list.

Xiaomi 11T Pro’s 108MP camera

For tech nerds out there, the Mi 10T Pro packs an older Samsung ISOCELL HMX sensor just like the Mi 11 and Mi Note 10. Meanwhile, Samsung’s ISOCELL HM2 sensor is found on the newer 11T Pro and the 11T as well. For a better distinction, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is equipped with the higher-end HM3 sensor.

But does that guarantee the best in class photography experience on a “Pro” Xiaomi device? Let’s find out in the samples below.

Disclaimer: Just like our other camera shootouts, photos were collaged, resized, and labeled for faster loading and preview. No other manipulations were applied.


On paper, they both have different ultra-wide cameras: 13MP f/2.4 with 123-degree FoV on the Mi 10T Pro vs an 8MP f/2.2 120-degree UWA camera on the 11T Pro. But does the newer model perform better in this category?




High Dynamic Range (HDR)

This is the ability of the smartphone camera to process a situation and be able to give commendable image output displaying the right amount of highlights, shadows, and contrast overall.






Just a friendly reminder: Not all saturated photos are the accurate ones you see in real life.






People love taking food photos with their smartphones — but which one looks more true-to-life?






With a dedicated 5MP f/2.4 macro camera, portrait shots with better Depth of Field (or the ability to give creamier bokeh in layman’s term) should look better for the most part, but you be the judge.





Not the biggest selfie master but you can see the huge difference. You just have to pick which is which.



2x Telephoto

Both phones lack a dedicated telephoto zoom lens and heavily rely on digital cropping via its main lens — but the 11T Pro’s lack of OIS (which the Mi 10T Pro has) might be the biggest dealbreaker in this camera shootout segment.






#26 (Night 2x zoom)

Night Mode

Now that a night shot was introduced in the previous segment, it’s time for some thorough night shot comparison.










Xiaomi 11T Pro: Photo A

Xiaomi 10T Pro: Photo B

Google Pixel 2 XL: Photo C (Bonus part only)


Just like what I said in my Mi 11 vs Mi 10T Pro camera shootout, results vary (especially in saturation, AWB, HDR, and contrast) due to difference in software camera processing techniques and AI algorithms even if both are equipped with a large 108-megapixel camera sensor delivered varying image results. My Xiaomi 11T Pro review article also shared glimpses of how its cameras performed in day-to-day scenarios.

Moreover, the 2x telephoto zoom lens on the Xiaomi 11T Pro is mostly a miss. Not only did the lack of OIS degraded and made the image output a lot blurrier in comparison to the Mi 10T Pro, but it’s also a testament that not all newer phones are better — at least in the camera department. The 2017 flagship Google Pixel 2 XL can still keep up with the Night Mode competition despite having a Sony IMX362 sensor from 2016.

That being said, the Xiaomi 11T Pro and Mi 10T Pro are both capable smartphones. But if cameras are your main point of buying a new smartphone, you should really look elsewhere. The results are there, you just have to pick which is your best bet.


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Pixel 6 vs iPhone 13 Pro: Camera shootout

Battle of the best smartphone cameras!



Pixel 6 iPhone 13 Pro

We’re back with another shootout! This time, we’ll be comparing two smartphones known best for taking natural shots that are close to reality. Raw images that will capture your sights the way you see them with your own eyes.

Here, we’ll see if the Pixel 6 can square up against the iPhone 13 Pro. Like our other shootouts, photos were only collaged, resized, and labeled for faster loading and preview. No other edits have been applied.

To make it easier for you, all photos labeled A were taken using the iPhone 13 Pro. Meanwhile, the photos labeled B were shot on the Pixel 6. Now, let’s start the fight!


Pixel 6 iPhone 13 Pro


Pixel 6 iPhone 13 Pro


Pixel 6 iPhone 13 Pro


Pixel 6 iPhone 13 Pro


Pixel 6 iPhone 13 Pro


Pixel 6 iPhone 13 Pro



Pixel 6 iPhone 13 Pro


Pixel 6 iPhone 13 Pro






If you observed closely, photos taken by the Pixel 6 during the day were well-lit, balanced, and seemed closer due to its focal length. The iPhone 13 Pro, on the other hand, produces vibrant photos that look social media ready.

Although, macro shots tend to be darker on the Pixel 6 as the processor focuses on sharpening the details rather than keeping a well-lit background.

For portraits, the phones aim to please different users. Some would prefer the sharpened, detailed, and wider portrait on the iPhone 13 Pro. However, in our Instagram poll, 61 percent picked the portrait taken by the Pixel 6. Perhaps because it looks pleasing to the naked eye. It looked softened and warm, and closer to a shot taken by a mirrorless camera.

Night shots are a close fight, though. Details are a priority when it comes to the Pixel, while vibrance and colors are a must for the iPhone. Meanwhile, night mode allows the Pixel to illuminate a dark room while the iPhone still tried to keep it as close to reality as possible.


As of the moment, I think it’s clear that in the camera department, the Pixel and the iPhones still reign supreme especially for the average users. Don’t try to bring in Sony’s Xperia here — that’s a different beast.

Pixel’s camera performance appeals to tech enthusiasts who’d love a camera that allows more room for flexibility. Where you can have the freedom to help you express yourself through photographs.

While the iPhone appeals to casual users who enjoy bright, processed, and detailed photos that helps them to live in the moment — uploading photos as is whenever they want.

I’m not saying that the Pixel and the iPhone are limited to enthusiasts and casual users respectively. Photographers, creatives, and other users who’d love to explore camera settings and modes know that both smartphones are equipped with the right tools to make something extraordinary out of nothing.

Take raw photos, adjust the settings, tinker around. When used by the right people, both the Pixel and the iPhone can be revolutionary beasts in the smartphone camera department. It’s proof that technology is evolving, and we can only look forward to what’s coming next.

Watch our iPhone 13 Pro review

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Galaxy S21 Ultra vs vivo X70 Pro+: Camera shootout

The Chinese company’s finest smartphone goes head-to-head with the South Korean giant’s best.



Huawei with Leica, OnePlus with Hasselblad. Like many brands that have come before, vivo recently partnered with lens manufacturer Zeiss in an effort to level up its reputation as a bonafide smartphone camera champ.

We’ve always been cynical of these co-branding partnerships as being nothing more than a license to plaster a camera company’s logo on smartphones. Although, our experience made us a believer.

Before we do a deep dive on its cameras, let’s discuss the partnership first.

Vivo x Zeiss: What is it all about?

Zeiss claims one of the areas they partnered in has to do with Zeiss T* coating. This time around, all of the X70 Pro+’s cameras have this coating and Zeiss says it has to customize a recipe for each one, so it’s optimized for each lens.

The coating helps reduce the glare, ghosting, and imaging artifacts. Take a look at this example shot at the Barclays Center.

Left: iPhone 13 Pro Max (Normal coating), Right: vivo X70 Pro+ (Zeiss T* coating)

See how the X70 Pro+’s camera managed all that glare.


Now, let’s talk cameras and take a look at some samples.

First, the X70 Pro+ has four cameras: a 50-megapixel wide camera, a 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 114-degree field of view (and with gimbal stabilization), a 12-megapixel telephoto camera with optical zoom, and an additional periscope camera with 5x optical zoom.

Regular 1x shots

Ultra-wide-angle shot

2x zoom

Using the periscope


Taking selfies on its 32-megapixel selfie shooter


Performing against the Galaxy S21 Ultra

This is probably what you’ve been waiting for: a comparison of the vivo X70 Pro+ against the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Without further ado, let’s jump ahead. For easier comparison, all photos on the left were taken using the vivo X70 Pro+ while the photos on the right were shots from the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

These photos were shot during the day with the sun out, and the phones do well as expected.

Even in tricky situations such as against the light shots, where the HDR kicks in.

It’s the same on a gloomier day.

Low light is where we’ll see the most dramatic of differences, but first, let’s go indoors.

Admittedly, this wasn’t the most photogenic cocktail but the X70 Pro+ produced the most post-worthy shot.

And we like its photo best in this shot of the bar’s interior.

Next, dusk — right before the lovely blue hour.

This shot taken at Transmitter Park in Brooklyn could go either way. The Galaxy S21 Ultra’s photo is the brightest while the X70 Pro+ tones it down a little — keeping it bright but also keeping it as close to reality as possible.

Now, let’s add a human subject. The problem here is the X70 Pro+’s photo is too bright, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s is not very sharp.

Low-light battle

That evening, we also stumbled on a very, very dimly lit bar. Think: heavily dark room with little to no lights.

Truly, the X70 Pro+ is a low-light master. Chay looked stunning and the room looked bright — something you couldn’t even see even with your naked eye. (Because the room is dark, remember?)

The Galaxy S21 Ultra managed to capture all the colors too, but at cost of noise. And when a face is involved — it’s not very flattering.

Although, personally, we wouldn’t post the shot taken using the X70 Pro+. It’s so good, it kind of takes away from the point of the photo.

That said, this is such a great example of how good of a low-light shooter this phone is.

Last shot at this bar without a human subject. The drink was a Piña Colada smoothie and it was white. Notice how the X70 Pro+ captured the condensation on the glass.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s shot was color accurate, but if you’ll zoom in to the upper right corner, you can see how noisy the S21 Ultra’s shot actually is.

You good? Crazy ‘no?

While comparing, here’s one last thing we want to show you. Thanks to its T star coating, notice these two shots taken in two different subway stations. Notice how the fluorescent lights aren’t as blown out on the X70 Pro+’s photos.

X70 Pro+ vs Galaxy S21 Ultra

Cameras aside, the X70 Pro+ directly goes after the Galaxy S21 Ultra. On paper, it’s got a resume that can go head-to-head with Samsung’s best.

S21 Ultra 

X70 Pro+











6.8 / AMOLED / 120Hz

6.8 / AMOLED / 120Hz


5,000 mAh

4,500 mAh

If you look at this chart, you’ll see they’re pretty similar. The X70 Pro+ is at a slight advantage with its newer 888 Plus processor, which was launched last June way after the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s release. While the Galaxy S21 Ultra has a bigger battery.

They both offer a complement of cameras that, as you saw in the comparison, are competitive with one another. But the Periscope Camera on the Galaxy S21 Ultra can zoom further to 10x.

They both have things like IP68 water and dust resistance, and an under-display fingerprint scanner — both of which are fast and snappy.

Both have quick wired and wireless charging. The biggest leg up the Galaxy S21 Ultra has is support for the S-Pen, in case you want a phone that lets you use a stylus.

Is the vivo X70 Pro+ worth considering as your GadgetMatch?

Overall, vivo has built a solid challenger, delivering on the needs of hardcore users: a screen that’s great for content consumption be it watching movies or games; cameras that shoot well, especially in low light; and batteries that last longer and charge fast.

And in a world without Huawei — still suffering from the Google ban — and LG, which closed down its mobile phone business this year, vivo is the only other manufacturer that’s made a phone that can legitimately rival the best from Samsung.

Undoubtedly, the X70 Pro+ is one of the best Android phones you can buy today. Period. And for that, the phone deserves the GadgetMatch seal of approval.

For the full vivo X70 Pro+ review, watch our video on YouTube:

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