Phone Camera Showdown: Apple Vs Samsung Vs Google

Phone Camera Showdown: Apple Vs Samsung Vs Google
Image: YouTube, Marques Brownlee
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When you’re paying top dollar for a smartphone, you obviously want it to have the best camera on the market. Otherwise you might as well be buying a mid-range model.

Most flagship handsets now come with dual lenses, night-friendly sensors and advanced stabilisation software which means virtually anyone can take stunning photos and videos. But which smartphone is best? Watch these comparison videos from YouTube’s technology experts and judge for yourself.

These days, most top-of-the-range phones have pretty similar camera specifications – but only on paper. When it comes to actual photographic output, there are significant differences depending on the manufacturer.

For example, Samsung phones tend to generate vibrant colours during the image processing, while the iPhone usually favours more natural tones. Determining which photos look better is in the eye of the beholder – which is where these videos come in handy.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs iPhone X Camera Review

The eminently British Tech Chap recently tested the photographic chops of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and iPhone X at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The video includes side-by-side comparisons in a variety of test situations. It also includes video.

Galaxy S9 Plus vs Pixel 2: The Ultimate Best Camera Test!

YouTuber Beebom appears to have recorded his audio while wearing a gasmask. Nevertheless, he presents compelling evidence for anyone tossing up between the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and Google Pixel 2. He tips his hat to the Pixel 2 – especially when it comes to selfies.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Camera vs iPhone 7 Plus

If you’re looking at last generation’s handsets to save yourself some money, this camera faceoff between the Samsung Galaxy S8 Camera and iPhone 7 Plus by Krystal Key is worth a look. If you like the idea of smooth handheld video, the iPhone 7 Plus is the one to get. Otherwise, it comes down to personal taste (the S8 produces more colourful photos, but arguably at the expense of realism.)

Samsung Galaxy S9+ vs iPhone X Camera Comparison (Which Is Better?)

Nice SEO from MacRumors there. This video compares the Samsung Galaxy S9+’s dual camera lens to the iPhone X. While both phones are pretty on par in auto mode (which is what most users stick to), the S9+ wins out when it comes to advanced settings and features.

iPhone X Camera Test! [Pixel 2 vs Note 8 vs rx100]

As evidenced by her YouTube username, iJustine (AKA Justine Ezarik) is an unabashed iPhone fangirl. You should therefore take her assessment with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, the above video is well worth a look: it pitches the iPhone X against Samsung’s Note8, Google’s Pixel 2 and a Sony rx100 compact camera.

Top 5 Smartphone Cameras: The Blind Test!

This clip from technophile Marques Brownlee is a bit older, but most of the featured phones are still readily available, including the Google Pixel, iPhone 7+ and Samsung Galaxy S8. The thing we like about this video is that Brownlee doesn’t divulge which phone took which photo until the very end, thus eliminating any bias you might have towards a particular brand.

Camera shootout: iPhone X vs. Pixel 2 vs. Note 8

This one comes from tech blog The Verge. It pitches the iPhone X camera against the Pixel 2 XL and Galaxy Note 8 (plus the HTC U11 and LG V30.) It takes a more objective/scientific route with the testing and crowns the Pixel 2 XL as overall winner. If you want a point-and-shoot camera that will capture the best detail in every situation, go with the Pixel 2.


  • Casey Neistat did some comparisons as well. The one he did was he took two photo’s inside a plane and asked his followers which photo came from what phone. Interesting in that people were saying that definitely came from a Samsung but was a Pixel 2 or I really love the colours this one produced so I’m saying that was from a Pixel 2 but was an iPhone X.

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