Camera showdown: iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, Galaxy Note 8, and Pixel 2


Apple’s iPhone X is an exceptional smartphone. It’s easily the best iPhone the tech giant has ever produced thanks to its improved design, vivid edge-to-edge screen and fantastic Face ID facial recognition scanner.

But the iPhone X has another feature that hasn’t gotten quite as much attention as its ability to use animojis: its camera. See, the iPhone X’s shooter features a dual-lens setup that’s much like the 8 Plus. However, it can capture more light than the 8 Plus’s camera, making for improved image quality.

To test how well the iPhone X’s camera performs, I put it up against the 8 Plus, Google’s Pixel 2 XL and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8. And while each of the handsets performed incredibly well, Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone X outperformed them where it mattered.

We’re going to see a lot of these shootouts but there’s no reason to believe the results will be any different.

  • Mo

    Ach, I read that headline as “Camera Slowdown.” I must be exhausted.

    • James Hughes

      Had I not read your comment I may not have noticed till I clicked on the article. I too thought it said slowdown. I thought it was about slowed down video! Ha.

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    • As the Macalope has pointed out, this is the season for, “My iPhone has been slowed down by Apple to force me to buy a new iPhone!” stories.

      • Mo

        Hence my predisposition to see such a headline.

  • James Hughes

    I read the comments. Apparently the “author” is a paid Apple shill! It’s a big advertisement! I read that it must be because Apple, also apparently known as Crapple, won. Imagine that.

    • Chris

      “Crapple.” The first trillion dollar company. Gotcha.

      When will the Android folks 1. Stop reading blogs from another system?, 2. Be happy with their choice?


    • 😄 Wow.

    • GlennC777

      Yeah. The problem is this doesn’t just apply to Apple. It applies to things like who we elect as our leader.

    • JimCracky

      I am imagining. But Im getting nothing

    • Cognitive dissonance is a bitch, Fandroids.

  • Seen several similar “shootouts” with the same phones and the results have been different every time.

    • Kip Beatty

      Actually, most of the “shootouts” I’ve seen have given the slight edge to the Pixel 2. However, I think the point to be taken from these shootouts is that it’s a good time to be a photographer with a high end smartphone. The cameras on all 4 of those phones are so good now that it’s really just down to subjective preferences.

      For now I’d give the overall camera edge to the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus as they allow 4k 60 FPS video, something rarely found, even in high end DSLR’s and mirrorless cameras. It’s a great feature to have when shooting sports and action.

      • Tom_P

        I actually saw one twitter (tech joirnalist) prefer Pixel 2 in his shooting comparison to iPhone X despite its picture being markedly inferior to the X. Goes figure…

        • Kip Beatty

          At a certain point, it’s entirely subjective. Virtually every photo I take gets some sort of editing before it’s shared, so I prefer the colors and contrast to be as natural and flat as possible, giving me headroom to boost to taste. For this reason, I’ve always appreciated the photo processing of iPhones.

          Samsung tends to make the images more punchy, with richer colors and more contrast. If you’re going right to Instagram, I can see why someone would prefer this. Neither is “better”, they’re different.

          The Pixel 2 has gone the natural route, even more so than Apple, so what we perceive as “better” really depends on how we’ll use the image. As I mentioned, I think all 3 phones take excellent photos now.