About a month ago, a kind of war settled in the world of smartphones. The arrival of three cameras with excellent cameras iPhone 8 Plus, O Samsung Galaxy Note8 it's the Google Pixel 2 XL set a new level of imagery to be achieved in the mobile world, and DxO Labs, a photography firm famous for its testing and scoring, lay back and roll.
First, the largest of the new iPhones earned the highest score in the test story with 94 points (the smallest iPhone 8 came in second with 92). Then Note8 matched the score of its cupertinian competitor and a few days later the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL (which have exactly the same camera module) dethroned the competitors of Apple and Samsung, achieving an unrivaled score of 98.
Objective photographic comparisons, however, are almost impossible even more at a time when the imaging of such devices is so advanced that choosing one or the other is more a matter of taste than anything else. So now that Pixel 2 is more widely available, several specialized YouTube sites and channels have decided to put the new Mountain View device against the iPhone 8 Plus so we can see with our own eyes how different (and similar) they are. ) between the two competitors as we had already followed between iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note8.
THE CNET found that iPhone 8 Plus Portrait Mode is superior to Pixel 2, which is no surprise to anyone after all, while Google's smartphone needs only to rely on its smart capabilities, as it has only one camera, the Apple model has the Two lenses that capture different information and produce much more consistent results. The front camera of Pixel 2, however, can also blur the background of the image, while that of the iPhone 8 Plus does not (only iPhone X has this feature); anyway, the camera selfies Google did much better at reproducing color and detail.
In terms of rear-camera performance without software flaws, with auto mode on only, both phones did very well, with the iPhone displaying slightly more saturated colors and an overall “more attractive” picture, while the Pixel was better in the details. The iPhone, of course, fared much better in terms of zoom by having a telephoto lens dedicated entirely to it; Pixel, with its digital zoom, was not so bad, but couldn't compete with Apple's skills. The iPhone fared better in the photos in close, with better saturation and better-preserved details.
Google's smartphone has once again proven itself the champion of low-light photos thanks to the company's unrivaled, super-secret algorithm. Both Pixel 2 and iPhone 8 Plus have optical image stabilizer in their cameras (in the case of Apple, only in the main lens), so they don't suffer from shaking hands or the like; Pixel, however, delivered results with less noise and more definition.
When flash on, however, the iPhone takes the lead by having a four-LED system that produces a more natural illumination.
In terms of video, the site obviously made a video, opting that both smartphones bring extremely satisfactory results; Pixel makes smoother shooting with its combination of optical and digital stabilization, while iPhone performs better in low light and allows for higher resolutions in slow-motion mode. The uptake of audio in both is satisfactory and very similar; neither, however, has reached Note8 levels in this regard.
See with your own eyes:
In the end, the CNET states that there is, in fact, a winner both smartphones bring excellent results that will leave their owners fully satisfied in almost every situation. The iPhone brings generally more saturated images that may look more attractive to the untrained eye, as well as a more refined portrait mode; Pixel does very well in low light situations and produces more naturalistic results.
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O USA TODAY made a similar comparison and stated that the iPhone 8 Plus has its favorite camera among smartphones selling today, but by a very margin, much small. The newspaper declared both smartphones tied for video and stabilization, and praised the fact that Google has identical cameras on its two devices regardless of size, while Apple reserves the best features only for the largest and most expensive iPhone. Interestingly, the vehicle also preferred Pixel 2 Portrait Mode.
In other respects, however, Apple has garnered more effusive accolades, such as in Portrait Mode, zoom, and color rendering. Of ten photos in different scenarios taken by the two devices, iPhone produced the best images seven times, and Pixel the remaining three, giving the crown to Apple's smartphone for very little.
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Who also did a similar test was the channel SuperSaf TV And once again, as it was when comparing the iPhone 8 Plus with the Galaxy Note8, the results are strangely different from those presented by CNET and by other specialized vehicles.
Here, iPhone brought less saturated and more naturalistic results, while Pixel had sharper contrast and eye-popping details. Some points, such as Apple's upper portrait mode and Google's video stabilization, remained untouched.
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And you, what did you think of the results? Do you prefer a device or another in the image? Leave your opinions as usual below.