About a month ago, a kind of war broke out in the smartphone world. The arrival of three devices with excellent cameras – the iPhone 8 Plus, The Samsung Galaxy Note8 it’s the Google Pixel 2 XL – set a new imagery level to be reached in the mobile world, and DxO Labs, a photography firm famous for its tests and scores, lay down and rolled.
First, the largest of the new iPhones achieved the highest score in the history of the test, with 94 points (the smallest iPhone 8 came in second, with 92). Then Note8 matched the score from its Cupertinian competitor and, a few days later, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL (which have exactly the same camera module) dethroned competitors from Apple and Samsung, earning an unparalleled score of 98.
Objective photographic comparisons, however, are almost impossible – especially at a time when the production of images from these devices is so advanced that the choice favorable to one or the other is more a matter of taste than anything else. So now that the availability of the Pixel 2 is broader, several sites and specialized YouTube channels have decided to put the new Mountain View device against the iPhone 8 Plus so that we can see, with our own eyes, the differences (and similarities) ) between the two competitors – just as we had already followed between iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note8.
THE CNET found that the Portrait Mode of the iPhone 8 Plus is superior to that of the Pixel 2, which is not a surprise to anyone – after all, while the Google smartphone needs to depend only on its intelligent capabilities, as it only has a camera, the model of Apple has two lenses that capture different information and produce much more consistent results. The front camera of the Pixel 2, however, can also blur the background of the image, while the iPhone 8 Plus does not (only the iPhone X will have this feature); either way, the camera selfies Google has fared much better in color and detail reproduction.
In terms of the performance of the rear camera without software patches, only with the automatic mode activated, both phones did very well, with the iPhone showing slightly more saturated colors and an overall more “attractive” photo, while the Pixel was better in the details. The iPhone, of course, did much better in terms of zoom because it had a telephoto lens dedicated entirely to that; the Pixel, with its digital zoom, was not so bad, but it was unable to compete with Apple’s skills. The iPhone did better in the photos in close, with better saturation and better-preserved details.
The Google smartphone, once again, proved to be the photo champion in low light thanks to the company’s top-secret and unmatched algorithm. Both the Pixel 2 and the iPhone 8 Plus have optical image stabilization on their cameras (in the case of Apple, only on the main lens), so they don’t suffer from shaky hands or the like; the Pixel, however, delivered results with less noise and more definition.
When the flash is activated, however, the iPhone takes the lead by having a system of four LEDs that produce more natural lighting.
In terms of video, the site made… obviously, a video, saying that both smartphones bring extremely satisfactory results; Pixel makes shooting smoother 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 capture of audio in both is satisfactory and very similar; neither, however, reached Note8 levels in this regard.
See with your own eyes:
Ultimately, the CNET says there is, in fact, a winner – both smartphones bring excellent results that will leave their owners fully satisfied in almost all situations. The iPhone brings images, in general, more saturated and that may seem more attractive to the untrained eye, in addition to a more refined Portrait Mode; the Pixel does very well in low light situations and produces more naturalistic results.
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THE USA TODAY made a similar comparison and declared that the iPhone 8 Plus has its favorite camera among smartphones for sale today, but by a very margin, much small. The newspaper declared both smartphones tied in terms of video and stabilization, and praised the fact that Google puts identical cameras in 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’s Portrait Mode.
In other respects, however, Apple has won more effusive accolades, such as in Portrait Mode, zoom and color reproduction. From ten photos in different scenarios taken by the two devices, the iPhone produced the best images seven times, and the Pixel the remaining three, giving the crown to the Apple smartphone … for very little.
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Who also did a similar test was the channel SuperSaf TV and, again – just like the comparison of the iPhone 8 Plus with the Galaxy Note8 -, the results are strangely different from those presented by CNET and other specialized vehicles.
Here, the iPhone brought less saturated and more naturalistic results, while the Pixel had a sharper contrast and eye-popping details. Some points, such as the superior portrait mode in Apple’s field and the stabilization of videos in Google’s, remained untouched.
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And you, what did you think of the results? Do you prefer a device or other in terms of image? Leave your opinions, as usual, below.