The iPhone 8 Plus camera recently took the first place on DxO Mark’s list. But, now they’ve tested Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and confirmed that iPhone has a serious competitor when it comes to smartphone cameras.
The Note 8 is Samsung’s dual camera phone, and as DxO writes, it offers the best zoom capabilities of any mobile device they’ve tested so far. It has won an overall score of 94, which ties it to the iPhone 8 Plus in terms of the camera performance. However, the only reason the results are tied is that the iPhone performs better for the video. As for photography, Samsung’s new smartphone has scored the maximum 100.
According to DxO, the Note 8 renders bold and vivid color in bright light and preserves a high amount of detail. It also performed exceptionally well in the low-light shooting test: DxO concludes that the device manages noise well, preserves a lot of detail and renders vivid color. On the minus side, HDR mode often overexposes the highlights, and there are occasional white balance irregularities.
DxO emphasizes zoom as the most exceptional feature of the Galaxy Note 8. The phone gives “excellent results using the x2 optical zoom lens.” What’s more, even when using digital x4 and x8 zoom, the resolution is still impressive. Another prominent feature is the bokeh simulation, which is a feature portrait photographers will find useful.
When it comes to the video score, this is where the Galaxy Note 8 doesn’t take the first place. Nevertheless, DxO writes that it still performs very well. The main strengths of the video mode are “excellent color and noise in bright light,” just like with photography. It also does a good job calculating white balance and rendering color. It performs well in the changing light situations, and AF performs well most of the time. On the minus side, the dynamic range is sometimes limited in high-contrast scenes. Also, there’s no subject tracking in default mode, which makes it difficult to keep the moving subjects sharp.
Here is the comparison of the overall results between the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. If you’d like to see more details of the test and some sample photos, make sure to visit DxO’s website.
Before DxO ran the official tests of the Note 8, SuperSafTV published his own hands-on comparison of the two cameras. Although the DxO score is even between the two phones, I’d say Galaxy Note 8 performs slightly better after all. What do you think?