During this week, all considered the new flagship smartphones Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 +, because these two devices are the largest competitor to the iPhone X.
Samsung decided to focus largely on the image quality on its latest devices, and the S9 + has a 12 megapixel lens with a replaceable aperture from f / 1.5 to f / 2.4 as the main camera that is connected to a 12-megapixel f / 2.4 telephoto lens, similar to what is available on the iPhone X. The
variable aperture is unique to new Samsung devices, and it offers some advantages that will improve image quality. With a variable aperture, it is easier to find a balance between light and image quality. In a well-lit room or in good weather conditions, even budget Chinese smartphones make great shots on their cameras. So let’s compare the iPhone X against the Galaxy S9 + in low light conditions.
With a wider aperture of f / 1.5, the Galaxy S9 + camera can transmit more light in low light conditions, but a wider aperture tends to compromise the sharpness of the image at the edges of the photo. In conditions where the lighting is better, the narrower aperture f / 2.4 provides a sharper image of a higher quality. Galaxy S9 + can automatically select the appropriate aperture for a better image.
The iPhone X has two lenses, such as the Galaxy S9 +, but without an adjustable aperture. However, as you will see in the photo below, both the iPhone X and Galaxy S9 + have fantastic cameras capable of making amazing photos.
In these photos, we used the automatic mode to capture images, and no changes were made. This image of the sunset shows some key differences between the two cameras. S9 + offers a sharper image with more details, but the colors in the image of the iPhone X are warmer and more faithful in life.
Galaxy S9 + has a “Live Focus” mode, similar to the “Portrait” mode on the iPhone X, and in the photo below is compared “Live Focus” with the “Portrait” mode. In both these modes there are some problems, but setting the background blur on the Galaxy S9 + is better, which gives it a win over the iPhone X. Overall, the Galaxy S9 also has more built-in image editing tools with its Pro Mode.
In addition to the images, we also looked at the video modes. Samsung’s Galaxy S9 can record in slow motion with 960 FPS, a unique feature, as slo-mo iPhone X reaches 240 FPS. Both devices can also record in 4K video with optical image stabilization, but the Galaxy S9 + video was less shaky. However, the iPhone X did win when it came to suppressing the sound in the open air.
Both of these cameras, as mentioned earlier, are great and can capture images that are on par with the DSLR in some situations, but there are certain functions that make the Galaxy S9 + slightly better than the iPhone X when it comes to photo and video quality.
Of course, Apple is going to introduce the successor to the iPhone X in about six months, and with the camera improvements that come with every new update, it’s likely that the iPhone in 2018 will eclipse the Galaxy S9 +.