In specs alone the iPhone eight Plus and the Notice eight are worthy rivals. Each have two 12 megapixel rear cameras with a 2x optical zoom and a chosen characteristic for portraits. 

Digital camera Specs

Galaxy Notice eight

iPhone eight Plus


2×12 megapixels (wide-angle and telephoto)

2×12 megapixels (wide-angle and telephoto)


f/1.7 (wide-angle); f/2.four (telephoto)

f/1.eight (wide-angle); f/2.eight (telephoto)


Optical Picture Stabilization (each)

Optical Picture Stabilization (wide-angle solely)

Entrance digital camera decision

eight megapixels

7 megapixels

Entrance digital camera aperture



The Notice has a slight benefit relating to lens measurement and aperture with OIS (optical picture stabilization) on each lenses, nevertheless it’s a newcomer to the twin digital camera realm. The iPhone has had this setup since 2016’s iPhone 7 Plus.

How do they examine in the true world?

We took a visit to Slide Ranch in California on a sunny day to take some pictures of children and farms animals.

Earlier than we start, some notes on the bottom guidelines:

Each telephones have been left on the default settings until in any other case acknowledged with automated publicity and focus.The entire evaluations listed here are my subjective opinion (with some enter from my coworkers). You are welcome to disagree.Portraits

The iPhone and the Notice use data from the huge angle and telephoto lens to simulate a shallow depth of discipline just like that of a DSLR when photographing individuals, animals, vegetation or objects. Within the Notice it is known as “Stay Focus” and within the iPhone it is known as “Portrait Mode”. Each modes are straightforward to entry from the principle digital camera interface with only a faucet of the display. As soon as within the mode, telephones have to be positioned at a selected distance from the topic in an effort to activate it.

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The one shot on the iPhone has larger distinction and richer colours, however Taylor’s face appears to be like darker. The telephone additionally had a tough time determining the perimeters of her hair and the blurred background impact appears to be like harsh round her face.

The Notice’s has a brighter publicity which illuminates her face higher, nevertheless it additionally creates an unnatural glow round her face and physique and components of the shot look blown out. Though the blur impact would not appear as harsh because the iPhone’s.

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The Notice additionally permits you to alter the blur whilst you’re taking the shot or afterwards. It defaults to a medium blur, which helps make it look extra pure, however you possibly can intensify it to look extra just like the impact on the iPhone.

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The iPhone would not assist you to alter the blur, nevertheless it has a brand new characteristic that simulates completely different lighting results throughout or after taking the shot. The lighting mode continues to be in beta, however it could actually create studio, contour and stage mild on the topic.

Out of the 2 particular options I believe I might reasonably have the Notice’s management over the depth of the blur than the lighting results, nevertheless it’s a matter of private desire.

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However apart from the blur points, portraits of individuals are inclined to look higher on the iPhone. The hotter tones are extra flattering on their pores and skin, and it captures extra life-like particulars in faces. The colours within the iPhone shot look extra vibrant, and you’ll even select a little bit of sweat on Bella’s brow. The Notice washed out the shot and evened out the pores and skin on Bella’s face making it look retouched.


Similar goes for portraits on the entrance digital camera. The Notice assumes individuals want airbrushing and defaults to utilizing its magnificence mode (at stage 2) which smoothed out the freckles on the women’ faces. Selfies on the iPhone have been extra pure with extra vibrant colours and larger distinction.

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Even up shut the colours look richer and the leaves have extra distinction on the iPhone. The sage seems to have extra depth and element, although the Notice’s is simply as sharp.

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The draw back: you possibly can’t get too shut with the iPhone, it simply will not focus. The shot of the flower within the vase appears to be like good, nevertheless it centered on the fallacious flower (the white ones within the again) as a substitute of the pistils within the middle of the shot which is what I used to be really aiming for. The Notice focuses at a better vary so it captured precisely what I wished within the shot and even has a handbook focus mode within the Professional settings for extra precision.

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Each telephones have a 2x optical zoom which permits them to get nearer in a shot with out shedding element. After that they resort to digital zoom to get nearer. At a look each photographs look sharp. Once more the iPhone has hotter tones and the one on the Notice appears to be like barely cooler and the colours are extra subdued. However for those who zoom in, you discover that the Notice’s is sharper and captured extra particulars on the signal and my face appears to be like clearer.

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The cooler temperature of the Notice look nice on landscapes. Some individuals desire hotter richer colours, however I personally just like the cool blues of the sky and water on the Notice’s. The ripples within the water seem clearer within the shot of the Notice, however the clouds within the iPhone’s stand out extra.  

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The identical will be stated concerning the shot of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Notice’s seems to be clearer due to the colour temperature and it exhibits extra element making the bridge come out of the shot. However the iPhone’s could have captured a extra correct illustration of the late afternoon mild and the clouds are extra dramatic.

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The Notice outshines the iPhone in low mild and brightens up all the shot. You possibly can see much more element within the sidewalk and the homes within the background on the shot of the Notice. The orb shot on the iPhone has extra vibrant blues and larger distinction with much less lens flare across the avenue lights.

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The larger distinction of the Notice appears to be like very nice on the shot of San Francisco Metropolis Corridor bringing out the main points within the column and the fence round it.

The Notice eight is probably going choosing a slower shutter velocity which permits extra mild, but in addition means it is extra vulnerable to shake within the palms of a jittery individual. The iPhone could have a better shutter velocity to keep away from the chance of shake which implies much less movement blur.

The decision

This time round it may be too near name and in most cases the “greatest” shot will depend on the viewer’s preferences. I personally desire the cooler temperature and crisp element on the Notice’s for landscapes, however for individuals I am keen on the hotter tones and extra pure pores and skin texture of the iPhone. What is obvious is that the cameras on each these telephones are high notch, however they nonetheless cannot fairly compete with a DSLR for shallow depth of discipline impact on portraits.


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