For capturing nonetheless photographs, the iPhone eight Plus and Samsung Galaxy Notice eight are on a reasonably even area. However does the identical apply to video recording?

I discovered the most important variations between the iPhone eight Plus and Notice eight got here down to a few classes: audio, the front-facing digital camera and low-light efficiency.

Video specs

Galaxy Notice eight

iPhone eight Plus

Recording resolutions

4K (30fps) 1080p (30/60fps) 720p (30fps)

4K (24/30/60fps) 1080p (30/60fps) 720p (30fps)

Sluggish movement

1080 (120fps) 720 (240fps)

1080 (120/240fps)


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

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


Optical (each lenses) and digital

Optical (wide-angle solely)

Entrance digital camera decision

eight megapixels

7 megapixels

Entrance digital camera aperture



To match these two telephones, we took them to Slide Ranch, California for our photograph and video exams. And to make sure the sphere of view between the 2 telephones was as comparable as attainable, we mounted them side-by-side utilizing a single grip. Because of this, each had been subjected to the identical degree of handshake and the lenses had been positioned shut collectively.

All video was taken on computerized publicity settings utilizing the default digital camera app.

As with every comparability, it is essential to do not forget that numerous these findings are subjective and are available all the way down to what you want. Your show additionally makes an enormous distinction, so your outcomes could range relying on whether or not you watch video on a telephone display screen or a pc.

Publicity, coloration and autofocus

In outside daylight, each the iPhone and the Notice produced well-exposed, sharp video photos. I seen that the iPhone usually produced photos with extra pleasing colours and pores and skin tones for individuals. The Notice did have a tendency to scrub out pores and skin tones slightly extra.

From a screen-grab of the identical video shot on each telephones, you may see the iPhone eight Plus picture (proper) appears extra heat, whereas the Notice eight (left) appears considerably flat. It’s also possible to see the lack of spotlight element within the again proper of the iPhone video.

Screenshot by Lexy Savvides/Proinertech

When the lighting received a bit more difficult (reminiscent of filming within the shade with vibrant areas within the background), the iPhone had an inclination to blow out highlights whereas the Notice adjusted publicity extra fluidly. I seen this essentially the most when transferring the digital camera round a topic and the background was always altering.

Talking of movement, the autofocus on the Notice shifted rapidly when the topic within the body moved, but it surely was so quick it seemed jerky. In distinction, the iPhone adjusted focus extra slowly, but it surely was smoother and produced a extra pure, cinematic look.

Protecting it regular

Within the case of the Notice, each rear lenses have optical picture stabilization (OIS). The iPhone eight Plus has simply the extensive lens with OIS. (Just like the Notice eight, the iPhone X has OIS on each rear lenses.)

For video recording, the Notice makes use of a mix of optical and digital stabilization.

When strolling with each telephones, I seen the picture from the iPhone seemed slightly extra twitchy than the Notice, which was smoother. OIS often produces a smoother consequence than simply digital or digital stabilization, however seeing because the Notice makes use of each sorts it is much more fluid.

Selfie metropolis

Switching to the front-facing digital camera, the iPhone’s picture had extra distinction and higher coloration accuracy than the Notice’s, particularly in backlit conditions.

Galaxy Notice eight on the left, iPhone eight Plus on the appropriate.

Screenshot by Lexy Savvides/Proinertech

Like your vlogs to rise up shut and private? The Notice’s selfie digital camera cropped into the picture and resulted in a extra slender area of view than the iPhone. I did not discover it to be notably flattering.

Sound and imaginative and prescient

There isn’t any higher place to see how a telephone captures audio than at a dwell live performance, recording Moonalice dwell on stage.

Listening to playback on the identical set of headphones, to my ears the audio from the Notice video appeared like a real stereo expertise and loads richer and fuller than that from the iPhone.

4K recording

Each telephones produce spectacular 4K video, though to get the total advantages you may wish to watch playback on a 4K display screen. I switched between the extensive and the telephoto lenses and the picture was nonetheless sharp, although with numerous motion you may see that the 2X zoom on the iPhone does not have stabilization.

The iPhone edges out the Notice relating to body charges for 4K video. It may possibly hit 60fps whereas the Notice maxes out at 30fps on the similar decision.

Further options

The Notice provides a built-in hyperlapse perform to the default app. Hyperlapses are like timelapses, besides the digital camera can be transferring whereas the photographs are being taken. There are many methods to do that on the iPhone too, however you may have to obtain a separate app.

Each telephones may take nonetheless photos whereas recording video. The Notice grabs 9-megapixel stills throughout 4K recording whereas the iPhone takes them at eight megapixels. As for sluggish movement, the iPhone gives 1080p recording in 120 or 240fps, whereas the Notice additionally has 240fps however at a decreased decision (720p).

The Notice’s default digital camera app has a Professional mode that allows you to take management of publicity variables (shutter pace, white steadiness and focus) that works for movies and photographs. There are lots of third-party iPhone apps that allow you to management publicity in video, reminiscent of MoviePro.

Flip the lights down low

Low gentle is often the place cameras (and telephones) with small sensors wrestle.

Notice eight on the left, iPhone eight Plus on the appropriate

Screenshot by Lexy Savvides/Proinertech

When filming with the Notice, the AMOLED display screen meant the video picture seemed vibrant and vivid in comparison with the iPhone. Viewing the video playback on a pc display screen was a distinct story, because the low-light picture from the Notice confirmed far more noise in shadow areas and light-weight bleeding from exterior gentle sources. The iPhone’s picture, whereas slightly darker in publicity, seemed cleaner. There was nonetheless noise, however the video was far more pleasing to look at and was sharper general.

Lens flare

It isn’t an important thought to shoot into the solar or some other vibrant gentle supply however all of us do it — and it is an important alternative to see how the telephones cope with lens flare. The Notice confirmed two distinct rings throughout the highest proper of the picture, whereas the iPhone had a way more refined flare in the identical place. The Notice additionally confirmed extra haze throughout the picture.

It is arduous to see in a decreased decision however the Notice eight does present extra lens flare than the iPhone eight Plus. Galaxy Notice eight on the left, iPhone eight Plus on the appropriate.

Screenshot by Lexy Savvides/Proinertech
Let’s speak compression

Behind the scenes, the iPhone makes use of a brand new picture and video compression format, HEVC (H.265). In idea, it is a large deal for video recordsdata because it ought to make recordsdata extra manageable when it comes to space for storing.

Learn extra on Apple’s shift to HEIC and HEVC right here.

To learn HEVC recordsdata you may want an iOS system operating iOS 11 or a Mac with MacOS Excessive Sierra. Fortuitously, if you do not have these gadgets or do not actually care about video compression, Apple primarily converts the recordsdata right into a readable H.264 file and you will possible by no means even discover the distinction.

Should you’d want to stay to the older format, go to Settings > Digital camera > Codecs and select Most Suitable. For Home windows customers, the best option to cope with HEVC till broader help is added is to easily swap over to Most Suitable. However in the event you’ve already began to take photographs and movies utilizing the excessive effectivity format, you may have to convert them earlier than with the ability to view on Home windows.

Closing ideas

These two flagship telephones are nearer than ever relating to video high quality. Every have their very own distinct strengths which can sway your shopping for choice. For instance, the iPhone’s front-facing digital camera produces a nicer wanting picture which might be nice for selfie video fanatics, and it excels in low gentle. If you need video stabilization in each lenses and nice audio (notably music) the Notice is the place it is at.

One final thought on the Notice’s taking pictures interface. The default digital camera app has a report button that begins recording video instantly so it is more durable to border up your shot after which seize the video. I discovered it extremely irritating, however perhaps you may prefer it if you wish to seize a fast spur-of-the-moment video.


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