Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8: video stabilization comparison


Video stabilization has been a marquee feature of flagship phones: more affordable devices simply don't get it and video that's recorded on such phones - even in 4K - looks terribly jittery and often borders with the unusable.

That's why we look at two of the best phones out there: the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to see which one does better in terms of video stabilization.

Both phones support a dual camera system on their back with a main, wide-angle camera and a secondary, tentatively called 'telephoto' lens that allows a 2x optical zoom. The main camera on both has optical image stabilization (OIS), while the secondary tele lens only has OIS on the Note 8.

Here are the full camera specs:

Camera SpecsApple
iPhone 8 Plus
Samsung
Galaxy Note 8
Rear Camera 112MP12MP
Aperturef/1.8f/1.7
Focal distance28 mm26 mm
Optical Image
Stabilization
YesYes
Rear Camera 212MP12MP
Aperturef/2.8f/2.4
Focal distance56 mm52 mm
Optical Image
Stabilization
NoYes

Does this make a difference?

Take a look at the video right above and see for yourselves.

Related phones

iPhone 8 Plus
  • Display 5.5 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A11 Bionic, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2691 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x
Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Samsung Experience UI

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47 Comments

49. hassanhalik

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 22, 2017

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46. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Were these both taken with the front cameras? Even going to Youtube and upping the resolution to FHD, they look awful.

44. maverick786us

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

WTF iPhone 8 Plus doesn't have an OIS?

40. Vagelara

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

You can't even take a video THE RIGHT WAY. AND YOU WANT PEOPLE TO COMPARE WITCH PHONE FROM THE IPHONE 8 PLUS AND THE NOTE 8 HAS A BETTER VIDEO STABILIZATION??????

39. Vagelara

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

You can't even take a video THE RIGHT WAY. AND YOU WANT PEOPLE TO COMPARE WITCH PHONE FROM THE IPHONE 8 PLUS AND THE NOTE 8 HAS A BETTER VIDEO STABILIZATION??????

33. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It's a ridiculous way to compare. Since both cameras record at a slightly different timing . Both look jittery since they are chopped side by side. A better comparison would be to have full frame of each one on top of the other

25. Xilam unregistered

Is anyone going to account that the Note is much more expensive than iPhone 8+? For extra premium it should be much much better at taking video than iPhone. And still no slo-mo at 1080p? Come on?!

30. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

For the extra premium you get a 6.3" display and a Wacom pen, amongst other things. Plus the better camera.

36. mikehunta727 unregistered

Note 8 camera seems just a bit under or really give or take with the iPhone 8 camera according to most reviewers on the web (Michael Fisher being my most favorite due to being very objective) Michael Fisher in his preliminary iPhone video showed the iPhone 8 producing noticeably better shots in most scenes he showed the photos in

37. mikehunta727 unregistered

Telephoto on Note 8 definitely better than 8 Plus telephoto for sure though.

20. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

I think, both phones performed pretty bad .. or may be it was just the inappropriately configured cameras .. or may be it was represented badly (No offence Phonearena) .. And that split screen gave me a 2-3 min headache ..

23. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"represented badly " This is exactly it They made both phone look like crap.

19. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

I already said that Note 8 can compete with iPhone 6S, the proof is the video above.

16. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Would rather watch the YouTube video, so I can see for myself.

14. whatev

Posts: 2477; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

The iPhone 8 was better in the first part in my opinion, then the Note when he used the zoom

12. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

If im being honest here, neither performed as good as i thought they would.

21. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I don't think it was the fault of either phone. That was one crap video by the camera man.

11. talon95

Posts: 1015; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Were these both shot in 4K? When you pause the video it's like the iPhone was shot in 1080, there's no fine detail in the hair, clothes, trees etc. For stabilization it was hard to tell the difference, but when at 2x zoom the Note 8 looked way better.

29. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

That is the only way to stabilise video without mechanical stabilisation. Merging pixels to hide the movement. They can sharpen it after that, but by then the image data is obviously gone.

10. macawmatt

Posts: 143; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Well, great idea for an article, terrible presentation. Phones need to be mounted to something rather then one in one hand and one in the other. And that split screen gave me a headache.

8. nikhil23

Posts: 508; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Note 8 looks better

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

WTF did I just watched?

17. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 303; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

your english teacher's debacle...:)

24. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Your username begs to differ.

5. CHP19

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 23, 2017

There really is no competition when it comes to OIS, the Note 8's is clearly better. It's no surprise as the iPhone 8 plus doesn't have dual OIS. SuperSaf comparison makes that very clear.

7. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You already know who supersaf is going to choose. Not a good measurement.

13. CHP19

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 23, 2017

Doesn't matter what SuperSaf thinks. Just look at the video and the difference is very clear. You can see it for yourself.

28. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Darned SuperSaf, for having functional eyes and being honest with the camera settings while testing devices. That's not how things are done in the iGadget blogger world!

43. ibend3

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 10, 2017

SuperSaf is paid by samsung, and that's why note8 capture much better image quality in his video.. /s

48. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, he'll choose the better one.

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