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

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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.

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Apple iPhone 8 Plus specs
  • 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 15.x
Samsung Galaxy Note8 specs
  • 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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