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
Galaxy Note 8
Rear Camera 112MP12MP
Focal distance28 mm26 mm
Optical Image
Rear Camera 212MP12MP
Focal distance56 mm52 mm
Optical Image

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" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2691 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)



1. torr310

Posts: 1661; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I like iPhine 8 Plus better if the measurement was fair. edit: wait, the later part of the video I favor Note 8. Weird!

2. limporgyuk

Posts: 363; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Well what the hell was going on with the iphone at 1:35, looked awful

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7382; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The DxOMark score for video on the new iPhone 8's are lower than a number of Android flagships. Including the original Pixels have a higher video score than the new iPhone's.

22. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 582; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

If you look at the comments you can see the S8 plus has better rating than the Iphone 8 but because the Iphone has bokeh effects it was rated higher. If you look at colour, detail, flash the S8 has the higher ratings.

35. mikehunta727 unregistered

S8 hasn't been tested on DxOmark's new rating system so comparing results from S8 to iPhone right now are not aligned in terms of what the numbers mean at the end.

27. Xilam unregistered

I thought you guys said DxOmark is trash now that iPhone got the best camera rating of all smartphones?

38. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

There's no denying that the iPhone8 has a fantastic camera. However I've lost all respect for Dx0mark after they 1) Suspiciously added Bokeh as a parameter for determining camera quality. That's like rating a fancy snapchat filter. Who cares? What's next? Assigning a scientific number to vignette? 2) Didn't do 'the best of the rest' when filling in the new leaderboard. They decided to go all the way back to the S6 for crying out loud. How dodgy is that? 3) I recently learned that they're not actually impartial. They're a paid for consultancy firm that sells their testing software. Nothing wrong in selling a product, but it's worth to note that they do actually have paid for agendas. To conclude.... I'm sure the iPhone8 camera is one of the best out there. But recent developments have made me feel that their 'overall score' is pure BS now :( If anyone knows of another impartial site, please let me know.

34. mikehunta727 unregistered

But Pixel definitely doesn't take as good video as the iPhone.. see JerryRigEverything's comparison of the iPhone 7 vs Pixel in low light recording. The iPhone 7 slaughters the Pixel in low light recording. IPhone 8 is a bit better

41. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

I'm thinking that Pixel 2 will have OIS. Will make a lot of difference.

3. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Really can't choose because the video itself was poorly done. The quality overall of these videos are better and you can choose what you like.

4. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

And did the writer remember to disable eis in the software on the note 8? Otherwise please redo this one. Because my note is rock steady... I can see on my own testing that you have enabled eis. And I betting you did it on purpose, just to make the iPhone look better....

9. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

It's weird that samsung put EIS there just to make it worse lol I know it's actually bad, but people would just assume that the EIS on the Note 8 is good enough so they's turn in on by default

18. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

I don't see EIS in the settings on my Note 8. Are you saying the Video Stabilization in the settings should be turned off on the Note 8 for better stabilization?

31. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Yea the stabilisation parameter is actually eis. OIS is always enabled.

32. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Oh of course they did, its all a big conspiracy to make samsung phones look bad. You guys are seriously something. Any time the iPhone is rated higher, there is always claim that the test was rigged, yet strangely no one can ever provide any actual proof of this. No phone is perfect at everything. Sometimes the iPhone is gonna do better, sometimes the samsung will, deal with it and stop whining.

45. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

It doesnt have to be conspiracy, just simple bias. And funny enough, it is only when its this way around you sheep come yelling telling the rest to relax....I can say that I have seen enough proof, that the last 3 years, OIS on samsung flagships has much better stabilization than iphones. ANd the note too. I know this, because of the way the image stabilization is shown in the videos in this article. They look like when you turn on EIS. So please STFU, and let us complain, when things are not done right.

47. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Ill STFU when you STFU up and stop making nonsense comments like "i bet you did it on purpose". Once you can provide proof of them doing that, then you can make that comment all you want. Until then, stop with the nonsense conspiracy/bias crap. If you think they are that biased, or paid by Apple, don't come here, simple as that. Otherwise stop whining. Just because you THINK it looks like they turned on EIS, doesn't mean they did. And funny enough, its only when the iPhone is rated better that you trolls come yelling and calling bias and talking conspiracies, saying they made 1 phone look worse on purpose, or they are paid by an OEM. Yet strangely never offer any proof of any of it. Just like another person said, DxOMark became trash suddenly when they rated the iPhone better in certain things, until then it was a great site. Don't see me complain when another phone is rated better than the iPhone, even tho I use one. What does it matter so much? Just use what phone you like best and be happy.

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: 3785; 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: 17358; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, he'll choose the better one.

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

WTF did I just watched?

17. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 294; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

your english teacher's debacle...:)

24. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Your username begs to differ.

8. nikhil23

Posts: 445; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Note 8 looks better

10. macawmatt

Posts: 137; 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.

11. talon95

Posts: 999; 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.

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