iPhone XS vs Pixel 2 XL vs Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone X: low-light camera comparison

The iPhone XS is a great camera to have during the day, but it's still not the best to shoot with at night...
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37. ijuanp03

Posts: 568; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

oversaturated, oversharpened photos on the iPhone XS just like any other China OEMs. Yuck

18. Foxgabanna

Posts: 587; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

The iPhone XS is crushing these photos! Very clean with great focus and color reproduction. The pixel 2XL comes in consistently at a close second. The Note 9s photos are overexposed as with the original iPhone X

20. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

It’s all to what you like. The note 9 I think can take more light out of less light given but these are all pretty close and great photos. But again nobody can be happy. What a bunch of negative people with a lot of hate in your thoughts.

24. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Do you actually know what the word hate means? Because haters like you throw it around so loosely. Just because someone doesn't see things exacting the way you do, doesn't mean they have hate. Maybe you should look in the mirror and you may actually see the definition of hatred and animosity against others.

21. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Color balance this color balance that.. too much excuses just to make an iPhone look better. Note 9 is on another level. Best camera out there. Enough with excuses..

22. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

The new IPhones surely have I. Proved with its 1.7 aperture which let's in more light. But the Note having 1.5 let's in even more light. The Pixel shots I though were ugly and darker. Samsung cameras have been the best for quite awhile now. Until Apple matches the Samsung camera with the Aperture, you can expect Samsung will do better.

23. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

PA. since the Galaxy S7 had. 1.7 aperture camera 2 years ok, let's see how the latest iPhone just now catching up to it compares. It is expected that a camera with a better aperture will take a better picture at night. But let's see how it stands up against a phone with the same spec under same conditions.

27. M.O.A.B

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

i think it's time for another blind camera comparison after that 300mb camera improvement update for the note 9

29. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

IPhone camera is a joke. just A BIG HYPE, nothing else

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not one of these camera suck, but look at the comments.

38. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

The ix and the note 9 I think look pretty good. For me the Pixel just didn't do as good as I thought it would have. But just my personal preferences I know.

35. ijuanp03

Posts: 568; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

oversaturated, oversharpened photos on the iPhone XS. Yikes

40. midan

Posts: 2708; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

iPhone XS did amazing job, starting to feel like i wanna upgrade this X for camera. If you have photos which have over burn areas, you can't fix it anyway, the photo is ruined and that's big problem with smartphone cams, but XS clearly did best job by far with that and dynamic range in those photos are something not seen before with smartphones.

42. aioros

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 27, 2018

you should include the p20 pro.....

46. galaxian

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

Phonearena, please make these reviews with the slider. Having 4-6 separate images is hard to compare in the way you post them. I hope you would make the next comparison better.

47. JJ1337

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

And again no Huawei P20 Pro... This site is one big joke lol

48. bassembm

Posts: 143; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

Note 9 has the best results ,, Xperia XZ2 Premium should've been included in this test

49. htainlintha

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

Just to be fair, I ranked those 4 smartphones and it is just my own opinion 1. Note 9 (for overall situation) 2.iphone XS 3.iphone X/pixel 2 XL I do not want to go so much detail into their camera details! P.S - why did you guys put iPhone X there, just try to put either P20 pro or Sony XZ3 or even Nokia phones would have been a more competitive one! cos in my opinion, either mate 10 pro or Note 8 can handle those photos way better than iPhone X :)

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