Best smartphone telephoto camera: iPhone X vs Galaxy Note 8

The iPhone X and the Galaxy Note 8 are two of the hottest smartphones of 2017. Being the cream of the crop of the efforts of Apple and Samsung, the iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8 have a lot going on for them. They also both employ telephoto cameras to supplement their main, wide-angle lenses. But the question is, which one is better when it comes to optical zoom? That's what we're about to find out...
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73 Comments

15. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 411; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

I find it funny you phonearena talks crap about the Pixel 2 but don't put it's camera against the iPhone x cause you know the results will be.

16. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

too many issues.

42. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Not the camera.

18. lazarus_26

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 29, 2014

I watched other comparisons on youtube such as "Danny Winget" and "UrAvgConsumer" and in both of them iPhone X camera was clear winner .Apple really did a great job with the camera this year.

21. cocoy

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

That's because it's not a true comparison. You want to campare the best features of the camera you won't use auto settings. Use the manual mode for better results. It was put there for good use. Now,if you want a point and shoot camera phone use the iPhone.

23. Milen_Y

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 09, 2016

The unfortunate truth is that the vast majority of people just point and shoot, independent of whether their phone has a manual camera mode or not.

25. whatev

Posts: 2260; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

So accurate, but these trolls will try their hardest to bring down apple, it’s so pathetic but hilarious at the same time

28. iSeeU

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 03, 2017

It's even more lmfao a Apple fanboy like you is most utmost to that iExtreme.

39. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You are pathetic and hilarious. It goes both ways, apple ifans do the same. Both do a great job and it comes down to preference.

45. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 359; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

But Milen those who are hovering in the territory of iPhone X & Note 8 do know few things about RAW photography & they can really capitalize if they want to. Myself just entered the Pro mode territory & I am making night & day difference out of it just in few months. Damn happy with my Note 8, my wife can take brilliant portraits & stills of me knowing nothing about photography & I can take the immense proves of Pro mode & make it a bang for my bucks. Best of both worlds isn't it :)

32. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Putting a great algorithm to make everything automatic is harder than putting a manual mode, and it's also a feature. manual mode puts another variable, Photographer into account. the point of these comparisons is what people get out of the box. of course manual mode could produce better results, but not everybody understands photography. iPhone is also better with manual mode(3rd party app), FYI.

20. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

iPhone X won I really hate my Note8's cameras i miss LG :(

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 31036; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It actually won big too.

44. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

You do know you have 14 days to go into the phone you want after you get it, right? $35 restocking fee is worth paying to be in the device that works for you.

70. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

Then return it. I don't want people like you having a Samsung and making a bad rep for Samsung owners. If you miss LG why did you switch anyway?

22. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I didn't think either one of them were that good. BOTH had noise.

26. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

note 8 all the way.

27. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Not a fan of the gritty (noisy and artifacts from sharpening) and color painting processing (basically reducing color bit depth as a result of NR) from the iPhones. Note 8 results hold up better at larger sizes and have a more natural color balance (less of the yellow veil in good light, less blue in low light).

29. Jrod99

Posts: 729; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Both look really good. It would come down to the features of these phones. Not really the camera.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31036; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm gonna call it like I see it, and don't care who gets mad. The iPhone X killed the note 8 here, I gave the Note 8 2 shots.

37. TrainFromUkraine

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

iPhone, no contest.

66. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

Pfffft... there's all kinds of ways to rig the results to make any camera look better or worse than it actually is. Take the photos yourself, never trust someone else's test. Even if Xphone's camera is better, which it isn't, that phone as a whole is sht. The camera alone is not going to change my buying decision. Note8 FTW!!!

73. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

I'd still go for the Note 8 for the one reason that the iPhone X camera is attached to an Apple device

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