Galaxy S9 first camera comparison vs iPhone X, V30, S8

Galaxy S9 first camera comparison vs iPhone X, V30, S8
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are finally official, and Samsung is making a big deal out of the new camera. It's easy to see why the camera is so important these days - not only is it used to take pictures and video, but some of Samsung's top new features also rely on it, like Bixby Vision and AR Emoji, for example. That said, here we'll be focusing on the S9 camera's primary function, and to get an even better understanding of how good it is, we're going to compare it against the best cameras out there: iPhone X, LG V30, and... Galaxy S8.

A word of caution: Note that the Galaxy S9 unit we've used for this comparison is an early model with software that's possibly not completely final. It may happen that pictures taken with S9 retail units end up a bit different than what you'll see below.

SCENE 1: Busy bloggers are busy

You may think the job of the blogger is easy and fun - tinkering with new gadgets, sipping cocktails... Well, yes, it is! But still, there are times when you have to push through and get that coverage to your audience, no matter how long of a day you've had or how tired you are. Look at these guys here - true beasts on top of their game. And just like you, their audience will get to enjoy some rad Galaxy S9 content tonight.

But let us not digress. We're here to talk about the new Galaxy S9 camera. In this scene, we can see the GS9 defaulting to a less dynamic shot than its rivals. The S9 photo is more or less identical with that of the S8, so it seems there haven't been any significant changes in Samsung's post processing. The iPhone X photo is okay, but comes with somewhat duller colors, while the LG V30 is treating us to the best balance between dynamics and color reproduction. Let's move on!

SCENE 2: Got to trademark that smile

And this right here is the most famous smile in the whole tech blogosphere. Not only is it enchanting, it's also tricky for our smartphone cameras to reproduce perfectly. As you can see in the images below, all four handsets have a slightly different take on how this picture should look. What we can say as totally unbiased observers of this camera shoot-out, is that the Galaxy S9 and S8 happen to sweeten the skin colors a bit, making them warmer and more saturated than they need to be. The iPhone X this time does a much nicer job at this, although it's not without fault either, as it overexposes the white shirt of our model. Meanwhile, the V30 photo has very good depth and playfulness to it; however, it's also exaggerating the skin colors a bit, albeit in a pleasant way.

SCENE 3: A camera photograph

We often use the camera to photograph certain things, but when you start photographing the camera, that's when you know you've got to take a break. Anyway, we couldn't help it - just look at all of the wonderful detail on this thing! One of our earlier observations gets confirmed in this scene. The Galaxy S9 (and S8) generally don't like overexposing stuff. That is why in comparison, the iPhone X's photo looks more contrasty and vivid - it's boosted the contrast a little bit, in order to achieve a more impressive photo. We aren't sure which approach we prefer, as both seem a bit extreme. That's why it's good to have phones like the LG V30, which is so balanced, it's actually taken the best picture of the bunch here.

SCENE 4: Banana head

Switching to the front camera now, we've decided to take one of those "self photographs" everyone is talking about right now. It turned out we have a problem - due to the very wide lenses used on front cameras, the head of our model, who often happens to be mistaken for Ryan Gosling, appeared to be more elongated than it is in reality. In terms of a winner in this category, we can't really distinguish any one competitor here. All need to work on how they process selfie pictures, so all are equally good, or equally bad, depending on your mood.

And there you have it! As we mentioned in the beginning, don't take these Galaxy S9 pictures as completely representative, because it's possible that the software of the phone may not have been too final, meaning that pics from the actual units that hit store shelves may look a bit different. However, we'll know soon enough just how good of a camera phone the Galaxy S9 is very soon, as the handset is scheduled to be released on March 16. But until then, let us hear what you think about what you saw just know - do you think Samsung will manage to keep its leading camera position this year, or will it be overshadowed by its rivals? The comment section is all yours!



1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31299; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsung users will like most pics here, Apple users will like some, Apple trolls will hate them even if they’re good.

3. _KIRA_

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2013


4. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

To be honest I really don't notice many Apple trolls on this site. Samsung trolls? Oh boy it's the worst here.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Then you're not looking very hard.

45. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

are you seriously debating whether there are more apple trolls than android trolls on this site? Am i reading that right?

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31299; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Then you're trying not to.

12. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

This site is filled with Samsung trolls and blind fanboys. That's the truth and it's bitter to some people.....lolzzz

31. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Says one of the Apple trolls

32. Stappy3

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

I've seen 3 already today.

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2441; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think the photos were alright but they didn’t “blow me away” for a phone that touts “the camera reimagined”. Then again, we haven’t seen any action shots which is one area Samsung was really emphasizing. Also, I would like to see a comparison between it and the Pixel 2. I have a feeling that once again it comes down to the software that is controlling the camera and the post processing.

29. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

To me Apple seems to have the most accurate color. Look at Scene 2 the man looks Orange on the Samsungs. The Apple looks like a more accurate skin color.

53. Skimshaddy

Posts: 126; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

They left Pixel2 out. That have more accurate color not iPhone. There was too many noises on the iPhone shooting in the dark.

57. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

LG V30 takes the best pics... ;)

2. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

GSMArena took many shots. Lots of noise.

13. maherk

Posts: 6949; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

For the conditions they were taken in, that's much less noise than you would usually get from a smartphone. Android Authority also posted few samples, but offered more details and explanation about the samples and the new cameras. Gsmarena didn't want to make any judgment until.they receive the final retail unit.

18. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Nobody wants to lose readers

9. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Why skin looks reddish.

51. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

im glad im not the only one who sees this

54. TerryD

Posts: 553; Member since: May 09, 2017

maybe your monitor needs calibrating :-)

11. CincyGuy

Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 19, 2015

Am I crazy, or are the pictures not labeled at all. How am I supposed to know which is which? The order you listed them in the article?

15. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 191; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

iPhone X no contest

20. fyah_king unregistered

I know, it's that bad. Lol

28. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No, if you want to be real, none of them are mind blowing. But for phone cameras they all do a good job.

50. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

you're right... which is a shame that they focus to much on the camera in the s9

17. peace247 unregistered

Damn..iphone x looks so bad...

21. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

My xzp makes better photos and videos than he does.S9 FAIL

22. joey18

Posts: 668; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

what change samsung galaxy s9 who will upgrade those features will transfer to galaxy s8 in fill weeks

23. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Is this a joke? HOW about explain what pictures is from what?

24. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

dont kid yourselves. V30 and iX looking better

26. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I think the X was better, and i am a samsung owner. I will look on youtube for some real tests.

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