Google Pixel 3 XL vs Note 9 vs P20 Pro camera samples comparison leaks out
by Daniel Petrov / Aug 23, 2018, 3:48 AM
Well, Russia is responding to the pending US sanctions in a pretty unorthodox way, if you ask us - leaking the Pixel 3 XL in its entirety, much to the chagrin of Google's legal team. We kid, but right after we think we can't see the new Pixel in closer design shots and in higher resolutions, Russian tech bloggers say "hold my beer."
This time around, they do studio unboxing and beauty shots, a display preview, and even interface walkthrough. The renowned Russian tech aficionado, who's been known to leak a device or two before, has even done a whole camera comparison with none other than the current cream of the Android camera crop.
Yes, we are talking about pitting the Pixel 3 XL camera, samples of which we saw yesterday, against Huawei's P20 Pro and Samsung's new Galaxy Note 9, whose official launch date is tomorrow. Goodie. The Pixel unit is a pre-production version, given the lack of SKU number on the box, but the Google Camera app is the latest there is, tips the source, and the phone is running Android 9 Pie, so it's as close to a release unit as possible at this point.
The pictures themselves prove that point, exhibiting stellar dynamic range decisions, sharp, well-defined object contours, seemingly credible colors, and an overall level of photographic prowess that Google's Pixel cameras are renowned for. All shots were done in auto mode, with the HDR+ option that does wonders on Google phones. We'll refrain from direct verdicts, as this might not be a finalized camera software, but will drop all samples below for your viewing and deciding pleasure. Be patient, though, the high-res pics will take a while to load.
source: Mobile-review (translated)
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How can I know which image of which phone ??
posted on Aug 23, 2018, 4:08 AM 0
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WoW the P 20 Pro desperately needs some camera software updating its the worst. The Pixel 3xl camera samples are very good better than the Samsung Note.
posted on Aug 23, 2018, 4:18 AM 1
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The pictures are manipulated in a way to make the Pixel look even better than it is. No doubt it will be the best camera smartphone for this year, but for example on the P20 Pro, it's obvious they picked the vivid colors profile, plus keep the AI on, and I am 100% sure the one behind the camera was playing with the exposure slider on both the Note 9 and P20 Pro. Again, I'm not doubting the fact that the Pixel will be the best out there, but I doubt two of the best camera smartphones atm, are such a terrible shooter that are this inconsistent.
posted on Aug 23, 2018, 4:21 AM 6
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Yup, you are as always 100 percent correct. Reviewers have biased against other phones when it comes to comparing with pixel phones. Please everyone believe this Ransom person who has history of incredible bias towards a certain company over "some biased tech site". This guy is the epitome of honesty and NOT one of the biggest hypocrites in this site. Everything he says is pure gold. I better stop now before his American lackey come and start what he does best.
posted on Aug 23, 2018, 5:51 AM 5
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These P20 pictures with "ai" scene enhancer are so fake. Can't speak much about P3XL and Note9 because they both are damn close to real view (I think) and w/o reference picture it's not possible. Tho I must say P3XL has still better dynamic range than Note9 in some cases like see the pic with flower closeup and trees and sky in the background and that's where you can see P3XL HDR gaining edge over Note9's. Either way these pictures may have been manipulated to show one better but who knows.
posted on Aug 23, 2018, 4:26 AM 1
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Yup, I think Note 9's pictures hold its own against the Pixel 3XL but I was disappointed with the P20 Pro results. Contrast is just too much, I'veseen much better pictures from that phone. I believe they shot on AI mode
posted on Aug 23, 2018, 11:36 AM 2
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That felt pretty unprofessional. The Pixel shots look the best, but none of those shots should be tough for any decent camera. There were colour and focus issues there that I really don't think any of those cameras would have.
posted on Aug 23, 2018, 4:38 AM 0
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P20 pro images are taking with AI mode on . Turning it off will create different results. For still photography its still the most versatile. Note 9 is the best "BIG" size phone in the market . A well recommended phone . Pixel 3 XL has good camera , and fast software. But ugly enough to skip it . So, if you want a phone. Get the P20 pro or Note 9 . But if you want a phone unique in uglyness . Pixel 3 XL is your choice
posted on Aug 23, 2018, 5:04 AM 2
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IMO the comparison between the cameras on those phone would've been much fairer if the writer of the original article had carried out the test with all the AI enhancement turned off on both Note 9 and P20 Pro while leaving everything else in full auto. Because of AI Note 9's detail rendering looks oddly horrible and so is the color reproduction on P20 Pro. Definitely not a professional way to compare image quality.
posted on Aug 23, 2018, 5:22 AM 1
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The shots on the pixel are drab and dreary. No life to them at all. I only chose one of the pixels that I liked best and interestingly it was one of the low light scenes. The rest were Note. P20? Yuck, wtf was that?
posted on Aug 23, 2018, 6:15 AM 2
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Googles HDR+ is starting to make their photos look unnatural in a similar matter as Samsungs over saturation. Oh well, can only expect so much from a tiny sensor relying on software tricks.
posted on Aug 23, 2018, 8:31 AM 1
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Hey let's leave the overly dramatic AI camera on and do a camera comparison. Lost all credibility to me as a comparison as we can CLEARLY see that the AI is not helping in any of these scenarios. Note 9 held up though. Also even if the Pixel 3 will have the best camera it certainly won't be the most versatile and that's just the facts. But I ain't ma at what Google has done. Interesting how they stayed away from night scenes though.
posted on Aug 23, 2018, 9:24 AM 1
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Even though I like a bit of saturation, P20 was too saturated for my taste. The Pixel photos were blurry, noisy and dry looking. The Note was sharp and clean. Note wins for me.
posted on Aug 23, 2018, 10:33 AM 1
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On the P20 Pro set the colour profile to standard and turn AI off to produce the same saturation and balance as the Pixel and Samsung. Use night mode to blow the other two away for low light shots, or even day time shots for exceptional balance. No phone can currently touch the P20 Pro for zoom. The P20 Pro is the most versatile camera on a phone out there today.
posted on Oct 12, 2018, 5:15 AM 0
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