Pixel 3 vs iPhone XS vs Galaxy Note 9: Blind Camera Comparison

Pixel 3 vs iPhone XS vs Galaxy Note 9: Blind Camera Comparison
You have been hearing a lot about the best camera phones of the year, and when it comes to the very finest, three names pop up: the Google Pixel 3 series, the new iPhone XS and XR family, and the Samsung Galaxy series, best represented by the latest Note 9.

But which one of these takes the best photos?

We were as curious as everyone to find out and that's why we went out and shot a bunch of pictures with these phones. We will be bringing you quite a few detailed articles analyzing the differences, but before that, let's start with a blind comparison where you tell us which photo you like better. It works like this: we have hidden the names of the phones, the metadata and all other clues that might reveal which phone took which picture. For this comparison, you tell us based not on the name, but on the photo itself.

Ready? Let's waste no time and get started.

Daylight Shot #1

Which photo do you prefer?

A - Note 9
B - iPhone XS
C - Pixel 3

Daylight Shot #2: By the sea

Which photo do you prefer?

D - Pixel 3
E - iPhone XS
F - Note 9

Daylight shot #3: Through the woods

Which photo do you prefer?

G - iPhone XS
H - Pixel 3
I - Note 9

Daylight shot #4: A walk in the park

Which photo do you prefer?

J - Note 9
K - iPhone XS
L - Pixel 3

Portrait Mode Tested

Which photo do you prefer?

J1 - iPhone XS
K1 - Note 9
L1 - Pixel 3

Night Shot #1: The Happy Bar

Which photo do you prefer?

M - Pixel 3
N - Note 9
O - iPhone XS

Night Shot #2: The University

Which photo do you prefer?

P - iPhone XS
Q - Note 9
R - Pixel 3

Portrait Mode at Night

Which photo do you prefer?

S - Note 9
T - Pixel 3
U - iPhone XS

Day Selfie

Which photo do you prefer?

V - iPhone XS
W - Pixel 3
X - Note 9

Night Selfie

Which photo do you prefer?

Y - Note 9
Z - iPhone XS
Z1 - Pixel 3

Final words

So that wraps up our blind comparison.

Feel free to discuss the photos in the comments section below and we will be unveiling the phones that took these pictures in the very near future, so stay tuned!




Posts: 196; Member since: May 28, 2018

Forget it Vic, this thing is not even funny anymore. Everyone here knows you guys work for Apple.

6. Victor.H

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 27, 2011

Well, depending on who you ask. Some days we work for Samsung, and then some days for Google, and then some days for LG. You never know. /s But seriously, it's not like we force people to come here. We work hard to get quality coverage. And if your favorite phone does not always win, it's not the end of the world. It's just how we see it and we usually explain in great detail why.

10. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I've said it before and I'll say it again. These blind comparisons only show which photo is liked the most by viewers at that particular instant. And not which one is the most true-to-life. Therefore, whichever phone wins, it won't suddenly become the best. Just thought I should put that out.

12. hpspectrex360

Posts: 56; Member since: May 10, 2017

To the vast majority of people, a "better-looking" photo is more important than the most true-to-life photo. Only a handful of people care about accurate photos.

15. Cicero

Posts: 1134; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

And too many selfies. Not conclusive than. Bottom line, you can see one is darker, one is yellowish, and one is icing. Everything is now on how you like pictures being. Like previous said by Amash you have no real scene light to compare. Maybe next time.

20. hellhr

Posts: 39; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

also, there is no 100% crop.

24. hellhr

Posts: 39; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

32. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

No s**t Sherlock..

23. whatev

Posts: 2285; Member since: Oct 28, 2015


26. Phullofphil

Posts: 1800; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Said perfectly Vic

27. Alex_12

Posts: 52; Member since: May 30, 2018

So, who won?

42. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I don't care if the Pixel has the best camera, I'm going with Apple products from now on due to the fact that I've had either touch screen issues that Google won't acknowledge on my Pixel 2 XL (and I've only had it for 4 months) or general slowdown after some time during ownership which necessitates a factory reset. Then there's the pesky problem of most Android OEMs being pretty poor with updates which is why I finally went with the Pixel. The Android ecosystem and Google are slipping.

2. Jrod99

Posts: 740; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Here’s a idea for a new article. Think you might like it. A blind camera test among the flagships.

3. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1425; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

You can easily pick out which pics are taken with the Pixel and iPhone XS, which leaves the last as the Note 9. All the iPhone XS pics have a distinct yellowish tint to them and the Pixel post processing brightens them too much, the Note 9 seems to do the best overall job here but lacks a bit in dark situations.

4. morgeus09

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

R won against p, ok.. Are you blind guys?

9. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Agrees, P has way more light and detail of the trees on the right side of the picture.

33. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's called "blind test" for a reason.. Most people won't even bother to zoom in and check all the detail.. But well, they just pick whatever they want, even if it's not the best in any category. (just like how people like McD)

5. dollallama

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

The majority of people picked L1 under the picture "PORTRAIT MODE TESTED". Portrait mode completely failed on L1 look again. Look at the blur and branches.

18. jjface

Posts: 240; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

All were bad in their own way. L1 was the best color/exposure for the main subject (man). Composition was bad. Portrait mode was never going to work for any.

7. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 551; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Orange faces -iPhone Contrast -Pixel Bright- Note

8. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

I enjoy these articles, but what about the Mate 20 Pro?

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

PA knows best. We don't have a say in it.

36. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

please, please go somewhere else then.

38. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Sarcasm much?

19. hellhr

Posts: 39; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

Mate will win, easily.

13. wabajak13

Posts: 55; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

I picked the least popular choice every single time. Are you kidding me with the first portrait mode shot?? The most popular pick right now is a total disaster!.....These tests are always a good reminder that most people have no tastes :P

17. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 115; Member since: Jan 09, 2018

I was about to pick too due to better dynamic range and contrast but the branches destroied it

21. hellhr

Posts: 39; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

Same here

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Photography is a visual art thus it's subject to each person's interpretation. There is no "better" camera, it comes down to which takes the kind of pictures you like.

16. cmdacos

Posts: 4220; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

A number of these, I wouldn't pick any which points to a photographer issue.

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