Pixel 3 vs iPhone XS, Galaxy Note 9: which camera takes better portrait photos?

In our latest camera comparison we test the Google Pixel 3 against the Apple iPhone XS and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. We try to find out which phone takes the best portrait mode photos by comparing a bunch of shots taken in various conditions. Come see the results!
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42 Comments

13. whatev

Posts: 2117; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Omg, what’s with the note? What a mess *smh

15. fakenewzz

Posts: 111; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

Ugly guys with vanity complex lol.

17. Knownhost

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 13, 2017

All three take great photos. Better or worse are subjective and determined by the skill of the photographer. IRL, I own the Note 9, and I've been very pleased with the quality of its photos.

19. Lanx1998

Posts: 58; Member since: Mar 06, 2017

Samsung needs to up their camera game. Last year, Samsung had lead in low light but this year they don't have lead in anything. Yes they produce good photos but are they segment leading? Straight up answer is no! Samsung needs to deliver otherwise Huawei is gonna sure dethrone them. I don't like Huawei phones much but what they did with Mate 20 Pro is amazing. I agree its photos are unrealistic but its dynamic range and night shot capabilities are only second to Pixel 3.

25. JetskiMark

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 03, 2014

Thank you for the comparison. It would be helpful to include a DSLR or mirrorless full-frame camera in the comparison.

27. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

A note with $999 tag has this s**tty camera. Fugly! I use to test cameras from android and they really are not natural while iphone are naturalistically elegant and precise to reality color.

32. mootu

Posts: 1378; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"I use to test cameras from android and they really are not natural while iphone are naturalistically elegant and precise to reality color." Yeah! If you live in a world thats tinted yellow.

29. abhicool

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 25, 2018

With the help of good lens and awesome software support, u can do wonders in single camera also. U dont need 2/3/4 cameras to bring out your best

30. JJ1337

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

PhoneArena scared of huawei? U are doing camera comparison every week and you never include huawei, who btw has best camera in smartphone bussines

36. franzfifty

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

some comments on the photos of a speific phone were rather correct for the picture of the other phone (like contrast and artificial sky etc.). at the same time people need to realize what a "Portrait" is - that's a distinctive photo or painting of a persons head. Blur effect is created by the lens with that specific f-stop etc. There is NO single exact portrait in photography. Hundreds of years ago painters created portraits of people without any bokeh or blur effect on them. Each and every portrait photo taken with a camera will always look different than another with a different lens. Taking a picture of a person from further away is not portrait anymore. How can a blur effect of a Pixel look "fake" and the ones from an iphone or note 9 are more realistic? There is NO realism in blur effect of a portrait - it's created by the lens and how the f-stop works with the glasses. our eyes see it differently - that's the only real thing!

37. Foxgabanna

Posts: 576; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Damn Vicktor should be my gift for Christmas this year. Gorgeous

42. Medevac1

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 06, 2017

The images I viewed were not labeled. How is one supposed to identify which photo was taken with what camera??
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