Early Pixel 4 XL vs Galaxy S10+ camera samples comparison yields surprising results

Early Pixel 4 XL vs Galaxy S10+ camera samples comparison yields surprising results

The Pixel 4 and its larger XL sibling are the most anticipated phones for the next month of October, and as their launch nears, we are getting more and more features and design shots revealed.

After posting what is possibly a preview version of the Pixel 4 XL, complete with the white-back-on-black-bands exterior that is arguably an acquired taste, and waxing poetic about the matte surface that is not entirely that, the folks over at Nextrift actually shot some camera samples.

Not only do they took pictures of the office park with the Pixel 4 XL, but also compared samples from the same vantage point done with the Galaxy S10+. Long story short, the sole 12MP sensor of the Pixel 4 XL captured more details and rendered the colors more accurately compared to the real-life scene in front of the lens, compared to the jolly warm saturation coming from the Galaxy. 

In terms of dynamic range the phones are about on par, that's to say pretty good. This is most likely not the retail version with the finalized camera software, too, so we can't wait to see the leaps and bounds Google improved on the already excellent Pixel 3 camera with.

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Pixel 4 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3700 mAh
Galaxy S10+
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4100 mAh

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13 Comments

2. maddy996

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Seems pretty tough competition, though pixel color looks more true to life...

5. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

I see similar comments like this all the time but without a reference how do we know that one looks truer than other? Anywhere from individual color perception, device you're viewing the picture, lighting, etc are all impact the final product at hand

7. TBomb

Posts: 1568; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Valid point... but I think we just have to assume that things are reproduced exactly as the camera took it.... or else we'd never be able to get an answer. I know that it's a false assumption, but there's no feasible way around it.

12. ltavaress

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

I believe it is a precise assumption considering the case of every samsung phone so far is: it adds a little more color and other effects to make the pictures more appealing to the eye instead of displaying an accurate image

8. DBozz

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

I would say s10 still has slightly better dynamic range. You can spot more details in darker areas in s10 pics. Its ridiculous Samsung hasn't given any much improvements on hardware except variable aperture, but still manages to close the gap with competitions like iPhone 11 & pixel 4. Hope Samsung's next flagship will top the camera game as we know its gonna come with new camera hardware!

3. pooma

Posts: 96; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

they have to put a bigger camera sensor if they really want to improve smartphone photography. 1/2.55 inch sensor has reached it's full potential.

4. Jparker21417

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 29, 2019

Why wouldn't they compare to the newer Samsung galaxy note 10+? Why would they compare it with a phone that is 7 months old now?

6. JohnR

Posts: 158; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

Because a 7 month old phone should still have a great camera.

13. Jparker21417

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 29, 2019

Yes it should but not as good as a phone that isn't even out yet, especially with how fast technology advances. Seems like an easy way to win.. Is the new iPhone 11 camera better than the galaxy s8's? Lol

9. DBozz

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

May be the leaker limited with s10 and he/she doesn't use note 10

11. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1578; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Same camera sensor, same Samsung software. Not to mention there hasn't been much improvement from Samsung's main camera in a few years.

14. Jparker21417

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 29, 2019

There is an extra camera on the note10+, the depth sensing camera makes a pretty big difference as I have both and the notes is noticeably better

10. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1578; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Viewing this on a PC I'm not seeing a detail advantage on the Pixel, they both lack detail to me, but that's what I'd expect from low resolution sensors. Color is all personal preference when you aren't there to see the scene with your own eyes. Some prefer a warmer tone, others cooler. At least the Galaxy gives pro controls so that you can select how you want it.

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