Portrait comparison: OnePlus 7 Pro vs iPhone XS Max vs Google Pixel 3 vs Galaxy S10+
Now, old-school cameras can easily meet those two prerequisites rather easily - just throw in a fast long lens and you will have all what's needed to snap a great portrait. However, nailing the correct focal length and the pleasing, natural bokeh are still two big hurdles that today's smartphones have to overcome. Of course, some cope better than others, and today we will be testing the very best smartphone cameras in this particularly demanding field - portraits.
Who knew that a windy day on a lavender field would prove to be such a nice setup for a quick portrait shootout? We did! This one is particularly hard because all the phones we tested did extremely well. Aside from a few very minor issues here and there, you can blindly pick a device and have a peace of mind that the resulting portrait would be excellent.
Samsung Galaxy S10+: 8/10
Apple iPhone XS Max: 8.5/10
OnePlus 7 Pro: 8/10We've said it already, but we'll say it again - the OnePlus 7 Pro uses the perfect focal length for portraits. Its 3x camera might initially put you off by being too close to the subject, but it makes you move and creates very proportionate portraits with excellent subject separation. This is true in this instance as well - we get a marvelous portrait. It has just one small flaw, though - the colors have a slight purplish tint.
Google Pixel 3: 8.5/10
Samsung Galaxy S10+: 7/10The Galaxy has had some problems with nailing the exposure in this shot, which has led to a slight "faded" and desaturated look to this portrait. Still, facial tones and details look great here.
Apple iPhone XS Max: 8/10A much more vibrant portrait that looks the part. The more intensive background blur in this scenario looks great. The iPhone is also betting on a stronger contrast here, but it keeps it in check unlike the Pixel 3.
OnePlus 7 Pro: 7.5/10
Google Pixel 3: 7.5/10The portrait that the Pixel 3 has snapped is excellent, but it's a bit too saturated and contrast-y, making it a bit too intense, which prevents it from getting the cake.
Samsung Galaxy S10+: 5/10Too soft and too over-exposed - the Galaxy S10+ has dropped the ball in this scenario, coming forth with a rather uninspiring portrait that is totally forgettable. Additionally,
Apple iPhone XS Max: 6.5/10A rather good portrait here - aside from a few issues with background separation near the top of my head, this portrait is quite appealing to me. I like the vividness of it all, as well as the pleasing contrast and overall great exposure of the scene. Still, one can't excuse the yellow-green bouquet of colors that dominate my face.
OnePlus 7 Pro: 7.5/10Not a bad portrait by the OnePlus representative, but it's definitely softer than some of its adversaries in this test. Background separation is excellent, with merely one or two artifacts visible (check the area near my left wrist, for example). The whole image is a bit over-exposed and colors are a bit washed out, but my face is exposed just nicely. The phone has nailed the correct skin tones on my face, making up for a rather
Google Pixel 3: 8/10
Samsung Galaxy S10+: 5/10
A good portrait, all things considered... until you notice the glaring artifact on the left side of the image. The iPhone kind of forgot that some blur needs to be applied to this particular area of the background as well. This is pretty sad, as the photo is otherwise very good - sharpness and overall exposure are rather likable, though colors are not that realistic.
Apple iPhone XS Max: 4.5/10
OnePlus 7 Pro: 6/10A great entry by the OnePlus 7 Pro, which once again proves that using its 3X telelphoto camera to snap portraits is a great decision on OnePlus' part as we our subject is quite proportionate. No case of "Mr Potato Head" here! However, the phone struggles a bit when it comes to colors - the purplish OnePlus tinge is here once again, most evident on Victor's face.
Google Pixel 3: 6/10
Samsung Galaxy S10+: 7/10Considering the difficult shooting conditions, the Galaxy S10+ has done a commendable job. First of all, it's among the two phones that even succeeded in capturing a portrait here (the other one being the Pixel), and the result isn't half-bad. Aside from the slightly washed out colors, we get acceptable bokeh in the background as well as a nice exposure of the whole scene that does a great service to the ambiance.
Apple iPhone XS Max: 1/10Oh, look, it's one of the Men in Black!
OnePlus 7 Pro: 3.5/10
Google Pixel 3: 5.5/10
Google Pixel 3: 35.5
OnePlus 7 Pro: 32.5
Samsung Galaxy S10+: 32
iPhone XS Max: 28.5
These results are pretty telling. Sure, we have winners and losers at the end of the day, but the reality of the situation is very simple - in ideal conditions, you really can't go wrong with either phone! Whichever you pick would certainly meet your expectations and then some, but leave the iPhone at home if you're planning to shoot low-light portraits. Apple has still not nailed portraiture when the lights go down, which once again proves the be the true archenemy of the iPhone.