Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone X: blind camera comparison results

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone X: blind camera comparison results
Which phone takes the better pictures: the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or the Apple iPhone X?

Sometimes it's hard to judge, especially if you have a preference for one brand over the other: many people are just quietly biased towards their favorite and the only way to go around this is to have a... blind camera comparison!

This is exactly what we did last week: we published photos from both phones without revealing the brand names behind the photos, so you can only judge the image quality and nothing else. So... what's the result of this experiment? And who wins the blind camera test?

The results are now in, take a look right below.

Scene 1: The Alley

Which photo do you prefer?

A - iPhone X
B - Note 9

Scene 2: A Close-up Look at a Flower

Which photo do you prefer?

C - Note 9
D - iPhone X

Scene 3: Daylight Shot

Which photo do you prefer?

E - Note 9
F - iPhone X

Scene 4: Nighttime shot

Which photo do you prefer?

G - iPhone X
H - Note 9

Scene 5: The Statue at Night

Which photo do you prefer?

I - Note 9
J - iPhone X

Scene 6: A Selfie!

Which photo do you prefer?

K - Note 9
L - iPhone X

Final Results

So... who wins when you draw the line?

The iPhone wins scene 1 and 3, while the other four scenes go to the Note 9, so we do have a winner! Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 takes this one home! What do you think now that you see the actual phones that took the pictures? Are you happy with the photos from these two?

Related phones

Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)



1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Wow! Didn't expect the iPhone X to be such a good rival to the Note 9. Apple is improving its camera game! But the Pixel 3 will likely beat them both....

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Okay rival*

11. umaru-chan

Posts: 371; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Photo quality of pixel phone is awesome. But iPhone has the best video capabilities.

17. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

The mono audio reconding is one one them. Or no 4K HDR?

22. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

the 10 mins limit.

23. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Not with that really really bad mono sound with artefacts due to low bitrate. Image quality on iPhone is most impresive, sound quality is laughable.

24. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The Pixel 2 has much better video stabilization over any iPhones. Hands down, especially when it has both OIS and EIS. The iPhones only have OIS. You can look at videos showing this to be true. Also people must be blind in these blind tests. Just look at the first image alone people choose the iPhone X image over the SO, which the iPhone X clearly has less detail. Just look at the trees or the house detail. Also what was the iso set at for the S9?

35. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

The pixel 2 has much better video stabilization over any iPhone lol. Pixel has the worst video stabilization and worst video quality of any flagship around you need to check video comparison in YouTube.

25. luis.aag90

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Hardly the best video capabilities when the mono audio is considered. Also iPhones no longer have the best stabilization anymore. The Pixel and S9/Note 9 are better

41. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Still the best then S9 plus and note 9.

2. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Almost two years and they did not fix the yellowish srlfie nor purplr sky.

36. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's feature..

3. NateDiaz

Posts: 1090; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

I mean if you can't beat a year old phone with all that dual aperture and s**t... Glad Note 9 did well.

26. luis.aag90

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Technically, the camera HW from the Note 9 is only 5 months newer than the iPhone X. It's the same HW introduced on the S9+

40. NateDiaz

Posts: 1090; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Technically, they had 6 more months to improve image processing algorithms.

44. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Technically, Apple had 4 years to fix their yellow cast. But since people seem to like their pictures overly yellow, I guess they didn't. Which highlights what popular voting about actual qualities really means.

45. NateDiaz

Posts: 1090; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

If customers like them, I don't think any company would go against their customers. And no one ever complained about iPhone's camera, what you talking about fella? Every reviewer just praised this camera.

42. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

It’s the same camera as S7 with new aperture, telephoto and new image processing algorithms.

5. Godlymansean

Posts: 337; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Yeah. Note 9 camera way >

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Two great camera phones that both excels in the cam department. You can't go wrong with either of them.

34. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

In good light yes, in poorer lighting the iPhone does not excel and is below par when compared to other leading phones cameras.

7. Hollowmost

Posts: 424; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

I like the new AP design

15. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I agree. Looks way more modern.

8. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

When taking photos of boring stuff, like houses; I prefer a bit of color saturation, because greys and browns, typical don't come out well in most colors. The Note has a more natural look, but it was kinda dry. Certainly sharp and accurate. Nothing is gonna beat Samsung at night time shots. The highest aperture of any phone?! I'm actually surprised the iPhone even got 3 total rounds. It has one solid and the rest could easily have been closer, but with the Note on top. They both did well, the beast just couldn't be bested. But the saturated pics of the X, people claimed when Samsung was doing that, they preferred a more natural look. Now that both have gone completely opposite, all of a sudden color saturation is a

27. luis.aag90

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Couldn't agree more

10. maherk

Posts: 6961; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

ADFHIK were my picks.

12. Subie

Posts: 2392; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Clearly both phones cameras are good.

13. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

i agree i don't care too much about the day because most phones take day photos good enough but night time s9 plus note 9 unbeatable

14. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

So basically the difference is low light is better on Samsung. Not surprising. Good for Sammy.

16. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Note 9 FTW

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