Selfie comparison: Galaxy S10+ vs iPhone XS, Pixel 3, OnePlus 6T

Selfie comparison: Galaxy S10+ vs iPhone XS, Pixel 3, OnePlus 6T
That second selfie camera at the front of the Galaxy S10+ is one of the more glaring differences in contrast with the regular Galaxy S10. Samsung's shiny new phones both pack the same 10MP front camera, but the larger Galaxy ups the ante with another camera that perceives depth and enables for a more realistic bokeh in portraits. Samsung also throws in optical image stabilization and 4K video recording in the fray as well, which is most certainly a “first” for phones.

If you're playing around with the Galaxy S10+'s selfie cameras for the first time around, you might be led to believe that the phone has two different cameras--a regular and a wide-angle one--due to the fact that the camera app has both regular and wide-selfie modes. That's not the case - the wide-selfie mode is actually the "real" field of view of the selfie camera and produces 10MP selfies, whereas the zoomed mode only produces 6.5MP cropped selfies. Have this in mind if you're an avid selfie taker.

So, how does the Galaxy S10+ fare up against some very popular devices like the iPhone XS, OnePlus 6T, Galaxy Note 9, and Google Pixel 3? There's only one way to find out!


Scene #1

Lady in green



Scene #2

The weary traveler




Scene #3

Phones up in the air!



Scene #4

Dusky business




Selfie #5

Night out


Selfie #6

It takes two


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37 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31369; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

S10+ and XS, are owning these shots.

2. bigsimpd

Posts: 164; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Bro I’m with you on that they dominated. Oh Samsung might have finally gotten me away from the IPhone

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31369; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Two very good cameras indeed. I gotta see the Note 10, S 10 has me very curious about what the Note could bring.

3. bigsimpd

Posts: 164; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

I just hate the 512gb coming in 2 colors then we’ll buy now and later on they’ll release different colors makes no sense

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31369; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They do that crap all the time. Maybe wait, and see what new colors drop my dude.

5. blingblingthing

Posts: 978; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

You're kidding, you mean the S10 and Pixel, right? Check the XS' skin tone in 4 or the blown out highlight in 2. Phonearena, please give us the option to see the originals with the mouse over comparison affect. iPhones don't keep up with the pixel with details, and these small thumbnails hide this.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31369; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No I’m not kidding. I preferred the s10+, and XS pics...obviously you didn’t.

26. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1441; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

The XS utterly fails at night time selfies and anything daytime has too much of a yellow tint, something that's amplified in the night time pictures. The Pixel 3 suffers from similar yellowing during the day but the night time pictures are significantly better than the XS. The S10+ is the best by a mile, followed by the Pixel 3 primarily for the better night time pictures, then the XS and obviously last the OnePlus 6T.

29. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

S10+ has the best selfie camera on the planet dxomark 96.

6. briankeithmays

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I love how they give the iPhone all the closeup shots.

24. joshuaswingle

Posts: 641; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Those aren't closeup shots, iPhone selfies are just zoomed in like that when you take them. To make it look the same distance we'd need to hold the phone out further from our faces.

7. briankeithmays

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

The s10 and the pixel dominate this competition.

17. blingblingthing

Posts: 978; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I agree.

8. Juarizs

Posts: 46; Member since: Jan 22, 2019

I would choose the s10+ or xs, in daylight the xs has better skin tones but in dark situations the s10 wins. The 6T is just bad.

32. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

The skintones on the XS are pretty bad all around actually. The typical fake "golden hours" cast gives subjects in daylight pictures often the impression of carrying a liver disease. The night time yellow cast in the faces is really off the charts though.

9. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2255; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Not impressed with the S10+ since it’s the only triple camera. Most impressed with XS. Pixel didn’t wow me anything. OnePlus needs to go back to the drawing board.

21. Samfruit

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 11, 2018

Triple camera? This is a selfie comparison bro

13. LawnBoy

Posts: 198; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

The Apple is brutal. S10+ and Pixel. The usual top contenders

14. dimas

Posts: 3385; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I choose s10+ for all the pictures. The only thing I want samsung to improve in the coming updates are sharpness and details. For colors, it is accurate in my eye. Great job samsung. I'm excited to see s10e camera samples from John V.

15. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I could be like the usual fanboys above and pick my favorite brand as the winner, but I think they all looked good in their own way. Some more saturated, more contrast, or more natural. Except 6t, it was obviously lagging behind.

16. dimas

Posts: 3385; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Oneplus 6t camera result is expected for the price, Most oneplus 6t owners will use googlecam anyway. If you're on insta, just search googlecam and you'll see many people just go with the app on their affordable gadgets.

18. dimas

Posts: 3385; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

19. alligator

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

What happened with the great Pixel camera. I don't see it here? S10+ and iPhone Xs are sharing the first place. 6T is good phone but these pics show that not everything is marketing and hardware specs. You should touch a little bit the software so it can produce some nice photos.

20. Valinor

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

I need a s10 with s10+ front camera comparison! Cant decide if the 100 dollars extra is worth it. Does the second front camera really make that big of a difference in selfie quality and video quality!

23. dimas

Posts: 3385; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

S10 and s10+ share the same camera so safe to say you already saw the s10 quality.

22. Sategi

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 06, 2019

I prefer pixel shots, then S10, xs (all of them are nice). Oneplus is far from them. Btw I am XS owner...

25. uzbek-mobile-man

Posts: 118; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

My friends. Do not forget: OIS - optical image stabilization is very important for smartphone's camera. We had seen HTC 10 selfie camera with OIS in 2016 april and Sony Xperia XA Ultra with OIS in 2016 may. HTC 10's main camera was with OIS, but Sony Xperia XA Ultra's main camera was without OIS. We saw Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 plus with OIS on their both rear camera and front camera. Because of that, Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 plus can win any other smartphone's front camera in 2019.

27. Delightt

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 24, 2019

I prefer pixel shots. The look more natural with better overall details in all the pictures.

28. IIamkerr

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 24, 2019

Scene #1 P3| IPXS| S10 Scene #2 S10 | P3 | OP6T Scene #3 IPXS | S10 | OP6T Scene #4 P3 | S10 | IPXS Scene #5 OP6T | IPXS | P3 Scene #6 P3 | IPXS | S10 Pixel and iPhone did better to me based on my point system. However it's all personal preference.

30. dnomadic

Posts: 426; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Pixel looks best to me as it is sharper and does not blow out highlights. Some people may hat the exposure of the Pixel but I typically like how Google exposes scenes. The s10 and IPhone XS are a toss up. I prefer the S10s wider angle shots and it seems to handle background highlights slightly better, but struggles a little with subject highlights. The s10 May be a touch sharper, but overall they are pretty much neck and neck.

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