The Ultimate PORTRAIT Mode Comparison: iPhone XS vs Galaxy S10+ vs LG G8 vs Pixel 3 vs Huawei P30 Pro vs OnePlus 6T

Portrait mode allows you to capture professional looking shots right on your smartphone, but which phone does it best?...
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55 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Something I would never do is using phone in landscape to take a portrait. Vertical is much better.

2. User123456789

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Actually all phones on Earth do poor portraits. Always part of the bodies ( ears, hair , fingers) are "cut" by the blurred areas.

15. Papa_Ji

Posts: 848; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

iPA Where is Nokia 9 pureview ???

25. User123456789

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Probably they did not want to wait the thousand seconds the device needs to take the photo.

36. rsiders

Posts: 1950; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

You mean process the photo but ok.

19. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1418; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

All this article managed to prove to me is that Portrait modes are absolutely crap, no matter the device. The portrait mode pictures all just look weird and unnatural, why the hell would you use it.

3. oldskool50

Posts: 1491; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

The photo you took in the dark, with the Pixel, is fuzzy an somewhat "pixel"ated. The S10+ picture is bright and fairly share. But you said, you shouldn't use portrait in the dark, unless using the Pixel III. But in your photos the Pixel was one of the worse shots. The iPhone just sucks taking photos in the dark period. Stop wasting time with it.

4. shield

Posts: 837; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Nice Apple only 1 stupid test Win but all test fail. Portrait mod is Gimmick s**t only ultrawide is Best for second camera! LG destroy stupid Apple, all destroy stupid and ugly design!!

5. samgsam

Posts: 148; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

This test according to me has not been done properly. What you did is you stood where you were getting a perfect portrait on the iPhone and then continued to click photos with other phones from that point only. I might be wrong but that's what i see in the samples. It would be better if you move close or away from the subject depending on which phone you're shooting from. You can't click the same photo from a telephoto lens and a prime lens by standing at the same spot. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

43. jincx

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

you are absolutely right. the person took these photos has no knownledge about portrait photography sadly.. these phone cameras should be reviewed by photographers only.

55. MrMalignance

Posts: 296; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Exactly, this is a great idea. They could also offer truly experienced analysis of the color reproduction and other factors we wouldn't know. Perhaps taking a professional photo as the base, to show what it should look like

6. japkoslav

Posts: 1505; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

They all suck so hard, it's so pathetic.

7. blingblingthing

Posts: 953; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

"Ever since Apple introduced portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus in late 2016, other companies have been copying the feature and now, nearly two and a half years after the launch" So HTC does bokeh in 2014 but Apple is being copied from 2017 because they changed the name?

26. User123456789

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Sony had it too in 2014 with sub app Background Defocus, came bit after z2

8. MrMalignance

Posts: 296; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

iPhone didn't do half as well as those article suggests. Clearly it was perhaps 3rd. It doesn't help that very few of the photos had the same proportions. When background has an effect on the focal point, you need to have all of it captured. They clearly avoided that on most of the iPhone pictures, to hide apples weak points. The LG did better than the OnePlus phone, in almost every way, but still they talk trash and refuse to give it what's due. The pro apple bias and lg thrashing just makes this whole article weak and pathetic. I hate to be so harsh, but there is no other description fitting

56. oldskool50

Posts: 1491; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

You're not being harsh. But the fanboys will se it that way. because anything said bad about an iPhone, even when its 100% true, is just hated to them. What you said was spot on.

9. blingblingthing

Posts: 953; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I'm not sure why anyone would prefer the phone using the telephone lens for the portraits seeing that you'll need to back up when you switch to portrait. Also why would a wide angle camera make magically bigger? Why would a telephoto lens preserve a person better? Also, please give up a blind comparison. The iPhone seems to be the phone that excels at the least but magically rated the best.

27. User123456789

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

For protrait companies can choose three options: 1) most common is a 52mm , with smaller aperture (sharper pics) to capture person while the wide does the blur. 2) the wide captures the person while another acts as depth. Could be ultra wide ( awful choice), regular depth or ToF 3) wide takes pics while the "tele" does the blur. Advantage is the main has always better hardware for night portraits.

38. blingblingthing

Posts: 953; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I don't see how specific one gets you better pictures. Using two cameras, you have somewhat of a 3d landscape to help separate the subject from the background. Whether you want to capture with the main camera or telephoto, you're just reversing the responsibilities. Also, pixel is using one camera. To this using the telephoto lens argument is moot.

10. RoryBreaker

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

To a large extent, this is all subjective. Use what works best for YOU.

11. kakudiego

Posts: 123; Member since: May 21, 2014

iPhone Arena, and surprise, iPhone wins

12. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Another article that makes android butthurt because iPhones does what it should be. And for the low-light, just wait until apple support and you will see that even though android was ahead in low light photography, it will be dust compared to iphone photos. Point and shoot is the best too in iphone and so videos.

14. LFCRodrigues

Posts: 61; Member since: May 09, 2014

Just wait for the New iPhone so you could get the night mode... On Android you could get even on cheapest smartphones. Yes, they can try to do better but you Will have to pay for a New iPhone to get It.

28. User123456789

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Iphones best videos? Not even have HDR 4K. SD855 devices can record 4K60 HDR10 (if company decides to offer), while Apple has SDR only.

34. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

How long can you record on 4K videos?

44. madphone

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

You realize that apple is already doing that with the iPhone XR due to the lack of a tele-lens. Night Portraits are much better than on XS but still not on Pixel Level. ThePixels are the only phones getting the distortions right with a wide angle lens. Th eonly thing lacking compared to a tele lens is background compression. But i think it is a good trade-off, since that way you don't miss much but you have consistantly good photos. Point and shoot!

13. LFCRodrigues

Posts: 61; Member since: May 09, 2014

IDK I still feeling like Pixel does the best. The scene 3 looks like the XS did nothing but get closer to the subject.

20. blingblingthing

Posts: 953; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

The pixel indeed was best. The iPhone didn't even try to blur anything in scene 3 yet, the author is praising it.

16. blingblingthing

Posts: 953; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Scene 3. The iPhone didn't even blur the background yet you're praising it and claiming the rest look comical. RIP your credibility.

18. jefff

Posts: 30; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

How DARE you?! When did Victor Hristov ever have credibility?! That's a dirty, filthy lie, and you know it. Don't besmudge his bad name like that.
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