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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30. sixline

Posts: 17; Member since: May 25, 2015

I was thinking the same, what is use of portrait mode if background isn't blurred??

39. blingblingthing

Posts: 965; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

The iPhone wasn't even trying yet the author was praising it.

45. madphone

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Guess the iphone blured parts of the foreground again and he didn't want to show it.

17. mootu

Posts: 1520; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Just had a good look at all the pics on a 32" colour calibrated monitor and the iPhone probably had 1 win out of all the test yet they still give it No.1. You guys wonder why you get accused of iPhone bias when the bias is so obvious to everyone else.

52. oldskool50

Posts: 1579; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Well it's Victor. What do you expect? We just gotta deal with the fact, that no matter how many phones on the market are better than the iPhone at anything, that includes the Pixel, Galaxy, P30 Pro or whatever; they are gonna find some way to make the iPhone appear better. Why do you think they will never change their battery tests? They will change it, once their tests show the galaxy last longer. Or they will find a way to cheat the test. After all they use a "scientific" testing method. Which mean they control the parameters of the tests. In a real world environment, you have zero control of what is around you. Which is why YT tests with phones doing tasks side by side, is a better idea and shows the iPhone completely die at least 30-60 minutes before even the latest Galaxy models.

21. Vogue1985

Posts: 463; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

BORING, where is the NOKIA 9, Where is the Sony Xperia 1 . same old same old

29. User123456789

Posts: 925; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Xperia 1 is not even ready. Shipping starts in late May.

51. oldskool50

Posts: 1579; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

They aren't popular enough to get attention. the Xperia really is terrible at almost everything. That's why they don't sell. What so funny is, Sony makes an awesome camera sensor. Both Apple and Samsung have done well with them. In fact they have done so well, that even Sony can't even use its own sensor and take better pictures than the iPhone or Galaxy S. Why waste type posting phones no one cares about and you know aren't gonna win or even stand a chance.

22. chris2k5

Posts: 249; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Android fan boys crying so hard.

23. mootu

Posts: 1520; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Why? People can see with thier own eyes, there's nothing to cry about.

24. User123456789

Posts: 925; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Any of them offer option to choose how blurred you want the background?

31. sixline

Posts: 17; Member since: May 25, 2015

I have the s10 and it does offer to adjust the amount of blurriness. Plus it also allow 4 different types of blur.

53. oldskool50

Posts: 1579; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

The XS offers it as well now. It's not quite as good as the Galaxy though. YT tests show its not far behind though.

32. cmdacos

Posts: 4214; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Where's the credibility here? Show the points allocated for each segment so we can clearly see how iPhone was rated highest in the pitch black shot...

35. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Yeah cry more because a 2018 iphone still the best portrait and your Samsung gets the worst. Apple is way behind in everything buy still top in almost features.

41. MrMalignance

Posts: 296; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

How was the Samsung the worst? It should've been in the 2nd or 3rd spot. Apple should've been in 3rd or 4th...just anywhere behind pixel and samsung

40. blingblingthing

Posts: 965; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Exactly, the iPhone lost the first scene and the second scene with it's trouble separating the subject. The third scene, the iPhone didn't even take a portrait. The 4th scene, the iPhone isn't as sharp as the pixel. The fifth scene was garbage from the iPhone and a usable shot from the pixel. How did the iPhone win?

46. madphone

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

they are just provoking. they need comments in articles, guess those rank higher on google. provoking some simple "system wars" is a quick way to do it.

33. midan

Posts: 2901; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Good comparison. I think iPhone XS and Pixel did easily the best job. Those two are very close to each other and others are far behind. Well just like the score shows too.

50. oldskool50

Posts: 1579; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Of course you're gonna say that. But the fact even PA is showing the S10 was better than the iPhone, you will simply say otherwise. if you get away from the I always gotta win mentality, then you would be objective in your views of such vs always just sounding like a fan. The s10 photos are clearly better than the ones taken with the XS. Face it man, the iPhone camera, has not best since the Galaxy S6. When you look at the camera spec, it is amazing that 0.1% in Aperture, makes the S10 photos just a bit better. Look how poorly the iPhone does in low light. The S6 as old as it is, will still take a better lowlight photo then the present XS. When you're always bragging about smoothness and benchmarks, you know the things that really don't matter; isntead you should focus on how many use their phone and those are the things that matter. And samsung has worked to improve as much as they can, at a fair price, and they have mastered the fact that they have some of the most fully featured phones, and even with all its features useful or not, they still get the important things right. Taking photos, awesome battery life, a clean fast UI, advanced features for those open too that. There are lots of phones including the iPhone, that do things better than the Galaxy. But there is not one phone on the planet that bests the Galaxy S in everything. That is a fact no matter how much you hate on it. Why can't you be happy we also have a good phone. when you consider all the crappy android phones that you could buy? We want you to also enjoy those same things on your iPhone. But just face it dude, the iPhone is not the best at everything. And it has been bested where it matters most to consumers, no matter how many they sell.

37. rsiders

Posts: 1959; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

My old Lumia 1020 given the right degree of separation absolutely does perfect "portrait mode" shots because of the larger sensor which relies on physics alone. The blur and subject separation has still not been outdone with software yet.

42. Dreamboat

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

Are you actually serious with the iPhone winning the first round? It's the worst and doesn't even have proper focus! Look at the watch, its blurry as hell and the jacket is half fuzzy. Complete bullocks.

48. jjface

Posts: 239; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

It is obvious to everyone else in the entire world that the pixel is king of portraits. The P30 wasn't too bad sometimes but as always the huawei is inconsistent. The iphone is okay and beats the others but is not in the same class as the pixel.

49. Kohai

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 04, 2010

Are you aware that the ToF sensor in the P30 Pro is not activated yet? It´s supposed to be active from an OTA yet to arrive (maybe is the .140 fw update already rolling). You should update this comparison then.

54. oldskool50

Posts: 1579; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Did anyone notice that the galaxy was the only phone, to clearly catch the light at the very end of the shot? and how its equally as bright at the ones, in the foreground? NONE of the other cameras picked it up very well. The OnePlus did even get it at all. The rest of them blurred or not only a piece. Unless there are trees there that potentially could have blocked the light, which you can't tell; the galaxy was the only one that picked it up cleanly.

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