iPhone 11 Pro vs Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs Google Pixel 3: NIGHT Mode Camera Comparison

iPhone 11 Pro vs Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs Google Pixel 3: NIGHT Mode Camera Comparison
The iPhone 11 series of phones bring one of the most hyped new features that have been available on Android flagships in the past couple of years: Night Mode!

And while the iPhone is definitely catching up with trends and is late to the party, Apple promises to actually achieve more than rivals with a night mode that works automatically, so you don't need to go and manually enable it in settings, but also a night mode that works nearly instantly, so you don't need to wait a long time for each and every snap.

How do those promises pan out in real life and is the Night Mode on the iPhone 11 Pro better than the Night Mode on the Galaxy Note 10+ or Nightscape on the Google Pixel 3? Let's find out.

#1 Night Mode tested





In this first example, we are seeing that the iPhone on the new 11 series makes a big difference: an otherwise dim and unusable image lightens up and turns into something much prettier. The iPhone night mode fires up automatically, but you can manually turn it on and adjust how long will the camera shutter stay open for an even more dramatic effect. The nice thing is that the image is captured momentarily, so you don't need to wait for a long time like you do on Galaxy and Huawei phones.

The Galaxy in this example has captured a night mode shot that is also a big improvement from the regular camera. It is however a bit frustrating how long it takes for a single night mode pictures to be captured and saved on this phone.

The Pixel is much faster, but when you look at its Nightscape photo on a bigger screen, you notice that it lacks in sharpness and has an annoying yellow-ish tint. This is nitpicking, of course, as all those images are an improvement over the original.

#2 A couple of beers








This shot was in a bar where you had a bit more light than on the first shot. The iPhone photo presents the most dramatic difference between having night mode turned on and off, while on the other two the difference is quite subtle and it might even be hard to tell which shot uses the night mode and which doesn't.

We find the Pixel photo a bit bleak and cold, while the other two phones do a similarly good job with the night mode.

#3 iPhone 11 Pro Night Shots



Right here, you will also find a few other shots using the night mode on the new iPhone: it is a very useful feature that turns photos that were previously unusable in something that you may want to share on social media and with friends.

Apple might be catching up, but it's doing it with a fast and easy-to-use implementation, which we appreciate.

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iPhone 11 Pro
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 12 MP front
  • Processor Apple A13 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2650 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3046 mAh

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91 Comments

1. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

iPhone 11 Is very big sh*t, Galaxy Is good, but Pixel Is Awesome Better!!

20. TadTrickle

Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

My question is, when did we all become professional photographers? We focus so much on on cameras. Any flagships camera coming out today is good enough for me. 10 years ago, all these ppl talking about cameras probably took 5 pictures their whole life. I'm more concerned about battery life, as an example, that's the part that has the slowest progress

75. shawman

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I agree camera war is done unless they put a huge 1" sensor and have new kind of optics which is as good ones seen in small cameras with 1" sensor.

79. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Because this is a phone site and this is phone news

83. deago78

Posts: 172; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I guess you're right. We've got to compare the nuances between phones on a phone review site. That said, I agree with the above comments. Any average user will probably be satisfied with 95% of photos on even a 2 or 3 year old phone let alone a current one. If you aren't, buy a DSLR and stop expecting your phone to be one.

84. tuminatr

Posts: 1144; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

When these devices became the main camera for everyone on the planet that is when. IPhone earns the biggest improvement award but the pixel is still the best. I can't wait until I see the P4 in about a month

105. Vega007

Posts: 86; Member since: May 18, 2017

The one time I actually need a good camera (hot naked girl wanted to leave some special things for me) my phones camera was s**t and had purple tint everywhere (looking at you HTC ONE). Now that I have super cameras on my phones, can't even get ugly girl to swipe right on me on tinder. I am depressed now and need to go buy an iPhone 11 Pro Max.

108. AnySmarterIdRunLinux

Posts: 4; Member since: May 04, 2015

Brilliant. Or Sad. I'm laughing either way

21. Papa_Ji

Posts: 859; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

And huawei P30 pro/ Mate 30 pro are the best

23. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Oh please, definitely not the P30 Pro, although that might change with the new color system that Huawei has promised to implement with EMUI 10. Don't get me wrong, it can take at times pictures that you will never think it's possible that a smartphone can take, but at times, especially when there's a human being in the frame, you will take one of the worst pictures on a flagship. That RYYB sensor ruins every color in the frame in such case, and skin tones looks faded. My Mate 20 Pro definitely was way more consistent than my P30 Pro.

94. DeanMachine

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 26, 2017

At daytime you are right, but I guess he means p30 pro is the best at night mode. And I have to agree. None can capture as much details at night as the latest Huawei phones.

90. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Without google services lol.

103. DeanMachine

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 26, 2017

The p30 pro have Google services :)

70. techpro00

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 21, 2019

You frustration shows ghat you can’t afford iphone

80. RoryBreaker

Posts: 238; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

such a simple minded comment

77. mackan84

Posts: 560; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Go watch iPhonedo on YT. Totally hammers many of note 10s camera-features Samsung just slapped into the phone without any heart.

82. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You've just gotta take the word of a guy who puts iPhone in his screen name. Definitely a credible source.

99. mackan84

Posts: 560; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

I totally agree but features like audio zoom, and bad 4K60 Samsung release without even trying he actually nails evidence for.

89. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

You mean not as fake night mode as pixel.

2. wickedwilly

Posts: 726; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

What struck me most from the second (beer) photo was not the improvement from the first photo, but how bad the iPhone was with the night mode not on. There is not a massive difference between the two Android phones with the first photo being acceptable. The first iPhone photo was unusable.

86. Vancetastic

Posts: 1601; Member since: May 17, 2017

They all looked waaay better after my fourth beer.

3. Hollowmost

Posts: 424; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

iphone trash, galaxy good, pixel is out of this world.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31322; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So you’re really gonna sit here, and call the iPhone 11’s camera trash? Not good, not ok, not even sub par, but trash. Ok dude.

4. chris2k5

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

iPhone beat all of them

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31322; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

There’s not a garbage phone in this comparison, just phones you can’t afford.

40. Cyberchum

Posts: 1095; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Man, I dig that response. Greatly befitting!

47. yalokiy

Posts: 1057; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Pixel 3 can be had for more than twice less than the others though.

6. LawnBoy

Posts: 198; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

Pixel for the win. Apple shouldn't even be in competitions. They are about as good as mid level phones

91. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

And yet always wins orSecond in the blind comparisons

7. Fred3

Posts: 561; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I'm just here to read the angry and trash talking comments lol

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