iPhone 11 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs Google Pixel 3: CAMERA Comparison

iPhone 11 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs Google Pixel 3: CAMERA Comparison
The new iPhone 11 Pro is here and it brings a triple camera system with a new ultra-wide camera in addition to the familiar main and telephoto lenses, but the camera improvements are not limited to just having more lenses, the image quality has taken a big leap forward.

Naturally, we were curious to see how does the new iPhone camera compare against the very best Android shooters, and we've picked the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and the Google Pixel 3 series for the ultimate camera battle of 2019 (until the Pixel 4 arrives that is).

So do we have a winner? Let's find out!

Ultra-wide Battle

In this first shot, we have lined up all three different cameras on the iPhone and the Galaxy, and you can see that the results are pretty close. Both phones capture consistent and beautiful, lively colors. But if you are looking at the image on a bigger screen, you would notice some interesting differences in the amount of detail. Right below we provide a crop of the shot from the ultra-wide camera, where you can see that the iPhone is able to deliver a lot more detail:

vs Pixel 3

And when you compare a crop of the main cameras, you notice that the iPhone 11 Pro is able to show intricate detail near the clock tower, while the Galaxy Note 10+ burns that area, while the Pixel 3 does well in that part of the image, but in the shadows where the trees are it appears way too dark and you cannot see any detail there.

iPhone 11 Pro wins this round and shows some impressive advances in the amount of detail captured.

City Views

Another beautiful view, and this time we are only looking at the photo from the main cameras of the three phones.

The differences are not huge, but one can easily notice how the Pixel captures a photo that looks unrealistic, with colors that are a bit too wild, and with way too much contrast, as if the image was edited. Some people may like this, but it results in less detail in the shadows and technically, it's not a great image.

The iPhone and Galaxy both have warmer, more toned down colors that capture the afternoon sun illuminating the buildings. The iPhone takes away a bit off the beautiful blues of the skies, and we would give a slight preference to the Galaxy. But really, it's a very close call between the two here.


Again, in this example, we see the same trends confirmed: the Pixel captures a photo with colder colors and it loses detail in the darker areas (notice how the statue is way too dark).

The iPhone and the Galaxy have a bit of an advantage, and the iPhone has a bit more detail, but again, it's a very close call between the two.

Selfie #1

Like it or not, selfies are here to stay, and for many people they are an important part of the camera experience.

In this set of pictures taken with the front camera, the Galaxy Note stands out with the very orange skin color that it has captured. This doesn't look realistic and the photo it has taken is not quite as good as the other two phones.

The iPhone and the Pixel are both great: my face has a realistic color, it has some detail and both photos looks nice and sharp. The Pixel seems to capture a bit more detail and because of that we give it a slight advantage.

Selfie #2

Another selfies shows that a very dynamic scene with a very bright background is a BIG challenge for the front cameras. None of the phones is able to deal with the dynamic range, but the iPhone produces an extremely weird photo with an alien, unrealistic color of my face that just looks terrible.

The Pixel also exaggerates the image as if you have added a lot of the clarity effect in Photoshop, but at least it does not look alien, and there is a lot more you can see in the background on it. The Galaxy, however, wins this round in our books: it has the most balanced look that looks pleasing and quite realistic.


Take a look at part 2 of this camera comparison where we take a look at the NIGHT photos!



1. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Oh goodie, another Victor review. Well we know it's going to be totally unbiased, right? Not!

12. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

And yet you’ll still be reading and commenting on whatever Victor writes, so the loser is........sgodsell.

36. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If only he'd stay off the Apple articles the way you do Samsung and Android articles...

40. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

I’m not accusing Victor of being biased in those Samsung or Android articles. So try again Teddy.

56. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Of course you're not, he's invariably putting the iPhone ahead. No, you're there putting Android and Samsung down, and abusing the commenters of being biased. So, no need for me to try again, I nailed it first time.

13. Vokilam

Posts: 1282; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Actually I totally agree with his marks, when looking at details of each photo Samsung was worst, pixel an iPhone kinda on par.

37. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Then you didn't read the article, because if you add up the scores, it comes to: Note 10 - 35.7 iPhone 11 - 35.2 Pixel - 34.0

51. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Well, the note 10+ won the review, so it was unbiased. I only disagreed with one of the assessments.

2. Tipus

Posts: 894; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

You can do it Victor! :))))

3. waqarzec

Posts: 75; Member since: May 09, 2013

Common Victor you can make the iPhone Win.... Let's do it....

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

To be honest, they almost look like they were all taken with the same camera. All 3 camera are fantastic. Fanbots should make this an interesting article.

7. Xavier1415

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Smh wow just wow lol

8. Carlitos

Posts: 673; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Very close, they all look amazing really. I find the Ultrawide on the Note 10+ to actually look better than on the iPhone so far Interesting how in some shots in this comparison you say both the Note and the iPhone took essentially the same shot, but proceed to take a few points from the note 10 simply because personally you prefer a specific color hue over the other, you can do better Victor

9. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

The differences are not huge indeed. The deductions are mostly because of the lower amount of detail on the Note, the iPhone has really improved in that regard. Also in some instances for color, but only when it's objective such as the blue color of the sky and so on. I have no preference for either of these phones, I am using a OnePlus as a daily driver, but enjoy the cameras on all these flagships, they look amazing.

10. Joosty

Posts: 482; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

I'm amazed at how the Pixel 3 can still hold it's own ground. iPhone 11 Pro is natural, Note = unrealistic colors, Pixel 3 = too real. Lol

29. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1439; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

The iPhone 11 Pro still suffers from the same unnatural colors the previous generation suffered from.

38. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And isn't it interesting that when Samsung phones had unrealistic colors, it was a negative. But now, they're "pleasing, warm" colors on the iPhone. On another note, I'll say it again. They're all great pictures, with just a few nitpicks between them. Any one is plenty good enough.

11. DBounce

Posts: 172; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

I have the Note 10 Plus and have an appointment to pickup my iPhone 11 Pro Max later today at the Apple store. Both are capable phones. I feel iOS is getting a bit stale at this point. It has pretty much looked the way is does forever. The Note on the other hand... with Samsungs One UI, is feeling very modern and fresh. With that said, I think it's very plausible that the iPhone out guns the Note in the camera department. As a productivity tool however, the Note is far superior. I paid for them both so I can speak without bias. But honestly the smart device I am most looking forward to is the Apple watch series 5. It may sound strange, but always on display, that is readable, should always be on every smartwatch.

39. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Really? That's the first thing I turn off on my phone and watch. Oh, well, better to have the option than not.

64. JeffC73

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 11, 2019

ummm... galaxy watches have always on capabilities. I have the Gear S3 Frontier watch from like 3 years ago and I can turn on AOD. I don't like it. I just have the display turn on automatically when I lift my wrist. No reason to have it on when you can't even see it. and even if it doesn't turn on it takes like .5 sec to turn on the screen. So Apple watch 5 has caught up.

14. Saywhatnow

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Victor, I just started looking at your article and saw that you have the city view crops mixed up where the Samsung note crop is the apple iPhone and the apple iPhone is the Samsung. You need to make sure you have the correct information before submitting your comparison. Now it's questionable if the rest of the comparisons is accurate or taken with said phones and not mixed up as well.

21. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

Thanks for noticing that! I double checked the photos and one of the images was indeed misplaced. I have now corrected the mistake.

27. Mikele

Posts: 177; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Wow, Victor you won my heart! I believe you're improving on your reviews now

15. Mr8Sin

Posts: 24; Member since: May 17, 2018

Cant wait for part 2 when we tally up all the decimals, I always wanted to have a heated decimal point argument on who's phone is better.

18. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

They all are awesome phones. Really getting picky if you think anyone of them won’t be fine for %99 of you all. All I am interested in is the super wild angle ability. I already use iOS for the last 5 years so I am getting a 11pro max.

19. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I think the differences will be marginal 90% of the time. It will come down to personal preference as to which phone, OS, you prefer and whichever one that is will be the winner to you. Question to the users: Does the Iphone Pro deserve the Pro moniker? They say they improved on camera, battery life and...display....but does it truly deserve to be called the Pro while missing other features that would, in my opnion of course, justify the name and the high price tag? Especially with it starting at 64GB. What about reverse wirelesscharging, in-display fingerprint scanner, or a 90HZ screen as a few examples. Not saying to through all of these features in at the same time, but why is it called Pro over the regular Ipohne 11 with just a few improvements over it? Thoughts.

20. cpike84

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

In another month there will be an iPhone 11 Pro vs Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs Pixel 4 XL photo comparison. That will be much more relevant than comparing new phones to last years Pixel.

33. Fred3

Posts: 561; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

That's the only one i would like to see. And throw the Mate 30 Pro in there

22. NasirMalik

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Has someone else also noticed, Victor used Note 10+'s City View crop for iPhone and named iPhone's washed out colored crop as Note 10+'s...!?

23. Vagabondjonez

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Background exposure on all the devices selfie struggle. I think Apple is not funking around anymore. Samsung will more than likely go with the Bayer sensor next year. Honestly, the built in memory on the sensor could really be put to better use to construct a better image.

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