iPhone X wins our blind camera comparison vs Huawei P20 Pro, Galaxy S9+, Pixel 2 XL

iPhone X wins our blind camera comparison vs Huawei P20 Pro, Galaxy S9+, Pixel 2 XL
A week ago, we invited you to take part in our blind camera comparison – a comparison where you, our readers, got to vote for the images you liked best without knowing which phone took them. The star of the show was the Huawei P20 Pro and it was running against the iPhone X, the Galaxy S9+, and the Google Pixel 2 XL

So, did the P20 Pro dominate this one? Did its triple camera setup obliterate its competitors? Well, not quite. Huawei's handset won in two out of seven scenes, demonstrating prowess in low light and tendency to produce vibrant colors in daytime. The iPhone X, however, got first spot in three scenes in total, which makes it the winner of this blind camera comparison. The Pixel 2 XL and the Galaxy S9+ scored a point each.

Final Results:


  1. iPhone X (Winner in 3 scenes)
  2. Huawei P20 Pro (Winner in 2 scenes)
  3. Samsung Galaxy S9+ (Winner in 1 scene)
  4. Google Pixel 2 XL (Winner in 1 scene)

But even though it didn't win the gold, we can say that the Huawei P20 Pro is a worthy rival to today's flagship smartphones. Are you surprised by the outcome, or did the results line up with your expectations? Let us know in the comments! And if you missed the blind camera comparison when we posted it, here's a second look at all the scenes.

Scene 1



Scene 1: Which photo do you like best?

Photo A (Pixel 2 XL)
14.48%
Photo B (Huawei P20 Pro)
31.78%
Photo C (iPhone X)
44.33%
Photo D (Galaxy S9+)
9.42%


Scene 2



Scene 2: Which photo do you like best?

Photo A (iPhone X)
14.08%
Photo B (Galaxy S9+)
14.4%
Photo C (Pixel 2 XL)
9.07%
Photo D (Huawei P20 Pro)
62.46%


Scene 3



Scene 3: Which photo do you like best?

Photo A (Huawei P20 Pro)
7.54%
Photo B (Pixel 2 XL)
5.85%
Photo C (Galaxy S9+)
11.12%
Photo D (iPhone X)
75.49%


Scene 4



Scene 4: Which photo do you like best?

Photo A (Pixel 2 XL)
18.55%
Photo B (iPhone X)
59.03%
Photo C (Huawei P20 Pro)
9.03%
Photo D (Galaxy S9+)
13.39%


Scene 5



Scene 5: Which photo do you like best?

Photo A (Galaxy S9+)
49.16%
Photo B (Huawei P20 Pro)
25.26%
Photo C (iPhone X)
16.07%
Photo D (Pixel 2 XL)
9.51%


Scene 6



Scene 6: Which photo do you like best?

Photo A (Huawei P20 Pro)
33.47%
Photo B (iPhone X)
6.89%
Photo C (Galaxy S9+)
10.35%
Photo D (Pixel 2 XL)
49.28%


Scene 7



Scene 7: Which photo do you like best?

Photo A (iPhone X)
4.25%
Photo B (Galaxy S9+)
6.31%
Photo C (Pixel 2 XL)
15.12%
Photo D (Huawei P20 Pro)
74.31%

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166 Comments

1. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Angry fanboys with ton of excuses incoming.

16. DolmioMan

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

“iPhone arena” despite the fact these were all picked by the readers.

56. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Lolzzzzzzzzzz so true!!!!!! Irony...

39. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

impossible. The camera kings are the Pixels and the P20 pros. The galaxy s8/9 Note 8 however, lmao...

136. cocoy

Posts: 456; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

I only have one question folks, how would you know that the pictures which got the most votes are indeed taken by the iPhone X?

138. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

if that's your question then why even bother to visit this site?

145. cocoy

Posts: 456; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Because the comment section is fun to read. Sort of an entertainment, especially if fanboys are whining because the article don't favor their brand. Are you not entertained?

161. xenontetroxide

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 23, 2018

If they give full res samples for each I could pick out every single one of the P20Pro photos because the sharpening and smearing don't stand up to magnification, NOBODY else behaves like this, but at this...barely FHD resolution I'm not so sure.

2. Whitedot

Posts: 773; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Did you have original full res images for viewing?

157. jacky899

Posts: 430; Member since: May 16, 2017

I have been asking the exact same questions. Without the original full res pics, it is a very poor comparison at best. Some cameras can capture far sharper detail than others but in PA's camera comparisons, the photos are compressed so the only thing you can really compare is the colors. That's why PA's camera comparisons are meaningless.

4. adecvat

Posts: 639; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

So: iPhone X best for daylight P20 Pro for low-light

5. NateDiaz

Posts: 1086; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

y'all lowkey want an iPhone X, the best out there.

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

That's subjective. And even then, the iPhone X lost in low light.

48. kick413

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Not being joking, if it have fast charging out of the box a headphone jack, and fps, it would definitely be my daily.

6. franzfifty

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

This is the proof that people in general don't care about the actual quality but how the picture looks like. Manufacturers study what people in general like in a picture (strong colors and vibrant scene) and what they don't like (true to life colors etc.). So they tune their cameras to do exactly that. This comparison shows how people vote - not the quality of the image, but how they prefer it to see.

12. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Not necessarily true. I for one, like true-to-life colours more than overly saturated ones.

22. franzfifty

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

me too, but it's just one side of a picture. The aggressive noise reduction and artificial sharpening on P20 and the saturation in iphone X pictures is not my taste. But i can understand why people chose it. The reason is mainly "it looks very nice" - independently if that picture is of low quality or not.

162. xenontetroxide

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 23, 2018

Me too, that's why in many samples I chose in the minority. In scene 6 the P20Pro had a horrendous trail of crap floating in the sky yet still got more than 30% of the votes, I'm relieved the Pixel won, but I think I chose the S9+ shot.

108. wizard7926

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 30, 2018

Not to mention, some of these photos got more votes simply because they're framed better. A few of these are just ridiculously poorly shot.

109. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Maybe your right but then again that is what matters. Pictures are subjective. What people like in them at the time matters the most. To a lot of people the way it looks is the quality. But beyond that all these phones take quality photos. Untill they compete with a $1000 camara or more than it is what it is. But that is completely amazing where they are. If you want to have better photos than you need a professional camara. Last thing is the best camara is the one you have on you.

163. xenontetroxide

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 23, 2018

Umm...no. You could get a EM10II or something which is already quite decent for something like $500, and it's much better, MUCH.

7. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

Interestingly the iPhoneX got the lowest scores in all night scenes. Night scenes is all that matters because even mid range phones produces good photos in daylight.

10. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Speak for yourself when you say night scenes matter the most. Everyone doesn't take most of their photos at night.

64. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

It's still the largest differentiator though because like he says, even most budget phones can take well exposed and detailed pictures in good daylight. The main difference there is colors, which is largely subjective in a popular test like this. The remaining differences would only be visible in the full resolution samples, not these heavily downsampled ones. That last part greatly helped the iPhone X, since it produces the most smudgy/paintery (least fine detail and most artifacts because of heavy handed noise reduction) results on close inspection.

164. xenontetroxide

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 23, 2018

Actually no. The proper flagships all yield more effective resolution at full magnification, only the P20Pro resorts to fake oversharpening and smearing NR. If we were only looking at 100% crops the P20Pro would be out of the game in daylight, at night it has a chance, if it catches a dark enough environment.

165. xenontetroxide

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 23, 2018

Actually no. The proper flagships all yield more effective resolution at full magnification, only the P20Pro resorts to fake oversharpening and smearing NR. If we were only looking at 100% crops the P20Pro would be out of the game in daylight, at night it has a chance, if it catches a dark enough environment.

152. Marcwand3l

Posts: 426; Member since: May 08, 2017

Well he is correct. Even a cheap phone with an unremarkable camera can produce a very nice photo during day light and if auto results from a color perspective are not great they can easily be tweaked. So subjectivism for day light shots is as high as it can be when comparing 2 cameras but for low light it's a different story because in order to get good results in low light you need decent hardware as well as great software. This is why iphone x is mediocre in low light because it's camera sensor is inferior when compared to most Android flagships. I find myself quite often in low light situation when I need to take a picture, especially during the winter when it starts to get dark outside at around 4pm. You simply try to exclude low light performance because iphone x doesn't excel in that department.

169. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Yeah that sentence of his about a cheap phone's daylight performance is correct for some phones. But I didn't even say that was wrong. And if you take most of your photos in the dark, then maybe good for you. But I don't. So he and you should only speak for yourselves.

80. jasaero

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Yep....not really sure how ~7100 total votes beats almost ~7800 votes???

132. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

iPhone night shoot it’s true to life I don’t want a photo that shows at low light like day light and add tons of fake light.

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