Galaxy S9+ Tops iPhone X as Best Smartphone Camera Ever in DxO's Controversial Rankings

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    DxO today said Samsung's new Galaxy S9 Plus has the best smartphone camera it has ever tested. The device earned the highest-ever DxOMark score of 99, topping both the Google Pixel 2 and iPhone X, which scored 98 and 97 respectively.


    In its review, DxO said the Galaxy S9 Plus camera lacks any "obvious weaknesses" and "performs very well across all photo and video test categories," which will make it a compelling choice for photography-minded smartphone users.
    While the Galaxy S9 Plus has a 12-megapixel dual-lens rear camera like the iPhone X, a key new feature is variable aperture, which means the lenses can adapt to various lighting conditions just as the human eye would, and automatically let in more light when it's dark and less when it's too bright.

    In dim conditions, the rear camera uses a very fast f/1.5 aperture to maximize light capture, according to DxO. In brighter light, it switches to a slower f/2.4 aperture for optimized detail and sharpness.

    DxO found the Galaxy S9 Plus produces "excellent results" in bright light and sunny conditions, with vivid colors, good exposures, and a very wide dynamic range. The autofocus wasn't the very fastest DxO has ever tested, but they said it's more than fast enough not to be an issue for any user.

    Galaxy S9+

    iPhone X

    While the review crowned the Galaxy S9 Plus as an "excellent bright-light performer," DxO still experienced some "fairly minor issues" in those conditions. Some of its photos had "purple fringing on high-contrast edges" and "pretty noticeable" ringing halos, while others had "slight blue or pink color casts."

    DxO said the Galaxy S9 Plus's performance in dimmer conditions is "equally impressive," yielding photos with "nice exposures with vivid color, accurate white balance, low noise, and good texture in low-light conditions."

    The rear camera earned top marks in several other areas, including autofocus, zoom, flash, and bokeh, exposure, contrast, and color accuracy, so be sure to read the full-length review for more detailed analysis.

    To determine scoring in its smartphone camera reviews, DxOMark said its engineers capture and evaluate over 1,500 test images and more than two hours of video, both in controlled lab environments and in natural indoor and outdoor scenes, using the camera's default settings. This article explains more about the methodology.

    DxO's smartphone camera reviews are well known, but they've also attracted some criticism, since the overall quality of a camera is subjective. When comparing dynamic range on the Galaxy S9 Plus, Google Pixel 2, and iPhone X, for example, DxO itself said the results are "pretty much a question of personal preference."

    For those interested, here is DxO's review of the iPhone X camera. But reviews from professional photographers like Austin Mann may be more valuable. Together, they provide good technical and real-world insight.

    Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ can be pre-ordered starting today for $720 and $840 respectively. The smartphones launch March 16.

    Article Link: Galaxy S9+ Tops iPhone X as Best Smartphone Camera Ever in DxO's Controversial Rankings
  2. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Garbage rating system. There's a reason pros don't rely on it.
  3. WhoDaKat macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2006
    I love how each new iteration of smart phone just happens to top the last by a point. Its almost like they want to stay relevant. Either way, props to Samsung for keeping the competition going.
  4. Parystec macrumors member


    Mar 30, 2011
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    Rating on pic is subjective rubbish.
  5. MacLawyer macrumors demi-god


    Aug 1, 2009
    Bully for Samsung, but it just doesn't matter to me. I like my iPhone 7 and see no reason to upgrade until it either breaks or Apple ceases to support it with software updates.
  6. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Was DXO rubbish when the X got a higher score than the Note 8? Just saying ...... o_O
  7. pat500000 macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2015
    Every year a new phone that comes out will be considered a “best camera.” But to be fair, it isn’t out for consumers to try and plus ..they said it has the better low light ability and less grainy
  8. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
  9. The Don Onez macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2017
    Huntsville, AL
    I haven't been able to differentiate between my different phone's photos for a few years now. I guess you really got to be a photo enthusiasts.
  10. Rafterman macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2010
    Why is is "controversial"? Because it didn't pick the iPhone?
  11. codydale macrumors member


    Jun 2, 2014
    Yeah... as mentioned by some (and thought by most), those two pictures are subjectively better only on an individual level. The blue and teal poles actually look more vivid when taken by the iPhone X imho... which is really the only thing that pops out in those images.

    (True that the red ceiling is brighter in the S9 image, but again whether that is good or bad is pretty opinion-based)
  12. dragje macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2012
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Great achievement by Samsung. And the number one spot is quite difficult to achieve now by Apple unless Apple will "copy" the variable aperture feature. It's this feature that makes all the difference because now the camera can adept it's aperture when light conditions changes.

    This doesn't mean that the iPhone X model will make terrible pictures but when you can adapt to different light conditions then this does explains the leap forward concerning quality of photo's.
  13. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
  14. nfl46, Mar 1, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2018

    nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008

    September 2018 -

    iPhone Xs Plus Tops Galaxy Note 9 as Best Smartphone Camera Ever in DXO's Controversial Rankings
  15. npmacuser5 macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2015
    Awesome marketing, once a year make everyone feel inferior with their current products. Capitalism at its best.
  16. bunnicula macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2008
    That's lovely, but as it's connected to a Samsung, my interest pretty much ends there.
  17. heov macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2002
    Contrevesial, eh? Was that included in the iPhome 8 headline a few months back when it was top dog?
  18. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
  19. Mrjoedot macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2012
    Asean market
  20. Jesse Waugh Suspended

    Jesse Waugh

    Nov 10, 2017
    New York City
    I don't know which is the better phone, but there will come a day when someone beats Apple.
  21. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Shouldn't the headline be that the S9 tops the Google Pixel 2? It makes it sound like the X was previously ranked 1st.
  22. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016
  23. Tapiture macrumors 65816


    Oct 1, 2016
    Supposedly DxOMark allows manufacturers to pay to “work with them” in order to improve their score. I don’t trust this rating system very much.
  24. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    I'm sure Apple's eventual adaptation of it will once again blow Samdung and the Pickles out of the water.

    Having looked at the review, I see Sammy still hasn't turned down their steroid-level-aggressive sharpening. Ergo, the X still takes the best pictures.
  25. A7ibaba, Mar 1, 2018
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 1, 2018

    A7ibaba macrumors regular


    Apr 19, 2012
    I'm sure it has better camera and screen than Apple phones because they had time to improve over iphone X. Im pretty sure,the next gen of apple phones have better camera,and for screens I'm sure they will use best samsung OLED panels they can buy, actually customers can buy.

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