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iamtheonlyone4ever

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samsung S9 vs iPhone X meh ,
i honestly don't like the intentional or unintentional Samsung promo
how about comparing apple products vs apple products just for the fun of it
we can compare old version of iOS vs newer versions of iOS
the same for old hardware vs new hardware
anything just to get rid of Samsung in the front page
so people can see the evolution of apple products
how apple improved things and made them better
i think that is much better than having to be see all these Samsung articles lately
mac os tiger vs mac os high sierra
iOS v1 vs iOS v11
first iMac vs the iMac Pro
i know is not going to happen, but at least i got youtube and wikipedia
mac rumors :apple: :)
samsung rumors :mad:
 

Sevanw

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Funny how up in arms people get over this. It’s okay if the X pictures look better to some people, it’s still surprising though. I expected the S9 to blow it away, but it doesn’t at all. The Pixel line is the only competition out there for Apple.

To many people, whether it be day to day performance, or taking pics, the S9 truly does blow away the X. Many youtube videos have already shown this. And to make things worse for Apple, the S9 is cheaper. But that's ok, choice is good, and freedom of thought is a good thing. Regardless of how slanted that thought may be.
 

ErikGrim

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Perfect example where drama trumps accuracy. The S9 photo is bland and amateurish, the iPhone X has life.
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It looks like the iPhone meters slightly brighter than the Samsung by default. That is “good” if you want a more immediately usable photo - but if you plan to do some editing it looks like the S9 will have a bit more “headroom” for alterations.
I think you’ll find that 99% of shots on a phone receive no post-processing. It’s far more preferable to have the phone give you a better processed shot by default for most people. If you want the headroom, or you don’t agree with the opinionated processing from Apple, you can always use a professional photo app to shoot RAW on the iPhone X.
 
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ddrulez

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Every picture is processed. A RAW picture isn't something you want to use. You have to process it. Lens disturb correction, sharpen and noise reduction (low light and normal light noise).
Fixing highlights and increasing contrast is common too.
 
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teejaysyke

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I'm a photographer and while the iPhone X has an AMAZING camera. I would have to say the S9+ edges it out because all of the iPhone X photos have a lot of blown out highlights whereas the S9+ doesn't.

Yes the photos from the X look nicer and more appealing (aka why Bestbuy pumps the TV's contrast and brightness through the roof, to entice novices that it has a "better" picture)

but technically, it's taking worse photos because the technical aspects are blowing out the clouds in the sky, where as the S9+ is keeping most of the detail of the sky while retaining detail in the other parts of the image.
 
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dampfnudel

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I’m satisfied with the photos I got so far with my iPhone X. I still use my Sony RX100M3 when I travel, but I can definitely tell the X has narrowed the gap compared to the iPhone 5s I owned when I got the RX. Additionally, the X has 4K video at 60fps, something not even the current RX100M5 model has (only 4K at 30fps).
 

lwells

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I think the contrast and dynamic range on the samsung are superior. It pains me to say that though. :|
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I’m satisfied with the photos I got so far with my iPhone X. I still use my Sony RX100M3 when I travel, but I can definitely tell the X has narrowed the gap compared to the iPhone 5s I owned when I got the RX. Additionally, the X has 4K video at 60fps, something not even the current RX100M5 model has (only 4K at 30fps).

You and I are in the same boat. I love my RX100m3, but I think i'll skip the m5. If I were going to replace the m3, I would look at a new 'old' a7I. The price has dropped since the a7III came out. You can get one new from sony with a prime lens for around the same price as a RX100m5.



They both look amazing. We are lucky to live in this world.

Wrong answer! You're supposed to say the S9 looks like a child's toy camera :) /s

I agree with you.
 
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Swift

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Taking the most pedestrian picture, the sign about MUTT MITTS, let's say that the raw image from the iPhone X is inaccurate, and the original camera RAW from the Samsung phone is more accurate. But the pictures seen here, AFTER the digital signal processing, are exactly the opposite. The plain, bright white the Apple engineers chose, makes the iPhone X more accurate to the eye. The grayish, muddy tinge of the Samsung makes it look LESS clear. You can't see any fuzziness in Apple's type, whether or not the Apple RAW was fuzzy because of a less focused original. The picture is not over after you take it. Everybody knows that who's ever been in a darkroom. A negative by Ansel Adams is an amazing thing. Every detail of the scene is clearly there in the negative, exposed perfectly by the "Zone System." But nobody but Adams looked at the negative. The print is what's important. Here, it's Apple 4, Samsung 0.
 
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javanni

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Don't know about everyone else, but I buy my phone ONLY for its ability to take photos. Making calls, browsing internet, and apps all take a back seat. iPhone X seems to be the better choice here.

LOL why don't you get a camera then?
 

mrzz

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iPhone X wins
practically every IPX photo has overburned highlights (lost information). Samsung's photos look darker, but you can fix them on the computer (e.g. sky), while IPX's you can't as there is no information left on the overburned areas. IPX photos are definitely not better, maybe looking a bit better on the phone screen..
 
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eyeless

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I buy whatever new iPhone that can take more detailed higher resolution, preferably saved in RAW format, but JPEG is still better than HEIF (in absolute terms), but I have not seen proof any new iPhone since my iPhone SE is any better for landscape photos, so keep waiting esp. as the SE is lighter, nicer, do not need a cover and have a normal headphone jack.
 

DNichter

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To many people, whether it be day to day performance, or taking pics, the S9 truly does blow away the X. Many youtube videos have already shown this. And to make things worse for Apple, the S9 is cheaper. But that's ok, choice is good, and freedom of thought is a good thing. Regardless of how slanted that thought may be.

Nothing wrong with that, but the pictures are clearly comparable. I am sure there are plenty of ways to skew the results to either end. Personally, I don't find photography on any high end phones to be a huge selling point as they are all very good.
 

lwells

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Here, it's Apple 4, Samsung 0.

I guess it depends on what parameters you score and how you weigh them. To me, the Samsung photos have superior dynamic range. I do, however, like the look of the apple photos more.

That said, even if the S9 had a camera that rivaled the Sony a7r, I still wouldn't want it as a phone. I love the iPhone for so much more than the camera quality (which is superb).
 

mgauss7

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Over the course of this week, we've been taking a look at Samsung's new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+, as these two devices are the iPhone X's biggest competition.

In our latest video, available on the MacRumors YouTube channel, we compared the Samsung Galaxy S9+'s dual-lens camera with variable aperture to the vertical dual-lens camera in the iPhone X.


Samsung decided to focus heavily on image quality in its latest devices, and the S9+ has a 12-megapixel f/1.5 to f/2.4 variable aperture lens as its main camera, which is paired with a 12-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens, similar to what's available in the iPhone X.

A variable aperture is unique to Samsung's new devices, and it offers some benefits that are going to improve image quality. With a variable aperture, it's easier to find a balance between light and image quality.


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At the wider f/1.5 aperture, the Galaxy S9+ camera can let in more light in low light situations, but a wider aperture tends to compromise image sharpness at the edges of the photo. In conditions where the lighting is better, the narrower f/2.4 aperture will provide a crisper higher-quality image. The Galaxy S9+ can automatically select the proper aperture for the best image.

The iPhone X has two lenses like the Galaxy S9+, but no adjustable aperture, and that gives the S9+ a bit of an edge. As you'll see in the images below, though, both the iPhone X and the Galaxy S9+ have fantastic cameras that are capable of taking some amazing images.

In these photos, we used an automatic mode to capture the images, and no editing was done. This image of a sunset demonstrates some key differences between the two cameras. The S9+ offers a crisper image with more definition, but the colors in the iPhone X image are warmer and more true to life.


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The Galaxy S9+ has a "Live Focus" mode that's similar to Portrait Mode on the iPhone X, and the photo below compares Live Focus with Portrait Mode. Both of these modes have some issues, but making adjustments to blur is easier on the Galaxy S9+, which gives it the win over the iPhone X. In general, the Galaxy S9 also has more built-in image editing tools with its Pro Mode for taking manual photos.


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In addition to images, we also took a look at video modes. Samsung's Galaxy S9 can record in slow motion at 960 FPS, a unique feature because the iPhone X's slo-mo maxes out at 240 FPS. Both devices can also record in 4K video with optical image stabilization, but the Galaxy S9+'s video was less jittery. The iPhone X did win out when it came to suppressing outdoor wind sound, though.

Both of these cameras, as mentioned before, are great and can capture images that are on par with DSLRs in some situations, but there are definitely some features that make the Galaxy S9+ ever so slightly better than iPhone X when it comes to image and video quality.


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Of course, Apple is going to be introducing the successor to the iPhone X in about six months, and with the camera improvements that come with every new upgrade, it's likely iPhones coming in 2018 will outshine the Galaxy S9+.

Which images do you prefer? iPhone X or Galaxy S9+? Let us know in the comments.

Make sure to check out our other videos, which have compared the Galaxy S9 to the iPhone X and pitted Animoji against Samsung's new AR Emoji.

Article Link: iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9+: Which Smartphone Has a Better Camera?
I took a picture in a very darkened room with both and the Samsung brightened the room beautifully. The X barely did ok. I was very impressed with the Samsung. I am an Apple fan that buys everything apple makes and only has a Samsung fridge. Both without flash.
 
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Paapaa

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Overall S9+ photos look sharper and the colors more natural. Especially in the photo with buildings the S9+ is a lot sharper than iPhone X. In other images the difference is smaller. The overall exposure is lower than on iPhone X so for example snow looks too gray on S9+. On the other hand there are less overexposured (outside dynamic range) areas.

I also like the noise pattern more on S9+. (For example, look at the horizon in the sunset photo.). iPhone seems to blur the noise a bit too much which makes it somewhat "dirty" looking. It might also reduce the sharpness.

The differences are small so both cameras have very good quality. But if I had to pick one it would be S9+.
 
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