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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Pixel 2 cameras: This was the toughest comparison yet

October 25, 2017 7:09 PM
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One of the things that used to help prospective Android phone buyers make their choice was the phone's camera. But camera quality is so similar and so good among most top Android smartphones that it's no longer a deal-breaker.

I took photos with Samsung's new Galaxy Note 8 and Google's new Pixel 2 XL, the latter of which has the same camera as the regular Pixel 2, and I'm cautious about declaring a winner. Both have their ups and downs in different areas, and I'm confident that you'd be happy with either phone if you're looking for great camera quality.

The Note 8's photo has a gorgeous deep blue sky, better colors, and better contrast than the Pixel's photo. The Pixel also seems to add a yellow-ish tint to the photo, which gives the photo a warmer color "temperature."

The major thing to note in this photo is that the Pixel did a better job of retaining details in darker, shadowy areas of the photo.

Apart from that, the Note 8 photo's colors are a little deeper, but things like the trees and skin tones are a little warmer than they should be, as they look somewhat yellow compared to the Pixel photo.

There's no contest here, where both phones are zooming in with digital zoom instead of optical zoom. Digital zoom isn't as good as optical zoom because it's simply enlarging the pixels to zoom in, which robs a photo of fine detail.

The Note 8 does better here because its digital zoom is piggybacking off its second 2x zoom lens, whereas the Pixel is zooming in from its single regular lens.


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