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Samsung Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X Camera Shootout

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Our camera shootout series on the Samsung Galaxy S9 finally brings it up against the iPhone X in this look at low light shots, AR Emoji, Animoji, and portrait modes. Read more: http://andauth.co/S9vsipxcamera Download the Android Authority App: https://andauth.co/aa-app Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://andauth.co/subscribe ---------------------------------------------------- Stay connected to Android Authority: - http://www.androidauthority.com - http://facebook.com/androidauthority/ - http://twitter.com/androidauth/ - http://instagram.com/androidauthority/ - https://snapchat.com/add/androidauth - http://google.com/+androidauthority Follow the Team: Josh Vergara: https://twitter.com/jvtechtea Joe Hindy: https://twitter.com/ThatJoeHindy Lanh Nguyen: https://twitter.com/LanhNguyenFilms Jayce Broda: https://twitter.com/jaycebroda Gary Sims: https://twitter.com/garysims Kris Carlon: https://twitter.com/kriscarlon Nirave Gondhia: https://twitter.com/nirave David Imel: https://twitter.com/durvidimel Bailey Stein: https://twitter.com/baileystein1


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Henry Gordon (25 days ago)
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one_pham (26 days ago)
You'd think for a comparison video they'd get more of a diverse shot selection with different times throughout the day to test the strengths of the cameras lol
one_pham (26 days ago)
A comparison between the S9+ and the X would be more fitting as they are more similar in price range
MightyGamer (27 days ago)
Why is everyone comparing a 2017 phone from a 2018 phone?
Davii Mai (1 month ago)
I think that the S9 would be great for capturing scenery and landscape because it can pull out the shadows _and all that great stuff_ while the iPhone X would be - | | - people because of the more accurate colors _(or so I heard)_
Cristy Cornejo (1 month ago)
I like how galaxy camera works in view shots and stuff like that but when comes to faces i don't like how blurry it gets. Iphone X works better on faces
Yamini Tank (1 month ago)
Wow superb 😍 😍 😍
Gaming With Zain (1 month ago)
S9 destroyed the iphone x
SBC Productions CFRRR (1 month ago)
iPhone X won!!!
Abhijeet Kaku (1 month ago)
Use iPhone X at night and use Samsung Galaxy S9 at daytime, that's it...
rogargaro15 (1 month ago)
sorry but i currently use the s9... i had the iphone 8 plus and iphone x too... and the s9 camera is a bit disappointing... s9 low light pics are useful but also much softer than other phones due to such large 1.5 aperture. s9 camera underwhelming at night and overexposed. but quite amazing on daylight. iphone x video capabilities much better than the s9. s9 video is so disappointing. But i bought the s9 mainly because of the amazing screen and amazing sound and great design.
John Huff (1 month ago)
Dude, quit trying to even pretend to be unbiased. Be like the "Apple Sheep" guy and just embrace it. Its OK to have an opinion that is biased. After all the name of your channel is "Android Authority". There is 0% chance that you will ever say that an IOS flagship phone is better than an Android flagship phone. Truth is that they both do great considering the trade offs that must be made to have such a small camera. I could pick either one of them apart especially in low light because neither does particularly well. Most of the differences are down to personal preference in how they process the capture. Love the channel so I will get off of my soap box now and go back to being entertained.
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Elango Van (1 month ago)
IPhone x
Elango Van (1 month ago)
1.8
Mudassar Hadi (1 month ago)
I am an Apple User but I also like Stock Android
Mudassar Hadi (1 month ago)
Pixel 2 Xl is the beat android phone
Fruitarian (1 month ago)
The x still wins imo
Sindhu Pramana (1 month ago)
Pixel 2 still the best
Agent311 (1 month ago)
The portrait mode photos of the S9 look awful, I'll go with the X in that section.
Younes Tenn (1 month ago)
I love IphoneX
Younes Tenn (1 month ago)
I love S9+ 👍
I think these comparisons are pointless when you don't use the manual mode as well to show that while on the iPhone and iPixel you're stuck with those shots, on the S9 you can get quite different results by going manual.
Devanshu Kathrecha (1 month ago)
It seems like the iPhone X had better photos overall with very less softening and richer detail. Except in a few landscape photos. The photos taken by iPhone X have more similarity to those of the Pixel 2 XL, but while you praised the Pixel 2 XL in the other Shootout video, you criticise the iPhone X here. And I don't think like I'm the only one who feels like that.
Mr. Tech. Jr (1 month ago)
iphone X just blew the pants off the S9 whiuch is good but sucks as it softens the face and over saturated colours and it is straight ******* only it performs well inlow light !!! don't overreact samsung fan boys !!!
Waleed Khalid (1 month ago)
the S9 is a way better
Adam Turner (1 month ago)
The slopping sound from your mouth through your mic oh my god
Derek Kronenberger (1 month ago)
Are you kidding me?? The S9 did terribly!! Way too soft in every photo with a person in it, lacks a lot of detail in faces, every photo seemed to be overexposed, and details in the background wasn’t as clear as the iPhones. The only thing the s9 does better is low-light shots.
wascar G (1 month ago)
I got an S9 in if you just take the phone out of your pocket and snap a photo you might be disappointed when you see the pic as it tends to blur out the photos . iPhone was better
AAF FAA (1 month ago)
The Galaxy S9 EASILY beats any Iphone...straight facts (go ahead apple lover's...start defending 🤣)
debendra gurung (1 month ago)
i have huawei p9. To me, they are both fantastic and done great job. There is no need bring about Android vs iOS debate. But Samsung has been pushing the tech on hardware front with dual pixel sensor last year and dual aperature this year. Google Pixel have done great job on image processing and rendering. And iphone is also good on Image rendering and processing. On Androids side, Google needs to step up and work not only on pixels hardware but also on hardwares of other Android manufactures.
Mole (1 month ago)
From what I saw, the majority of the S9 photos were too soft, and the iPhone had the better exposure, true colours, and sharpness, in trade for a little bit more noise.
Stephen Rees (1 month ago)
Another easy win for Samsung
babayevsky (1 month ago)
Jesus. It's 2018 and Samsung still softens people's faces.
koolkatken (1 month ago)
I wouldn’t have expected an unbiased review from Android authority, but goodness, this was OTT.
Arid GamingYT (1 month ago)
👍
Miss Vanjie (1 month ago)
I love my S9+ and Android but a lot of these pictures where the S9 was the "clear winner" actually looked better with the iPhone X.
Kevin Davis (1 month ago)
Nice video, thanks, moving on to your S9 vs Pixel 2 comparison. Bottom line for the iPhone, it's time for Apple to increase the size of their sensor(s).
lelouche1 (1 month ago)
I like the really sharp pictures in the s9 but the iPhone X camera I prefer because that how it handles lighting. S9 too bright
Panache Automotive (1 month ago)
I think you smudge the lens on the S9. My Note 8 takes better shots than these.
Raghav Boss (1 month ago)
Google Pixel 2xL 😍 ♥
Mahmood Rawoot (1 month ago)
This is so biased
BRAVR67 (1 month ago)
iPhone wins 🙏
Qory Azkia (1 month ago)
I am s9 plus user but I love the detail of iphone because the s9 is too soft
nixxxon18 (1 month ago)
What about the video? Nothing at all? Sorry but thats a crap comparision due to that.
bananaear23 (1 month ago)
I am a lifelong Samsung owner but this was painfully bias. Yeah, the s9 has an amazing camera but the iPhone X photos in many cases look very clean and aesthetically pleasing where the s9 over exposed a lot. If you are a person who is not techy and is using this phone as a means of social interaction and can afford it the X wins. I am mainly just calling bullshit on you saying the s9 was a clear winner.
Runcorn Physio (1 month ago)
Google Pixel the best.
Karthik M (1 month ago)
I clearly see the conclusion as a biased one. Why don’t ask people by having a voting pool for this video.
CoolBlooded (1 month ago)
The pixel2 is way above this guys
Huawei is de wei in 2018!
FriedEgg (1 month ago)
I'm not an apple guy, I switched to android about 4 years ago. But looking at these I would say the iPhone has a better camera, I'm not suprised either. I know this is an android channel but I felt like this was a little unfair to the iPhone. The colours seemed more natural on the iPhone and it seems to process its images less than the samsung. The S9 used a huge amount of noise reduction; more than I would be comfortable adding in post, and the result is loss of detail. In the low light situations the iPhone wasn't afraid to show a bit of noise which looked a bit like film grain, whereas the samsung just made a smudgy mess with digital artifacts everywhere. I felt like the iPhone preserved colour and detail better than the samsung in all those scenarios. The S9 tries too hard and I would put money on the iPhone having a more capable sensor when it comes to things photographers traditionally value. Having said all that I won't buy another iPhone; I have a dslr for nice photos.
Altin Karavidaj (1 month ago)
Yup, switching to iphone
Inkoo Lee (1 month ago)
S9 photos are meant to be edited
RobotFacts (1 month ago)
“A little bit of a step forward”, photos of ppl on Galaxy phones are absolute shit, so I’d say the iPhone is a big step forward in this regard.
Brawndo (1 month ago)
Administration S-6 It's called having objective opinions, not being biased, like you are. I've a Razer, Note 8, Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X and I agree with most people in the comment section.
Administration S-6 (1 month ago)
RobotFacts Oh look the Apple fanboy! How cute!
Ultimate HoW Toos (1 month ago)
Whos care if the s9 over expose but the thing is the s9 photo looks more pleasing to the eye
Marek D (1 month ago)
Don't forget guys iPX is last year phone and S9 is this year phone. So wait till semptember for new iPhone :P Anyway guys some photos are better on S9 and some (especially protrait) seems be better on X .. but X need few tweaks for better bokeh because sometimes it "cut" ear and stuff. (But who cares nowdays about stock camera bokeh efect when Instagram released "Focus mode")
Sarvesh Sakpal (1 month ago)
Samsung s9 win
ShivamKrishn Agrwal (1 month ago)
X gives more saturation.. Lol you need some sleep bro
Enz Pogi (1 month ago)
One sentence : turn off beauty mode 😂
Enz Pogi (1 month ago)
And Beauty Mode is turned on by default for some magical reason
Enz Pogi (1 month ago)
Pretty sure beauty mode is normally at 4 in a scale of 8 or 10
Ramesh Reddy (1 month ago)
I think I can see true colours and good saturation in Samsung S9
Chandru Ntr (1 month ago)
Samsung
Geric John Olivar (1 month ago)
I'm disappointed on iPhone X, as it does not do big things to compete to the S9.
Dan Raul (1 month ago)
Michael Dvorak Yeah one is much better the other xS
Daniel Blandford (1 month ago)
DeX mode! :)
Michael Dvorak (1 month ago)
yes, but as a user these detailed stats don't matter. The iPhone 7 still has a better camera than most people will ever need. 99 out of 100 photos will look basically the same but these stupid dxomarks make people think that you're gonna notice an amazing difference between phone cameras which just isn't true. The only noticeable difference is in picture processing where Samsung is still not as good as the iPhone and the Pixel (faces are too soft, colours are too extreme, dark parts are too grainy etc.)
Brawndo (1 month ago)
Why? X came out last year and the S9 just came out as a mid cycle phone release. September 2018 iPhone will probably regain its position, it's an endless cycle of each beating the other all the time.
Michael Dvorak (1 month ago)
one camera isn't 'better' than the other. It's 99% subjective preference. Even with this bumped up camera, the way Galaxy phones oversaturate regular pictures is just too annoying. Except from really low light conditions, I always prefer the iPhones picture and the way it realistically presents color
Noah Rivera (1 month ago)
S9 has more details and iPhone cant do that
Apoorv gaurav singh (1 month ago)
For details, pick the iPhone X, and for more brightness, pick the S9+ . 😛
Anmol Raj (1 month ago)
. *GalaxyS9 all the way all day!* .
KaiMun (1 month ago)
I do agree that this video is more bias towards the S9 as most of the photo shows are in low light. Try compare with outdoor photo with sunlight and tell us what’s the results.
Cameron Ray (1 month ago)
Samsung is the best, I only hate that the photos are TOOOOO sort and (front) and that removes details, does anyone know how to fix that
Wes Jerentosky (1 month ago)
1:35 You showed an example of the iPhone X having better dynamic range in this photo despite what you said... You can see more details in the neon signs and you can even see some stuff outside compared to the S9. I believe that the S9 generally has better dynamic range but this is a horrible example that shows the exact opposite. At 2:14 this scene also shows the iPhone X properly exposing the neon sign where the S9 overexposes it in order to get details in the shadows. The problem here is that you can still see the detail in the shadows on the iPhone, thus showing better range without overexposing
Tyrel Chenard (1 month ago)
Samsungs camera is always better.
Marc-André Poulin (1 month ago)
In my opinion all camera have their upsides. For exercise For à landscape in broad daylight lg phone are hard to beat while iPhone are really good with skin tones hdr and dramatic shots. Pixels are just good in every situations except very low light pics where they try too hard. Didn’t try the s9 irl. But they still seem to struggle with skin tone and pics seems over exposed in my eyes.
Marc-André Poulin (1 month ago)
Administration S-6 you sir a right. The main thing I wanted to point out is no the s9 plus does not blow out the iPhone X or the other way around.
Administration S-6 (1 month ago)
Marc-André Poulin The stock camera on Samsung devices tend to over-exposed doesn't happen when you use pro-mode or a third party camera in auto...
Administration S-6 (1 month ago)
Marc-André Poulin Both LG and Samsung struggle with portraits and selfies cause they have aggressive beauty modes! Google and Apple do better in terms of portraits, but google is the best with front portraits mode! Is not the camera that Is bad with front camera is the filter and software that is inconsistent with Asian phones from LG and Samsung...
Erica Garza (1 month ago)
The S9👌👀
Vyshnav K.M (1 month ago)
S9 is better in low light.
llennoco22 (1 month ago)
NGL, I had to disagree with 80% of the things you said in this comparison
RobotFacts (1 month ago)
llennoco22 Don’t worry, he’s dumb.
llennoco22 (1 month ago)
Administration S-6 I used "proper English" except 'NGL' is a very common abbreviation for "not going to lie'. Hardly difficult to decipher.
Administration S-6 (1 month ago)
llennoco22 Use proper English!
メガマイク1076 (1 month ago)
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TalesOfGod (1 month ago)
The Iphone X seems better overaĺl, some of them were better on the S9 and others on the Iphone X. That being said, I prefer the S9 phone overall.
Administration S-6 (1 month ago)
TalesOfGod The iPhone x had over-exposed photos, lens flare, boosted contrast, and aggressive HDR at times and saturated shots at times!
Rajesh Singh (1 month ago)
Dynamic range suffers because of what?
Rajesh Singh (1 month ago)
Administration S-6 I was referring to the pause after he said those words
Administration S-6 (1 month ago)
Rajesh Singh underexposing photos and boosting the contrast to make shots look dramatic like the pixel even though is not true to life!
corsinivideos (1 month ago)
Kind of weird comparison, way too biased imho. I'm a pixel 2 user but for me the only area the iphone was beat was in low light brightness. The dyanamic range on iPhone, exposure, colour balance and hdr all looked much better to me than the s9, the s9 also was way too soft like at at 2:42, 3:12 and 3:28 all the s9 pics looked garbage, and the selfie cam is the same.
Administration S-6 (1 month ago)
RobotFacts You probably even liked your own comment...That's real sad!
RobotFacts (1 month ago)
Administration S-6 Jesus Christ get a life, you’re going on every single comment commenting how the S9 is superior, calm down.
Administration S-6 (1 month ago)
corsinivideos in 1:40 the photo on the iPhone the contrast was boosted, cranked the HDR up to boost the saturation, and give it a more dramatic effect that wasn't there! The s9 make look less pleasing, but is actually more natural in that shot!
Administration S-6 (1 month ago)
corsinivideos The auto-mode often picks between f1.5 and f2.4! F1.5 loses more detail because you are letting in more light into the lens!
Administration S-6 (1 month ago)
corsinivideos Beauty mode is more agressive in the s9 and can't be turned off in auto focus mode! Beauty mode is popular in the Asian markets amongst women!
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Brad Fortin (1 month ago)
I think you may have been looking at the wrong images, Joshua. Like most other commenters have said, very little of what you're describing seems to be true about the photos. For example, when you talk about the Galaxy being able to eek more detail out of the shadows thanks to its unfortunate overexposure but in a few of the photos the iPhone gets more details in the shadows than the S9. It's pretty contradictory and perplexing to viewers.
RobotFacts (1 month ago)
Administration S-6 calm down idiot. Stop commenting on every post that has a different opinion to u
Administration S-6 (1 month ago)
Brad Fortin The photos on the iPhone aren't true to life! The HDR+ on the iPhone is doing a lot of post-processing enhancements similar to the Pixel and s9 plus doesn't have an agressive HDR setting, but it does have an agreement beauty mode that make portraits and selfie look soft!
Administration S-6 (1 month ago)
Brad Fortin It's because the phone is underexposing shots and boosting the contrast!
Chris Chris (1 month ago)
This is so funny because looking at it from an android nerds point... its all wrong... You are Android sheep that lie alot.
Eros G Armendariz (1 month ago)
I hate to say that i think the opposite, the iPhone is the winner here... :)
Administration S-6 (1 month ago)
Eros G Armendariz Says the isheep that watches Apple related content!
Jake Edgington (1 month ago)
I have the S9. It will always be the winner
Dedly Gunns (1 month ago)
s9 is a beast, iPhone x is good to though
Dusk (1 month ago)
The s9 is very over saturated and over exposed while the iPhone is more natural, and the low light photo at 3:23 the iPhone is much more detailed while the s9 is too smooth
Administration S-6 (1 month ago)
uwu The iPhone had terrible lens flare and it underexposed everything!
Administration S-6 (1 month ago)
uwu That's because beauty mode softens everything! Has nothing to do with the lowlight capabilities!
David InBed (1 month ago)
Samsung is my personal winner. iPhoneX did a really good job at faces and saturation, but at times it was too saturated and I prefer the sharpness and clarity of the GalaxyS9. By any chance is there a GalaxyS9+ camera comparison coming up. I want to see its second lens put to use.
TexasVet72 (1 month ago)
Ya know it’s funny. Every pro Android site says the S9 beats the iPhone X. I have an iPhone X and my pics are never as bad as the ones in these comparisons. Hmm
RobotFacts (1 month ago)
TexasVet72 they are just shit at taking photos tbh.
sohail baba (1 month ago)
#teampixel
Not Royal Skyline (1 month ago)
Definitely agree s9 has way better low light with the variable aperture but this video bias about half maybe even most of the shoots were low light shots. Over all iPhone has a better camera
Administration S-6 (1 month ago)
Not Royal Skyline No it doesn't! The iPhone x takes underexposed photos that look too dark, grainy at times, also it has terrible lens flare!
Dan Hamar (1 month ago)
ANDROID authority review. Get it?
FlyRule (1 month ago)
I feel that this video is very biased. The iPhone X was a lot better in many of the situations shown.
Administration S-6 (1 month ago)
FlyRule No it wasn't it had a lot of underexposed photos and the s9 had over-exposed photos! So they're tied! The iPhone x also had terrible lens flare and the s9 had aggressive beauty mode filter in portraits where it looked too soft!
fightnight14 (1 month ago)
If you have an S9 please please do not take a picture of any people's face
my note 8 takes great photos!
Theodrick Davis (1 month ago)
Would not an experienced photographer just adjust for under-exposure?
Administration S-6 (1 month ago)
Theodrick Davis The s9 plus has a pro-mode just for that!
Thibaut Mahringer (1 month ago)
Isn't the 2nd camera f2.8 on the iPhone X?
Twell609 (1 month ago)
S9 easy
Whistling Bungghole (1 month ago)
If you're using an S9+, I'd reccomend actually putting the + in the name.
Ethan Trenaman (1 month ago)
The s9 was a little blurry in some shots and overexposed almost everything but still looks pretty good.
RobotFacts (1 month ago)
Ethan Trenaman good point, this idiot is going on every comment trying to justify why the S9 is superior lmao
Ethan Trenaman (1 month ago)
Administration S-6 You can also use a third party Camera app on the iPhone to avoid under exposure.
Administration S-6 (1 month ago)
Ethan Trenaman It only over-exposes in the default Samsung camera app! I use a third party camera to avoid this!
Ethan Trenaman (1 month ago)
Administration S-6 I’ve got the X and I agree it does have bad lens flare, but only in low light. However It takes really good low light pictures as long as there is no Lens flare. To be honest the s9 has the opposite issue and overexposes everything. If a camera was tuned to be in the middle of the X and s9 then it would be perfect.
Administration S-6 (1 month ago)
Ethan Trenaman Beauty mode ruins portraits!
Ethan Trenaman (1 month ago)
Galaxy s9 Animoji rip-off looks like a last minute joke feature. The camera seems pretty good.
Ethan Trenaman (1 month ago)
Administration S-6 Absolutely agree. I’m just saying it looks like Samsung copied Apple last minute.
Administration S-6 (1 month ago)
Ethan Trenaman The concept of animoji wasn't created by Apple...
Don Cardo (1 month ago)
funny actually the samsung has those dramatic filter like overexposed i think you got it switch lol
Mirza Yhb (1 month ago)
If that is real then I phone X not good

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