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Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Pixel 2 XL Camera Shootout

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Read the full post: http://andauth.co/KhabsV | The Samsung Galaxy S9 has some pretty epic new camera tech, but the Google Pixel 2 certainly knows how to hold its own. So which camera shoots better photos? Find out in our Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Google Pixel 2 camera comparison! Note: As in previous years, there are actually two different camera sensors in use on the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus: the Sony IMX345 or Samsung's own ISOCELL S5K2L3. Simply install the AIDA64 app if you want to see which one you've got. 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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sourav dhar (3 hours ago)
Galaxy s9 gives lot of manual control.
prithiviraj Ravi (5 hours ago)
pixel 😘
Jason Brasse (3 days ago)
At 3:35 s9 screwed up in the background. You can't look outside.
Supreme 12191 (5 days ago)
Pixel 2 ;)
ŁoMot (9 days ago)
Maybe Pictures are very good from Pixel but Videos …. I had Pxl 2 XL and trade it - 4K Videos are noisy , too much sharpness , I think even iPhone SE can shoot better 4K ...sadly
Grover LEG (9 days ago)
Were the neon signs, white as per the Galaxy S9 or red as shown in the pic by the Pixel 2 XL?...... On the pics of the tram,... which phone's camera had the correct color?
dave62782 (12 days ago)
S9 plus hands down lost....not even close.
el laberinto (13 days ago)
Is better pixel 2xl wow
Sufyan Totti (14 days ago)
It's decided. Pixel2XL is better
Tony Dinh (14 days ago)
S9
jacky lin (14 days ago)
Pixel 2 xl win
elliehs (15 days ago)
I just ordered my S9+ based on an overall review. I know Pixel 2xl seems to be the best camera but then Samsung Galaxy is more reliable at least for me. I need a great phone no a camera ^_^
Aaron Ajay (16 days ago)
Pixel 2XL
Josh Guzek (16 days ago)
Galaxy colors are terrible
Miljan Stanojevic (18 days ago)
man u said in door pics r better on samsung...chek that food onbtable again u must be blind. My vote goes to Pixel...Samsung pic r way to bright...plastic bright, totaly unreal.
bowser515 (18 days ago)
I've got the S9, but while the camera is good, the Pixel 2 xl's is much better imo. If it hadn't been for the poor screen, I'd probably have gone for that phone.
Suraj Kumar (19 days ago)
P2 win
Rahul kumar Tiwari (21 days ago)
Pixel
R King (22 days ago)
S9 front camera trassshhhh lmaooo
justin lex (22 days ago)
Samsung picture just look way better for normal user and also look better at Instagram. But for professional user they might prefer pixel as for average consumer I do prefer galaxy type of photo
Franco FNK Kahiga (24 days ago)
Google pixel more details the better the camera.
Bishal gurung (24 days ago)
I think team google has mastered in mobile photography game
Muhammad Shamil (24 days ago)
Pixel 2 XL 💪🏼
katana rentta (24 days ago)
Just by one camera pixel can do a lot...imagine if it is dual
hussian sy (24 days ago)
U are great my bro. Hugs for all from syria 😊
Twipo (24 days ago)
Can you try to take the photos better? You made both photos really blurry due to not holding the phone still so it's hard to tell which ones better
TZTech (25 days ago)
Did anyone tell you, that you look like orange juice from clash Royale?? 😂😂
Gal (25 days ago)
Pixel 2 is better.
jamardoogle2 (25 days ago)
The s9 is great but pixel won this comparison easily if I had to choose one I would pick....don't like Samsung software but their hardware is always better than the competition so meh. Ok I would pick the pixel
Amar P (26 days ago)
Thank You Josh, you guys are experts & crisper of detailing phones.
Panha veng (26 days ago)
because of you i subbed again .. hope the contents will get better in AA .. !!
Abdallah Almalki (26 days ago)
Pixel for sure
Hari sanjay (26 days ago)
Pixel 2 XL... Clear win🤞
mariyam saeed (26 days ago)
for me it is important that the makeup, especially eye shadow that i put so much effort into is visible, precise, and pops. the s9 seems to be doing that.
Socheese_95 (26 days ago)
Sorry, but for me the Pixel slayed this.
Mohammad R (27 days ago)
S9👍👍👍👍👍
akshay gupta (27 days ago)
4:46 hahahaha!
MJ Buringot (27 days ago)
pixl wins imho
killafocker (28 days ago)
Pixel 3
robertjamesm (28 days ago)
Pixel 2 XL best phone ever. Switch from iPhone since 2007 to Samsung and today using Pixel 2 Xl. It's the best phone you can possibly get !
Joshua Fernandez (28 days ago)
Both look great and really depends on the context of the shot how it will come out for each camera. I feel like S9 comes out ready to share on social media where the Pixel produces a shot that needs some tweeking with brightness before pushing it out. Also doubt selfie aesthetic standards are much determined by nerdy tech reviewers on youtube. If you really care about selfies find an influencer on instagram and find out what they are using to take their shots plus edits.
DK baller (28 days ago)
Pixel 3 has my attention more than ever! Google's philosophy behind the pixel's photography is just way more tasteful. Nothing extra, no cartoonish colors, no gaudy exposure, no God awful over sharpening. Kudos Google!
mg23 (29 days ago)
pixel 2 is simply the beast
Tech Life (29 days ago)
No doubt pixel is far far better than s9, samsung is master on overexposure!!
Kim Bridge (29 days ago)
I think there both very good. Some of the pixels are really nice I do like the detail in some of the photos but over all I like the s9. Probably because I don't take selfies of any sort and the s9 is just as good at every thing else. Thank you
Kevin Lutz (1 month ago)
Why does no one ever do a pro mode gs9 plus version of these videos I want to see what someone with the knowledge of modifying iso white balance can do against a pixel in hdr
Robert Norris (1 month ago)
Pixel seems like it produces photos which are more true to life, to what you’re seeing through your own eyes.
MadDogBG (1 month ago)
Pixel 2 camera sucks monkey balls when compared to the S9+ camera
Mohit Maheshwari (1 month ago)
How is the selective focus mode on the S9/S8+/S8 ?
Love Poet (1 month ago)
পিক্সেল ইজ স্টিল ভেরি বেস্ট
Kevin Davis (1 month ago)
I own both phones and the Pixel 2 XL smokes the S9 Plus because the S9 Plus overexposes and has too much softness.
Alicia Walmsley (1 month ago)
I really like your videos you have a great voice and a very professional way about you. Thanks for the comparison. In my opinion I preferred the pixel 2xl but both phones take great photos and it’s a difficult decision. I guess it depends on what you are looking for in a camera. I do like warm vibrant pictures that the s9 does excellent at. But I really like photos that show a lot of detail and I think the pixel xl is simply better at that. But to each there own. Either phone will great pictures.
harvey ang (1 month ago)
Please turn on the HDR mode on the galaxy s9 and you will be surprised 😏 and not to forgot that there is pro mode in s9.
Carlos Rodriguez (1 month ago)
3 weeks with the s9 plus, the camera becomes a blurry mess with the slightest movement of the subject, very disappointing
Andrew Fordham (1 month ago)
Both are great phones in their own way.Both have great cameras,but the Pixel 2 XL continues to blow away the competition.
mohit jain (1 month ago)
pixel 2xl hands down the better one!!
Bmw Bmw (1 month ago)
For me it’s the pixel 2 xl 📸
Charles Yeo (1 month ago)
S9 overexposed all the shots. Pixel is more accurate. Who needs a robust manual mode on a touchscreen when pixel already does it better on auto
Md Nazial Kadir (1 month ago)
Prefer the pixel, only because of the better exposure. Exposure is always too much on the s9.
Dontbeweakvato (1 month ago)
Wow! That pixel 2 XL is just badass even after first quarter new phone releases. Wow it's just badass. Nice job Google your 'gettin good'
wascar G (1 month ago)
watching this on my S9 and indeed pixel had better shots no by much but it was better
robert haibi (1 month ago)
Just stop comparing cameras to the Pixel 2. Nothing is going to top it until the Pixel 3 is released.
freddywayne (1 month ago)
WoW! Both cameras are really good but, I lean more towards the Pixel 2 XL because those pictures look more like a finished picture after editing....and it does it all in auto-mode. Very impressive!
Josh S5 (1 month ago)
Jesus and God be with you.
T. O. (1 month ago)
*Pixel 2 by a wide margin* . S9 is of course no slouch and you can combat the overexposure tendency. S9 is only better in *some* very low light situations. Pixel 3 will probably crash it.
Sriram Rao (1 month ago)
Why not consider Sony Xperia XZ2..!
PP Creations (1 month ago)
PIXEL 2 XL 😘😘
Marcio Ferreira (1 month ago)
My God, Pixel 2 is still the best. It's so sad it's not sold in Brazil.
Uzair Jaleel (1 month ago)
Pixel 2 is always the king of cameras
Chery Klan (1 month ago)
Pixel better
Tanmay fadnis (1 month ago)
Overall very close I would say.. S9 might be slightly better but the pixel 2 XL holds up pretty well... For the front camera including portrait selfies.. pixel 2 XL is a clear winner.. Now just imagine pixel 3 camera..it will definitely kill the competition..
In my opinion... (1 month ago)
Galaxy for the WIN!
s9+ is way better ...it's much brighter and it is provide excellent details i don't know why and how you claim it hasn't good details only maybe in one or two photos no more ....but the pixel missed a lot
Alireza Ekhtiarzadeh (1 month ago)
pixel is just simply BETTER! look how yellow samsung shots are! pixel has more detail and miles better dynamic range and more balanced colors (that means without a yellow film on top of every photo!) and this is a last year's phone! can't wait for pixel 3 to crush everyone again!
DKHD (1 month ago)
Well Pixel 2 XL is kind of like done a great. Most of the picture taken by pixel 2 XL are decent one compare to the samsung galaxy S9 because S9 really mess up with a light compare to the detailed photo.
Nipun Sharma (1 month ago)
Hands down, the Pixel. There is simply no comparison. Moreover, the iPhone comes second IMO, as the processing is more natural on it compared to the S9+. Samsung is a very distant third in overall image quality.
chal dabade (1 month ago)
Pixel's photos are better than s9
Sanket Vaghasia (1 month ago)
pixel 2xl still rocks! hands down!
wlsdn0128 (1 month ago)
Good Review! From Android experts! Btw I know that place is Pasadena on 5:00 but does anyone know where that restaurant is? Name plz?!
Hugo Edwards (1 month ago)
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Kyron Poullard (1 month ago)
If I were to watch just this comparison alone, I'd choose the pixel over the s9 hands down. But based of other comparisons I've seen, I'd say the s9 is better
sliovic (1 month ago)
I don't know why, but that ending statement made me feel like you're trying to sell me weed.
Mario Ray Mahardhika (1 month ago)
I still prefer most of the Pixel 2 XL shots due to the details. Underexposed is bad, but overexposed is not any way better. If detail has to fight with exposure, I choose detail.
K Deep (1 month ago)
Pixel 2 XL
Adham Fareed (1 month ago)
the pixel 2 is the king
Bandaru Ashakiran (1 month ago)
Where I can get these pics I like them please tell me
abith raj (1 month ago)
Doing everything with one camera pixel2 👍
nithin cn (1 month ago)
my Favorite is Pixel 2 XL..
ANUBHAV RAJ (1 month ago)
please compare Samsung s9 with LG V30.. I think lg Worth a comparison in camera department. what say?🤘
OBG Jay (1 month ago)
Pixel 2, its software is just amazing, and thanks to XDA I'm able to use it for my other Androids.
Kokica Langarec (1 month ago)
Pixel. Sams. Has more noize
Stuart Bell (1 month ago)
Pixel everyday of the week. The S9 shadows look flat to me.
TM (1 month ago)
It's really a toss up, most of time s9 exposure seems better. But after all pixel 2 is way to go
S.G .K (1 month ago)
Pixel 2 still the best camera phone
Justin Reid (1 month ago)
S9 is much better at low light photography, where as the Pixel 2 is better at capturing more details even though most shots seem to have darker shots. This may be adjusted in other apps.
King0097 (1 month ago)
only a few shots looked better on the s9, overall though pixel camera was better imo
Justin Danglade (1 month ago)
Most punchable face I’ve ever seen
royalbengal101 (1 month ago)
Pixel looks more detailed in most of the photos.
jimmyboy283james (1 month ago)
Honestly in my opinion pixel 2 pictures all look loads BETTER than the s9
SkyS1gn (1 month ago)
Pixel still rocks!

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