iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9+

So which phone do you get when you part ways with your Google Pixel 2 XL? If you are after a great camera, chances are you are going to pick either the iPhone X or the Galaxy S9+. Well, this is exactly what happened to two of our editors. And what better way of settling the argument which phone has the best camera than pitting them together in a camera shoot-out.

It won’t be an easy call this one – these two phones are quite equally matched so deciding which one has the best camera, is going to call for lots of pixel peeping. And that is quite alright since we’re the pixel peeping type of crowd.

But let’s have a look at the camera hardware they are offering. Both come with dual cameras on their backs, 4x12MP in total. They’re also in the same regular+telephoto configuration – no ultra wides or monochromes between these two. All four cameras feature stabilized optics too.

Samsung’s caught up with Apple this year and offers 4K video recording at 60fps and also gives you the option of using the storage-efficient H.265 codec. 1080p/240fps slo-mo was missing from the S8’s spec sheet, but the S9+ levels the field with the iPhone here as well. In fact, no – the S9+ one-ups the iPhone X in slo-mo. Naturally, it’s called ‘Super’ slo-mo and records at 960fps in 720p resolution, with auto triggering and easy GIF-making afterwards.

On the flip side, neither of these has brought any tangible improvements to the selfie game. So that should probably mean that the Galaxy is ahead of the iPhone? Probably, but a refresh on this one can’t hurt.

Numbers look better in a table, so here’s one with the iPhone X and the Galaxy S9+’s camera specs.

Apple iPhone XSamsung Galaxy S9+
Main (wide-angle) camera12MP, 4032 x 3024px12MP, 4032 x 3024px
Sensor4:3 aspect, 1/3″ sensor size, 1.22µm pixel size4:3 aspect, 1/2.55″ sensor size, 1.4µm pixel size
Lensf/1.8, 28mm, OISf/1.5-2.4, 26mm, OIS
FocusPDAFDual Pixel PDAF
Telephoto camera12MP, 4032 x 3024px12MP, 4032 x 3024px
Sensor4:3 aspect, 1/3.6″ sensor size, 1.0µm pixel size4:3 aspect, 1/3.6″ sensor size, 1.0µm pixel size
Lensf/2.4, 52mm, OISf/2.4, 52mm, OIS
FlashDual-tone, 4-LED flashSingle LED Flash
Video recording2160p@60/30/24fps, 1080p@60/30fps2160p@60/30fps, 1440p@30fps, 1080p@60/30fps
Slow motion1080p@240/120fps1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps
Video featuresMono audioStereo audio
Front camera7MP, 1.0µm, f/2.2, 32mm, 1080p@30fps8 MP, 1/3.6″, 1.22µm, f/1.7, 25mm, 1440p@30fps


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