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Samsung Galaxy S9+ Photo Test vs Mate 10 Pro, iPhone X & S8 | Last Cam Standing XI

Samsung Galaxy S9+ Photo Test vs Mate 10 Pro, iPhone X & S8 | Last Cam Standing XI

Here it is! Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S9 famiily has
arrived with what they’re calling a ‘reimagined’ camera. Let’s put that claim to the test against
the current smartphone camera champ, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. We also threw the iPhone X and Galaxy S8 into
the mix for a truly epic showdown! Last Cam Standing is PCWorld’s video series
that determines the best phone camera for still images in a King-of-the-hill style battle. Whichever phone wins moves on to face the
next major smartphone release, so subscribe to see the journey unfold! The reigning champ for two matches so far
is Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro. It boasts impressive Leica hardware and AI-powered
software in a single, high-end camera package. But Samsung claims to have revolutionized
smartphone cameras with the Galaxy S9’s dual-aperture setup, which automatically flips
from f/2.4 to f/1.5 in low lighting situations. It could be a major breakthrough in phone
photography, or just a gimmick. Our tests will bear that out. And whats this?! Apple’s iPhone X wants a rematch after it
lost to the Mate 10 Pro in last years Last Cam Standing?! Well, it only makes sense to have the two
largest smartphone manufacturers face each other in the ring, so I’ll allow it. And even though it has no chance of winning,
Samsung’s flagship from last year, the Galaxy S8 wants in on the action as well. Let’s see just how ‘reimagined’ a camera
can be in 12 months. As always, we divide our testing into four
catagories: color, clarity, exposure, and user experience. All our testing mimics how people use phones
in the real world. I just pull the phone from my pocket, and
use the stock camera app with HDR processing set to auto. For this round of testing we also hired Victoria
to model for us–be sure to go check out her Instagram! Now let’s go over the testing results. The first category is color, and we’ll be
going over color accuracy and white balance. This first shot with Victoria hanging out
it in San Francisco’s Chinatown plays out just like we’ve seen in past episodes. The Mate 10 is more desaturated and leans
to the cooler side where the iPhone leans warmer and is very saturated. The S9 is a little closer to the Mate 10 than
the S8, which surprisingly delivered the most natural color. We move inside ths store and it’s almost
the opposite. The iPhone 10 is desaturated and counteracts
the yellow lights very well. The Mate 10 turned the models hair red, while
the S9 produces a yellow hue over her face. Back in the street, color reproduction is
a little more even. Study the skin tones, the blue jeans, and
the yellow strip on Victoria’s shirt. The colors on the iPhone 10 are just a bit
too oversaturated for my taste, while the S9 is too cold. I’d personally got for the Mate 10 because
it looks more natural to the eye. Same thing in this shot. The concrete is just too warm on the iPhone
and the Samsung phones are both a bit cooler than the Mate 10. Now this last shot is really telling and the
results speak for themselves. The iPhone is oversaturated and blown out,
and the S8 is very warm and muted. The Mate 10 and S9 are pretty close, but the
Mate has a more pleasing skin tone. Overall this first category is a close one
and the S9 keeps up, but the Mate 10 was more consistent in it’s white balance readings
and didn’t oversaturate images. So I’m giving it to the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. The second test category focuses on clarity. Here we look at the sharpness of each camera,
and how well they stay sharp in dark environments. For the S9 I’ll note the aperture value the
phone chose. First up is the classic Adam shot of a brick
wall. Zooming in reveals a massive amount of sharpening
on the Samsung phones, but that’s Samsungs trademark. Interestingly the iPhone is soft around the
edges, but the Mate 10 has the best texture here. Here on the steps, I’m surprised by just
how soft the letters are behind the model in the S9 photo. Samsung says the camera’s aperture closes
down to f/2.4 in order to stay sharper, which should theoreticaly be true. But at 2.4, the phone should also be able
to keep the object in the distance in focus. But that’s just not the case here. Same thing on this wide shot here — the Hilton
sign should be sharper than that when the S9 is stopped down. So it got me thinking, Could f/1.5 be even softer? Switching to manual mode on the S9 lets you
manually toggle between f/1.5 and 2.4. And shot after shot, I wasn’t seeing a huge
difference in terms of sharpness between the two aperture values. If Samsung included dual apertures so that
the 1.5 could help in low light while allowing the 2.4 to keep photos sharper in bright light,
then I’m not seeing it. In fact, for the most part I can’t find
a reason why Samsung couldn’t just let the camera stay at f/1.5 and call it a day. This whole ‘dual aperture’ thing feels
like a gimmick to me. So back to the rest of the phones. In bright lighting scenarios the Mate 10 has
the sharpest images. Both Samsung phones exhibit a weird ghosting
pattern around the cars here, which doesn’t help clarity overall. Even at dusk, this shot of a building is sharper
on the Mate 10, and at such great distances, the iPhone comes in second. Also, the S8 actually does better than the
S9 here. But lets move into some very dark scenes to
check out low light performance, because here is where Samsung shines. This wider shot is impressively sharp on the
S9 — just check out the spokes on that motorcycle. The Mate 10 and iPhone keep up, and even the
S8 does pretty well. Moving in a bit closer to the wall, and we
have a surprise! The S8 kills the S9. In fact the Mate and iPhone are even clearer
than the S9 in this shot. So, while Samsung does some impressive things
in low light, the S9 is inconsistent whereas the Mate 10 is solid throughout every lighting
scenario. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro wins the clarity section
as well. The third test category is exposure. In this one we cover how the camera exposes
for a scene, and find out just how much dynamic range is retained in the shot. I’ll be including histograms in this section
so you can get even more detail. Let’s start with a nice city shot. The Mate 10 and iPhone 10 both capture a pleasing
exposure and retain plenty of information in the extreme ends of the histogram. But the S9 and S8 both overexpose the sky,
losing some cloud detail and color. Same thing happens here: the sky is blown
out on the S9. The shot on the Mate 10 is flatter but if
I was to edit these photos I’d rather add contrast into the shot than try to take it
out. But here the S9 does better. The Mate 10 is a bit underexposed, and the
skin on the model in the iPhone shot is blown out. The S8 is on the darker side, just like the
Mate 10. This next shot was to test how the cameras
handle backlit scenarios. Every phone other than the Mate 10 blows out
the highlights on the red bench and white wall in the background. Focusing just on the face, the Mate 10 also
feels the most natural and evenly exposed. In this first alleyway shot Victoria looks
ghostly on the S9. Shes not too bad in the Mate 10 shot, but
I actually perfer the iPhone exposure here. It’s a more even exposure while still having
some depth in the shadows. This last photo has the S9 once again exposes
the model’s skin too brightly. It’s a fine line between having a punchy
image with contrast that adds depth and retaining information in the exposure, but the iPhone
feels too proccessed here so I’m going with the Mate 10s shot. Both Samsung phones lost information from
overexposure in too many scenarios, and the iPhone tended to blow out skin tones. The Mate 10 underexposed in some scenarios
but didn’t loose anything that couldn’t be brought back in editing. So Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro goes 3 for 3, taking
the exposure category. The fourth and final test category looks user
experience. Here I get into what it’s like using the
camera day to day, and highlight extra features as well. We’ll start with the Mate 10. It has a fast and powerful camera app, but
it’s not the most user friendly. Trying to find the Pro mode isn’t very straightforward,
and unfortunately that continues through the rest of the app’s menu features. But Huawei does have an amazing black and
white mode, using a secondary 20 megapixel sensor. Cap that off with Huawei’s AI powered scene
and object recognition, and you have a great and reliable user experience. For the S9, Samsung has redone its app layout
to something that iPhone users will recognize. It’s pretty straightforward and easy to
use, and has a fun AR emoji option built right in. But I had a couple of problems using the app
daily. First off, I found switching between modes
to be very slow. As I was testing out the dual apeture in manual
mode, I was dreading trying to to get there over and over again from auto mode. Second, Bixby vision always pesters you in
auto mode and man is that frustrating. The iPhone X is fast and easy to use as always,
but I really don’t like how long it takes to launch. All the rest of the phones have you launching
the camera app with a double press of a button, something I can do before even looking at
the phone. The iPhone on the otherhand has you raise
the phone, then long press on the camera icon to launch. That’s too slow for me. But once again, it’s defintitely the most
easy to use right out of the box. And finally we have the Samsung Galaxy S8. This phone has been out for a year now so
it’s a known quantity at this point, but it delivers a solid experience nonetheless. My biggest painpoint while using the S8 was
the lack of a second lens for doing fun things like Portrait Mode. Speaking of Portrait Modes, I did do some
quick testing between the three phones that have it, and didn’t find any huge improvements
to the edge detection. I still use it all the time but can’t wait
for further advancements in the tech. I lean towards perfering the Mate 10 with
it’s wider field of view, but each option has it’s problems. At the end of the day I continued to love
using Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro, which takes the user experience category. So to close it out, let’s crown a winner! The S8 is still a very good camera that excels
in low light, but it’s been surpased by the S9 in almost every way. And while the iPhone X keeps up with the pack,
it wasn’t able to win a rematch. The Galaxy S9 is Samsung’s best camera to
date, but continues Samsung’s habit of oversharpening and blowing out highlights. And because the dual aperture approach doesn’t
deliver substantial improvements, I’m calling the S9 camera an evolution, not a revolution. So, winning 4 out of 4 categories, and continuing
it’s reign is Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro! The Mate 10 Pro has been a blast to take photos
with over the last couple months since it came out. It’s a huge improvement over the Mate 9
that came before it, building off of the strength of Huawei’s unique two camera system. Add on top of that the Leica patnership and
impressive AI algorythims and you have a camera system that might stay in the top spot for
a while. But where is LG and it’s successor to the
awesome G6? I’m hoping it’ll come soon. Subscribe and stay tuned for more in depth
camera matchups!

100 thoughts on “Samsung Galaxy S9+ Photo Test vs Mate 10 Pro, iPhone X & S8 | Last Cam Standing XI”

  1. Your videos are cool. I don't care about the comments because maximum of the reviewers are saying that Mate 10 pro is one of the best phone in camera sector. Definitely, All can't be paid by Huawei. You have devided camera comparison in 4 ways. Please add Video ( OIS, Clearity, FPS) in that category. Overall, You are one of the best reviewer and a logical person. And yeah, Compare with Pixel XL too.

  2. You are a Huawei fan that's so bad…
    The camera of the mate 10 pro id very good too but not always as good as you say.
    It's only my opinion

  3. It's strange that I knew the mate 10 would win before even watching the test isn't it?🤔
    I've seen many Galaxy S9 camera comparisons, but your video is the only one that showed the dual aperture as a gimmick. I started to question the honesty about this test.

  4. I think you are playing with the exposure! Even my Galaxy S8 takes better photos than your s9 claimed photos and exposes the photos better.
    Your are paid by Huawei! Unsubscribing.

  5. pixel 2 is the best on camer ….until you take huawei mate 10 pro in the other hand. I understand that the reviewers must eat too and samsung and google offers full menu do you guys really think a reviewer can afford tesla or lamborghini just from a youtube review))) everything is about money.

  6. U should add Google Pixel 2 XL and Huawei P20 Pro. Also what's the differences between Mate 10 Pro and Mate 10 for the camera? 😕 Nice video man i like it. 😃

  7. look everythingapplepro you "camera reviewer"
    he is a real phone rebel not you
    he does drop tests, water tests, speed tests, camera tests and other things
    nobody has said that samaung camera's are less saturated they are very good well your huawei isn't
    it is nothing compared to real flagships like Samsung, Apple or Google
    oh and why didn't you put the Google Pixel 2xl

    plus how can I now that the caption that sais Huawei Mate 10 Pro isn't the Samsung Galaxy s9+ or the iPhone X
    and why didn't you include video or were you afraid???😥pour you

  8. You shud have use selective focus from s8 for potrait.. Plz do in future video plz i am subscring looking forward to that. Thx

  9. This kid is jst talking abt mate 10!! In every pic mate 10 is best according to this guy😂😂🖕🏻 kid u stay out of these comparisons

  10. I think the pixel 2 XL deserved a rematch over the iPhone or S8. I would definitely love to see the rematch between the mate 10 pro vs pixel 2 XL

  11. I'd love to see a 1 on 1 comparison between the Pixel 2 XL & the mate 10 pro, a text just focusing on those 2. I figure the Pixel would win by a clear shot.

  12. Hey Adam, I completely understand why you choose to only test auto modes, but I have a unique situation. I'm a semipro photographer with a severe physical disability who can only lift a cellphone to do photography. In mind of that, knowing I want the best manual [Faux-DSLR] camera experience complete with non-proprietary apps, RAW files, and heavy postproduction, which phone would you recommend for me? Does the s9+, Sony Xperia XZ1, or even the ZenFone AR perform better than or close to the Mate 10 when looking at them from that angle? I really can't find any good camera tests from a professional photographer perspective of anything but the Samsung series.

    P.S. I'm really into glamour/fashion photography working with greenscreens and minimal light situations.

  13. S9 plus high price doesn't mean it has the best camera , and i think that huawei mate's camera is the best because its tech and lens made by leica

  14. am i the only one thinking that this review is so one sided with the Huawei?

    **you shouldve said "at the end of the day i continued to love using huawei mate 10 pro since they paid me for this".
    since its so OBVIOUS**

  15. Share your Huawei gift with me. With the pink tones of the Huawei Mate 10 pro, and yet it is still a winner.

  16. Hey as a photographer i kind of like the way you review this 4 mobile and the way u analyze the shot hmm. Keep up ^^

  17. If note 8 is newer than s8, why not include it to show evolution of s9 since it includes telephoto. If you say because s8->s9 makes more sense, then why go to iPhone x instead of sticking with iPhone 8?

    Seems you are being influenced by marketing. The dual aperture is a gimmick I agree though.

  18. I'm a Huawei user and fans but I find that Samsung S9+ actually slightly better in this video.

    And yeah,Victoria is cute.

  19. Sorry to say pal. You are wrong I just tested S9+ Ipx & S8. S9+ is giving me all the right shots with perfect sharpness and clarity.

  20. Bullshit review. What about the video? The Mate 10 pro's camera is not usable for shooting video. It keeps hunting for focus whenever something in the picture moves ruining the whole video. Everyone keeps raving about the camera's of huawei phones, but from my experience with both Mate 9 and Mate 10 pro I can say that my old Samsung S7 edge takes better photos and VIDEOS than both!

  21. I agree that huawei won in some shots, but S9 won in other shots, too. And the F1.5 aperture isn't for daylight, of course you will call it a gimmick if you tried it with light. You must try it in very low light then see the difference.

  22. ok some guys are saying huawei is paying youtubers for their keeping their favor but what about DxO Mark ? p20 pro is world's best camera according to them and mate 10 as well. so if you talk about value to performance ratio mate 10 still rocks here now huawei not paying me but still i like their camera more than samsung's camera.

  23. i wish you had done a photo test on the Mate 20 Pro instead of just saying dont buy it cause it wont be released in us, while people in other part of the world watch your videos to get advises

  24. It's correct for the camera to turn images yellow indoors. It's how it sees things without software over-correcting colour. One should change the lights not camera settings.

  25. What I care about is burned highlights. I don't want any. The Mate 10 looks like something I would definitely buy.

  26. Huawei rocks, I don't care about the hoax politics the US is pushing. They make good equipment both for business and consumers.

  27. What happened to Google's 'computational photography'? Where is it now? I would expect the phones to use some kind of bracketing.

  28. also whats the point of comparing auto modes when you are going to edit??? smasung pro mode shoots in raw formate for editing dumb dumb

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