Looking to dump the Samsung Galaxy S8 for a newer Galaxy S9? You have probably already heard that the improvements are not as substantial as one might hope. Even our own Joshua Vergara tells us the upgrade might not be worthy for many of you. It’s a tough decision, as we are always struggling between saving money and having the shiniest, newest tech. If one thing were to push you over the edge, however, it’d be the camera, as that is typically the biggest differentiator between the S9 and its predecessor (as well as all competition).
After spending some time with the Galaxy S9, we have had enough time to put it up against its main competitors, and of course, we could not forget about the Galaxy S8. How much better is Samsung’s new camera one year down the track?
Camera shootout: Samsung Galaxy S9+ vs iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Google Pixel 2 XL
Flagships like the LG G7, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and others may still be months away from launching, but with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, a fresh camera comparison was …
On paper, the Galaxy S9 Plus should beat the S8 Plus by a landslide, thanks to its improved performance and new features. These include dual aperture, dual cameras, improved slow-mo and multi-frame processing, among other upgrades. But of course, we know theory doesn’t always correlate well with practice, so we are putting the Galaxy S9 (plus version, to be specific) against the Samsung Galaxy S8 in a direct shootout.
We have captured a plethora of identical images with both phones and will be grading these in the following categories: color, detail, landscape, HDR, panorama, portrait and selfies. Shall we get started?
While the Samsung Galaxy S8 seems to show more vibrant and saturated colors, that isn’t always a good thing. The Galaxy S9 Plus portrays more accurate colors and data is better kept as we move into the background. It is a better overall image, with more detail and nice contrast.
Once again, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus shows a slight improvement here, reproducing more popping hues that make this bowl look even more delicious. We can even catch more detail in the texture of the fish and other items in the mixture.
Grading this image was extremely hard, because photographing actual light is no easy task. To be honest, these images are very close in terms of quality, but I will give the Samsung Galaxy S8 the edge here. I happen to like its slightly darker exposure, which seems to make the light pop out a tiny bit more. The difference is very hard to grasp, though.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus easily takes this round. Just take a look at the difference in detail in the scarf, the road and the trees in the background.
Once again, the difference here is minute, even when zoomed in, but the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus does manage to catch a tiny bit more detail. It is especially noticeable when you zoom in near the door, where you can better notice the texture of the wood and bricks. One can even recognize the change in colors between bricks.
Take cameras into a dark room and you will see their true capabilities.