Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs Note 8: In-Depth Camera Test Comparison


Hi guys, its MTG here, and today I’m going
to be comparing the cameras found on the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and the Note 8. I’m actually curious how these two cameras
stack up because they are both made by the same manufacturer. I’ll be comparing the cameras in various lighting
conditions, and I’ll also check out the video quality, image stabilization and microphone
quality. In this video, everything was set to automatic. Let’s get right into it. The S9 plus has a dual-12 megapixel camera
setup. The main, wide-angle camera can automatically
vary between f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures, whereas the telephoto camera is a fixed f/2.4. The second telephoto camera allows for 2x
optical zoom, and helps with the depth-effect pictures. The S9 plus can shoot 4K and 1080p at 60 fps,
and 720p at up to 960 fps. Both cameras have optical image stabilization. The front camera is 8 megapixels and has an
aperture of f/1.7. It can record video at up to 1440p at 30 fps. The front camera on the Note 8 has the same
8 megapixel count, has an f/1.7 aperture, and can shoot video at up to 1440p @30 fps. On the back, we’ll find its dual camera system. Both cameras are also 12 Megapixels. The wide-angle and telephoto cameras have
fixed apertures of f/1.7 and f/2.4 respectively. The Note 8 can shoot 4k video at up to 30
fps, 1080p at up to 60 fps, and 720p at up to 240 fps. Also, both cameras have optical image stabilization. I wanted to start this off by saying both
cameras are really good, and a lot of these shots are hard to even distinguish between,
especially when there is great lighting like this. Both cameras do a great job with capturing
detail while also maintaining colors. But if we look closely, we can start to see
some of the improvements Samsung has implemented into its latest camera system. The HDR capabilities have improved with the
S9. If we look at the windows in this building,
and the tree at the bottom of the shot, we can see that the S9 is able to take in more
light, and also maintain more of the color. The HDR improvements are even more obvious
with shots like this one where there is light coming into through a window. A lot of cameras have issues with these types
of scenarios, but the S9 was able to capture a terrific image. In the S9’s shot we can see how the sky outside
is clear while the colors on the door and door frame are still clear and vibrant. The Note 8 struggled to do either. In a similar situation, the S9 does a terrific
job at keeping the view through the window clear while also capturing all of the colors
inside of the room. Granted, if I were looking at the Note 8’s
image without seeing what the S9 was capable of, I would’ve thought that it was pretty
good. In this challenging shot of a hallway, we
can see that the S9 has the cooler image and also manages to maintain the whites of the
wall better. And if we look closer, we can see that the
S9’s picture is simply more detailed. Out of the two phones, the Note 8 seemed to
have the more saturated pictures. In terms of saturation, it really does come
down to personal preference. But again, both phones are able to produce
some terrific images. Personally, I think the Note 8 sometimes shows
the more visually appealing colors, especially when we look at images that have the sky in
them. But I also admit that the S9 pictures have
a more accurate representation of those colors. Again, preferences for saturation levels differ
between people, and I can see why people may prefer some of the shots that the Note 8 produced. I wanted to challenge both smartphone camera
systems by taking some shots with the sun directly in frame. And again, the S9’s improved HDR capabilities
became very obvious. Not only was the sun more contained in the
S9’s image, but also the building and trees in the foreground remained bright and had
their colors preserved. And as I compared picture after picture, this
trend continued to follow through. While both the S9 and the Note 8 both did
a great job of not letting the sun overpower the image, the S9 was much better at keeping
things bright in the foreground. Both phones do have their respective depth-effects
in both their front and back cameras. The front cameras will rely solely on software,
whereas both rear camera systems can get help from their telephoto cameras. The color temperatures of both phones’ selfie
cameras were actually drastically different from one another. And the S9’s improved HDR capabilities showed
here as well. Both didn’t do too good a job at dealing with
my hair, but both have really solid selfie cameras as a whole. In terms of rear camera depth-effect pictures,
even the S9 doesn’t get those really detailed pictures like the new Pixels can. Both cameras do an okay job at the pictures
and blurring the background, and the level of blur for both phones can be set after the
picture is taken. In general, the S9 does have those improved
HDR capabilities so colors do look better, and images are more clear. Also, with the S9, the phone will take both
the portrait style picture and a regular wide-angled picture automatically. When I took portrait style pictures at night,
both phones were able to take decent pictures granted it was really dark outside. But the S9 did the much better job at keeping
noise to a minimum. As I shift into more low-light shots, I wanted
to mention that the S9 did a great job of switching to the f/1.5 aperture. Every night shot, not including those shot
in Live Focus mode, was shot with an f/1.5 aperture, and I did not have to turn it on
manually. It did it by itself. When taking normal pictures in the dark, the
Note 8, along with the S9 took very solid pictures. Both did not try to artificially light up
the sky like a Pixel might, and both kept noise to a minimum. But if we look closer into other shots taken
like this one on the Harvard Bridge, we can see that the S9 does do a better job handling
noise in complex night shots. Looking at the Boston Skyline, again, we can
see that the S9 does the better job at practically eliminating all noise in the sky without making
it look artificial. This image of the campus map shows the benefits
of opening up the aperture. The S9 receives more information because it’s
able to take in more light, and it’s clear with the amount of color that shows in the
S9’s image. In general, both phones do a great job of
not letting light sources take control of the images, which is a big issue on other
phones. Now I’ll look at video shot on both phones. Both phones’ rear cameras were set to 4K at
30 fps because that is what this video is uploaded at. But know that the S9 Plus is capable of shooting
4K at 60 frames per second. The Note 8 has always had pretty good video
quality, but a big knock on the Note 8’s videos were that the image stabilization was just
not good at all. Finally, with the S9, it seems as if Samsung
has figured out how to implement solid optical image stabilization on their phones. And if we look at the videos side-by-side,
we can also see that the S9’s camera was able to capture a lot more of the colors. I admit that it might be a little oversaturated
in the S9’s image, but again that aspect comes down to personal preference. But in general, I think Samsung improved drastically
in terms of video quality from the Note 8 to the S9 in both image stabilization and image processing. Looking at the front cameras’ videos from
both phones, I noticed that the image stabilization on both phones were about the same. The microphone qualities of both phones also
seemed to be almost identical. But there was a major difference in terms
of the colors of both. Again, the colors will come down to personal
preference, but especially when the sun was behind me, my face looked less washed out
on the S9’s image than on the Note 8’s. I like doing camera comparisons between phones
made by the same manufacturer because as consumers, we sometimes wonder why there haven’t been
any improvements when we see the “same” 12 megapixel cameras year after year. And although I don’t think the S9 completely
blew the Note 8 out of the water, I do think that the S9’s and especially the S9 Plus have
made a respectable upgrade from the Note 8. The Note 8 is still capable of taking amazing
shots in whatever lighting condition, don’t get me wrong. But on the S9, the HDR capabilities were improved,
the f/1.5 aperture allows the S9 to consistently do extremely well in low light, and video
quality improved significantly. Tomorrow I’ll post a camera comparison between
the S9 Plus and the Pixel 2 XL, so make sure to subscribe and hit the notification bell
for that. As always, thanks for watching, and I will
see you in the next video.

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