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iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8 photos

iPhone X - Sunrise

Note 8 - Sunrise

iPhone X - Butterfly breakfast

Note 8 - Butterfly breakfast

iPhone X - Safety pin sculpture

Note 8 - Safety pin sculpture

iPhone X - Stella the cat

Note 8 - Stella the cat

iPhone X - Range Rover

Note 8 - Range Rover

iPhone X - T Rex

Note 8 - T Rex

iPhone X - Earth

Note 8 - Earth

iPhone X - Living Roof

Note 8 - Living Roof

iPhone X - Aquarium

Note 8 - Aquarium

iPhone X - Paradise City

Note 8 - Paradise City

iPhone X - Portrait Lighting Mode

Note 8 - Live Focus

iPhone X - Portrait Lighting Mode

Note 8 - Live Focus

iPhone X - Portrait Lighting Mode

Note 8 - Live Focus

iPhone X - Portrait Lighting Mode

Note 8 - Live Focus

iPhone X - Portrait Fish

Note 8 - Live Focus Fish

iPhone X - Portrait Fish

iPhone X - Portrait Fish

iPhone X - Portrait Fish

iPhone X - Portrait Fish

iPhone X - Wide angle

Note 8 - Wide angle

iPhone X - Telephoto 2X optical zoom

Note 8 - Telephoto 2X optical zoom

iPhone X - Wide angle

Note 8 - Wide angle

iPhone X - Telephoto 2X optical zoom

Note 8 - Telephoto 2X optical zoom

iPhone X - Selfie Portrait Mode

Note 8 - Selective Focus

Note 8 - Beauty Mode

Note 8 - Selfie stickers

Note 8 - Selfie stickers

Note 8 - Selfie stickers

Note 8 - Butterfly

The Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X were announced within one month of each other. The specs for the dual-rear cameras on each phone caught my attention because they were so similar. The following are several dozen moments and scenes each photographed by the Note 8 and iPhone X.

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The sun rises over the Mission. Notice the saturation the iPhone renders.

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Here's the same sunrise taken with the Note 8. This was closer to how it appeared to my eyes.

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This was taken indoors at the rain forest exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences. The iPhone rendered the scene with punchy contrast and saturated colors.

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The Note 8's shot looks a tad overexposed. However, the colors and contrast look how I saw things with my eyes.

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This is a sculpture of a giant safety pin in front of the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

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There is not a huge difference in these photos. To my eye, the Note 8's photo has more contrast and the iPhone X shot more dynamic range.

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The iPhone X photo here is sharper, has more detail and a wider dynamic range of colors.

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This shot on the Note 8 still looks great.

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This Series 3 was parked in San Francisco just before Thanksgiving.

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The differences between the iPhone's photo and the Note 8's photo are hard to distinguish.

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This was taken with the iPhone's telephoto camera at 2X optical zoom. Notice the contrast in the shadows and colors of the fossil.

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This shot was taken with the Note 8's telephoto camera using optical zoom. The image is a tad overexposed, but colors look more true to life.

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The California Academy of Sciences has a large rotating globe of the Earth.

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It's difficult to spot any major differences between this photo and the preceding one.

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Atop the Academy of Sciences is a living roof. This shot was taken with the iPhone X.

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And here's the living roof as taken with the Note 8.

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The iPhone renders the aquarium with more contrast and saturation than the Note 8.

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Here's the Note 8 version.

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The iPhone X photo of this bus has more dynamic range and colors in the sky.

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This shot from the Note 8 has more saturation in the colors of the bus.

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Cats named Como make excellent subjects for Portrait Lighting Mode photos on the iPhone X.

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The Note 8's portrait mode is called Live Focus.

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Portrait Lighting Mode shots typically have sharp focus on the subject's face and even focus fall off from the foreground to the background that's akin to that of a DSLR. Here the iPhone over blurs a chunk of hair on the the left side of the photo.

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Live Focus photos from the Note 8 look softer, but sometimes that can be more flattering for people's skin. Focus fall off is almost nonexistent and the subject looks more "cut out" from the background.

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This was taken in a dimly lit restaurant. It took a long time for the iPhone to get focus but the resulting portrait is impressive.

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Here's a Live Focus shot taken in the same dim restaurant.

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The iPhone X handled this portrait of avocado toast like a pro.

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The Note 8 rendered the same toast with more contrast and saturation.

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One thing I discovered was how good the iPhone X took Portrait Lighting Mode photos of fish.

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Live Focus on the Note 8 did OK with fish.

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But here's a rockfish taken with the Studio Light effect.

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Here's the same rockfish taken with the Stage Light effect.

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And here's another fish taken with the Natural Light effect.

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Here's the same fish taken with the Stage Light effect.

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This is the jaw of a shark taken with the iPhone X's wide angle camera.

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Here's the same jaw taken with the wide angle camera on the Note 8.

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Here's the same jaw now taken with the iPhone's telephoto camera. Notice the color of the jaw. It looks like there was a filter added to change the colors.

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And here's a shot of the jaw taken with the Note 8's telephoto camera. It rendered things more true to life than the iPhone's shot.

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The de Young Museum in San Francisco has a beautiful metal mesh overhang. This photo was taken with the iPhone X's wide angle camera.

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Here's the same overhang taken with the Note 8's wide angle camera.

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And now let's zoom in a bit. Notice the clouds and the details in the mesh.

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Here's the Note 8's telephoto shot. Notice there's more blown highlights in the clouds than the iPhone's shot

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Yep, the iPhone X allows for Portrait Lighting Mode photos to be taken with its front-facing camera. The results are OK. I often got blurred patches in the background.

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The Note 8's selfie portrait mode is called Selective Focus. It looks more artificial than Live Focus photos taken with its rear cameras.

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But the Note 8 also has a beauty mode for its selfie camera that can smooth your skin, make your eyes bigger and face thinner -- if you're into that.

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These stickers have Snapchat written all over them. I'm a reindeer.

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I'm an old French guy.

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I have a bad cold.

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For more about what I thought of the iPhone X and Note 8's cameras checkout my in-depth comparison.

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