Samsung's Galaxy S9 Plus earns best-ever DxOMark camera ratings

Citing "premium specs" and "top-end performance," the camera experts at at DxOMark put the Galaxy S9 Plus at the top of the mobile leaderboard -- one point ahead of the Google Pixel 2.

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With an overall score of 99, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is DxoMark's new top-rated mobile camera.

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With a chart-topping overall score of 99, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is the new smartphone camera to beat, says DxOMark, creators of some of the industry's most rigorous and well-respected independent camera tests.

The overall score of 99 is the highest DxOMark has ever given, and good enough to edge out the Google Pixel 2 by just one point. Apple's iPhone X gets bumped down to third, with an overall score of 97.

"The S9 Plus comes with a camera that hasn't got any obvious weaknesses and performs very well across all photo and video test categories," the DxOMark review says. "The Photo score of 104 points is the best we've seen so far."

At 91, the camera's video score is a bit lower, but still among elite company, the review goes on to say.