Camera comparison: iPhone 8 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 8
In specs alone the iPhone 8+ and the note 8 are worthy rivals.
They have two 12 Mega pixel main cameras, optical zoom, and a special feature just for portraits.
So how do they compare in the real world?
We took a trip to Slide Ranch in California to test them out on some kids and animals, and left them both on the default settings with automatic.
The iPhone and the Note uses two cameras to create a blurred background effect similar to a DSLR.
In the Note, it's called Live Focus, and in the iPhone, it's actually called portrait mode.
The OneShot on the iPhone has greater contrast and richer colors, But Taylor's face looks dark, and the phone had a hard time blurring out the edges around the hair.
The Note's has a brighter exposure and the cut up around the edges is not as harsh.
It also lets you adjust the blur while you're taking the shot or after.
It defaults to a medium blur, which makes it look more natural, or more intense, which looks more like the effect on the iPhone.
You can't adjust the blur on the iPhone, but you can simulate different lighting which is still in beta.
Blur aside, I think people look better on the iPhone.
The warmer tones are more flattering on the skin like this shot with more realistic details of Bela's face.
Note washed out the image and created a glow effect on the skin almost like as if it was airbrushed.
Same goes for portraits on the front camera.
The Note assumes you need airbrushing and defaults to level two on its beauty mode, which smoothed out the freckles on the girls' faces.
Selfies on the iPhone are more natural with more vibrant colors and greater contrasts.
Even up close the colors in contrast look better on the Iphone.
The shot seems to have more depth and detail even though the notes is just as sharp.
The downside, you can't get too close with the Iphone.
it just wont focus.
The note lets you get closer and has a menu focus mode for more precision.
Both phones have a two x optical zoom But the shot on the Note captured more detail with less noise up close.
Even though my skin tone is more accurate on the iPhone.
But for landscapes I actually prefer the cooler temperatures of the Note.
Both shots are incredible, but the Golden Gate Bridge pops out of the screen in the Note's.
The Note also outshines the iPhone in low light landscapes.
The colors on the orb look more intense on the iPhone.
And there's less lens flare, but the Note lights up the entire shot and brings out the details in the sidewalk and the houses behind.
This time around, it might be too close to call.
The Note has a slight edge on landscapes, but for people, I prefer the iPhone.
And both have a long way to go before they can compete with the DSLR for that blurred background effect.
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