iPhone XS Max is no match for Note 10 Plus when it comes to the camera
iPhone XS Max is no match for Note 10 Plus when it comes to the camera
8:04

iPhone XS Max is no match for Note 10 Plus when it comes to the camera

Phones
[MUSIC] Samsung new 10 Plus has a few new camera tricks up his sleeve including a 3d sensor and an ultra wide angle lens. Can the old iPhone tennis max compete with just two lenses? That's what we're gonna find out. This is note vs. iPhone. [MUSIC] Aside from that new depth division camera the note 10 Plus has a very similar setup to the Galaxy S 10 which edged out the iPhone tennis max in our previous comparisons. So I everyone was kind of expecting the same results. It has a 12 megapixel main camera with dual aperture, a 16 megapixel ultra wide angle lens, and a 12 megapixel telephoto lens. The iPhone XS Max on the other hand has a telephoto and wide angle only. So for most shots taken in good light with the main camera, it's really hard to tell the difference between these two phones. And honestly, they're both incredible. They have great color, contrast, and dynamic range with just a few subtle differences in color, temperature and brightness, but it's not really consistent. Sometimes the iPhone is warmer, sometimes the Galaxy Note 10 is warmer. I didn't notice however, that the Galaxy Note 10 does benefit from that dual aperture and sometimes the exposure is a little bit more even For your everyday shots, these phones would be neck in neck. Except for the fact that only the note can do this. And trust me it makes a huge difference. I didn't think I needed an ultra wide angle. But turns out I just didn't know what I was missing. You can even use it for video on the note. And it works up to 4k, which gives you three different shooting angles from which to choose from at the click of a button. Yay. Now, I've always been a fan of video on the iPhone and I still think I prefer the softer, more cinematic look when shooting people. But I gotta say Samsung has really stepped up its game on the note 10. And it's not just the fact that you have the three different angles, the differences between video on both these phones is a lot more subtle than before. Plus tracking shots look a lot smoother now on the note. I started running on a sandy beach, so I definitely did not make it easy on either one of these, but you can tell that the iPhone struggled with the exposure, switching between the sand and the sky. And it looks to have a weird effect, while the Note seems to have been up for the challenge. Plus, it has the super steady video mode you can now activate from the screen, although it will only work at 10adp. But check it out. Now it almost look like it's on a [UNKNOWN]. Another new video feature about the note, is that it's suppose to be able to zoom on sound as you zoom into your shot. As the subject gets closer, it gets louder. But since the mic doesn't just zoom in on one source, it actually increases the volume of everything else around you as well. In my case, that included the sound of the waves which ended up drowning out my voice as you can tell. [INAUDIBLE] It gets a lot [INAUDIBLE] Now you are not tied to it because you could always choose to turn that off in the settings later. Both have time-lapse and slow motion at 240 frames per second. But the Galaxy has super slow motion at 960 frames per second just like its predecessors which adds a new level of drama. But that only goes up to 720p. So both of these phones have done some kind of blurred background effect for stills. On the iPhone it's called portrait mode and on the Galaxy phones it's called live focus. But the new thing on the Note is that it now does the live focus effect on video. So in theory, you will be able to blur out the background when you're shooting a subject. Even in video. So we're gonna test it out, but already it's telling me that it needs to find a face which obviously I have one in front of me, but it's just not a human face. So I'm not really sure if it only works for human faces, so we're going to test it out, and see if it does the trick. If not it means that Charlie over here is outta luck. Even with human subjects it was tough to get live focus video to work correctly. It only works from a certain distance when it detects a face, I think. So moving toddlers was obviously a challenge. And while I didn't end up using live focus video as much as I had hoped I would. For stills it's a totally different story. Both phones take incredible portraits of people pets, shoes, sale statues. Whatever it is that you want to blur the background of. They both also let you adjust the intensity of the blur and add some fun effects. This category, I gotta say, is a toss-up as well. On the one hand, I like the more natural cut-out of the iPhone, but the Note also gives you two angles for portrait mode to choose from, while the iPhone only does one. The Note also does portrait mode video on the front camera, I'd argue that this is a better use for it, because You'll probably always going to be facing the front camera when you are doing a camera video. And again, the Galaxy also gives you two different angles to choose from when it comes to selfies. It also produces brighter low light selfies. And that's another area where the Note has improved. The note 10 has a new night mode. So in theory this would allow you to take better photos in less than ideal lighting conditions like what you're seeing here. We're at the Aquarium By The Bay at Pier 39 in San Francisco to see how these two phones do in low light with these amazing sea creatures around me It's technically using the same effect that was made available on the S10 and Note9 VS Software updates, but low light shots on the Note look even better. They definitely out shine the Iphone's. Even when I didn't use the designated night mode it seemed like the Note still beat out the Iphone for low light shots. Now low light video though was a little bit tougher to choose because the Iphone Well not as bright did look more natural and true to life, at least the colors did to me, whereas the Note kind of exaggerated the blues in the underground aquarium. And then you have all the bells and whistles which the Note seems to have plenty of. Another neat little trick about the Note is that it lets you use the S Pen to control the camera remotely using the button and gesture. So over here, I can Can take a picture or if I just swipe right, I can change mode or even Swipe up to change the camera. You have new AR doodles which use the 3D sensor to draw on your subject. My little drawings even followed Lexi when she left the scene and came back. However, you're probably never going to use this. Let's be honest. There's also a built in video editor that lets you trim, rotate or add a filter to your clips. You can also add clips together from your video library. That said though the iPhone will be getting native video editing in iOS 13, including the ability to rotate video I gotta say the iPhone 10 S max put up a good fight considering it is last year's model. It delivers great video, great photos and fantastic portraits. However, at this very moment, the note just has more to offer. And I'm not talking about those gimmicky features Those are kind of hit or miss. They're just there. I'm more referring to things like the ultra wide angle lens, the brighter night shots, the smoother video. And if you're looking to take your phone photography to the next level, you just have more tools to get you there. Well, that's just my opinion. Who do you think won this camera comparison? The Notes or the iPhone? Let me know in the comment section below or on Twitter, and also let me know what other phones you'd like us to see compared next.

Up Next

Apple and Meta Are Competing for Your Memories
screenshot-2024-03-22-at-17-41-16.png

Up Next

Apple and Meta Are Competing for Your Memories

Headphone Hype: Are Expensive Ones Worth It? Let's Find Out
240311-site-cheap-vs-premium-headphones-v2

Headphone Hype: Are Expensive Ones Worth It? Let's Find Out

Apple Vision Pro vs. Meta Quest 3: Breaking Down the Hype
240221-site-vision-pro-versus-meta-quest-3-v1

Apple Vision Pro vs. Meta Quest 3: Breaking Down the Hype

Camera Comparison: The Galaxy S24 Ultra Takes On the iPhone 15 Pro Max
240219-yt-vs-iphone-15-pro-max-vs-camera-comparison-v03

Camera Comparison: The Galaxy S24 Ultra Takes On the iPhone 15 Pro Max

See How the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera Compares to the Pixel 8 Pro's
240216-site-galaxy-s24-ultra-vs-pixel-8-pro-3

See How the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera Compares to the Pixel 8 Pro's

AirPods Pro 2 vs. Sony WF-1000XM5 vs. Bose QC Ultra Earbuds: Tech Showdown
240130-site-airpods-pro-2-vs-bose-vs-sony

AirPods Pro 2 vs. Sony WF-1000XM5 vs. Bose QC Ultra Earbuds: Tech Showdown

Camera Test: Google Pixel Fold vs. OnePlus Open
thumbvs

Camera Test: Google Pixel Fold vs. OnePlus Open

Steam Deck OLED vs. Lenovo Legion Go: Pick a Handheld Gaming PC
lenovo-legion-go-vs-steamdeck-oled-cnet-00-00-43-16-still005.png

Steam Deck OLED vs. Lenovo Legion Go: Pick a Handheld Gaming PC

Comparing Apple Watch Series 9 to Ultra 2
cnetultra2series9

Comparing Apple Watch Series 9 to Ultra 2

AirPods Pro's Newest Features Try to Rival Sony's WF-1000XM5
updated-airpods-pro-vs-sony-wf1000xm5-4

AirPods Pro's Newest Features Try to Rival Sony's WF-1000XM5

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

Did a Week With the Apple Watch Make Me Use My iPhone Less?
240419-site-does-having-an-apple-watch-make-me-use-my-iphone-less-4

Did a Week With the Apple Watch Make Me Use My iPhone Less?

How Google Tests the Cameras in Its Pixel Phones
240417-site-google-pixel-lab-exclusive-1

How Google Tests the Cameras in Its Pixel Phones

Boston Dynamics' New Electric Atlas vs. Tesla's Optimus
240419-wtf-atlas-vs-optimus-v04

Boston Dynamics' New Electric Atlas vs. Tesla's Optimus

What is the Fediverse?
240418-fediverse-winged

What is the Fediverse?

The Missing Piece to Apple's Eco-Friendly Mission
240418-site-omt-the-core-problem-of-apples-green-goals-v1.jpg

The Missing Piece to Apple's Eco-Friendly Mission

First Drive in the All-Electric 2024 Fiat 500e
240417-site-fiat-500e-ev-drive-program-thumbnail-v3

First Drive in the All-Electric 2024 Fiat 500e

Most Popular All most popular

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)
innovation

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost
240123-site-samsung-galaxy-s24-ultra-review-4

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen
circlesearchpic

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop
asus-preces-00-00-25-11-still003

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions
samsung-galaxy-ring-clean

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024
240111-site-best-of-ces-2024-1

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024

Latest Products All latest products

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling
cnet-audiq6

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling

Hands-On with Ford's Free Tesla Charging Adapter
pic3

Hands-On with Ford's Free Tesla Charging Adapter

Nuro R3 is an Adorable Self-Driving Snack Bar
240320-site-nuro-r3-first-look-v1

Nuro R3 is an Adorable Self-Driving Snack Bar

First Look: The $349 Nothing Phone 2A Aims to Brighten Your Day
240304-site-nothing-phone-2-first-look-v3

First Look: The $349 Nothing Phone 2A Aims to Brighten Your Day

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More
240229-site-best-of-show-at-mwc

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display
240225-site-lenovo-translucent-laptop-concept-v3

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display

Latest How To All how to videos

Tips and Tricks for the AirPods Pro 2
airpods-pro-2

Tips and Tricks for the AirPods Pro 2

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Safely From Your Phone
screenshot-2024-04-03-at-15-47-11.png

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Safely From Your Phone

Windows 11 Tips and Hidden Features
240311-site-windows-11-hidden-tips-and-tricks-v2

Windows 11 Tips and Hidden Features

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3
VisionOS 1.0.3

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra
240216-site-galaxy-s24-ultra-tips-and-hidden-features-2

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro
tiktok-on-vision-pro-clean

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro