Camera Comparison: Galaxy Note 10+ vs iPhone XS Max

In early August, Samsung unveiled its new flagship line, the Galaxy Note 10. During the presentation, company representatives placed a strong emphasis on the cameras of the updated smartphones. According to DxOMark experts, the Galaxy Note 10+ can be placed on par with the best Android representatives, such as the Huawei P30 Pro and Pixel 3 XL. But what about the iPhone? Journalists from PhoneArena decided to conduct an independent camera quality test to find out which device performs best – the Galaxy Note 10+ or the iPhone XS Max.

Camera Comparison: Galaxy Note 10+ vs iPhone XS Max. Photo.

Before we begin reviewing the photos, let’s examine the camera specifications.

Galaxy Note 10+

The flagship Samsung is equipped with a quad main camera: a 12-megapixel main sensor with a variable aperture (f/1.5 or f/1.9), a 12-megapixel “telephoto” lens for optical zoom and Dual Pixel autofocus, a 16-megapixel module with an extended 123-degree capture angle, and a ToF (Time of Flight) sensor for measuring depth of field.

The flagship Apple model is equipped with a 12-megapixel sensor with wide-angle optics. There is also an auxiliary 12-megapixel telephoto lens. The aperture is f/1.8 and f/2.4 for the wide-angle telephoto camera.

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Daily shooting

Galaxy Note 10+

Comparison of cameras: Galaxy Note 10+ vs iPhone XS Max. Daytime shooting. Photo.

Comparison of cameras: Galaxy Note 10+ vs iPhone XS Max. Daytime shooting. Photo.

iPhone XS Max

Comparison of cameras: Galaxy Note 10+ vs iPhone XS Max. Daytime shooting. Photo.

Comparison of cameras: Galaxy Note 10+ vs iPhone XS Max. Daytime shooting. Photo.

In this test, the Galaxy Note 10 performed slightly better. The Samsung flagship was able to deliver brighter and more vibrant colors, while on the iPhone XS Max, the color accents appear slightly muted and do not reflect the real picture.

Portrait Mode

Galaxy Note 10+

Camera Comparison: Galaxy Note 10+ vs iPhone XS Max. Portrait Mode. Photo.

iPhone XS Max

Camera Comparison: Galaxy Note 10+ vs iPhone XS Max. Portrait Mode. Photo.

When it comes to portrait photography, the iPhone XS Max outperformed its competitor. The shot turned out to be incredibly well-balanced and realistic, while the photo taken with the Galaxy Note 10+ revealed a lack of detail and contrast.

Evening Shooting

Galaxy Note 10+

Camera Comparison: Galaxy Note 10+ vs iPhone XS Max. Evening Shooting. Photo.

Camera Comparison: Galaxy Note 10+ vs iPhone XS Max. Evening Shooting. Photo.

iPhone XS Max

Comparison of cameras: Galaxy Note 10+ versus iPhone XS Max. Evening shooting. Photo.

Comparison of cameras: Galaxy Note 10+ versus iPhone XS Max. Evening shooting. Photo.

No significant differences were noticed – both smartphones performed the task more than well.

Shooting in low light conditions

Galaxy Note 10+

Comparison of cameras: Galaxy Note 10+ vs iPhone XS Max. Shooting in low light conditions. Photo.

iPhone XS Max

Comparison of cameras: Galaxy Note 10+ vs iPhone XS Max. Shooting in low light conditions. Photo.

When it comes to low light conditions, the iPhone XS Max showed a noticeably poor result. The image clearly shows noise and low level of detail, while on the Galaxy Note 10 everything looks pretty good.

Conclusion

The victory in these trials was decided to be awarded to the Galaxy Note 10+. Specialists noted excellent color reproduction and a wide color range. The flagship Samsung offers excellent exposure with bright shades and a high level of detail in various lighting conditions, including night shooting. Overall, photos from the Galaxy Note 10+ can be called more contrast and expressive, and all this does not come at the expense of detail.

As for the drawbacks of the Galaxy Note 10+ camera, it can be attributed to the cool color temperature. Under certain conditions, the images can turn “blueish”, which does not reflect well on the final result.

Despite being released a year ago, the camera of the iPhone XS Max is still capable of producing stunning photos. Among its advantages are the natural color reproduction and high level of detail in small elements, fast autofocus, and the most realistic rendering of shades.

As for the camera’s drawbacks, it can be attributed to not the best shooting in low light conditions – often resulting in darkened photos, which may cause many key details to be inaccurately represented.

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