Google Pixel Still Highest-Rated Smartphone Camera As Samsung Galaxy S8 Falls Short
One of the marquee features of every Galaxy phone Samsung has released so far is the stellar camera, often seen as the industry's best. But when Google came out with the Pixel and Pixel XL handsets, it gave Samsung, and even Apple, a run for their money.
Upon release, Google backed the Pixel's camera with the highest DxOMark scores ever recorded on a mobile device, essentially making it the best one there is.
The recently released Galaxy S8 could have usurped Google on its turf, but unfortunately, its camera is, well, not at all new. It's actually just a rehashed Galaxy S7 camera module with new image chips and slight refinements. A slight stain on an otherwise near-perfect phone.
Google Pixel vs. Samsung Galaxy S8: Which Has A Better Camera?
That's not to say the Galaxy S8 camera is bad — quite the opposite, in fact. It's still a stellar, gorgeous camera that performs mightily even in low-light situations. But unfortunately, it simply isn't as amazing as the Google Pixel's camera, as per DxOMark's review of the new flagship from Samsung. The Galaxy S8 scored 88, same as the Galaxy S7, just a hair shy of reaching the Pixel's score of 89.
This doesn't mean that the Galaxy S8's camera is far worse than the Google Pixel's — not at all. But it's interesting to see that the Pixel still perches atop the pile in terms of camera quality and performance.
Also, it's worth noting that Google's previous flagships, the Nexus line, never really garnered accolades for their cameras, so Google's sudden uptick in the camera department is an interesting development to observe.
The Galaxy S8 Still Has An Exceptional Camera
But for Galaxy S8 owners, there's no need to fret. The review pretty much gave the phone astounding remarks, regardless:
"[The Galaxy S8 is] one of the best devices we've tested for autofocus, with smooth, fast, and accurate performance in all lighting conditions," DxOMark stated. "Shooting outdoors, white balance is very good, recording virtually no color casts or error during our tests."
Samsung Galaxy S8
The Galaxy S8 is Samsung's follow-up to the fiery Note 7, and it has received overwhelmingly stellar reviews so far, save for a few problematic kinks here and there that have recently emerged.
Overall, though, it's a stunner. It features a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED Infinity display that nearly bleeds on the edges, featuring very slim bezels at the top and bottom. Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of internal storage that's expandable up to 256 GB.
At the end of the day, both the Galaxy S8 and Pixel feature top-tier cameras, regardless of which one gets more points than the other. But as always, you shouldn't solely rely on the tool at all times; your photography knowhow influences the resulting photograph just as much as the tech does.
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