Galaxy Note 8 camera test ends in tie with the iPhone 8 Plus at DxOMark

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DxOMark, a camera reference publication, tested the iPhone 8 Plus camera last month and declared it as the “best smartphone camera.” It has now published its report on the Galaxy Note 8 camera test. Samsung’s new flagship smartphone has tied with the iPhone 8 Plus. DxOMark awarded both handsets a score of 94.

The Galaxy Note 8 is the first smartphone from Samsung to feature a dual camera. It has two 12-megapixel sensors aided by one wide-angle 26mm f/1.7 lens and one 52mm telephoto f/2.4 lens with x2 optical zoom. According to DxOMark, the Galaxy Note 8 offers “the best zoom capabilities” of any mobile device it has tested so far.

Galaxy Note 8 Camera Test Results

To achieve its Galaxy Note 8 camera test results, DxOMark captured and evaluated more than 1,500 test images and more than two hours of video in both controlled lab environments and natural indoor/outdoor scenes.

According to the publication, the Galaxy Note 8 is the current class-leader for stills as it has excellent zoom quality, good noise reduction, detail preservation and accurate autofocus. Relatively noiseless low-light photography is a plus as well.

DxoMark sings praises of the Galaxy Note 8’s zoom. Aside from its x2 optical zoom lens, it’s capable of taking shots at x8 digital zoom as well. Even though less detail is captured at x8 digital zoom, the images were found to be very usable.

What this Galaxy Note 8 camera test tells you is that your Galaxy Note 8 is great for portraits, low-light photography and capturing fast-moving scenes. It’s not that it underperforms in other aspects, these are just the qualities that stand out.

The fact remains, though, that the camera is just part of the equation. You have to like other things about a smartphone as well before you decide to spend over $1,000 on it. If you’re still on the fence, perhaps our Galaxy Note 8 review can help change your mind.

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sza777
2 months 10 days ago
sza777

Iphone x may exceed this score coz it’s second lens also has OIS
Preplanned may be if it’s paid reviews

Petsiotis Dimitris
2 months 8 days ago
Petsiotis Dimitris

The Note8 has dual OIS too.

o0MHJ0o
2 months 10 days ago
o0MHJ0o

DxO can be bought; just like Google did – the pixel takes good shots but I have no idea why people say its better than the S7 or S8, when its not. and that awful lens flare effect that they had on shots too.
iPhone bought them out this time it seems. and it would make them look stupid if they scored the Note8 badly when it clearly isn’t.

2 months 10 days ago
artocube

DxO states that the iPhone8 Plus camera is the best smartphone camera they have ever tested. I feel this is kind of unfair for Note8 since a side-by-side comparison shows better images on the Note8 device than on the iPhone8 Plus. Especially under low-light conditions. I do not imply that the guys in DxO are not objective. I am just saying that the Note8 camera should be on the first place. And let the score still be the same with the iPhone8 Plus, it IS a good camera phone after all…

SdAaMg
2 months 10 days ago
SdAaMg

With S9 samsung dual cam will be the best!

ProdByEchelon
2 months 10 days ago
ProdByEchelon

Just an extra fact, the Note8 has a photo score of 100 which is the first phone to do so. So the note8 is the best phone to take photos with. Not the case with videos.

preime101
2 months 10 days ago
preime101

Absolutely amazed by the camera on the note 8, particularly the 2x zoom lens, but I wish Samsung releases a software update that allow you to save a dng raw file from the zoom lens and not just the standard lens

martindale
2 months 9 days ago
martindale

The note 8 has a 2x lens, it has a computational zoom. What it does not have is a 2x zoom lens. Neither does any other current smartphone.

preime101
2 months 8 days ago
preime101

that is what I said: The 2x zoom lens. To be more precise it is the 52mm (35mm eqv.) lens, but in common parlance calling it a zoom lens is perfectly acceptable. Regardless, my request still stands, I wish they gave you the option to save the DNG files taken with the 52mm lens sensor.

martindale
2 months 8 days ago
martindale

Can you read? Can you understand? That is not what you said.

How is it “acceptable” to call a fixed focal length lens a zoom? Why even introduce the confusion? They are two different things, each has its own name. Why go to the bother of typing “zoom lens” when it is not a zoom lens? Shall we call a bicycle a tricycle?

billywongwashere
2 months 10 days ago
billywongwashere

The scores from this website doesn’t actually mean anything in real life. Previous years they had other phone camera topping the likes of the s7 but in real life shoot out it was not the case.

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