Samsung Galaxy S9 Has the Best Smartphone Camera, Too

Posted on March 1, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Mobile with 16 Comments

Samsung Galaxy S9 Has the Best Smartphone Camera, Too

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 doesn’t just have the best display in the smartphone market. DxOMark says that it has the best camera in the market too.

Or, at least the larger Galaxy S9+, with its dual camera system, does. DxOMark hasn’t, to my knowledge, tested the single camera system in the normal S9. I assume it’s at least slightly less capable.

In any event, Samsung was able to beat out the Google Pixel 2 XL for the top spot, something it was not able to do a year earlier with its Galaxy S8+ vs. the original Pixel XL. As important, this is yet another area in which the Galaxy S9+, at least, bests Apple’s own flagship, the iPhone X.

“The Samsung Galaxy S9+ comes with a camera that hasn’t got any obvious weaknesses and performs very well across all photo and video test categories,” DxOMark notes. “The Photo score of 104 points is the best we’ve seen so far. At 91 points the video score is a little lower but still among the best, making the new Samsung an ideal choice for any mobile users who want the best possible still image quality without compromising on video.”

Well now. That is exactly what I am looking for. Nice.

According to DxOMark, the Galaxy S9+’s dual camera system is based on that of last year’s Note8, which still scores highly in the ratings with a 94 score and a 6th place finish. The difference is that innovative variable-aperture lens on the main camera, plus 2x optical zoom. (Both cameras sport optical image stabilization, of course.)

“The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is a smartphone without any real weaknesses in the camera department,” DxOMark concludes. “In both still and video modes, it performs well across the board, delivering consistently good photo and video image quality in all light and shooting situations, thus earning itself our highest DxOMark Mobile score to date. Add one of the best smartphone zooms and a capable bokeh simulation mode to the mix, and the Galaxy S9 Plus is difficult to ignore for any photo-minded smartphone user. With the Galaxy S9 Plus, Samsung is setting the pace for 2018.”

This could be my next phone. I’m looking forward to testing it.


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