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Galaxy S9+ claims best camera ever on a phone

by Justin Herrick | March 1, 2018March 1, 2018 9:00 am PST

Once again, Samsung owns the top spot when it comes to cameras on mobile devices. Its latest flagship, the Galaxy S9+, received DxOMark’s highest-ever combined photo and video rating for a product in this class. Now you know exactly the product to purchase if all you care about is photography.

The phone managed to beat out scores for Google’s Pixel 2 and Apple’s iPhone X in record-breaking fashion.

Overall, the score for the Galaxy S9+ came in at 99 points. It beats out the previous leader, Google’s flagship, by just a single point. DxOMark pointed out that the dual-camera setup doesn’t have “any obvious weaknesses” and performed well in various categories.

Bright light was no problem at all for the phone. The Galaxy S9 mastered shots in “good light and sunny conditions” with “very good balance between noise reduction and retention of detail.” DxOMark commented on fine detail not being the best around, but areas of plain color turned out fantastic. And the engineers didn’t have a problem to call out here aside from occasional artifacts.

In environments with less amount of light, the Galaxy S9+ produced less fine detail but maintained balance as it does elsewhere. DxOMark’s darkest scene found “slight underexposure,” a common theme for mobile devices.

Samsung, of course, published its own press release touting the victory. The company emphasized the importance of a mobile device’s camera since “the way we express ourselves has evolved from the verbal to the visual.” It’s mostly true as people send images, GIFs, and emoji more than anything else. And Samsung does consistently roll out phones with best-in-class cameras, so there’s no reason to knock the company for being proud of itself.

If you’d like a much more detailed breakdown of how Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ did during testing, head over to DxOMark’s site. There you’ll find all the photography jargon you crave.

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Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...