Last week, DxOMark rated the iPhone 8 Plus‘ camera as the best smartphone camera the site has ever tested. Well, it appears the 8 Plus has to share that title with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8; DxOMark dubs the latter as “the best smartphone for zoom.”
With an overall score of 94, the Galaxy Note 8 sits at the top of DxOMark’s rating right alongside the iPhone 8 Plus. In the photo sub-score, DxOMark gave the Note 8 a score of 100; the first smartphone to receive such a high rating from the site. In its review, DxoMark wrote that the Note 8’s “extremely fast and accurate autofocus and a very competent flash unit” earned it such a high score.
DxOMark’s review of the Galaxy Note 8’s camera also drew many comparisons against Samsung’s offering with the iPhone 8 Plus. In most comparisons, the Note 8 seems to take better shots, which isn’t very surprising: both of the Note 8’s rear cameras have larger apertures – and dual optical image stabilisation – in comparison to the iPhone 8 Plus.
When it comes to video, the Note 8 isn’t quite as good as the iPhone 8 Plus. DxOMark highlighted that the Note 8 has limited dynamic range – which is evident in still images as well – in high-contrast scenes. On top of that, the Note 8’s video stabilisation (while good) isn’t “quite on the same level as some competitors” too.
That being said, DxOMark did mention that the Note 8 has good white balance, colour rendering, as well as fast and stable autofocus in videos.
Evidently, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has one of the best smartphone cameras in the market now; we certainly think so in our in-depth review. If you’d like to read DxOMark’s full review of the Note 8’s camera, you can do so here.