– What’s up YouTube, Saf here on SuperSaf TV. And welcome to another SuperSaf Style camera comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S9+ and the iPhone X. In the usual style we’ll be looking at both the front and rear facing cameras, and at images as well as video too. Do also look out for the audio icon in the corner of the screen, and that will indicate to you which device the audio is coming from. I’ll be switching between these two to give you guys a variety of the differences in audio as well. So we’re currently using the front-facing cameras to film from both devices, and we are taking a bit of a walk just to see what the stabilization is like. So, you can see. Alright, now let’s go for a bit of a run. This is actually very risky because we’ve got snow, as you can see.
So I’m running in the snow. Now we have switched over to the rear facing cameras. We’re filming at 4K 30 frames a second, and we do have two times optical zoom on both devices, so we can get in much closer to our subject. Let’s switch back. Right now we’re just going to be testing out the stabilization. So, a bit of a walk. Let’s change that to a run. (wind blowing) Similar test, but this time 4K 60 frames a second, which both are capable off, although this video is going to be exported out at 4K 30 frames a second. Now, interesting fact. You cannot use the 2x optical zoom when you are filming at 4K 60 frames a second, We’re just going to test out the stabilization. At this frame rate so, just walking, and let’s run.
(running footsteps) A bit of a different situation. We’ve got some tricky dynamic range here, so I just want to see how both of these will do. (frogs croaking) 4K 30 again. Both seem to being doing pretty well. Now just testing the auto focus on the iPhone X. Seems to be doing pretty well. Same test on the the S9+. Dual pixel auto focus super super fast. (lighter flick) So that was the video. Now before we move on to images, just looking at what we’re working with here.
Front facing cameras, the iPhone X: 7 megapixels with an F aperture. The S9+: 8 megapixels with an F aperture and auto focus. For the rear facing cameras, we have dual cameras on both devices. All 12 megapixels. The secondary camera is similar on both devices, telephoto, it’s going to give you optical zoom with an F aperture and optical image stabilization. The primary camera on the iPhone X has an F aperture with optical image stabilization. And the S9+ has quite a unique setup. You’ve got dual aperture, F as well as F with optical image stabilization. The S9+ is going to switch between these two depending on the lighting in your scene. I’ve actually done an explainer video about this, and I’ll link that in the cards if you’re interested to find out more. If you want to pick up some dope skins like I have done here for my phones, then definitely check out our video sponsor dbrand. It’s a great and inexpensive way to customize your devices. I’ll be leaving the link to them in the description below. Final point to mention, everything has been shot on automatic to keep things as fair as possible.
Right now let’s kick off with some selfies. Both doing a good job here overall. The S9+ is wider, also seems to have a little bit more balance dynamic range between the background and the foreground, the iPhone X has definitely favored the foreground. Now this will come down to personal preference, both are doing a good job overall. Another selfie here, once again, I do think the S9+ has more balanced dynamic range, you can see that we still have some of the detail in the clouds, where as that has been blown out on the iPhone X. Now, I did take my shades off because some people complained that having shades on does have an effect, so here you can see very similar results. The background is quite blown out on the iPhone X. The S9+ dynamic range is definitely more balanced. Now, testing out the portrait modes from the front facing cameras, which is going to blur the background. Here I do think that the S9+ is doing a better job on the edges. The iPhone X has blurred a bit of the side of my face, my hair as well as my jacket.
Now side note to mention, the S9+ does struggle if you’ve got sunglasses on to apply selfie focus. I know this does not apply to everybody, because not everybody wears sunglasses 90% of the time like I do, but it’s just something that I thought I’d mention. Now doing a test without my sunglasses, and both once again, very similar results to previously. The iPhone is definitely blurring out a bit more of those edges, compared to the S9+, which is doing a better job. I don’t think either of these are doing absolutely great, but out of the two, I do prefer the S9+. Low-light selfies, the S9+ is definitely doing better here. The colors are definitely better maintained. We’ve got a bit of a green tint on the iPhone X, which does not look good, and the details in the foreground have been lost quite a bit.
Now, using the front facing flash on both devices. The S9+, a little bit too bright for my liking, but still better than the iPhone X in my opinion. The iPhone X definitely a lot more noisy compared to the S9+, and also the colors have been lost a lot more on the iPhone X, compared the S9+. Now let’s move on to the refacing cameras. So, testing out a macro shot. Both doing quite good here. I’d say the edge for dynamic range does go to the S9+, if you looking in the background, we’ve still got a bit more of the color maintained, where as that had been blown out on the iPhone X. Going in 100%, both doing very well in terms of the detail.
Now an outdoor wide shot. Both doing good here, but we’ve got some differences in color. Cooler tones on the iPhone X and warmer tones on the S9+, which is kind of odd, because it’s usually the other way around. This, I think, will come down to your personal preference. Now using the telephoto cameras on both, it is going to give you some optical zoom. You can see that we can get in much closer to our subject. Same differences in color, but both are doing really well. Now I wanted to test out the dynamic range a little bit more so I went to the situation where the dynamic range is a lot more tricky, and here the iPhone X has maintained details in the shadows better compared to the S9+.
Although we’ve got slight more detail in the clouds in the S9+, personally I do prefer the iPhone X image here. One last wide shot in good light. Once again very similar I’d say. Both seem to being doing good in terms of dynamic range and overall detail. Now let’s look at the portrait mode on both devices. Both seem to be doing really good here. We’ve got a nice blurry background.
If you do go in 100%, neither of these are perfect. You can see that my ear has been lost a little bit on both devices because it’s apparently quite similar in color to the background here. But nevertheless I think both are doing pretty well. Now another shot here with a more complicated background. Once again, I think both are doing really well. If you do look closely, I think once again on my ear, both of these have struggled slightly, but this is only something you’ll notice if you do go in 100%.
Overall I think both are doing a really good job. Now let’s move on to something I know a lot of you guys are excited about, and that is low light. Here the S9+ has definitely maintained more color. And it’s also less noisy compared to the iPhone X if you look at the sky, it’s definitely cleaner on the S9+. Now another low light shot and I went to a colorful graffiti wall just to see how well the colors are going to be maintained.
And once again, I do think the S9+ is doing better here. The noise levels are also lower on the S9+ compared to the iPhone X. One final shot in low light, both doing good here, but once again, colors and detail better maintained on the S9+. I do think this is thanks to the super wide F aperture. If you look at the red around the 30 sign, that color has definitely been maintained a lot better on the S9+, compared to the iPhone X. So there you have it guys, the much awaited S9+ vs iPhone X. Camera comparison SuperSaf Style. In terms of my opinion, for the front facing camera, the S9+ is definitely wider and more balanced dynamic range, which I did prefer overall. Also the portrait mode from the front-facing camera, I did find slightly better on the S9+. On the iPhone X, it really does struggle. Overall I don’t think either of these are exceptional when it comes to the portrait mode of front-facing camera, this is something I do think the Pixel is better at, and we will be testing that out in a future video.
Low light selfies, once again, I do think the S9+ was better overall. It was just more bright with less noise and I do think that’s thanks to the wider F aperture. Now for front-facing camera video, I would have to give the edge to the S9+. You’ve got better dynamic range overall, it’s more stable although it does crop in for that stabilization, so that is a compromise you have to make. Now although images were actually very good on both, slight differences in color, which will come down to personal preference. In terms of dynamic range, I’d say it’s a bit of a draw. Some of the images I prefer the dynamic range on the S9+, and on some I prefer the iPhone X.
Now, for video, it was quite interesting, because I think both did great in terms of quality overall. The S9+ did seem a little bit more stable when we were walking, but it was slightly choppy. I think the stabilization may be a little bit too aggressive, so when you do have stronger movements it does seem to jump a little bit. 4K 60 frames a second, very similar on both. The stabilization wasn’t too great on either of these, when you’re at 40k 60 frames a second. Auto focus I would have to give the S9+. I think it was slightly faster, because of that dual pixel auto focus. And also slow motion I would have to give the overall win to the S9+, because although you’ve got 1080p at 240 frames a second on both, you do have the additional option on the S9+ of 720p, at 960 frames a second which is pretty insane. In terms of the portrait mode from the rear facing cameras, I think both did pretty well and I would call it a bit of a draw overall.
Neither of them were perfect, and we did have slight defects, but I think they did do a good job overall. With the S9+, you do have the option of editing the blur after the fact, which is nice. With the iPhone X, you’re going to have studio lighting, which let’s you go through some different modes. And moving on to low light. This is where I think the S9+ definitely won because of the wide F aperture. We had less noise overall in the images, and the colors were better maintained. Finally, the audio. This is a similar situation that we’ve had in the past many times. We’ve got stereo audio on the S9+, and on the iPhone X it only records in mono audio. Now you can go back and have a listen, but stereo audio definitely wins in my opinion.
The S9+ did sound louder and more rich. Now that’s what I think of it, what do you think? Definitely drop me a comment below and let me know. Also let me know which SuperSaf Style camera comparison you’d like me to do next. I know a lot of you guys want to see the S9+ vs the Google Pixel 2 XL. And that will be coming in the next few days, so make sure you have subscribed and switched on notifications to see that first. If you want to see lots more images from lots of different devices, than give me a follow on Instagram, I’m @SuperSaf, and I do post quite regularly on there. I hope you enjoyed this video and found it useful, If you did, then do hit that thumbs up button for me.
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