DXOmark recently stated that the iPhone 8 Plus was the best smartphone camera they had ever tested, but, does that make it THE best? As of the time of writing this article, it seems DXOmark haven't yet tested the Galaxy Note 8. Many may claim iPhone bias due to this, however, SuperSaf TV — a prominent YouTuber from the U.K — has done the comparison instead. On the surface, the specs are very similar between both cameras, the Samsung does have a wider aperture for it's tele lens and both lenses on the back are stabilized. The iPhone, on the other hand, is able to shoot video at high frame rates at higher resolutions.
For video, the differences are very apparent with the Note having better dynamic range, better stabilization, clearer audio, and overall, much sharper and more detailed footage. With the iPhone the footage looks less detailed and slightly "muddy" and the sky also has hot spots in much of the footage due to the lower dynamic range. The iPhone does, however, have the option to shoot 4k at 60fps and effectively, footage should look much smoother than the Note.
For images again the Note looks significantly sharper and actually has better color rendition compared to the iPhone. Having said that, the Note might be cooking its images a bit more to give the illusion of detail. The dual-pixel autofocus in the Note is fantastic and manages to find focus much more effectively in comparison to the iPhone. All in all, it would seem the Note 8 is a much better smartphone camera and could be the current best. Of course, the comparison done by SuperSaf isn't extremely scientific and we may need to wait until DXOmark tests the Note themselves.
Check out the video to see the full comparison and let us know what you think. Is there a bias towards the iPhone or is it just the fact that it's the most popular camera in the world?