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DxOMark: Galaxy Note8 Has the Best Camera on an Android Smartphone Yet

Late last month, the folks over DxOMark Mobile tested the new Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus cameras. The bigger iPhone 8 Plus managed an overall score of 94, making it the best smartphone camera ever tested by DxOMark. However, the iPhone 8 Plus is no longer the undisputed leader of smartphone cameras. DxOMark has just published its Samsung Galaxy Note8 camera review, and unsurprisingly, it has managed to match the iPhone 8 Plus with an overall score of 94. That makes it the best Android smartphone camera yet, although we aren’t sure if it can hold on to that title for long. In the coming weeks, that title may go to the new Pixel smartphones or even the upcoming HTC flagship.

For photos, the Galaxy Note8 scored 100 points, making it the first smartphone to do so. The reviewers were impressed by the excellent zoom performance up to 4x, low noise in low-light shots, fast and accurate autofocus, good detail preservation, and vivid colors. However, not everything is perfect. The Galaxy Note8 camera was found to have limited dynamic range, resulting in frequent highlight clipping. The Bokeh effect was found to be erratic as well, while white balance casts were observed frequently in bright light and indoor conditions.

When it comes to video performance, the Galaxy Note8 isn’t as impressive as the iPhone 8 Plus or even the HTC U11. It managed to score “only” 84 points in the video test, dragged down by the lack of autofocus tracking capability in default mode, shadow and highlight clipping in high-contrast scenes, and residual motion when holding the camera still while recording. Positives listed by the DxOMark review include good white balance and color rendering, good exposure, stable autofocus, good noise reduction across all light conditions, and good video stabilization.

The Galaxy Note8 is Samsung’s first flagship smartphone with a dual-camera setup. It features a primary 12MP snapper with a 26mm f/1.7 aperture lens and a secondary 12MP telephoto 52mm f/2.4 aperture lens. Both the sensors are optically stabilized, which is probably one of the main reasons why its zoom performance is unrivaled currently.