Google Pixel 2 XL vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Camera Comparison


Hi guys, it’s MTG here, and today I’m going
to be comparing the cameras found on the brand new Google Pixel 2 XL and the Samsung Galaxy
Note 8. Both have great cameras, but I wanted to see
how they compared head-to-head. I’ll be looking at the pictures shot in different
lighting conditions, and I’ll also be looking at the video quality of both phones. When I was shooting, I set everything to automatic. Let’s get right into it. Both Google and Samsung have put great sensors
on their phones. The front camera on the Note 8 is 8 Megapixels. It has an f/1.7 aperture, and can shoot video
at up to 1440p @30 fps. On the back, we’ll find its dual camera system. Both cameras are 12 Megapixels. The wide-angle and telephoto cameras have
apertures of f/1.7 and f/2.4 respectively. The telephoto lens allows for 2x optical zoom
and depth effect pictures. The Note 8 can shoot 4k video at up to 30
fps, 1080p at up to 60 fps, and 720p at up to 240 fps. Also, both cameras have optical image stabilization. The front camera on the Pixel 2 XL is 8 Megapixels. It has an aperture of f/2.4, and can record
video at up to 1080p @ 30 fps. On the back, we can see that Google has only
put one camera on its new flagship. This camera is 12.2 Megapixels with an aperture
of f/1.8. The camera has both Electronic and Optical
Image stabilization and can shoot 4k video at up to 30fps, 1080p at up to 120 fps, and
720p at up to 240 fps. Since there isn’t a second camera, there is
no optical zoom, but through AI, machine learning, and dual pixel phase detection, Google’s new
flagship can take high quality depth-effect pictures on both the front and back cameras. When looking at still images, both cameras
seem be able to pick up around the same level of detail. In shots where the sky was in frame, the Note
8 did a better job of maintaining the blues. The Pixel’s shots appeared to slightly washout
the sky. Also, in some of these instances, the Note
8 could get better perspectives on shots due to its 2x optical zoom functionality. It can get closer to the subject without degradation
of quality. To get closer to the subject on the Pixel
2 XL, you’ll have to digitally zoom, which does not maintain the image quality. However, in good lighting conditions, the
digital zoom does okay. There were some shots where the Pixel 2 XL
just took the better photo. But there were other times where the Pixel
2’s image temperature was so cool that the colors looked unnatural to the points where
whites started to look like blues. The dual lens on the Note 8 allows you to
take some pretty good depth-effect photos where the background is blurred. The images shot look nice. But as soon as you see what the Pixel 2 XL
was able to produce with just a single lens, the Note 8’s image looks almost bad in comparison. This portrait mode picture shot in poorer
lighting conditions shows how good Google’s image processing is. I should also note that all of the Pixel 2
XL portrait pictures got this high quality on the first try. On the Note 8, the results were so drastically
different that we tried multiple times to get the best possible focus, and the best
pictures we got in Live Focus mode were shown in this video. Both phones have high quality front facing
cameras that take detailed photos in good lighting and bad lighting. However, the Pixel 2 XL also allows you to
use its portrait mode on the front camera, resulting in some really high quality selfies. In low light, sometimes the larger aperture
on the Note 8 led to images with more accurate color representations, while in other instances,
the image processing of the Google Pixel 2 XL led to better pictures from that camera. In this shot, the Note 8 was able to portray
the colors more accurately. The Pixel 2 XL seemed to brighten the image
too much. When the sky was involved, sometimes the Note
8 captured the dark blue of the sky better, but other times, the Pixel 2 XL was able to
capture the gradient of the sky better. All in all, when the lighting conditions got
worse, both cameras still performed very nicely. You shouldn’t have to worry about having perfect
lighting with either of these phones. For a lot of people, the best video cameras
they own are in their pockets, so in this video I wanted to show how the video cameras
compared on the two devices as well. Colors look more natural on the Note 8’s video,
and both cameras are able to pick up a tremendous amount of detail. But the Pixel 2 XL’s video stabilization is
so much better than the Note 8’s. The shakiness of the Note 8’s image distracts
you from the image quality, while the electronic and optical image stabilization on the Pixel
2 XL makes the video look like it was shot on a professional gimbal. Now I’m testing the front cameras on both
phones along with the image stabilization. I’m walking and it’s kind of windy outside. There’s a lot of noise so I’m curious of how
that picks up. Now I’m testing the front cameras on both
phones along with the image stabilization. I’m walking and it’s kind of windy outside. There’s a lot of noise so I’m curious of how
that picks up. These are some high quality cameras. With both of them you’ll be taking pictures
that people will be shocked came from a smartphone camera. The Note 8 had its advantages in some shots,
and the Google Pixel 2 XL had its advantages in other shots. The Note 8 has a second lens that can utilize
2x optical zoom. On the other hand, the Pixel 2 XL has such
great image processing that it can produce some insanely high quality portrait mode images. Also the Pixel 2 XL takes the win in video
because of just how phenomenal its image stabilization is. The Pixel 2 XL’s videos are so much smoother
than the Note 8’s that it doesn’t seem like I was using the same rig to shoot them. Don’t get me wrong, the Note 8 is my daily
driver, but the Google Pixel 2 XL has a terrific camera. I’ll be sure to compare this camera to the
iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X when that comes out. Let me know in the comment section which aspects
of each camera you like. And if you like this video, please give this
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100 Comments

  1. Black Mamba October 28, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Subscribed! Great review!

  2. Manish kumar October 28, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    common dude,,,Samsung is really smartphone

  3. HandsomeHolland MotorV October 28, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    another bullshit video, first the note 8 HAS live potrait on the front camera, second the video is more stabilised then he shows us, i think he tinkerd with the settings or doenst know how to use a samsung, the live potrait on the note 8 works realy great! it is NOT a hit or miss. you just need to wait till it foccused on that object, sometimes you need to wait 1 or 2 seconds, depends on how hard the object is to capture, the software needs to do his thing, yes it is not 0.1 seconds and you can shoot a potrait. but it works realy great. and what about the pixel wide vieuw?

  4. Wohn Jick October 29, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Are you jasons brother?

  5. SG Fresh Idea October 29, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Nice video. Maybe you can consider using a tripod in future? It will reduce the shaking of your videos

  6. WudiPlays October 30, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Watched the video first before reading any comments. Note 8 smoked Google XL. This is coming from a guy who's owns a Sony A7s with 5k worth of lens.

  7. Monty Dizon October 30, 2017 at 8:05 am

    I choose Note 8. Best all around phone.

  8. Yasir Abdulrasheed October 30, 2017 at 10:37 am

    the price for pixel is drastically higher than note 8 with only a camera difference of around 4%

  9. Daniel Cunningham October 30, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Great video, this is exactly what I want to see out of a smartphone camera comparison, thanks!

  10. Sandeep Maharshi October 31, 2017 at 7:12 am

    why both camera recordings are missing some frames in their video?

  11. TechEnthusiast October 31, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    The Note 8 has manual mode as well

  12. miko miko October 31, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Pixel 2

  13. ahmed sk October 31, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Vedios form front and back camera of note 8 are much better than pixel 2Xl……btw both phone are awesome…..

  14. Gee Foo October 31, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    You know you can use portrait mode on the Note 8, it's called Selective Focus. Just FYI

  15. Franklin Montijo October 31, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Very nice comparison!

  16. Chandraprakash G October 31, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Watch the whole video again, and look near the Fluorescent lights, or any bright lights,
    how Pixel 2 preserves the details, where as in Note 8 it's washed out completely to a point nothing is visible.

  17. Saurav Dey November 1, 2017 at 4:11 am

    Why pixel video is shuttering

  18. Cristian International Trade November 1, 2017 at 7:09 am

    It is a matter of taste, both are great phone with such great cameras. By the way did you make the videos with both phone in 4k? or 1080? I would like to see them in 1080 at 60 fps because for me that's really show how smooth a phone camera records.

  19. Aayush Raj November 1, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Why was the pixel dropping so many frames while recording a video?! The note 8 was just smooth in terms of fps .

  20. Shreyansh Roy November 1, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Note 8 is far better in stabilizations

  21. simple guy November 4, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Note 8 wins.

  22. Anthony Hernandez November 5, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    The Google pixel 2 portraits were underexposed, and the Pixel 2 also overexposed light bulbs.

  23. Faizan Khan November 6, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Note 8 is better?

  24. Sea Beach November 6, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    You r doing good.

  25. someone crazy November 6, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    I'd say 60/40. Pixel xl slightly ahead, but color shift is off. The third image doesn't look good at all on the pixel, and the white canopies shows how pixel favors blue shift. As for accuracy, it would be better to have a professional picture to show what the images should look like. In the library, the pixel makes the wood looks orange but the lamps are dark green, where the note 8 is less "colorful." Which is more accurate to rl? In the video you described the pixel xl "took the better photo," but I question this as the lettering on her shirt is slightly red on pixel and white on note 8. Viewers don't know for certain, but I'd suspect her shirt has white lettering.

  26. Tommi November 6, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    I think note8 was slightly better overall. Very tough choice, both damn good. Its pretty much up to your personal preferences wich one you like best, cant really say one is way better over another here….

  27. Jainendra Mandavi November 6, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Please update your video – Pixel 2 XL's video looks extremely bad. I think there is something wrong with the editing software

  28. Lone Sakhrie November 6, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Both are amazing. Pixel 2 is beast in its kind. Go note 8 ?

  29. Kenny Thomas November 8, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Yeah the pixel camera is better the stabilization is on point. But id still pick my note 8 of it.

  30. Sony Ajisukma November 13, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    pixel xl 2's rear cam combined with note 8 front facing camera, would be badass as hell

  31. shubham agrawal November 16, 2017 at 9:17 am

    How old are you brother??…. I want to know about you…. The calmness in your attitude is driving me nuts… You must be good in studies… For sure….

  32. THE MTB November 17, 2017 at 3:23 am

    I see all your camera comparison videos, I like all the videos, I hope you'll get a pixel 2 xl and camera dslr later on a compare video.

  33. N G November 18, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    You have to turn on video stability in note

  34. HD Keemii November 19, 2017 at 10:31 am

    your pixel 2 needs to be sent back to google, that video looks lagging as shit

  35. Sam Al November 21, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Pixel = shooting videos, lot of stabilization
    note 8 = best stills , True vibrant colors
    choosing is up to you

  36. Nadir Kayani November 22, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Google pixel 2xl definitely won this competition

  37. exerjiexerji November 24, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks for the detailed, fairly balanced review.
    Apart from Optical Image Stabilisation bit on Pixel 2 XL all other aspects of it, where it scores over S Note 8 seems to arise from better software. Wheras, all that S Note 8 does better seems to come from it's innate f/1.7 aperture and telephoto lens etc. If we are to assume/hope that subsequent software upgrades will make S Note8 as good as PIXEL 2 XL, we can hope it will bridge the gap in those speciic areas (e.g. low light photo under incandescent lamp) while retaining what it already does better.

  38. titooo November 30, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Pixel 2 XL has really bad front camera image stabilization, but it has much better back camera image stabilization

  39. Question Mark December 1, 2017 at 5:39 am

    yeah the pixel looks real nice. but that audio, screen and the note 8 having an s pen…pixel can't compete

  40. Abrar Ansari December 4, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Is there any difference between Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL camera performance?

  41. Ray Rigoni December 4, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Nice video, really impressive. You deserve more subscribers.

  42. Linux Holic December 7, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Am i the only one who's seeing jerky video of Google Pixel 2 which is totally unfair as it's video is smoother in real life?
    Or does my browser has some issues?

  43. Apple User December 7, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Look at that warping effect on the note 8! Horrible OIS

  44. Jatin Singh December 9, 2017 at 5:04 am

    pixel 2 xl is better

  45. Michael Bailey December 17, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Re: Video….Look at the pixel xl front and rear video while panning it falls appart in both instances, I don't agree it stammered badly in both cases only looked superior on a forward motion shot

  46. Big Bro December 20, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Get a more stabilized camera

  47. Johanna Aldridge December 21, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    I just purchased a pixel 2 XL and I'm loving it..??

  48. Rumil December 21, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Just look at the building in the background in the first photo… rekt so fucking hard
    Google >> Samsung

  49. Royal Studio December 23, 2017 at 3:10 am

    pixel and note 8 have great cameras , but it is strange that the pixel 2 xl video in your comparison is verry choppy while they are not noticeable in other comparison videos

  50. KH 55 December 25, 2017 at 4:53 am

    damn.. i just bought the note 8

  51. genni grava December 26, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Note 8 ?

  52. VENOM 艾NEO December 29, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Pixe better job on single camera setup

  53. Child Health Education by CUG December 30, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Its too much shaky in note 8 here. In my note 8 its completely stable. May n
    Be some problem with your note.. try after 13 dec update…..there is clearly some problem in your video on note 8

  54. Child Health Education by CUG December 30, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    In the last video side by side when u were video rotating on left. Pixel 2 didn't stabilize at all…u didn't mention that

  55. Child Health Education by CUG December 30, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Front cam stabilisation better on note 8

  56. AmnScottNN January 2, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    To make every fanboy happy-
    Pixel 2 (XL): Best Camera (Pictures)
    iPhone X: Best Videos (4k 60 FPS)
    One Plus 5T: Best Overall Value / Quickest charge
    Note 8: Best screen / Best water resistance (IP68)
    LG V30: Best AUX Audio Quality
    Razer Phone: Best External Speakers / Best battery life
    Mi Mix: Best screen/bezel ratio
    HTC U11: Best Brick

  57. Soumya Patra January 3, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Local 2xl

  58. Media s0.4 January 6, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    PIXEL 2 is owsem

  59. Not YouTube Algorithm January 9, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    He's so happy that it's creepy.

  60. AVT Customs January 13, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    The note 8 cam cant make your teeth white

  61. Rudar Bhardwaj January 16, 2018 at 7:23 am

    pixel 2xl is best

  62. Gurrehmat Singh January 17, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    in the first of both phones u can see on building detail is awesome

  63. The Illuminati January 19, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    if only samsung used the primary lens for live focus

  64. Mako January 20, 2018 at 2:55 am

    How come that note 8 video recording is much worse (shaking) than on my s7edge?

  65. Aryan January 22, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Note 8 looks better in all aspects

  66. yazesintisi January 25, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    front cam video is better in Note 8

  67. Celgirl January 25, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    i am so unhappy with the camera of iphone x. even the g6 makes better pictures. I want a new phone with a great camera, likely when its lowlight (night) or indoor, too. but seems like even the best phones can bring me satisfaction. what in your opinion is the phone with the best camera (not even this two)

  68. Bernard Evasco January 31, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    I don't need the crispiest camera in the business all in all Samsung's all in all device is better than the pixel but this Comparison was clearly for Pixel for it's camera is top notch!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  69. merp durp February 6, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Image stabilization makes me almost motion sick ?

  70. MZ H February 10, 2018 at 11:48 am

    This guy is biting MKBHD's style 😛 but still very robotic looks like he's reading from a teleprompter.

  71. Alex Smith February 16, 2018 at 2:34 am

    Note 8

  72. Erox February 16, 2018 at 6:14 am

    i dont get it , pixel 2 vids look choppy , laggy and under 25 fps , why are you praising it ?

  73. Shivvijay pal February 16, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Pixel might have better OIS in video but note 8 seem to be smooth

  74. Mike G February 17, 2018 at 5:56 am

    Which version of the Note 8 is this? Snapdragon or exynos? They actually have different camera sensors and the Sony sensor in the snapdragon version is noticeably better than samsungs sensors in the exynos.

    Also, something seems off with the Note 8 portrait pic.. I have the Note and its never taken a pic that blurry.

  75. Rois Art & Craft February 27, 2018 at 2:14 am

    Please compare S9+ vs XZ2

  76. A guy with a camera February 28, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Pixel has a beautiful HDR

  77. Sexy 'N' Strong March 3, 2018 at 7:22 am

    in low light, Samsung is still a king, and the video from Samsung is not worse. And the rest is about the same…

  78. chibait suchiang March 29, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Both phones are good enough for now about camera n it also depends on how we take a photo note 8 also is good in the perfect shot n may b pixel can take much more photo… You are taking about camera pixel might b better but not at all…. But i still prefer the note 8… The note8 does a very great job on doing anything n functioning thumbs up for the Samsung galaxy note8

  79. Sophie K March 29, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    I'm not a techie Got the Note 8 kept fading out calls found out that was a problem other users were having . Got the PIXEL 2 XL took it on a trip to Costa Rica took the best picture and video of anyone the trip Pixel 2XL has problems sending group texts; an adapter is needed for head phone; the calculator does NOT have decimal point . I had to download one from Googe Play The Pixel2XL has bright clown colors programs and downloading pictures is hassle and half .Recorded a lecture by an MD the quality was the worst I have ever heard and I was seated in the front row! I wonder if this is even real Pixel2xl because my old phone with a keyboard was a better phone . I just want a phone that excels at the basics , simple and clean professional adult looking programs . Next phone is a pure android Essential I now wish I would of kept the NOTE 8

  80. mohammed kaddourbey April 3, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    what's wrong with pixel video ?? photos look great but video is shit , i noticed that in other videos too

  81. iZajRes GS April 10, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    For me color accurracy had always been the point. I have no reason for buying an iPhone now. AND NOTE ROCKS.

  82. LAUNCHERMONKEY April 30, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Man where do you live? that city looks beautiful.

  83. Nicuşor Floare May 20, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Wtf the video is so bad on the pixel..wtf is wrong with the frames or what?

  84. el laberinto June 16, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Google's pixel and Apple's iPhone are the kings of photography, video recording and stabilization

  85. Steve Esso June 20, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Note 8 front facing video stabilization is better and you didn't mention it after comparing both . Pls note that

  86. Harish Dhake July 22, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    I own Samsung Galaxy note 8 but I always Take Photos in Night and Portrait Shots So Should I Switch to Pixel 2 XL ???

  87. C G August 6, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    3.30 wtf.. which background is more accurate. answer ?

  88. Ranil Nelluvai August 7, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Samsung s8 also have live focus with single camera

  89. Sudhir Ghute August 20, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Note 8 vs note 9 camera comparison

  90. Thomas Daka September 12, 2018 at 11:36 am

    You need some OIS on your camera. good video.

  91. aswathama 22 October 24, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    In love with your videos buddy. ??

  92. ferri official November 20, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Note 8

  93. [email protected] 016121255 February 15, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    I love it you smlie

  94. I Love Arrma February 21, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Daym the pixel 2 is just kicking ass everywhere.

  95. THARUSHA Rox April 7, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    nice video

  96. ghilman khan April 23, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Nice work 🙂

  97. Veesa Dangol May 8, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Note 8 is the best…
    I aren't disappointed wid this flagship…

  98. Mr Tag May 12, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    omg pixel 2 xl is amazing!!!

  99. Sneaky Shark July 14, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Guys use gcan app for portrait pictures on samsung phones, it's way better than the stock camera app, note 8 wins this when you have gcam

  100. Fatima Asif September 17, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    which one is best for photos some one reply plz

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