Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs Pixel 2 XL Camera Test Comparison

– What’s up YouTube Saf
on SuperSaf TV and welcome to another SuperSaf
Style camera comparison. This time between the
Samsung Galaxy S9 + and the Google Pixel 2 XL. The usual style we’ll be
looking at both the front and rear facing cameras and
at images as well as video too do so 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, and I’ll be switching between these two to give
you guys a better idea of the differences in audio as well. So we’re currently using
the front-facing cameras on both devices at 1080P, we’re
going to take a walk to look at the stabilization. And now let’s go ahead and
run to really test this out. Moving on to the rear-facing cameras. 4K, 30 frames a second on both devices. Should give us a good idea
of dynamic range here. Detail, now we’re just going
to take a bit of a walk to see what stabilization
is like, both smartphones are mounted to the same rig. Now let’s go ahead and run. The other thing we do have
on the S9 + is optical zoom, so we can zoom in
and get lots more further detail, we can do digital zoom on the Pixel 2, but optical zoom
definitely has an advantage. Testing out the auto focus on the S9 +. Super fast, that Dual
Pixel auto focus is insane. Same test on the Pixel, also super fast. Look at that. So that was the video now
before we move on to images, having a quick look
what we’re working with. Front facing cameras we’ve
got 8 mega pixels on both. On the Pixel 2 we’ve got an F2.4 aperture. With the S9 + we’ve got
an F1.7 aperture, as well as auto-focus. For the rear facing cameras
things are quite different here, the Pixel as a 12.2
mega pixel camera with an F 1.8 aperture and
optical limit stabilization. The S9 + has two 12 mega
pixel cameras both optically stabilized, the primary
camera actually has a dual aperture so it can
switch between F1.5 and F2.4 depending on the situation. If you want to find out
more about this I have done an explainer video and that
will be linked in the cards. Then the secondary camera
is actually telephoto, it’s going to give you
two times optical zoom and this has an F2.4 aperture. Now if you like the skins
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them in the description below. Final point to mention,
everything has been shot on automatic and this is to keep
things as fair as possible. So kicking off with some selfies. Both actually doing a
really good job here. The Pixel slightly better
in terms of dynamic range, if you look towards my face
some of the details have been slightly overexposed on the
S9 +, however, on the Pixel things are more evenly exposed. Another selfie both doing
really well, but once again I think the S9 +has slightly
overexposed certain areas if you look towards my face,
and the Pixel has balanced that dynamic range much better overall. In terms of the angle
of view, both are pretty wide and quite similar
from what I can ese. Now moving on to some
portrait selfies where the background is going to be blurred. The first thing you’ll
notice is that we do lose a little bit of the wide angle on the Pixel. It does crop in a little
bit, and with the S9 + it does struggle with sunglasses,
this is the reason why I took my sunglasses off in this picture. I know this is not going to
effect most people, in terms of the blur both are actually
doing a really good job, however, I would have to
give the edge to the Pixel. If you look towards my hair this has been blurred a little
bit more on the S9 +, where as on the Pixel the edges
have been better maintained. The Pixel also has better
dynamic range overall, the colors in the background
have been maintained better compared to the S9 +. The S9 + seems a little
bit more vibrant overall, but it’s also a little
bit softer and looks like some smoothening has
been applied to the skin. This is not the case on
the Pixel which is sharper and you’ve got more details. Now this will come down to
your personal preference. I know some people prefer
a bit more of a softer look from the front facing camera. Another portrait selfie and
once again the Pixel doing a great job in terms of those edges. Although the S9 + isn’t
doing bad, it is blurred a lot more on the details
and the dynamic range is not as good as the Pixel. Trying a shot without my
sunglasses, once again very similar results. Great edge detection from
the front-facing camera on the Pixel, I do think when
it comes to the portrait selfies, as well as dynamic
range from the front-facing camera, the Pixel is the best out there. Now moving on to some
selfies in low light. I don’t know what magic the
Pixel is doing with software, because it has an F2.4
aperture compared to F1.7 on the S9 +, but we have a
sharper image overall. We’ve got more detail in
the foreground as well as the background in the Pixel. Whereas on the S9 + things
are looking very soft. Colors also seem to be better
maintained on the Pixel compared to the S9 +. And
when we use the front-facing flash, the S9 + I would say
is a little bit too bright for my liking, Pixel once
again doing a good job overall. And we do have detail on
the foreground as well as in the background. Now moving on to some
outdoor shots, starting off with a macro shot of this flower. I think both are doing a good job overall. Lots of detail on the flower when we go in 100%, slight differences
in color which will come down to personal preference. Now an outdoor wide shot,
both doing pretty good. But the Pixel, once
again, that dynamic range is just crazy. Details are being pulled out
from the highlights as well as the shadows. If you look at the clouds,
the Pixel has somehow managed to take out detail from
the clouds as well. And we have an overall sharper image, although it might look a little
bit over processed to some. And we do have optical zoom
on the S9 + so we can get in closer, I did try to
replicate this on the Pixel by digitally zooming and the
zoom advantage definitely goes to the S9 +, you’ve
got a sharper image overall. This is definitely more
clear when we go in 200%. Now testing out shot with some very tricky dynamic range, once again
the Pixel doing some software magic here, we’ve got more
detail in the highlights as well as the shadows, and the image
does seem sharper overall. I know some people do
find this to be slightly over processed however. Now moving on the some
portrait shots from the rear-facing camera. First thing’s first the Pixel
just has one camera so it applies this affect with just one camera. With the S9 + you have a
dual camera set up, and to match the angle of both of
these we did have to move slightly closer with the Pixel. Now I think it’s clear when
it comes to dynamic range, the Pixel once again applying that magic. If you look at the house in
the background, all of the detail has been maintained
here on the Pixel. Where it’s been completely
washed out on the S9 +. But if you look at the
background blur the S9 + does seem to have applied it better here. If you look at the area
between my arm, this has not been blurred out on the
Pixel and just generally there are certain areas which
have not been blurred out towards the center of the image. I do think this does come
down to the fact that there is a single camera compared to
the dual cameras on the S9 +. This is something that I’ve
noticed quite a bit in my testing over time, and to
test this theory further, went to an are with a
more complex background. And once again the win for
dynamic range definitely goes to the Pixel, but if
you look at edge detection, it is better on the S9 +. If you look at the area in
between my arm once again, and towards the left of the
image, this has not been blurred out on the Pixel and
the Pixel has also blurred out my ear whereas the edges
have been better maintained on the S9 +. Now let’s move on to low light. Now this is actually really
interesting because I did post this image on Twitter
and most people preferred the Pixel image. Now at first glace the
Pixel does seem brighter, but once we start zooming
in the S9 + is sharper. If you look at the sign as
well as the building overall, it is sharper on the S9 +. Now another shot in low
light, the Pixel definitely more contrast, but once we
start going in closer you can notice more noise on the
Pixel towards the sky area. And going in 200% the S9 + is
definitely sharper compared to the Pixel. One last test in low light,
once again both doing a great job, colors do seem
to be better maintained on the Pixel, but once we start
going in closer the S9 + is sharper. Now I didn’t tap to focus on
any of these shots, I just let the cameras decide
and it does look like the F1.5 aperture is producing
a sharper image overall. So there we have it guys
the Samsun Galaxy S9 + versus the Google Pixel
2 XL SuperSaf style camera comparison. This is probably the
closest camera comparison I have ever done, some very,
very interesting results. When it comes to front-facing
camera images I would have to give the overall
win to the Pixel 2. You’ve got better dynamic
range overall, and the portrait mode is the best in the business. For the front-facing camera
video however, the S9 + was definitely more stable. Now I’ve mentioned this in
previous videos, but the S9 + does crop in to achieve
this stabilization so it’s not as wide when you’re shooting video. But this does result in
much more stable footage, which I do prefer. Now outdoor images both
were good, but the Pixel once again with that dynamic
range, the S9 + however does have the advantage
of optical zoom, which you don’t have on the Pixel 2 XL. Now when it comes to video,
this was very interesting because quality wise both were good. The S9 + did seem a tad
sharper, but it was a little bit choppy. The Pixel definitely
more stable, and the S9 + did seem a little bit too
aggressive in stabilization resulting in some jumps when
we had certain movements. Now the S9 + does also film
at 4K 60 frames a second, this is something that I
couldn’t really demonstrate in this video because everything else is at 30 frames a second. When it comes to focus
I would say it’s a draw, both are super super fast. But when it comes to
slow motion the S9 + does get the win with 1080P
at 240 frames a second, the Pixel 2 can only do
1080P at 120 frames a second. And the S9 + can also
do super slow-mo, 720P at 960 frames a second,
whereas you can only do 720P at 240 frames a second on the Pixel 2. Now when it came to the
rear-facing camera portrait mode, the Pixel once again, that
dynamic range magic, I don’t know what they’re doing
but it’s absolutely amazing. But because of the dual
cameras on the S9 + you did have better edge detection
overall, and this is something that I have noticed previously
as well if you look at my camera comparison between
the Pixel 2 XL versus the iPhone X, we had a similar situation. With the S9 + you also
have the options of editing the blur after the fact,
this is something you can not do on the Pixel. Now low light this was
actually very, very close. At a glance the Pixel did
seem to produce the overall brighter image, but when we
did go in close you could notice less noise on the S9 +,
and a sharper image overall. And I do think that’s thanks
to the F 1.5 aperture. Finally when it comes to audio,
I would have to give the win to the S9 +, you’ve got
stereo audio recording on the S9 + compared to mono
recording on the Pixel. And this was just louder
and more rich in my opinion. You can go back and have a listen. That’s what I think anyway,
what do you guys think. Drop me a comment below
and vote in the poll. So very interesting results
and these are some of the best smartphone cameras
out there right now. If you want to see lots
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  1. SuperSaf March 10, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks for watching, which do you prefer overall? And which SuperSaf Style video would you like to see next? ?

  2. Nathan July 6, 2018 at 1:53 am

    Pixel does a better job making you look like a terrorist bud..

  3. 4 Dot Corner July 6, 2018 at 5:03 am

    Daylight photos: S9 cause although it is much exposed, It also has more detail and vibrant colors
    Daylight selfies: pixel 2xl cause it has less exposure and a more true skin
    Nightime photos: s9 cause it has more detail and less noise
    Nightime selfies: pixel 2xl cause it has more detail
    Daytime portrait photos: s9 cause it has better edge detection and better blurry effect
    Daytime portrait selfies: very close but a bit more the pixel
    Video: s9 cause although it has a kind of robotic stabilization (I think that was because supersaf didn't set it up to 60fps) it has more detail and vibrant colors

    4 (s9) vs 3 (pixel 2xl)

  4. George Fiala July 6, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Pixel 2 XL

  5. Егор Берлизев July 9, 2018 at 7:55 am

    can u put google camera on the s9 and do a comparsion between usual s9 camera?

  6. Latika Patil July 9, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Which phone is better than s9+

  7. haruto sakurai July 9, 2018 at 11:10 am

    The sound on the S9+ may be better, but when it comes to stabilisation of the video, the pixel 2 XL wins. I hope the Pixel 3 will come with a better mic, better hardware and even a better camera, if that's even possible.

  8. G_krusha official July 9, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Pixel have the best camera ever

  9. Colesterdude July 10, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    I have a s9+ and the camera looks nothing like that. Idk if its compression or something but the s9+ looks really laggy

  10. no July 12, 2018 at 12:44 am

    if pixel 2 xl have that good 1 camera imagine google pixel with 2 cameras how good it will possibly be

  11. Nikolaj Freiesleben July 15, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Thx. Does pixel xl have AF tracking in 4k mode? S9+ only have in full HD..

  12. Ömer Çakır July 15, 2018 at 8:41 am

    S9’s camera shoots perfect but pixel2 xl’s camera shoots slightly better then s9. But none of the smartphones can shoot as close as to the dslr cams. And google pixel isnt available worldwide, only available on 7 or 8 countries. So if your region is not on the list s9 is a good choice too therefore Im thinking to buy a S9

  13. Vivian Umeagudosi July 17, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Pixel 2 xl has a really great camera quality which I love..but I feel it would be nicer if it adds just a 'little bit' more of vibrance to its camera quality

  14. lefterhsk1 July 18, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    i think none of these phone camera comparison videos are fair… the titles of these videos should be something like "samsung galaxy s9 plus vs pixel 2 xl camera behavior on automode" . I dont want to say pixel is better or s9 plus is better just like example… in auto mode maybe the galaxy is better and in manual mode you could have better results with pixel's camera.

  15. bigearedmouse17 July 20, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    S9 every time.

  16. Sam Chaney July 20, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Dang, this is a hard call. I want a phone for capturing my band's concerts and rehearsals so video quality in low light is key along with stabilization. The stabilization and video quality look a little better on the Pixel 2 in daylight but on paper, the S9+ should do better in low light due to the wider aperture. The telephoto lens might be another good trick for catching guitar solo's and the like. Any suggestions? I currently have the LG G7 for the wide angle camera and I may just stick with that.

  17. Антошка Симончиков July 20, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    SAMSUNG !!!!

  18. Sandip Bashyal July 21, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Samsungs problem is in again in camera. Not good camera as much you expected after seeing review. Samsung really needs to improve in camera quality..

  19. Denilton Sousa July 23, 2018 at 5:38 am

    I want a pixel 2xl software in a s9 hardware

  20. Chips July 23, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Both great cameras! I would say I prefer the Google Pixel camera. Videos looked a little better on S9 though

  21. RagingUtai July 24, 2018 at 9:55 am

    lol the s9 low light shot is just as bad as the key2 low light.

  22. Mihăiță are mere July 24, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    i love SuperSaf TV! This is the best comparison channel!

  23. Vinay yadav July 27, 2018 at 3:58 am

    A single camera phone gave tough competition to all of them. What if google launches dual camera phone

  24. Lestat Walton July 27, 2018 at 7:57 pm


  25. SPANIAN July 30, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    sorry if this is a stupid question… but if the pixels software is whats making it better then the s9 even though the s9 has better hardware, then couldnt you just install the software into the s9 and then have the very best??

  26. Homagni Dutta July 30, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Watching on my S9 plus.

  27. Aziza Karziani July 31, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    S9 plus ?

  28. Gargie396 August 1, 2018 at 11:10 am

    immovable object vs unstoppable force

  29. Meow xD August 2, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    I want the s9+ but it's kinda ugly 😛

  30. Anthony Hernandez August 3, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    There is no way I could edit the pixel 2's photos

  31. Gixxer Fixxer August 4, 2018 at 1:33 am

    The audio on the Pixel is trash.

  32. Lukeq August 5, 2018 at 10:25 am

    If I had an android phone, I would honestly use a Samsung S9+

  33. Ballsweat McGee August 5, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    So s9 back camera video is stuttery and laggy compared to the pixel but super smooth with the front facing camera. The s9 also has super good dark pictures but the colors look unrealistic

  34. Hi August 7, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    If iPhone X had a camera better than the Pixel 2 XL. That would be the Perfect Phone

  35. ICOD73 August 10, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Pixel 2 XL wins

  36. dude at August 11, 2018 at 4:09 am


  37. hulkpayne August 11, 2018 at 7:28 am

    S9+ 4k video very choppy compared to pixel…not acceptable samsung at this price point!!

  38. hulkpayne August 11, 2018 at 7:34 am

    Its just phenomenal how still no phone can beat the pixel camera lol

  39. Евгений August 13, 2018 at 2:16 am

    Pixel cool
    S9 sasat

  40. Celph Taut August 13, 2018 at 4:06 am

    From what I gathered the pixel 2 xl is easily the most impressive camera for selfies / low light photos / and generally any photo scenario other than zoom etc, but the s9 out performs it in front facing camera video and audio quality. I'd still take the pixel over the s9 since the pixel seems to have an overall well rounded camera, and I believe Google is well on their way of becoming the android version of Apple in a few years.

  41. mukesh cool August 13, 2018 at 5:04 am

    bro install gcam on s9+ and comprae with pixel

  42. Winston THABOE LOL August 13, 2018 at 5:33 am

    Sangsum's really good at vedios but the Pixel wins with 70 percent of the photos and is over all better than the s9 plus

  43. SHEHZAAD August 13, 2018 at 6:45 am

    We've always said "iPhone is iPhone".
    Now we must add that "Pixel is Pixel".
    It beat all dual-lens phones with it's single lens.

  44. Christo August 14, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Pixel 2 xl photos looked a bit false to me ,just high contrast ,found the camera over rated and 90 percent of the photos I took didn't apply the blur properly

  45. Bikrom Biswas August 15, 2018 at 5:54 am

    S9 Plus wants EIS update in camera and batter ato HDR Software update.

  46. Arnel Enero August 18, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Overprocessing destroys some photos with the Pixel 2 and that is something you can't reverse no matter how you edit your photos. It seems the more raw and cleaner images from the Samsung is more usable if you are willing to edit.

  47. Dhananjay Arora August 19, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Both are the best

  48. Johan Sahlin August 21, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Pixel is still killing it after 1 year…

  49. Anetos Hoda August 26, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    s9+ u look handsome )))

  50. Md Tauhidul Islam August 29, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    pixel 2 xl better then s9+

  51. Tracey Cornwell August 29, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Great review. Thanks.

  52. pooran singh August 29, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Without a doubt Pixel 2 win

  53. P21- ALMILANY September 1, 2018 at 12:51 am

    Just got my Pixy baby ?
    Thank you so much

  54. Gurjeet Singh September 2, 2018 at 5:19 am

    S9 + winner more

  55. Ganesh Karhale September 3, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Note 9 is better than s9 +

  56. Ganesh Karhale September 3, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Buy note 9 instead of s9+.

  57. sundareswaran chandrasekaran September 3, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Thanks to you and your channel for providing me an idea about camera quality of both smartphones coz I was little bit confused in choosing a good camera phone between google pixel & Samsung galaxy s9+ ….now I choose galaxy s9+ ….coz I also watched a comparison video related with galaxy in ur channel which gave me good idea to choose my smartphone…SAMSUNG GALAXY S9+ ???

  58. ravi gupta September 9, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Pixel 2xl is great but s9+ is the new boss

  59. Louie R September 19, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Pixel 2 XL takes incredible photos but falls behind in terms of video

  60. Chrisz Augustine September 23, 2018 at 6:14 am

    This is the kind of review were findin for!!

  61. Khan Méré September 24, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Am I the only one who laughs when he starts to run : – )) ?

  62. The1egend34 September 26, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Pixel 2 is still the reigning champion in my opinion. S9 is my favourite phone, but the camera can't beat pixel

  63. Dandy Movie September 27, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    there seems to be no other phone that can beat the Google Pixel 2 camera's. The legend of camera

  64. Badboy23 September 30, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    S9 is better

  65. Youtube BOSS ### September 30, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Pixel power

  66. Misvaro Tallica October 6, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    pixel 2 xl stabilizer like insane. amaxing

  67. Richard Smith October 14, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    This is the most comprehensive comparison video I've seen. awesome job. Thank you

  68. Bhavya Pal October 30, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    S9plus good job… killer phone ..

  69. Mk ._. queen22 November 2, 2018 at 8:42 am

    I like the s9 more but it's too soft in some photos

  70. Joe75663 November 8, 2018 at 2:16 am

    Who cares, put hdr+ or even hdr on the pixel 2 and it mops the floor with the s9+

  71. Андрей Andrey November 18, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Pixel SUPER !!

  72. Bilal Ahmed November 24, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    4:40 the pixel makes you look old !

  73. J Quest November 26, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    great review, thx a lot

  74. Arman Khan November 30, 2018 at 9:25 am

    S9 beats iphone X and Pixel beats s9

  75. Anam Shahan Kazi December 4, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    thanks man

  76. Prem Kumar December 6, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Honestly I would prefer the galaxy s9 camera because in some cases the s9 does better than pixel like details, sharpness and low light shots were better on the galaxy…. Daytime shots were really close and portrait shots have better edge detection …. Front facing is a bit bad compared to pixel 2… And overall the s9 plus is a better phone

  77. Faizan Shahzaad Exploring Pakistan December 15, 2018 at 9:08 am

    i'm s9+ user but no doubt pixel takes images in more depth than s9+

  78. vishnu suku December 17, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    s9 is the beast..????????

  79. Steve 0861 December 23, 2018 at 12:08 am

    I have the s9+ with the pixel 2 xl camera port

  80. lllllllllllll December 29, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Bought a pixel 2 xl now for about 400 Bucks. Quite excited! 🙂 Thanks for the video! ??

  81. احمد الشاذلي January 25, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    S 9 is win but pixel 2xl best in camera selfie

  82. Odin February 2, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    help Who is the best camera Pixel 2 or XZ2 ? Thx

  83. Sujatmiko Afandi February 3, 2019 at 12:12 am


  84. Ayam jawa channel February 9, 2019 at 6:36 am

    Samsung is winner

  85. Keywonia Spencer February 13, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Hello, I work with preschool age children (ages 2-5). Most of my day is taking pictures of their experience at school for their parents. How is the pixel 2 xl for moving object (children running, jumping, moving around ). I'm considering on buying a new camera phone soon. Please help!

  86. Nic B Creations February 14, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Sound on the S9 is way waaaay better, it's night 'n day difference.

  87. Mafia Mafia February 23, 2019 at 10:20 pm


  88. Rosie Chan! March 7, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    S9+ is better! ?

  89. ចំនេះដឹង កំុព្យូទ័រ March 9, 2019 at 5:49 am

    for me pixel

  90. xtrmsnpr March 18, 2019 at 11:27 am


  91. Rahul Das March 18, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Pixel is always best

  92. Jason King March 20, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    God… slow motion is such a waste of time gimmick….

  93. Avinash Shukla March 21, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Pixel 2 video stabilization is mind blowing

  94. Anowar Hossain Patwary March 23, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    S9+ king camara

  95. Matthew Henry May 1, 2019 at 10:59 am

    the s9+ with gcam is beast

  96. iSebastian May 17, 2019 at 2:54 am

    the s9 plus video was so choppy

  97. Yashwant Samdariya May 25, 2019 at 6:26 pm


  98. Tech 'n' Tricky June 14, 2019 at 5:23 am

    S9 is better in every department except camera.
    Pixel's camera is better than any smartphone.

  99. Martin Kulik September 18, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    sharpening on s9+ is horrendous. i have it, i should know.

  100. Martin Kulik September 18, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    samsung is stupid as hell. they blurry the front camera and sharpen the rear camera. fools.

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