Soon after their release, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus earned the title of the best smartphone cameras on DxOMark ranking. The iPhone 8 Plus scored an impressive 94 DxoMark score. But joining the iPhone 8 Plus is Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 which has also scored the same. DxoMark rates the Galaxy Note 8 as the “best smartphone for zoom” along with attributes like good noise reduction, detail preservation and fast and accurate auto-focus. Also Read - Samsung reveals Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3 features officially, S Pen support confirmedAlso Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42
The Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung’s first dual-camera smartphone. The setup includes a pair of 12-megapixel cameras where one is a wide-angle lens of f/1.7 aperture, and the other is a telephoto lens of f/2.4 aperture. The dual cameras are equipped with 2X optical zoom, up to 8X digital zoom, PDAF, optical image stabilization (OIS), dual-LED flash, and 4K video recording capabilities.
Breaking down the Galaxy Note 8’s camera performance, it is the first smartphone to score a total 100 marks on still photography. In terms of video, it is still lacking as it managed a sub-score of 84 keeping it behind the likes of last year’s Google Pixel which scored 91 points. In comparison, the iPhone 8 Plus scored 89 in video test. DxOMark still deems it good enough with plus points including fast and stable autofocus, good noise reduction, white balance and color rendering. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: The beast unleashed!
While the Galaxy Note 8 captures stunning images in bright light, its Auto HDR feature doesn’t offer much in a high-contrast background. The Galaxy Note 8 was tested in low light conditions where it excelled in exposure, noise management, details and color preservation. However, in extreme low light conditions, details on moving subjects aren’t captured well. With just the flash on, the Galaxy Note 8 produces good results albeit evidence of corner shading. After adding elements like exposure, white balance, and color rendering, the images produce a “slight ghosting effect, color shading and pink color cast” in some cases. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Apple iPhone 8 Plus drop test reveals which is stronger among the both
The Galaxy Note 8’s optical and digital zoom has been praised heavily as it managed to achieve excellent results. Especially in low light, its 2X optical zoom achieved results with precise details. DxoMark says that the Galaxy Note 8 is “the best zoom device we’ve tested to date in low light”. The bokeh mode also impressed in terms of blurring the background, but with some visible errors on close inspection. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Apple iPhone X: There s more than meets the eye
Coming to its lacking part, the Galaxy Note 8’s dynamic range in video recording is said to be limited with “loss of detail in shadows and highlights”. Although, the smartphone’s video exposure and fast convergence under changing lighting conditions is praised.