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Smartphone World Cup 3 min read 2 comments

Smartphone Camera World Cup Final: the titans take the field

Of the eight smartphone contenders, two have made it to the final match. The Apple iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 have left the competition in the dust, and now we're about to find out which one will take the title of best smartphone camera. It's up to you to decide.

First, let's look at how the two competitors progressed to the final. The Google Pixel 2 has swept the Android competition from the field with its single camera: In the first round, the Google smartphone outclassed the HTC U12+, and the OnePlus 6 did not fare better in the second round. Even the heavy-hitting Huawei P20 Pro was unable to oppose the Pixel 2, and was decisively beaten.

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Capture the stars with iPhone X camera. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Despite opening defeat to the final

The iPhone X, the only non-Android in the field, started out with a defeat by the P20 Pro. Then the iPhone X but won back the glory by tossing out the LG G7 ThinQ. The Apple smartphone then barely prevailed in the semifinals against the Samsung Galaxy S9.

So, now it's time for the big duel for the best smartphone camera! In the final, we took the two smartphones and shot five photos and a video to get the most meaningful result possible. As always, each this is a blind test, so that personal preference and brand loyalty plays no role in determining the result.

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The best Android camera is still the Google Pixel 2. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Scene 1

In good light, it is easy to take nice pictures. But even then, not all smartphones the same. Think of factors such as the color temperature, the details or the ideal exposure. Which camera captured the Berlin TV tower best?

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Scene 2

In the semifinals, the selfie performance of each of the finalists was their trump card, so it's only logical that we compare them directly. Both smartphones take good shots, but you'll notice there are distinct differences.

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Scene 3

Like the selfie, the portrait also focuses on one person. The actual image quality can best be assessed without calculated light effects or depth of field/bokeh effects. Therefore, this and the other photos were taken in automatic mode and not in a special "portrait" mode.

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Scene 4

This time we tortured ourselves by getting up at dawn to take photos in the first, soft light of the day. The scenery in front of the window shows differently illuminated areas and presents the smartphones with a tall order. Who managed this better?

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Scene 5

The next scene demands even further demonstration of the qualities of the smartphone cameras. The structure of the wallpaper must remain as recognizable and the mood of the lighting must be captured appropriately. Do you have a clear favorite with this picture?

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Scene 6

In the final, we also wanted to take a closer look at the video quality of the two smartphones. For this, we put the iPhone X and the Pixel 2 together and shot simultaneously on the balcony around outside office. Which video do you like better?

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