Samsung Galaxy S9+ Camera Gets Record DxOMark Score, Edging Out Google Pixel 2


Samsung launched the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at MWC 2018 with a promise of offering the best smartphone camera yet, and according to one report, the South Korean smartphone maker has managed to achieve just that.

A new DxOMark report today says that Samsung’s new Galaxy S9+ has the best smartphone camera it has ever tested, earning the highest-ever DxOMark score of 99, topping both the Google Pixel 2 and iPhone X, which scored 98 and 97, respectively.

With not one, but two 12MP rear shooters in tow, the first of which offers innovative variable aperture technology, plus dual OIS, dual-pixel PDAF, 4K video recording at 60fps, and 720p super-slow-mo capture at 960fps, the Galaxy S9+ is certainly an impressive piece of technology.

DxOMark says that the Galaxy S9+ clicks great photos in bright and sunny conditions, with bright and vivid colours and a wide dynamic range. There seems to be good noise reduction and retention of detail, as the review noted limited grain in images with optimum brightness. In low light, the phone’s dual camera setup is equally impressive – it had underexposure only in the darkest level of the camera test.

The only major weakness of the imaging setup found on the Galaxy S9 Plus that DxOMark managed to identify is the slight exposure variance observed when taking numerous shots of the same scene, which is also the only category that continues to be dominated by the more consistent Google Pixel 2.

“The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is a smartphone without any real weaknesses in the camera department,” concludes DxOMark. “In both still and video modes, it performs well across the board, delivering consistently good photo and video image quality in all light and shooting situations, thus earning itself our highest DxOMark Mobile score to date.”

By the looks of DxO’s findings, its safe to say that if you want a phone mainly for its photo taking capabilities, the Galaxy S9+ is the best phone out there for now.


  • Tim

    That would be great if I didn’t find Samsung’s Android skin/spin-off absolutely repulsive. Raw android is great…Samsung Touchwiz..cheezewiz, whatever it’s called is just atrocious.

  • Riddlemethis

    Meh. Most smartphones take more than adequate pics in daylight (outdoors). What sets smartphones apart is their ability to record and shoot night pics and video. Samsung Galaxy has always reigned supreme in this area beating out every iPhone model made including the X.

  • Riddlemethis

    Samsung never has and likely never will understand the importance of synergy between software and hardware. Fanbois continue to praise touchwiz after every new model is released.

  • Taylor

    You act like Apple follows design guidelines. Half their own apps don’t even properly follow their own design guidelines. Preach Apple all you want but when the play button in the music app isn’t even center aligned there is a problem.

  • FragilityG4

    Except when the pixel 2 was released…