Camera Shootout: Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus vs. Google Pixel 2 XL

Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus and Google’s Pixel 2 are the two most praised smartphones on the market right now when it comes to camera performance.

Tom’s Guide has posted a shootout between the cameras found on both devices, and tried to draw a conclusion as to which one is the best.

Apple’s flagship packs dual 12-megapixel lenses, which is composed of a wide-angle lens that has an f/1.8 aperture and a telephoto lens that has a f/2.8 aperture. In comparison, the Google Pixel 2 only features a single 12-megapixel camera with an f/1.8 aperture.

Both phones are able to apply similar effects to the photos you take. However, Google is focusing on using software to create these effects, while Apple relies on a mix of both hardware and software.

For example, both smartphones have the ability to take portrait mode photos with a bokeh effect. However, the method in which this effect is achieved is drastically different on each device.

Here is a chart of the final results:

Overall, Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus came out on top, but Google’s Pixel 2 won some key rounds. For example, the Pixel 2 edged out the iPhone 8 Plus when it came to low-light photography, which is an area that is really difficult for smartphones to do.

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