The moment Samsung started to tease the release of their upcoming flagship smartphone it was clear the company wanted to highlight the camera. As we got closer to its official announcement, we learned various details about the camera hardware including the Galaxy S9+ variant coming with a dual rear-camera setup, the variable aperture, and MP specs. It looks like the work done by Samsung’s engineers has paid off for them too as DxOMark’s review of the camera puts it at the top of the pack.
Camera reviews from DxOMark have become a hot-button issue within the Android community. Some people dislike the idea that the company offers a paid service to teach OEMs how to improve their camera performances. Others dislike the discrepancies that have surfaced when two reviews are compared to each other. Still, the company clearly has a lot of talent on staff and we can learn a lot from the reviews they publish (even if we ignore the numbered rating system entirely).
DxOMark’s reviews are divided between still photos and videos and it was the still photo section where Samsung showed a lot of improvements this year. The company notes that the visible noise is very well-controlled in all conditions and images showed fairly good detail in outdoor and indoor shooting conditions. However, they felt they needed to take off some points due to the occasional exposure instabilities, some noticeable ringing, color fringing, loss of sharpness in the field, and a slight color cast that can be noticed on occasion.
As we turn to their video review portion we see more of a mixed bag when compared to the still photo section. On the plus side, the review notes that the Galaxy S9+ camera shot videos which had bright and vivid colors, had a stable and fast autofocus, and generally had good target exposure and fast exposure transition. Then again, the videos from the Galaxy S9+ also resulted in strong ringing and moiré, a loss of fine details in most conditions, and visible stepping during exposure convergence on occasion.
As with all reviews, there’s more to it than just the highlights and we definitely recommend you take a look at the in-depth explanation (along with the sample photos) in DxOMark’s review. At the end of the day though, the device received a total of 99 points in its combined review which dethrones the Google Pixel 2’s score of a 98.