The iPhone XS still can’t compete with the Pixel 2’s camera

By | 19th September 2018

There’s a lot of hype around the new Apple iPhone XS and it’s “improved imaging sensor” which captures more light and delivers better images. While Apple’s smartphones have often been regarded as having the best smartphone cameras on the market, things started shifting a few years ago. When the Samsung Galaxy S7 was introduced, it gave Apple’s latest iPhone a run for its money and since then, Huawei, Google and HTC have all delivered cameras which capture better photos than what Apple’s iPhones have been able to manage.

Since the new iPhone XS imaging sensor has been updated to match the 1.4μm Pixel size that most high-end Android phones have been using for the past two years, many were expecting its camera to match or beat the Pixel 2. Unfortunately for Apple, that doesn’t seem to be the case. We have not tested the camera of the iPhone Xs yet, but The Verge has shared a handful of side-by-side shots taken with both phones. The results show that the iPhone Xs has a better camera than last year’s iPhone X, but it still can’t beat the Pixel 2. The images from the iPhone XS are flatter which are better suited for those looking to edit the images after the fact, but the shots taken with the Pixel 2 seem perfectly tuned by Google’s software to be shared immediately with no extra fuss.

Android Central has also compared the cameras of the Pixel 2 and the iPhone XS and has come to the same conclusion. In their comparison shots, the Pixel 2 produces sharper images, better color reproduction and dramatically better white balance in low-light situations. The images taken with the iPhone XS are still pretty incredible, but they’re simply no match for the Pixel 2’s superior image processing.

iPhone XS left, Pixel 2 right (Image credit: Android Central)

With the launch of the Pixel 3 set for October 9th, we’re eager to see what Google’s new smartphones are capable of.