Google Pixel 2 XL vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Camera Comparison

The age-old fight for camera dominance remains a hot topic every time, with new manufacturers competing for the crown every few months. Now, as we have the two best Android smartphones around today, we have put the camera comparison among them, while bringing out the strengths and weaknesses of each to give you a clear picture on which one would serve you the best. Read on to find out which is our pick for the best camera smartphone of 2017.



  2. Pixel 2 XL and Galaxy Note 8 Camera Specs:

  3. Picture Quality:

  4. Color and Detail:

  5. Portrait Mode:

  6. Zoom

  7. Video

  8. Bottom Line:


A flagship smartphone is composed of various aspects, that comes together to form a premium experience. The camera capabilities are clearly one of the most important aspects of a flagship phone today. Both Google Pixel 2 XL and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 make for two of the best smartphone cameras today. There are only finer differences that make them win or lose against each other. Let’s find them out.

NOTE: To make the camera comparison, few smartphone analysts have shot multiple pictures across a range of scenarios on both phones. So, we laid them out here for your understanding.

Pixel 2 XL and Galaxy Note 8 Camera Specs:CAMERA SPECSGoogle Pixel 2 XLSamsung Galaxy Note 8SettingsExposure compensation, ISO controlExposure compensation, ISO controlApertureF2.4F1.7Camera FeaturesFixed FocusWide Angle SelfieImage Resolution4000 x 3000 Pixels4000 x 3000 PixelsSensorCMOS image sensorCMOS image sensorAutofocusNoYesShooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)Resolution8 MP Front Camera8 MP Front CameraOptical Image StabilisationYesYesFlashYes Dual LED FlashNoVideo Recording1920×1080 @ 30 fps, 1280×720 @ 30 fps3840×2160 @ 30 fps, 1920×1080 @ 60 fps, 1280×720 @ 240 fps

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with two 12-megapixel rear cameras and an 8-megapixel front camera, while the Google Pixel 2 XL features a 12.2-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera.The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 features dual-camera setup at the rear, while the Google Pixel comes with a traditional single-camera setup. However, the Pixel offers some of the benefits of a dual-camera setup by using software algorithms.

The Google Pixel 2 XL is the highest rated camera according to DxO Mark – the industry standard in camera benchmarks. Both phones have image recognition — Google Lens on the Pixel 2 XL and Bixby Vision on the Note 8. These software features use AI and machine learning to identify objects and bring up additional information about them. And the Note 8 can shoot time lapses and has built-in Snapchat-like stickers.

Picture Quality:

Samsung took a big leap in camera technology on the Note 8, moving to dual sensors both supported by OIS and some special software to put them to work. Both phones are capable of shooting at 4K resolution and provides up to 240fps slow-motion video recording. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 also features 2X lossless zoom, using the dual-camera setup. Photos taken with the Note 8 seem to have boosted contrast and saturation, while pictures from the Pixel 2 XL had a pure clinical beauty with expertly rendered detail and highlights. Pixel 2 XL’s image processing is paired with a new brighter aperture and OIS.

Color and Detail:

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The Note 8 takes an oddly soft photo of these flowers compared to the Pixel, and the Pixel photo is better as a result. The Note 8 colors aren’t as saturated or rich as the Pixels. The detail and sharpness of Pixel 2 XL seem to be impressive.

Portrait Mode:

Portrait mode gives photos an artistic blurry background simulating a shallow depth of field. The Pixel 2 XL has Portrait Mode on both the front and rear cameras. Its portraits have more detail and better focus even when taking selfies. The Note 8’s Live Mode (portrait mode), which works only on the rear cameras, looks warmer and render the background blur better.


While Smartphone manufacturers have typically relied on dual-camera setups to offer depth effect and bokeh shots, Google is relying on a single-camera setup. Pixel 2 XL’s Portrait Mode, handled with just one lens, can do much the same job as Samsung without the extra room required for a dual setup. It is able to capture depth information and offer portrait shots similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Google has succeeded in offering the same level of capability with a single-camera setup, relying on algorithms and software magic to achieve the same results.

The Pixel 2 XL’s front-facing camera also lets you take Portrait Mode photos and they look amazing.

On the Note 8, if a portrait shot didn’t come out stellar, you can able to adjust the amount of blur to better blend in the foreground and background. And it’s something the Pixel 2 XL can’t do.’