Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 7 Plus Camera Portrait Mode Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the best alternative to the iPhone 7 Plus. Both devices are similar with the presence of dual 12-MP camera, both devices support 2x optical zoom and portrait mode with background blur. The essential advantage of the camera Note 8 is the ability to control the blur strength after the shot has been made. We have decided to make a quick comparison review between these two flagship smartphone camera portrait modes.

Let’s see, which smartphone camera is better for the portrait photos?

shot with Galaxy Note 8

shot with the Galaxy Note 8

shot with the iPhone 7 Plus

shot with the iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone seems to have done the first shot better, colors are much nicer, Samsung somehow incorrectly set the exposure settings (some objects look overexposed). Blur edges in Note 8’s shot are more visible.

Galaxy Note 8 portrait mode

Galaxy Note 8 portrait mode (Street photo)

iPhone 7 Plus portrait mode

iPhone 7 Plus portrait mode (Street photo)

The second photo made with the iPhone 7 Plus was too dark. Galaxy Note 8 has done better, although we were also not particularly happy about the overexposed sky.

Galaxy Note 8: a massive amount of small object on the background

Galaxy Note 8: Outdoor Portrait Photography

iPhone 7 Plus: Outdoor Portrait Photography

iPhone 7 Plus: Outdoor Portrait Photography

The third scene demonstrates that the iPhone 7 Plus has  better colour reproduction for an outdoor portrait photo with a massive green background.

Galaxy Note 8 camera blur depth and colors

Galaxy Note 8 camera blur depth and colors

iPhone 7 Plus camera blur depth and colors

iPhone 7 Plus camera blur depth and colors

The fourth shot once again shows the iPhone 7 Plus advantage at more natural colors and blur depth.

Galaxy Note 8 dark environment shot

Galaxy Note 8 dark environment shot

iPhone 7 Plus dark environment shot

iPhone 7 Plus dark environment shot

Scene 5. A photo taken in low light. In General, both models performed quite well, however, due to the more realistic color rendering, our colleagues from ‘Phonearena’ gave this score to the iPhone 7 Plus.

Galaxy Note 8 night street photography

Galaxy Note 8 night street photography

iPhone 7 Plus night street photography

iPhone 7 Plus night street photography

The last picture demonstrates the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 advantage by making a brighter image in pretty difficult night street photographing. However, it is quite visible with a naked eye that Note 8 photo has much more noise when shooting in low light. The iPhone camera renders much less noise.

Both smartphones perfomed very well in the tests, however, iPhone 7 Plus seems to have done slightly better due to more realistic color rendering and a number of other less important factors. But you may have noticed, the difference is so insignificant and very subjective. The Galaxy Note 8 owners will definitely enjoy the new dual camera with more crisp images, faster focusing and it’s Live Focus Feature.

However, we expected more, since the Galaxy Note 8 is the current Samsung’s flagship, while the iPhone 7 Plus is the Apple’s almost previous generation flagship.

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