Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are the first devices in the Galaxy S series with a variable aperture camera.
This makes S9 one of the rare devices in the sea on Android devices to come with a variable aperture hinting that camera could be a stand-out feature for the latest flagship from the company. Both the devices shoot on fixed apertures of f/1.5 and f/2.4 where the camera shoots using the f/2.4 and switches to f/1.5 in low-light conditions of less than 100 lux. It looks like the S9 is living up to its tagline 'camera reimagined' as DxOMark has just rated the phone's camera higher than the Pixel 2.
The Pixel 2, widely regarded as the best camera phone till date, has a DxOMark score of 98 while the S9 Plus has received a score of 99. The other competitors such as the iPhone X and the Galaxy Note 8 have scores of 97 and 94 respectively. The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is now the highest scoring phone on the DxOMark list. The S9 had a photo score of 104 which is the highest ever on the image-benchmarking website.
According to the detailed report, the S9 "produces excellent results in good light and sunny conditions" with vivid colours and a wide dynamic range. The S9 Plus achieves a lot more detail and much less noise when zoomed up to 4X as compared to the Pixel 2 and iPhone X. The phone also has quick and accurate auto-focus as per the report. The S9 Plus receives a healthy 91 rating in the video department thanks to its 960 fps @ 720p recording capabilities.
However, the camera has a scope for improvement as the report also claimed that "bright-light images show purple fringing on high-contrast edges and pretty noticeable ringing halos" and that there are occasional exposure instabilities. Stay tuned to our website as we will also put our own in-depth analysis of the S9's camera after the company launched the S9 series in the India market.