Galaxy S9 vs Xperia XZ2 – Camera Comparison

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While Sony has the compact and Samsung has the Plus but both the companies see the base size in a different way. The Galaxy S9 and Xperia ZX2 are the basic versions we are considering here for the camera comparison. Take a look at the Galaxy S9 vs Xperia XZ2 Camera Comparison and conclude the real world winner.

Galaxy S9 vs Xperia XZ2

Galaxy S9 vs Xperia XZ2

For this comparison post, we selected these devices based on the display sizes, S9 has 5.8-inch display while the ZX2 packs a 5.7-inch display. While talking about the camera of both the two devices, let’s take a look at the camera specs.

Sony once again is following the multi-aspect sensor announced with the Xperia XZs that takes 19MP 4:3 images and 17MP 16:9 ones. The latest inclusion has a much-improved noise reduction and image processing at the backend. And the 960fps slo-mo videos are now captured in 1080p.

Its later than sooner, Samsung has also joined the super slo-mo madness this year and offers the 720p/960fps mode of the Xperia (with better software implementation, at that), but it can’t do 1080p/960fps (Xperia ZX2 does it with perfection). Samsung surpasses Sony is in the 4K recording where the Xperia maxes out at 30fps, while the Galaxy can do 60fps.


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Galaxy S9 vs Xperia XZ2 – Camera Specifications

Samsung Galaxy S9 Sony Xperia XZ2
Main camera 12MP, 4032 x 3024px 19MP, 4032 x 3024px
Sensor 4:3 aspect, 1/2.55″ sensor size, 1.4µm pixel size multi-aspect, 1/2.3″ sensor size,1.22µm pixel size
Lens f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, OIS f/2.0, 25mm
Focus Dual Pixel PDAF Laser+PDAF
Flash Single LED Single LED
Video recording 2160p@60/30fps, 1440p@30fps, 1080p@60/30fps 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60/30fps
Video IS OIS+EIS EIS only
Slo-mo 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps 1080p@120fps, 1080p@960fps
Video features Stereo audio Stereo audio
Front camera 8 MP, 1/3.6″, 1.22µm, f/1.7, 25mm, 1440p@30fps 5MP, 1/5″, f/2.2, 23mm, 1080p@30fps

Camera Hardware

Samsung’s sensor is large, Sony’s is larger and higher-res

The Galaxy S9 is outfitted with the most recent iteration of the 12MP 1/2.55″ sensor that appeared on the Galaxy S7. Same extensive 1.4µm pixels that likewise twofold as phase recognition specialists (henceforth dual-pixel autofocus) sit before another focal point. This time it can switch between a f/1.5 and a f/2.4 aperture- a one of a kind element for a mobile device at the time being. The lens is once again stabilized.

Xperias haven’t been enthusiastic about OIS and the XZ2 doesn’t change that. The 25mm-proportionate lens has a f/2.0 aperture that lets light through to the 1/2.3″ sensor familiar from the organization’s leaders since the XZs. It has 1.22µm pixels and their aggregate number is near 21 million yet you’ll either be getting 19MP 4:3 photographs (5,056x3792px) or 17MP 16:9 ones (5,504x3x096px) – it’s a multi-viewpoint sensor. The Xperia relies on a combination of phase detection and laser autofocus.

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Image Quality – Daylight

In a normal daylight situation, both the smartphone does a great job of taking better photos. We, while comparing the photos found minor differences in color that can be spotted from afar – the Xperia XZ2 reds are deeper, while the Galaxy S9 is a touch more orange, and yellows are a little warmer compared to the rival(rival here is Xperia XZ2), and ever so slightly greenish on the Galaxy. Also, the grass seems to be greener on the Xperia’s side, too.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Daylight Image Samples

Xepria XZ2 Daylight Image Samples

Galaxy’s photos are significantly smoother, with noise competently and almost completely weeded out. At the same time noise is visible on all of the Xperia’s images, even at ISO as low as 40. The Xperia’s images have some extra fine detail that the S9’s lower-res sensor can’t quite resolve.

The Noise vs. Detail trade-off aside, it’s a very close race between these two in good light, which is a pleasant surprise, we have to admit.

Image Quality – Low light

In low light camera comparison, Galaxy is the winner, and there’s no doubt at it has – wider aperture, OIS, superior noise reduction. Photos captured from Xperia XZ2 are noisier and softer, and for the most part, trailing in detail despite the extra resolution.

When you capture photos on Xperia’s device with the help of a tripod, it captures better photos with detailed edges. But still, for normal users, it’s difficult to carry a tripod all the time.

One last thing – in all these low light scenes, the Galaxy would fire off shot after shot with no delay in-between. In contrast, the Xperia would take its time after you hit the shutter and take a good 2 seconds before you can shoot again, showing you a progress indicator in the meantime.

Video quality, stabilization, slow-mo

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