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|We're fans of the overall color and quality of the images from the Galaxy S9+, and it also handles flare really well.
Out-of-camera JPEG | wide-angle lens | ISO 50 | 1/4342 sec | F2.4
It's clear from Samsung's product pages and in-store displays that photographic capability and quality on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are big selling points. We found in our testing that the S9+ was a capable snapshot companion, with a generally good wide-angle camera that churned out well-exposed shots with quick and accurate autofocus.
But as we've said, low-light shooting and portraits can be disappointing. Read on to see our results in practice.
|The dedicated 'food' mode is pretty nice, allowing you to select an area of the frame that your food occupies, and then subtly blurring the rest of the frame as well as boosting saturation.
Out-of-camera JPEG | wide-angle lens | ISO 50 | 1/60 sec | F1.5
The smartphone is the camera that's always with you, ready to document and share your daily life at a moment's notice. From a friend's barbecue to your child's first steps, we think the Galaxy S9+ is great at a number of things, but needs work in other areas.
If you think you'll be using the telephoto lens often or if you think you'll be shooting a lot of portraits, it's best to take a closer look at the Apple iPhone X or even the Pixel 2 which crops the image from its main camera to simulate a longer focal length. They both perform more reliably than the telephoto lens on the Galaxy S9+, which can struggle to hit focus in almost any conditions.
|Samsung Galaxy S9+
ISO 640 | 1/60 sec | F2.4
|Google Pixel 2
ISO 410 | 1/120 sec | F1.8
Going one step further, if you're planning on using your phone to photograph and active toddler or new baby, it's best to look elsewhere. Even on the wide-angle lens, the camera tends to use the slower F2.4 aperture and therefore longer shutter speeds in moderately low light levels, and the camera doesn't do a great job of detecting motion, so you will end up with lots of blurry shots. The Galaxy does average many frames together to create a single image like the Pixel 2, but it does a lackluster job in comparison.
What we like:
|Out-of-camera JPEG | wide-angle lens | ISO 50 | 1/1399 sec | F2.4|
What we don't:
|With stationary subjects, the S9+ turns in a really good performance in low light conditions.
Out-of-camera JPEG | wide-angle lens | ISO 50 | 1/10 sec | F1.5
Not everyone wants to carry an extra camera with them out to a candlelit dinner or to take a cityscape image at night, so we evaluate how the latest smartphones handle low light scenes. The Galaxy S9+ exhibits pretty good image quality as light levels drop, as we can confirm that the camera combines 12 images to aid in noise reduction. That's all well and good until your subject starts moving, that is; it's clear that the Galaxy's motion compensation and image alignment techniques aren't as advanced as those offered by Google in the Pixel 2.
In the end, the Galaxy is so reluctant to decrease exposure time or raise ISO value that your images may be blurred - this is similar to what we see from Apple's iPhone X, but Google's Pixel 2 does a much better job overall.
What we like:
|I really wish the S9+ would have boosted the ISO a few stops rather than shooting at this slow of a shutter speed.
Out-of-camera JPEG | wide-angle lens | ISO 50 | 1/4 sec | F1.5
What we don't:
|For this image, the Galaxy S9+ did a good job identifying the edges of the subject and isolating him from the background, but this is more the exception than the rule; subjects often look 'cut out,' and focus can miss altogether far too often.
Cropped out-of-camera JPEG | telephoto lens | ISO 40 | 1/120 sec | F2.4
Images with subjects and blurry backgrounds were once exclusively in the realm of large-sensor, interchangeable lens cameras. Through computational wizardry, the latest smartphone cameras are getting really good at simulating this effect without the bulk of a dedicated camera setup, but we have some serious reservations with this feature - called 'Live Focus' - on the Galaxy S9+. Both the Apple iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 do portraits far better than the Galaxy.
What we like:
|It doesn't matter how much light you give the S9+, the phone struggles with focus and proper subject isolation in Live Focus mode. Forcing HDR to be enabled in later images didn't help with the blown highlights on my subject's forehead, either.
Out-of-camera JPEG | telephoto lens | ISO 32 | 1/389 sec | F2.4
What we don't:
|In most cases, the Galaxy S9+ does great for casual daylight shooting, with good exposure and dynamic range with HDR enabled.
Out-of-camera JPEG | wide-angle lens | ISO 50 | 1/200 sec | F2.4
Photo by Jeff Keller
Whether you're taking a photo of a sunset on the beach or a gritty urban environment, it's important to have proper exposure, good dynamic range for high-contrast scenes and plenty of detail when you zoom in. In terms of outright detail capture, the Galaxy S9+ is easily on par with the Apple iPhone X, though it lags behind the Google Pixel 2.
What we like:
|I like this exposure and the telephoto lens is great for compositional alternatives compared to the wide-angle lens, but click through and you'll see this is out of focus. Luckily, I took a few shots of this and got other in-focus images, but this shouldn't have happened in the first place.
Out-of-camera JPEG | telephoto lens | ISO 32 | 1/4021 | F2.4
What we don't:
Daylight wide lens (HDR enabled)
|Daylight tele lens (HDR enabled)
ISO 40 | 1/120 sec | F2.4
Our studio scene comparison tool is geared toward the testing of traditional cameras, but we've put our Galaxy S9+ in front of it to see what's what. Here are the key takeaways that we found interesting.
Key daylight scene takeaways:
Wide-angle low light, HDR forced on
|Wide-angle low light, HDR disabled
ISO 250 | 1/13 sec | F1.5
Wide-angle low light, zoomed to 2x, HDR disabled
Key lowlight scene takeaways:
|This image had to be processed through DC Raw because Adobe Camera Raw appeared to double-apply embedded vignetting correction. In any case, this is a good example of why it's best to just stick to JPEGs on the Galaxy S9+.
ISO 50 | 1/370 sec | F1.5
At the time of this writing, capturing Raw DNG files on the Galaxy S9+ is something we wouldn't recommend. Adobe Camera Raw doesn't play nicely with the files, and it takes a lot of work to get the images to look as sharp and vibrant as the out-of-camera JPEGs while also not being overwhelmed by noise.
If you do want to experiment with it, you can enable it via digging through the settings menu for the 'Pro' camera mode, or using a third-party app of your choice.
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