Pixel 3 vs iPhone XS vs Galaxy Note 9: Blind Camera Comparison Results

Pixel 3 vs iPhone XS vs Galaxy Note 9: Blind Camera Comparison Results

You have been hearing a lot about the best camera phones of the year, and when it comes to the very finest, three names pop up: the Google Pixel 3 series, the new iPhone XS and XR family, and the Samsung Galaxy series, best represented by the latest Note 9.
But which one of these takes the best photos?

We were as curious as everyone to find out and that’s why we went out and shot a bunch of pictures with these phones.
But rather than tell you which phone shot which photo, we just presented all of these photos in a blind comparison. Now, it’s time to unveil the results and see who did best.

Daylight Shot #1

A – Note 9
A - Note 9

B – iPhone XS
B - iPhone XS

C – Pixel 3
C - Pixel 3

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A - Note 9

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A – Note 9

B - iPhone XS

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B – iPhone XS

C - Pixel 3

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C – Pixel 3

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Which photo do you prefer?

A – Note 9
32.43% (1163 votes)
(1163 votes)

B – iPhone XS
40.49% (1452 votes)
(1452 votes)

C – Pixel 3
27.08% (971 votes)
(971 votes)

3586 votes

Daylight Shot #2: By the sea

D – Pixel 3
D - Pixel 3

E – iPhone XS
E - iPhone XS

F – Note 9
F - Note 9

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D - Pixel 3

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D – Pixel 3

E - iPhone XS

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E – iPhone XS

F - Note 9

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F – Note 9

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Which photo do you prefer?

D – Pixel 3
9.4% (307 votes)
(307 votes)

E – iPhone XS
55.62% (1817 votes)
(1817 votes)

F – Note 9
34.99% (1143 votes)
(1143 votes)

3267 votes

Daylight shot #3: Through the woods

G – iPhone XS
G - iPhone XS

H – Pixel 3
H - Pixel 3

I – Note 9
I - Note 9

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G - iPhone XS

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G – iPhone XS

H - Pixel 3

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H – Pixel 3

I - Note 9

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I – Note 9

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Which photo do you prefer?

G – iPhone XS
37.92% (1132 votes)
(1132 votes)

H – Pixel 3
16.08% (480 votes)
(480 votes)

I – Note 9
46% (1373 votes)
(1373 votes)

2985 votes

Daylight shot #4: A walk in the park

J – Note 9
J - Note 9

K – iPhone XS
K - iPhone XS

L – Pixel 3
L - Pixel 3

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J - Note 9

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J – Note 9

K - iPhone XS

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K – iPhone XS

L - Pixel 3

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L – Pixel 3

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Which photo do you prefer?

J – Note 9
43.78% (1225 votes)
(1225 votes)

K – iPhone XS
26.02% (728 votes)
(728 votes)

L – Pixel 3
30.2% (845 votes)
(845 votes)

2798 votes

Portrait Mode Tested

J1 – iPhone XS
J1 - iPhone XS

K1 – Note 9
K1 - Note 9

L1 – Pixel 3
L1 - Pixel 3

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J1 - iPhone XS

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J1 – iPhone XS

K1 - Note 9

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K1 – Note 9

L1 - Pixel 3

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L1 – Pixel 3

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Which photo do you prefer?

J1 – iPhone XS
32.13% (848 votes)
(848 votes)

K1 – Note 9
17.13% (452 votes)
(452 votes)

L1 – Pixel 3
50.74% (1339 votes)
(1339 votes)

2639 votes

 

Night Shot #1: The Happy Bar

M – Pixel 3
M - Pixel 3

N – Note 9
N - Note 9

O – iPhone XS
O - iPhone XS

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M - Pixel 3

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M – Pixel 3

N - Note 9

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N – Note 9

O - iPhone XS

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O – iPhone XS

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Which photo do you prefer?

M – Pixel 3
44.68% (1117 votes)
(1117 votes)

N – Note 9
15.88% (397 votes)
(397 votes)

O – iPhone XS
39.44% (986 votes)
(986 votes)

2500 votes

Night Shot #2: The University

P – iPhone XS
P - iPhone XS

Q – Note 9
Q - Note 9

R – Pixel 3
R - Pixel 3

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P - iPhone XS

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P – iPhone XS

Q - Note 9

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Q – Note 9

R - Pixel 3

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R – Pixel 3

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Which photo do you prefer?

P – iPhone XS
26.4% (621 votes)
(621 votes)

Q – Note 9
21% (494 votes)
(494 votes)

R – Pixel 3
52.59% (1237 votes)
(1237 votes)

2352 votes

Portrait Mode at Night

S – Note 9
S - Note 9

T – Pixel 3
T - Pixel 3

U – iPhone XS
U - iPhone XS

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S - Note 9

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S – Note 9

T - Pixel 3

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T – Pixel 3

U - iPhone XS

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U – iPhone XS

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Which photo do you prefer?

S – Note 9
9.62% (217 votes)
(217 votes)

T – Pixel 3
63.83% (1440 votes)
(1440 votes)

U – iPhone XS
26.55% (599 votes)
(599 votes)

2256 votes

Day Selfie

V – iPhone XS
V - iPhone XS

W – Pixel 3
W - Pixel 3

X – Note 9
X - Note 9

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V - iPhone XS

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V – iPhone XS

W - Pixel 3

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W – Pixel 3

X - Note 9

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X – Note 9

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Which photo do you prefer?

V – iPhone XS
23.43% (512 votes)
(512 votes)

W – Pixel 3
60.18% (1315 votes)
(1315 votes)

X – Note 9
16.38% (358 votes)
(358 votes)

2185 votes

Night Selfie

Y – Note 9
Y - Note 9

Z – iPhone XS
Z - iPhone XS

Z1 – Pixel 3
Z1 - Pixel 3

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Y - Note 9

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Y – Note 9

Z - iPhone XS

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Z – iPhone XS

Z1 - Pixel 3

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Z1 – Pixel 3

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Which photo do you prefer?

Y – Note 9
5.8% (129 votes)
(129 votes)

Z – iPhone XS
11.19% (249 votes)
(249 votes)

Z1 – Pixel 3
83.02% (1848 votes)
(1848 votes)

2226 votes

Final words

So that wraps up our blind comparison.
The iPhone won two rounds, the Note – also two, while the Pixel grabbed wins in a whopping six rounds.
Interestingly, the Pixel did not do as good as the iPhone or the Note during daytime, as those two phones split the wins for daylight shots, but it dominated when it came to low-light photography, and also did a great job for selfies.
At the end of the day, the Pixel 3 walks out as the big winner of this blind camera comparison, while the iPhone and the Note split the second place.
Were you surprised by these results? And did you end up voting for your personal favorite?

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