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DxOMark: Galaxy S10 Plus is the best overall smartphone shooter

The rear camera tied with two other phones, but the selfie cam is the ultimate champ for now.

Published onFebruary 21, 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10 Prism Back

Yesterday, DxOMark scored the Xiaomi Mi 9 as the third-best smartphone for taking photos. Now, the scores are in for the flagship Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, and it looks like it’s going to steal a lot of the Mi 9’s thunder.

According to DxOMark, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is now the best overall smartphone camera system for still photography. Its overall score for photos and video is matched by the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro and the HUAWEI P20 Pro, but the Galaxy S10 Plus selfie cam blows those devices out of the water, making it the best full package choice.

The Galaxy S10 Plus received a score of 114 for its rear lens when it comes to still photographs, the same score as both the Mate 20 Pro and the P20 Pro. It also scored a 97 for video, the same score as the Mate 20 Pro but slightly lower than the P20 Pro (which scored 98).

DxOMark: Xiaomi Mi 9 camera better than all iPhones, not as good as Mate 20 Pro
Xiaomi Mi 9 triple camera detail 1

It would appear then that it’s mostly a tie between the three, but the dual-lensed selfie cam on the front of the Galaxy S10 Plus sends it flying past its peers with a score of 96, much higher than the Mate 20 Pro (75) and the P20 Pro (72).

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In other words, when it comes to taking photos, the Galaxy S10 gives you the complete package which no other device alone can match.

Interestingly, the Xiaomi Mi 9 is still the top winner when it comes to video footage with a score of 99, the highest score ever given by DxOMark. However, it could be that the phone received that score because the Mi 9 defaults to 4K video recording instead of the usual 1080p most devices use as a default. Therefore, the score might be a little skewed.

Some folks don’t put much stock into DxOMark scores, but the Galaxy S10 Plus matching the two best smartphone camera systems and beating out even the Google Pixel 3 when it comes to taking selfies is pretty impressive.

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