iPhone eight Plus vs Pixel 2: Which telephone data higher video?

The Google Pixel 2 and iPhone eight Plus each take actually good nonetheless photographs. So let’s have a look at how properly they shoot video. The iPhone eight Plus’s digital camera is an enchancment over the 7 Plus, however whether or not or not it is price the additional value will rely in your wants.

I discovered the largest variations between these Pixel 2 and eight Plus got here all the way down to stabilization, and the way they carry out in low mild.

We took them to Pier 39 in San Francisco to check the cameras in a variety of conditions. Telephones had been mounted on a handheld rig so the digital camera lenses might sit shut collectively and helped make the sector of view as comparable as doable. All footage was filmed within the default digital camera apps on computerized exposures at 1080/30p, apart from the 4K and slow-motion checks.  

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As with every comparability, it is necessary to keep in mind that quite a lot of these findings are subjective and are available all the way down to what you want.

Publicity, shade and autofocus

Each telephones do an awesome job of precisely exposing the video picture, particularly in daylight. Colours on the Pixel 2 can look barely extra saturated than the iPhone.

Within the screengrab from the video beneath, colours look extra true to life on the iPhone. However in some conditions just like the boat clip from the video included on this article, the publicity and shade rendition is so comparable between the 2 telephones it is really onerous to inform the pictures aside.


That aquarium awning undoubtedly didn’t look that blue in actual life (Pixel on the left, iPhone on the fitting).

Screenshot by Lexy Savvides/CNET

The Pixel 2 adjusts publicity rapidly on the fly when lighting circumstances change — like shifting from indoors to outdoor. The iPhone takes longer to shift.

Transferring a topic out and in of the body to check autofocus can be a win for the Pixel 2’s “dual-pixel” part detection AF system. The main target shifts extremely rapidly from one topic to a different, however as a result of it is so fast, it may possibly look fairly dramatic and causes a “wobbling” impact within the body because the digital camera seeks focus.

The iPhone’s “focus pixels” part detection AF just isn’t proof against this impact both, however as a result of the main focus shifts extra slowly and easily, the general impact is extra cinematic.


The iPhone has optical stabilization within the extensive lens and a separate system referred to as cinematic video stabilization that is designed to make pictures look easy, as in the event that they had been filmed on a rig. The Pixel 2 makes use of a mixture of optical and digital stabilization on its single lens digital camera. Google calls this fused stabilization (learn extra about how precisely this technique works on this article).

Digital or digital stabilization can typically produce a “Jell-O” impact on elements of the picture. The Pixel 2 reveals a few of this impact, however general, the stabilization system compensates properly for strolling movement and pictures are easy. It may well, nevertheless, look a bit robotic and hyper-real.

However in case you report quite a lot of footage whereas strolling or shifting round, the Pixel 2’s video is extra watchable than the iPhone’s, which may look jerky.

Entrance-facing video

Selfie lovers, this one goes to the Pixel 2. Video from the front-facing digital camera has a extra even publicity and it retains extra element within the spotlight areas than the identical shot on the iPhone.


You’ll be able to see how the iPhone (proper) blows out all these spotlight particulars behind me in comparison with the Pixel’s even publicity (left).

Screenshot by Lexy Savvides/CNET

However the iPhone has extra distinction to the picture from the front-facing digital camera, which could be extra flattering relying in your desire.


Neither telephone does terribly properly relating to recording audio. The Pixel 2’s playback sounds extra flat than the identical monitor recorded on the iPhone. Whether or not that is voice or music, the Pixel 2’s audio sounds extra “tinny.” The iPhone’s audio sounds extra clear with extra depth.

In our earlier video comparability between the iPhone and the Galaxy Word eight, it was the Word eight that recorded better-sounding audio. Music and voices recorded on the Word eight sound extra like a real stereo recording when listening to playback in headphones.

Gradual movement

Just like the Word eight, the Pixel 2 can solely report in its slowest body fee (240fps) at a diminished decision of 720p. The iPhone data at 1080p.

The Pixel 2’s slow-motion picture appears rather more washed out than the iPhone’s, and it dramatically overexposed after I filmed Frisco Fred doing his hearth juggling.

Testing once more in much less difficult lighting circumstances within the shade, the iPhone picture seems to retain extra element in every body through the slo-mo impact in comparison with the Pixel 2.

4K recording

Each telephones can movie in 4K decision, however the Pixel 2 tops out at 30fps (the identical because the Word eight). The iPhone can attain 60fps. 4K video from each telephones appears spectacular and does not have any completely different traits to video filmed in different resolutions. (Other than Apple’s cinematic video stabilization that is solely lively at 1080p and 720p resolutions, reasonably than 4K.)

The iPhone additionally makes use of Apple’s new picture and video compression format HEVC (H.265) that theoretically ought to make bigger information like 4K video use much less storage. The Pixel 2 encodes in H.264. Learn extra about HEVC on this article

Low mild

That is the place the telephones present the largest variations. Strolling via the low-light Mirror Maze on Pier 39, the video picture on the Pixel 2 seems way more noisy (or grainy) than on the iPhone. Particulars begin to look smudgy when evaluating the 2 photographs facet by facet.

The publicity is brighter on the Pixel 2 than the iPhone and consequently there’s extra seen noise. It is onerous to see at a diminished decision, so click on to enlarge this screengrab.

Screenshot by Lexy Savvides/CNET

Each telephones are in a position to maintain the white stability correct when the lights change shade, however the Pixel 2’s picture is much less pleasing to observe due to the noise.

Ultimate ideas

Final 12 months’s authentic Pixel XL telephone struggled to maintain up with the iPhone 7 Plus for video recording. This 12 months, it is more durable to separate the Pixel 2 and iPhone eight Plus.

In the event you report plenty of video whereas strolling, or movie fast-moving youngsters and pets, the Pixel 2’s fused stabilization makes an enormous distinction to how watchable that footage will likely be. The iPhone does a greater job in low mild conditions.

The advantages of getting a twin digital camera on the iPhone (reasonably than the only lens on the Pixel 2) actually solely come into play for video if you wish to use the iPhone’s 2x optical zoom throughout recording. However even then, that telephoto lens just isn’t stabilized so you will want to carry it regular or mount it on a tripod.

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