CAMERA SHOOTOUT: Samsung's new Galaxy S9 versus the best smartphone camera in the world, the Pixel 2

CAMERA SHOOTOUT: Samsung's new Galaxy S9 versus the best smartphone camera in the world, the Pixel 2

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Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL had the best smartphone cameras ever when they were released in October 2017. 
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But Samsung's new Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus phones are contending for that title in a serious way. 
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What I've found after taking both the Pixel 2 XL and Galaxy S9 Plus for a photo shoot is that they each have their strengths, but they don't do everything superbly well. 

I should note that I took out the larger models of each smartphone lines. There's no difference between the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL's cameras, and the only difference between the S9 and S9 Plus' camera is the 2x dedicated zoom lens. 

Take a look at the photo comparisons below to see what I mean, and which smartphone would best fit your needs:
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