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Samsung Galaxy S9+ vs Huawei P20 Pro vs Black Shark - The BEST Zoom and Lowlight Photography Device is?

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Today we will compare the zoom and lowlight photography performance of the Samsung Galaxy S9+, Huawei P20 Pro, and the Black Shark phone.
Samsung Galaxy S9+ vs Huawei P20 Pro vs Black Shark - Zoom and Lowlight Photography Comparison
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All of the above-mentioned devices are equipped with multiple cameras at the back and bigger sensors with at least f/1.8 aperture size for better zoom and lowlight photography performance.

Samsung Galaxy S9+ vs Huawei P20 Pro vs Black Shark Back Camera Specs

Device Samsung Galaxy S9+Huawei P20 ProBlack Shark
Back Camera 12MP (f/1.5/f/2.4) + 12 MP f/2.4 telephoto lens w/ Dual Pixel, Dual OIS, multi-frame, and dual tone LED flash 40MP f/1.8 RGB sensor + 20MP f/1.6 monochrome sensor + 8MP f/2.4 OIS telephoto sensor w/ 4D predictive focus, AIS, 5x zoom, 4K video recording, 960 fps slow motion, and dual tone LED flash12MP f/1.75 Sony IMX486 + 20MP f/1.75 Sony IMX376 w/ PDAF, 2x optical zoom, and dual tone LED flash

First, the specs! The Samsung Galaxy S9+ boasts a variable 12MP camera with f/1.5 + f/2.4 variable aperture size. It is paired a 12MP f/2.4 telephoto lens. It also has Dual OIS, multi-frame, and dual tone LED flash.

On the other hand, the Huawei P20 Pro has a triple Leica camera setup. It features a 40MP f/1.8 RGB sensor + 20MP f/1.6 monochrome sensor + 8MP f/2.4 OIS telephoto sensor w/ 4D predictive focus, AIS, 5x zoom, and dual tone LED flash.

The Black Shark gaming phone also has good cameras on paper. It has a 12MP f/1.75 Sony IMX486 + 20MP f/1.75 Sony IMX376 w/ PDAF focus, 2x optical zoom, and dual tone LED flash.

Note: To make sure that our comparison is fair, we turned the HDR of the S9+ and Black Shark off. For the P20 Pro, we disabled the A.I. scene detection.

Let's start!

Scene 1 - Zoom indoor - 2x zoom
S9+ 2x zoom
S9+ 2x zoom
P20 Pro 2x zoom
P20 Pro 2x zoom
BS 2x zoom
BS 2x zoom

The level of details are about the same on the S9+ and the P20 Pro. The background blur on the P20 Pro is creamier, but the color accuracy of S9+ is better. On the other hand, the zoom of the Black Shark is also decent. But, it is not on the level of the first two flagship phones.

Scene 2 - Zoom outdoor - 3x zoom
S9+ 3x zoom
S9+ 3x zoom
P20 Pro 3x zoom
P20 Pro 3x zoom
P20 Pro 3x zoom
BS 3x zoom

The P20 Pro delivered the shot with the deepest background blur in this scene. It  also has less grain than the two other phones. Thanks to its 3x optical zoom. But, the color accuracy of both the S9+ and Black Shark are slightly better. The shot on the S9+ has the sharpest details among the three.

Scene 3 - Max zoom
S9+ 10x digital zoom
S9+ 10x digital zoom
P20 Pro 10x digital zoom
P20 Pro 10x digital zoom
BS 4x digital zoom

On the P20 Pro and Galaxy S9+ has up to 10x digital zoom. The Black Shark phone only has up to 4x zoom. The 10x zoom of the S9+ is impressive, but the max zoom of the P20 Pro is even better and sharper.

Scene 4 - Lowlight zoom
S9+ lowlight 2x zoom
S9+ lowlight 2x zoom
P20 Pro lowlight 2x zoom
P20 Pro lowlight 2x zoom
BS lowlight 2x zoom
BS lowlight 2x zoom

The lowlight 2x zoom of the S9+ has the brightest exposure. But, it overexposed the Kit Kat logo unlike the zoom of the P20 Pro. Sharpness is about the same on both phones. The Black Shark delivered the truest color in this scene, but it lags in overall quality against the S9+ and P20 Pro.

Scene 5 - Lowlight 1
S9+ lowlight 1
S9+ lowlight 1
P20 Pro lowlight 1
P20 Pro lowlight 1 
BS lowlight 1
BS lowlight 1

The output from the Galaxy S9+ is Instagram ready. It has bright exposure and a bit saturated. The image that the P20 Pro got is highly detailed and more natural looking. The Black Shark phone also got the colors correctly, but its details are softer compared with the S9+ and P20 Pro.

Scene 6 - Lowlight 2
S9+ lowlight 2
S9+ lowlight 2
P20 Pro lowlight 2
P20 Pro lowlight 2
BS lowlight 2
BS lowlight 2

As expected, the shot by the Galaxy S9+ with f/1.5 variable aperture is impressive in lowlight. The Black Shark with a pair of f/1.75 lenses did quite well too. But, the Huawei P20 Pro with bigger sensor size blew the S9+ and Black Shark in terms of colors, details, and dynamic range.

Scene 7 - Lowlight 3
S9+ lowlight 3
S9+ lowlight 3
P20 Pro lowlight 3
P20 Pro lowlight 3
BS lowlight 3
BS lowlight 3

It's a close fight between the S9+ and Black Shark in this scene. The logo of cable car and racks is more readable on the Black Shark versus the S9+. But, the S9+ has the better dynamic range and colors. However, it is a clear win for the P20 Pro again. Its overall quality is ahead of the two other phones so far.

Scene 8 - Lowlight 4
S9+ lowlight 3
S9+ lowlight 3
P20 Pro lowlight 3
P20 Pro lowlight 3
BS lowlight 3
BS lowlight 3

Again the Galaxy S9+ delivered the shot with the brightest exposure. But it is a bit yellowish and grainy versus the P20 Pro. The P20 Pro delivered the shot with the nicest colors and sharpest details again. The Black Shark did not do very well in this scene. The shot we took out of it is a bit soft.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S9+, Huawei P20 Pro, and the Black Shark phone proved that they are capable zoom and lowlight shooters.

But, it is clear in this comparison that the photos taken by the S9+ and P20 Pro are better than the Black Shark.

The Galaxy S9+ can compete with the zoom of the P20 Pro. However, the P20 Pro flexed its muscles harder in the max zoom and lowlight photography department.

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