DxOMark is a website which rates cameras’ image qualities. This measure was initially only for standalone cameras such as DSLRs, but as smartphones started coming out with decent cameras post 2010, DXOMark started rating and reviewing these as well.
The Samsung galaxy note 9 comes equipped with a 12MP (f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF)+12MP (f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.4″, 1µm) rear camera, and a 8 MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6″, 1.22µm, AF) Front camera.
While Samsung is known to have great camera set ups on their smartphones, it wasn’t enough to top the boards. It received a respectable 103 points from DxOMark, making it the second best smartphone camera yet. The phone to top the boards is the Huawei P20 Pro with 109 points, giving it a lead by only six points over the Samsung Galaxy Note .
DxOMark awarded 107 points to the Note 9 for its photo capturing capabilities, specifically appreciated the quick auto focus, colour rendering accuracy, and 2x optical zoom. Whereas the Huawei Pro P20 earned an unprecedented 114 for its image capturing capabilities.
The Note 9 received a 94 rating for its video capturing capabilities. Specifically appreciated for its quick on-the-go auto focusing on objects and light senses. It was also noted that it had a very low note level in its audio records. The P20 Pro received a 98 rating for its video capturing capabilities. This means that the P20 leads in both capabilities.
Even though DxOMark has a very scientific approach to their testing methodology, that might not always translate to better real world performance. Some people like cooler colors, some people like a more saturated palate, there’s a lot of variation in people’s taste. But anyways, you won’t go wrong with either phones as both of them are competent shooters.