The new Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 is a phone that is surprisingly similar to the flagship Galaxy S8, yet it costs slightly less and has its fingerprint scanner at a much more sensible and easy-to-reach position below the camera.
But one big question about the Galaxy A8 2018 remains: how good of a camera does it have?
That's what we have set out to learn, and we took the Galaxy A8 2018 and the Galaxy S8 along for the ride to compare the difference in image quality.
But first, let's go through the camera specs briefly. The Galaxy A8 2018 features a single, 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) on board and a wide, f/1.7 lens, while the Galaxy S8 has a 12-megapixel camera (also with OIS and f/1.7 lens). One compromise with quality comes in video, as the Galaxy A8 2018 can only record in up to 1080p resolution, while the S8 can shoot beautifully detailed 4K video.
The bigger difference is on the front, where the A8 2018 has a dual camera system - with one 16-megapixel and one 13MP shooter - that it uses to create stylish selfies with a blurred background "Portrait Mode" effect. The Galaxy S8 has a single front camera that cannot pull the portrait selfie trick.
Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 specs
Samsung Galaxy S8 specs
A8 2018 vs S8: Image Quality Comparison
When you have plenty of light, the difference between the new A8 2018 and the Galaxy S8 is not that huge, but it is still noticeable.
It boils down to the dynamic range and overall brightness and balance of colors in photos. The A8 slightly overexposes the highlights, while the S8 consistently shoots slightly underexposed images. There is no one right approach, but we did notice that the A8 cannot capture the full range of a dynamic scene and burns the highlights, while the S8 retains the dynamic better: