Pixel 8 Pro versus Galaxy S23 Ultra camera comparison: not even close


The Pixel 8 Pro is finally here! While Google’s bene ahead of the pack when it comes to smartphone photography for some time, Samsung’s flagship smartphone has been quite impressive as well this year. Both smartphones have their advantages with the different sensor and lens setups, but the only way to find out which one it best is with a head-to-head camera shootout.

Google’s Pixel 8 Pro has quite a few AI tricks to deliver better dynamic range and low light performance, but the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has the clear advantage when it comes to zoom with dedicated 3x and 10x sensor and lens combinations. Samsung has historically performaed better in video capture as well, but as we saw in our Pixel 8 Pro versus iPhone 15 Pro Max camera comparison, the Pexel has improved quite a bit there as well.

Take a look at the photo and video sampels below to see whch device comes out on top.

Pixel 8 Pro & Galaxy S23 Ultra camera specs

Pixel 8 Pro

  • 50 MP, f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/1.31″, 1.2µm, multi-directional PDAF, multi-zone Laser AF, OIS
  • 48 MP, f/2.8, 113mm (telephoto), 1/2.55″, 0.7µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom
  • 48 MP, f/2.0, 126˚ (ultrawide), 0.8µm, dual pixel PDAF
  • 10.5 MP, f/2.2, 20mm (selfie), 1/3.1″, 1.22µm, PDAF
  • Video capture: 4k/60 (all cameras)

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

  • 200 MP, f/1.7, 24mm (wide), 1/1.3″, 0.6µm, multi-directional PDAF
  • 10 MP, f/4.9, 230mm (periscope telephoto), 1/3.52″, 1.12µm, , 10x optical zoom
  • 10 MP, f/2.4, 70mm (telephoto), 1/3.52″, 1.12µm, 3x optical zoom
  • 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF
  • 12 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (selfie), Dual Pixel PDAF
  • Video capture: 4k/60 (all cameras)

Pixel 8 Pro versus Galaxy S23 Ultra image samples

Nick Gray
I'm a life-long tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC. After writing about tech for more than a decade, I jumped at the opportunity to take on the role of Editor in Chief at Phandroid. Please contact me at [email protected].

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