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Galaxy Note 10 vs Pixel 4 XL: Which One to Buy?



Galaxy Note 10 vs Pixel 4 XL: Camera(s)

YES. Google finally added a second camera to its phones, but that's it, only two. 

Here's where things are starting to get interesting. Both companies are offering more cameras than usual, different cameras, and using neat software tricks. Honestly, the Galaxy Note 10 has more camera "options" but Google's camera software and post-processing is probably the best. 

  • Galaxy Note 10: Triple Rear Cameras: 12, 12, 16MP (Dual variable aperture main lens (F1.5 and F2.4), f/2.4 telephoto lens, and super wide-angle camera) Dual OIS, 960 FPS slo-mo, 4K, 10-scene optimizer, Night Sight (same as S10)
  • Quad Camera on Note 10 Plus
  • Pixel 4 XL: Dual 12.2 UltraPixel Rear Cameras. One main lens, one Telephoto with a 1.4um and f/1.8 aperture sensor. 16MP f/2.4 Telephoto zoom lens

For years Google managed to stay ahead of both Samsung and Apple with just a single rear camera, and even Samsung's triple camera Galaxy S10+ can't beat the older Pixel 3 XL in the camera department, mainly because of Google's software prowess during the processing of images. 

So while Google doesn't need 2-3 cameras on the back to compete with Samsung, Apple, or OnePlus, we're glad to see a second camera added, and that Spectral sensor. 

Either way, if photography is super important to you the Pixel 4 XL is probably one of your best bets. That said, the Note 10 is no slouch, and we like the new Microphone zoom camera mode. Honestly though, you'll probably be happy with the camera on either phone. 



  1. Richard Ortiz

    10/18/2019 at 8:33 am

    The battery and storage is what keep me away from the Pixel. The note seems like a well rounded phone. Camera is important to me, but just get a professional camera instead. Tough choice, but I am going with the Note 10 plus.

    • Cory Gunther

      01/31/2020 at 1:49 pm

      I agree man. I can get away with 64GB of storage if I have to, but the battery life is just silly. Honestly, what the hell was Google thinking? Making the screens bigger and a higher refresh rate with a smaller battery. It’s almost like they DON’T want to sell phones. lol.

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