Apple iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs LG V20: 4K video stabilization comparison


Apple's iPhone 7 features an improved camera system with optical image stabilization (OIS) in addition to Apple's excellent digital stabilization, so we were curious to see whether it managed to record smoother and more stable video than some of the best-rated camera phones on the market right now.

The two phones that we have chosen for a pair of 1v1 stabilization comparisons are the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and the LG V20. The Galaxy S7 Edge features a 12-megapixel camera that has found a loyal following and many people appreciate the quality out of that shooter. The real highlight of Samsung's system is a new Dual Pixel focusing system that is currently the fastest on the market and works for both still images and videos.

On the other hand, there is the LG V20 that continues on LG's great camera traditions. It features a 16-megapixel main rear camera along with a secondary, super wide angle camera also on the back. It also features optical stabilization, but its special sauce is nifty manual controls for both image stills and video.

So with all this in mind, we were curious to test the video stabilization of all these phones in real-life conditions. Which one does best? It's up to you to decide, we provide the factual evidence to support your case right below.


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43 Comments

1. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Samsung destroyed in the first video! Very nice

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yup...S7 was very fluid and V20 came 2nd except that iPhone 7's video was a little more vibrant than V20.

10. Harambe unregistered

The video was much better on the S7 overall which is obvious given the optics. I can't believe the video quality is so poor on the iPhone.

47. Vyshak75

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

i felt iphone was struggling to focus most of the time... especially in the video vs S7

45. belosava

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Samsung fanboys trolling

2. parasshah100

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

Judgement out- iPhone 7 has the best 4k video stabilization, with v20 and s7 having a tie at second place.

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Your eyes must be synchronized with the wonky video of the iPhone 7 to come to that conclusion!

12. parasshah100

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

Actually youre right, I had a look again. And much to my surprise S7 did a better job. Its hard to watch two videos closely and judge accurately.

25. karamabikaram

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 01, 2016

Haha sony xz beat all of them

29. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Nah, XZ didn't beat the S7. Are you kidding? :facepalm:

3. rafaelpinaf

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

S7 Edge was much better than the iPhone 7. Good job Samsung!

49. belosava

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Samsung troll detected

4. Punisher06

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 03, 2016

Wow that v20 camera colors looks awesome. Both iPhone and Samsung colors look over saturated

5. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Not a very scientific test but I would rate them in this order: V20 > iPhone 7 > Galaxy S7 Edge

17. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

S7>i7>v20

30. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

No! It's S7 > V20 > i7

40. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

You liked the stabilization on S7 ? Not the colour or contrast or quality in general , but stabilization ? Surprising.....I personally found it too shaky. Well , to each his own :)

58. M.O.A.B

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

This article is about video STABILIZATION.. read the title carefully

63. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I too am debating that S7 is not that good based on its video stabilization only . Read my comment carefully.

50. belosava

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Samsung fans detected

8. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

LG has come a long way from the G4,G5, and V10. 4k would never be this smooth on older LG devices. The contrast could be a little better but the V20 is set to be a beast. I can't wait.

13. Quicksword_Phantom

Posts: 180; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

Is that what Apple calls 4k? That video is so blurry especially during movement sh*t looks like 240p. LG and Samsung destroyed the iphone.

15. DBounce

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

S7... LG... iPhone... in that order. S7 way ahead of the LG. With the iPhone a distant third.

21. Carbo

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 07, 2015

How can Apple call it "4k", pixels are bigger than my wife's boobs.

22. jessy90

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

LG has the best stabilization

26. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

XZ hands down to their EIS

28. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I don't know about others but the 4k video from iphone 7 seemed the best stabilised thus far. And it also had the most true-to-life colours as far as I can tell. Does anybody else completely agree with me too?

32. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The iPhone 7 lost focus alot in this 4K video, and with a jittering mess. Sorry, but the i7 isn't the best stabilized - did you watch the video?

55. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Yeah I watched it but what I said was my own opinion. It sure had a few jitters but they were better than the shakes on the s7, in my view. We both have different opinions, as judged by your post.

33. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Quite dumb not to include xperia xz. If there's one thing Sony has perfected, it's video stabilization. U'd think these phones were recorded during an earthquake in comparison! Lol.

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