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Scene 7: At the office



This is one of the spots around the office where we hang out and socialize in between working sessions. There are comfy couches, warm beverages, and a collection of gamebooks for the über nerds among us.

About the images, all four came out nice and detailed, and if you zoom in, you can easily read the labels on the bookends. The ones I favor the most are those from the Pixel XL and the V20 – the former for the faithful representation of the scene and the latter for the fine detail captured in all areas.

Scene 7: score
Google Pixel XL8.0
LG V208.0
Galaxy S7 edge7.5
iPhone 7 Plus7.5


Scene 8: Dinner time



I wasn't expecting this shot to be a challenge for any of the four cameras, but apparently, I was wrong. The S7 edge took an overly warm, greenish photo, while the iPhone left the frame underexposed, with areas that are much darker than they should be. The Pixel XL and the V20, on the other hand, took really nice photos – with lots of detail and mostly accurate colors. With a bit more warmth, the V20's shot could have turned out perfect.

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LG V208.5
Google Pixel XL7.5
Galaxy S7 edge6.5
iPhone 7 Plus6.0


Scene 9: At the art gallery



Later that night, I passed by an exhibition at the mall, and these paintings caught my eye. "One of these would surely liven up my living room," I thought to myself, but then I saw the price tags and kinda changed my mind. I also took some photos. 

Hardly a surprise, the Pixel XL took a great shot once again. I am most impressed by its color fidelity, but the amount of detail it has managed to capture is also worth pointing out. The very same can be said about the LG V20, which has also produced an excellent photo. As for the Galaxy S7 edge and iPhone 7 Plus, they're only a hair behind, lagging slightly in terms of color accuracy.

Scene 9: score
LG V208.5
Google Pixel XL8.5
Galaxy S7 edge8.0
iPhone 7 Plus8.0


Conclusion


Right from the start, our expectations for the Pixel XL were set high, and frankly, it didn't leave us disappointed. Quite the opposite: it stood up to its rivals like a champ, easily gaining the top spot in our camera comparison through remarkable performance in all kinds of situations. Moreover, its ability to take great photos with minimal effort on the user's side makes it an excellent point-and-shoot camera – one that perfectly suits the needs of the great majority of smartphone users. Good job, Google! 

But I can't say that any of the other three phones – the iPhone 7 Plus, the Galaxy S7 edge, and the LG V20 (a personal favorite of mine) – is lagging far behind. Despite their lower score, all pack great cameras that can produce inspiring results in the right hands. And the fact that we can all have a camera of this rank in our pockets is a tiny miracle.

So there you have it, guys! We can now safely say that the Pixel XL has one of the top cameras ever put on a phone. Google's handset has set the bar high for the flagships that are to launch in the coming months, and it will be interesting to see if the Galaxy S8, LG G6, or the HTC 11 will be able to leap it.

Your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!


Final score
Google Pixel XL8.0
Galaxy S7 edge7.5
LG V207.2
iPhone 7 Plus7.0


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  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 4GB RAM
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  • Battery 3450 mAh
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Apple iPhone 7 Plus specs
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  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
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  • Camera 16 MP (Dual camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 4GB RAM
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