Scene 5: The wall

This next set of images was shot on a late afternoon, with light provided mostly from a row of windows several feet away from the setting. In other words, lighting conditions weren't exactly favorable. Yet the Galaxy S7 managed to snap a clear, detailed photo, all while keeping the ISO sensitivity at a reasonable level. The Galaxy S6 also did a great job in this scene, although it had to use a higher sensitivity setting and slower shutter speed. 

The iPhone 6s, disappointingly, failed to nail the correct white balance once again. That is why its image, although clear and detailed, has this yellowish tone going on. The LG G4 got much closer to reality this time, although there's a slight greenish tone in its photo. It is also interesting that it chose to go for a higher sensitivity setting in order to maintain a faster shutter speed. Simply put, it allows a bit more noise to enter the image, but makes up for that by minimizing the effects of motion blur. 

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Scene 6: Candy canes

Now, you might be wondering why these four photos don't look exactly identical. They don't all have the same proportions, and some images look as if they have been taken from a closer distance. In actuality, all images were shot from the same distance away from the table and at the maximum resolution each camera allows. However, certain technical aspects, including the cameras' focal lengths and sensor aspect ratios, cause the differences in viewing angles that we're observing.

In a nutshell, the LG G4 and Galaxy S6 have the widest horizontal angle of view, but the narrowest vertical one. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 6s strike a better balance between the two dimensions, with the former having the wider viewing area overall. We're not saying that one camera is better than another because of how much of the frame it can fit. It all depends on the photographer's needs and preferences. 

And as far as image quality goes, we're treated to bright, colorful, detailed photos, despite the less-than-optimal illumination provided by our office lights. There's pretty much nothing major to complain about, although perhaps it would have been better if the Galaxies didn't sharpen their photos as much, thus producing that weird halo around edges.

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Scene 7

In this particular scene, it is the Galaxies' photos that immediately stand out. They are bright, with high contrast, and very eye-pleasing overall. The iPhone's photo is a bit more toned down, but also very natural and with clearer detail. The photo from the LG G4 is by far the most detailed, but perhaps it could have been a tad brighter. All in all, all four phones get the job done when it comes to shooting portraits indoors.

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1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The iPhone came in last place? Is this really happening PA? I'm playing the lotto tonight.

6. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

It's obvious, the iPhone's camera is not just up to those ones in this contest. Hands down!

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3948; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That might be true of the 6s but the 6s plus takes better pictures than the 6s, proven fact.

22. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

It is really difficult for me to take all this in now! Some say DXOmark lost it's credibility ever since it named Z5 the best smartphone camera (I'm not sure if you're a part of that) but again referring to DXOmark for iPhone camera values is, kind of, unstable, I feel. I'm not pointing fingers at you but simply stating. Is there no other "reliable" source other than DXOmark?

25. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3948; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The only other reliable source is that I have the 6s plus and I have friends who have the 6s and the 6s plus takes better pictures in my experience. And apparently the Z5 does take really good pictures but you have to use the manual setting.

109. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yeah the automatic superior thing is crap.. Just put it in manual but leave the others option on auto and its a beast. Still the S7 is impressive i just dont like the Halo when you zoom in this is really bad they need to tame thats filtering crap.

126. MSi_GS70 unregistered

and the winner is iphoneeeee RIGHT Parena ?


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Yeah, I've had two Xperia Z phones. I can say for a fact the photos are much better in manual mode than in the so-called "superior auto mode"

69. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I have two Xperia Z's, they both suck. Sony often supply the sensors in the top camera phones, but for some reason screw up implementing the same results in their own devices.

85. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I have a Z3v the camera when shooting in manual BLOWS away everything I have used before I can print 8x10 or larger with it, something I have never been able to do before.

91. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Exactly my experience with the Xperia Z5, it's camera is way better whilst on Manual Mode. Too bas Tech sites review it's camera on Auto.

110. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Supermaoribro learn to use it correctly then.

81. khaldoon

Posts: 62; Member since: May 17, 2013

Actually to understand the DOX realist you have to fully read them. DOX gives their results not only based on pic quality, but also the overal features of the camera. Let me explain. For example, the z5 is still the highest scoring phone there in terms of focus speed and accuracy( you can't argue that only the s7 beats the z5 in that area). and so on. DOX doesn't only measure pic quality it measures the overall

122. pooma

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

DOX u made my day..i appreciate it

123. pooma

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

what exactly DOX is einstein??

125. MSi_GS70 unregistered

who still reads this PA sht round n round nroud .. STILL putting their crapiphone on their site .. and bam always their shag-iphone wins ? Why you ppl bothering reading this crap ? :)

29. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"That might be true of the 6s but the 6s plus takes better pictures than the 6s, proven fact." -Arch_Fiend Huh? 6s, 6s, and 6s? What exactly are you trying to say?

34. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3948; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Read what you said again because I clearly say the 6s plus takes better pictures than the 6s

130. robcar

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 18, 2011

And S6 Edge Plus clearly takes better pictures than S6 ...and they should taken V10 instead of G4 (Or why not G5?) and also S7 Edge. If you wish...

31. sgodsell

Posts: 7032; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Bull, the S6 has a superior camera over the 6s plus. Never mind the crappy non OIS 6s. Even the 6s plus is crappy with low light pictures and requires software processing to improve images. These are facts.

52. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3948; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The 6s having a superior camera over the 6s plus is no fact.

72. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3948; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Nothing about my post was BULL lol I just realized that you said the S6 I didn't even mention the S6 in my most #11 so what the hell are you even talking about. Learn to read before you post smh.

48. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Isn't that obvious. 6s plus has OIS, 6s doesn't.

96. Heisenberg

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Apple's check must have bounced

59. akaliel

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

It has OIS, which will result in better pictures, but not enough to make up for the bad low light iPhone performance in general, and odd white-balance issues.

111. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

They need to improve a lots the camera on iphone 7 and dont make the mistake to use the same camera again and again like they did in the past. Otherwise well Iphone camera will still suck compared to mostly all others flagship..

74. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

cathedral Image, is a joke you gave to the iPhone, it's the only one without 2 lights in the image, this will have changed how they image will have came out with ease

105. Lakagigar

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

But then, the Galaxy S6 edge+ destroys the iPhone 6S Plus again as stated in the link you gave us :-).

107. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3948; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I know, I didn't say the 6s plus camera was better than the S6 just that the 6s plus camera is better than the 6s so they should have used the 6s plus in this comparison and not the 6s.

112. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

agreed arch they could also included the Z5 with superior automatic mode turn off.

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