What do you call a turtle that's taking up photography classes? A snapping turtle!

*ba-dum tss* 

Yeah, coming up with great puns may not be my strongest skill, but that's fine. I'm pretty sure you're not here for the comedy. So let's get to the point, then. That Samsung Galaxy S8+ – is its camera any good? 

Of course it is. Samsung knows how to make a good smartphone camera. But so do Apple and LG. A question much more difficult to unknot is which of these three companies is best at the camera game. In search of an answer, we took a bunch of photos with the Galaxy S8+, iPhone 7 Plus, and the LG G6 for a little side-by-side comparison. We're also throwing in the Galaxy S7 edge from last year to see if Samsung's latest Galaxy S flagship is any better at taking photos (and it better be). Here's a quick look at these four phones' camera specs:

Camera Specs
Galaxy S8+iPhone 7
Plus
LG G6Galaxy
S7 edge
Resolution,
aspect ratio
12MP@4:3
4032x3024px
12MP@4:3
4032x3024px
13MP@4:3
4160x3120px
12MP@4:3
4032x3024px
Sensor and
pixel size
1/2.55"
1.4μm
1/3"
1.22μm
1/3"
1.12μm
1/2.55"
1.4μm
ApertureF1.7F1.8F1.8F1.7
Focus and
stabilization
Dual-pixel AF
OIS
PDAF
OIS
PDAF
OIS
Dual-pixel AF
OIS

One curious bit of information we can extract from the table above is that the cameras on the Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy S7 are identical when it comes to specs. The two cams have the same number of megapixels, as well the same sensor size with equally large pixels. Aperture is also a 1:1 match. However, what's new in the Galaxy S8 series is that the camera snaps three photos each time you press the shutter and blends them together to produce a superior, blur-free image. 

From a technical perspective, the iPhone and the LG G6 appear to be a step behind. Compared to both Galaxy phones, they have smaller sensors with smaller pixels and narrower apertures. In plain words, this means that the cameras on the iPhone and the G6 might perform worse in low-light scenarios, as they're both less sensitive to light and potentially more susceptible to digital noise. 

And that's what theory looks like. Now let's examine some actual photos.

Note: the images in the galleries have been scaled down from their original resolution to make them load faster. Full-resolution versions of all images are available at page 3, at the very end of this article. 

Scene 1: By the river



And the Galaxy S8+ is off to a good start. The image it presents us with here is vivid, detailed, and overall pleasant to look at. Same can be said about the photo out of the Galaxy S7 edge. The LG G6 has also done a good job, although the trees look pale in comparison. And the iPhone, well, it seems to have gone overboard with the contrast dial. The image looks fine, but also has an overly processed look to it.

Scene 1: score
Galaxy S8+8.5
Galaxy S7 edge8.5
LG G68.0
iPhone 7 Plus7.0


Scene 2: Cliffhanger



Wow, look at that fearless gentleman on top of that giant boulder! Charming, isn't he? Anyway, all of the images here look mighty impressive, although it is easy to spot some differences between the four. The sky, for example, looks nice and pretty in the photos out of the two Galaxies. It looks bland and gray-ish in the iPhone's photo, while the LG G6 has given it a bit too much of a saturation boost. Overall, it's another win for Samsung, but the competition isn't far behind in this race.

Scene 2: score
Galaxy S8+8.0
Galaxy S7 edge8.0
LG G67.0
iPhone 7 Plus7.0


Scene 3: She rocks!



This one goes to the iPhone and the LG G6. I took this set of photos about an hour before sunset, and only these two managed to capture the warm, soothing sunlight in its beauty. Don't get me wrong – the photos from the Galaxy S8+ and S7 edge also look great. But if I had to pick a favorite, my vote would go for the iPhone and/or the G6. As an added bonus, in the gallery below I've also included a 2X zoom photo from the iPhone and a wide-angle shot from the G6. Without a doubt, their secondary lenses are a valuable asset in the right situation. 

Scene 3: score
LG G68.0
iPhone 7 Plus8.0
Galaxy S8+7.0
Galaxy S7 edge7.0

Related phones

Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2 inches 2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie Samsung One UI
iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera) 7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A10 Fusion 3GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2900 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x
G6
  • Display 5.7 inches 2880 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Dual camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo LG UX UI
Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo Samsung TouchWiz UI

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