Best smartphone cameras compared: iPhone 8 Plus vs Galaxy Note 8, LG G6, Xperia XZ1

In this camera comparison we've gathered four of the top smartphones right now: the iPhone 8 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the LG G6, and the Sony Xperia XZ1. Let's see which one of these four heavyweights has the best camera...
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58 Comments

25. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Oversaturation is now considered "natural" now that the ifruit does it...

38. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Exactly what I was pointing too. When it was just Samsung phones, they criticized saying they prefer the more "natural" iPhone photos vs Samsung photos though sharper and more detailed, they didn't like the over-saturated colors. Now over-saturated colors are OK and no even mentioned because now Apple is doing the same. Like what you like and don't like what you don't like. It's all good and we all aren't gonna agree 100% always. But at least be consistent. If something is bad, then it should always be bad and if its good then it should always be good. If you flip-flop like Trump, then we have a right to question integrity and its very apparent on this site.

28. sissy246

Posts: 7115; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I caught that one also.

33. samgsam

Posts: 148; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Exactly. That's why I only follow GSMArena's camera comparisons because they are unbiased.

44. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

I loke side by side mounyed to same stick reviews recoeded with the actual phone. PA just did one and the quakity of the video itself was terrible. So o coukdnt decide which was better. But they claim one thing and do something different and I think that's wrong.

7. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Where is V30 damn

8. haruken

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Samsung slaughtered the lessers. Maybe the $999 iPhone will keep up ?

48. MattL

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

I doubt it, it has the same main camera as far as info is released... just a brighter telephoto one and OIS in the telephoto one so not really relevant.

10. xxCearxx

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

Where is HTC U11???

11. aboona777

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

u probably can't go wrong with either Note 8 or iPhone 8 Plus today... but i'm all for the underdog... so it's sad to see that not even LG or Sony can offer a competition at least.

14. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Everybody knows on auto mode Sony uses higher ISO in low light situations. And still they blaim algorithims. Check EXIF, the ISO must be 300 or 400 higher the other 3 phones. Set same ISO and SS for all. It is a good way to see what each software can do.

19. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

I am curious to know, which camera PA feels has the best dynamic range. These shots don't really show this. Please try including shots that give us an idea of dynamic range and not Bokeh effects only.

24. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

XZ1 does not have the smaller pixels. They are 1,22 micron. Pixel cam has pixels of 1.55 micron, and it is not the best low light shots. Results depend on ISO, SS, f size ...

29. Whitedot

Posts: 813; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Pixel 2 incoming your way!!! 98 score!

30. ehsanjoon365

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 02, 2017

where is nokia 8 and htc u11????

31. ToxiD

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

HTC doesn't exist for PA lol

34. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

As far as price is concerned-Lg G6 is best camera phone to go with.

35. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

LOL. Not at all.

36. igorpro

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 02, 2017

The camera i8 has three problems: 1. Overstated blacklevel and excessive contrast. Because of this, the photographs are often too deep shade, which is especially bad for people – eye sockets sometimes turn into black holes. 2. Often excessive yellowness. Because of this white and gray objects have yellow tone. Color, of course, a matter of taste, but the reality is the yellowness has nothing to do. Again, especially bad it affects people – the people in the photo as ill with hepatitis. 3. Halos on the borders of contrasting objects (probably artifacts HDR). All these problems software, I hope Apple will fix it.

47. MattL

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Its biggest problem is lack of captured detail, especially in low light but also in some normal light scenarios. This likely can't be fixed with software.

41. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Is the camera sensor on the Note 8 different from that on the S8 brothers?

45. path45th

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

This rose picture taken by the Note looks really awful. A 50 dollar phone could do a better job.

46. MattL

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Excellent review, you give us plenty of comparisons under different situations and challenging ones. You also include the source images as well as crops for comparison. This is how a comparison is done, even if someone disagrees with your conclusions they can compare it themselves and decide on their own. Really sad to see dxomark not offering this quality of comparison. The Note 8 does really excellent, especially in low light. Even in normal light it typically (though not always) grabs a bit more detail. Colors can be processed but detail can't be added if it's not captured. I suspect the Pixel 2 will dominate this but look forward to that comparison. I'm having a hard time seeing comparisons out there where the Note 8 ties or comes in below the iPhone 8 plus. Often you can look at their own images and see the greater detail in the note and especially superior low light performance. Something about this current generation of color rendition and selective contrast (sometimes the iPhone does a very even handed contrast but other times it seems to crank it up) seems to produce pictures more pleasing to peoples eyes even if they are less accurate and don't capture the same amount of detail. So unfortunately bad comparisons out there fail to do crops to see what's actually captured. I imagine that sort of color or contrast preference can probably be achieved simply in Samsung settings, but again detail can't be gained if it's not captured.

51. Enadhof

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 07, 2016

How on earth did the Xperia make it I to this comparison over the HTC U11??

53. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Except g6, all are new phones.

57. GuitarPlayer

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Lul that comparison. That one in youtube is much more profissional than this " i think that is a 6.5 G6 and 8 note 8" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5liCFE1Jkwg

58. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

For it's price G6 is the best !!!!!!!

59. Furbal unregistered

God i wish the XZ took better low light photos. I really want my XZ p to be daily driver but camera is terrible at low light
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