Scene 5: Pause for a portrait
This one's a close call – all four images look fine and dandy, as long as we don't get into examining them from up close. In other words, they'd look splendid if posted on Facebook. This makes it hard to pick a favorite, so we're calling this one a tie between the iPhone 8 Plus
and the Note 8. The image out of the former has a warm, calming appearance despite contrast being a dash more than what we would have liked seeing. The latter – the vivid and colorful look easily draws us, even though some shades are clearly exaggerated.
As for the other two contenders, they did well in this situation, but when we take a closer look, we see more noise in their images. The Xperia XZ1
, in particular, seems to be having troubles capturing all the fine details.
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Scene 6: Clovers up close
With this set of shots, our original intention was to see how well the phones could capture intricate details in close-ups, but the results steered us in a different path. Obviously, some cameras captured colors with greater fidelity, while others didn't do well.
The Xperia XZ1 – this is our top pick this time. Its calming colors have just the right amount of saturation and thus appear natural. In contrast, the Galaxy Note 8
has overdone it this time, delivering overly colorful, almost candy-like colors. The LG G6
isn't too far from reality, but again, its image is colder than it should be. At least it isn't as cold as the one from the iPhone 8
Plus, which totally messed up the white balance this time around.
By the way, there's a four-leaf clover in the images. Can you spot it?
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Scene 7: The shelf of stuff
It's a bit annoying when a particular issue comes up over and over again. A while ago, we took the very same shot at the very same spot, and the iPhone 8 Plus deliver the very same results as its predecessor – a photo spoiled by excessive contrast; by overly dark, unnatural-looking shadows. It's not too bad, but looking at the rest of the images, it becomes apparent that the Galaxy Note 8 did a much better job at handling the situation, delivering ample amounts of detail and faithful colors. The LG G6
and the Xperia XZ1 aren't far behind, though details aren't as clear and digital noise is easily visible.
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Scene 8: The fountain of fortune
As we transition into low-light territory, here's a shot of a fountain at the park, which at nights gets lit by bright and colorful LED lights. Once again, we have the Galaxy Note 8 leading the pack, primarily because it has captured the clearest details. You don't have to zoom in much to see how much more defined objects are in its photo. In this case, the iPhone 8 Plus just can't match the clarity of the Note 8's image; it's more at the level of the LG G6 in this scene. And the Xperia XZ1, well, perhaps photographing such low light situations isn't among its strengths. Its photo is noisy and with off colors, making it quite unpleasant to look at in the context of what its competitors deliver.
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