Scene 9: Downtown at dusk

In this next scene is where the iPhone 8 Plus gets to shine. Given the lighting conditions, it is impressive to see how much detail it has managed to capture, letting us examine the image from up close and do things like count the piece of Jamon Iberico hanging above the counter at the restaurant. Also, colors have been captured with great accuracy. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a close second in this round, as for some reason it has not resolved the fine intricacies as well as Apple's handset.

Unfortunately, the LG G6 is lagging behind here. Its camera failed to set the white balance correctly (as it tends to do in similar situations), which resulted in the overly warm color tone and the greenish sky that we got. The XZ1, on the other hand, went for a colder look, which is pretty much equally inaccurate. Also, details are noticeably fuzzier if we take a closer look.

Scene 9: score
iPhone 8 Plus8.5Galaxy Note 88.0
LG G66.0Xperia XZ15.5

Scene 10: Once at the Opera

The iPhone did well in the previous scene, but it leaves us a tad disappointed this time around. It appears to have underexposed the image in order to preserve detail in the lit area of the opera house's facade – probably not the best trade-off given the circumstances. The Note 8, by comparison, presents us with a more evenly exposed photograph, with more visible details in the shadows. 

The images out of the LG G6 and the Xperia XZ1 are once again inferior. While exposure in them is adequate, details simply aren't as clear, especially in the XZ1's photo where smudginess is visible without us having to zoom in. 

Scene 10: score
iPhone 8 Plus7.0Galaxy Note 87.5
LG G66.5Xperia XZ16.5

Scene 11: Headed home

We're happy to see that our last night-time scene wasn't much of a challenge for any of the phones we're testing. Their images are bright, well exposed, and capture the theme of the scenery pretty well. Alas, the Xperia XZ1 tends to struggle with details in low-light situations, as we're convinced by now. Details in its photo are once again a smudgy mess.

Scene 11: score
iPhone 8 Plus7.5Galaxy Note 88.0
LG G67.5Xperia XZ16.0


Right from the start, we knew that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 had a solid chance of winning this race, but we didn't expect it to be ahead of the rest by this much. Still, we think it's a fair and well-deserved first position. As the score and images we analyzed demonstrate, Samsung's phablet is clearly among the top cameraphones you can get right now. Frankly, its lead wasn't as well pronounced during the daytime shots, but once we moved into low-light territory, the Note 8's lead was evident. 

As for the iPhone 8 Plus, it proved a worthy competitor to the Galaxy Note 8, often finishing neck-a-neck with Samsung's phablet at the end of the round. Yet at the end of the day, the Note 8's solid, consistent camera performance won it the lead in the final score.

The LG G6 brought no surprises, performing as we've come to expect after using it for the past few months. It's an overall decent camera producing quality photos, but its competitors from Apple and Samsung still have the advantage.

And finally, there's the Sony Xperia XZ1. We're not sure what's to blame – the smaller pixels, the lack of OIS, or a less-than-pefrect software algorithm – but its camera is leaving us a bit underwhelmed. Given enough light, Sony's flagship holds its turf, but in low-light situations, its high-end rivals clearly have the upper hand.

Final score
Samsung Galaxy Note 87.7
iPhone 8 Plus7.2
LG G66.8
Sony Xperia XZ16.5

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1. notfair

Posts: 740; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

On Scene 4 you can clearly see that everyone beat Iphone and yet the latter is still on the second place. Even Z1 beat it .. shame on you guys... at least be fair because on most of the photos you were on the spot with the rating but on the last one you blew away any credibility. edit: second place instead of 1st.

9. Saioofi

Posts: 342; Member since: May 23, 2014

On scene 10 the iPhone showed much more detail with a better exposure than the Note 8 when zoomed in but it still got second place for some reason

12. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Not more detail. Just better exposure. The G6 actually did really well in this. In many of them showed alot more detail. Like the shoe one.

13. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Not more detail. Just better exposure. The G6 to me actually did really well in overall detail The shoe one especially.

52. Lememurilo

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

iPhone on scene 10 just has better exposure, but Note8 has much more detail, much less noise and better colors too.

55. Rizo11

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

Look better the whole picture and you will understand why Note 8 took better score. Its not only the 100% crop. Its the overall colors and exposure too.. But still i believe PA makes many mistakes in scores.

17. danny_a2005

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

pixel 2 will take them down

23. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

yup! The Pixel to rule them all

27. JohnR

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

With plenty of bezel to view them on :)

54. Georgio

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Note will take a sh..t on the pixel. Pixel is like a tiny bug in front of an emperor( NOTE 8)

20. karas

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

They all are so close

22. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

guess what, now we should call samsungarena rather than iphonearena, rite?

42. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

This post quote precisely applies to you: "No you simpleton, that's stated when biased, hypocritical and unfair BS is posted on this site. This little artcile doesn't cover up the hypocrisy of their articles and reviews. From crediting ideas/features from different rivals that Samsung and other manufacturers implement in their devices, to ALWAYS one rival, apple, despite them not being the pioneer of the idea/feature: Yet not writing a single article pointing out the dozens of features that single rival has copied: Even when that single rival is clearly copying an idea from one of the competitor products they've written about: They don't mention such competitor products in their articles about that single rival's products, they instead keep shut like it doesn't matter: To writing nitpicky headlines to downplay the successful competition, from calling certain words/phrases in their adverts a copy from apple: to desperately going through dishonest means to put the iPhone at an obviously unfair advantage in comparisons, like this camera comparison, in which they intentionally downscale the Xperia X's 23MP camera to 8MP just to put the iPhone at an advantage: and this outdoor screen brightness comparison, in which they disable auto-brightness (turned on by default) on the competitor devices, again, just to put the iPhone at an advantage: even when multiple other sites: and real world user feedback proves it to be BS:

43. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

to writing temper tantrums on the marketing of competitors even when apple themselves are 100% guilty of the same sh*t, if not worse: going as far as claiming competitor products are not worth their price tag: Yet not a single article pointing out why {apple product name} isn't worth the price tag, despite ALL the rational reasons out there, from being inferior in terms of flexibility/versatility/compatibility, to inability to do what a dumb phone is capable of, to the planned obsolescence of iOS updates (, etc. To making bizarre naive statements in praise of that 1 rival's products, like "No PC will let you do what the iPad does for $999": To mentioning cons in non-apple device reviews, yet ignoring those same cons in apple device reviews even though they 100% apply. To skipping news on negative incidents involving apple's products. For example, apple incident from late November 2016 ( ), they never reported it, yet when similar happened to competitor product, they instantly report it. To detailing only apple's actions in cases involving several companies, turning a blind eye to the actions of other companies involved in it: To inconsistency in product reviews. Like their con for the S6 was due to it lacking a MicroSD card slot, so they gave it a 9.3. Then S7 fixes that and improves on many other things, they go and give it a 9. A little positive article ain't gonna fix all of that anytime soon. They need to end their hypocrisy and double standards, but that's clearly asking for too much."


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Here's all that you need to rely on in a fair objective comparison on phone cameras. Remember the phone arena nit gate bs Why haven't you changed your flawed information on the Note 8, and modify your review score for it Phone Arena.... You are supposed to be a tech site not an opinionated tech site. Correct the mistake.... If you want to be taken seriously about factual information that you present to your subscribers. Display mate says over 1200 nits.

56. cocoy

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

XZ1 should be second there just look at the roubd logo below that color blue you can still see the dots but on Iphone 8 plus none of it exists.

2. xchatter

Posts: 44; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

No LG V30 ??? Amazing.....

4. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Not officially released

5. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Maybe they don't have one yet.

16. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Isn't it amazing? I mean why would they not compare a phone that has not been released in the US.

3. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Note 8 is the king of smartphones Hate it or like it .......

18. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009


40. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

That's just your opinions, so it's neither truth nor fact

32. pixel_ftw

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 19, 2017

Note 8 is king only in sammy boys heart. Hate it or like it its a fact. So, No more, PA is no longer iPhone arena. Because they said note 8 did better than other phones. Geekbench and dxomark will also be not biased when they crown samsung phones as the highest scorer, i guess.

39. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Awwww. Someone needs a nap.

49. MattL

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

It does really seem to be the best all around device out right now... Best screen, best design, best screen to body ratio (minus the S8+ little brother), best camera though maybe the pixel 2 will beat it (though without dual cameras so it will still excel in some areas), the only real option with a wacom digitizer built in (basically an iPad Pro in a phone, though of course they were doing it long before the iPad Pro), RAM for multi-apps, best multi-tasking, etc.... So yeah, it's the King. Though there are reasons to choose other phones if your preferences are specific... such as the Pixel 2 likely being the best non-dual camera, if your fully in the iOS ecosystem it might not matter and you might be stuck with iPhone, if you prefer vanilla Android or prefer iOS, etc...

6. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

I'm confused. PA says they don't like Samsung cameras, because they over-saturate colors when taking photos. They tend to to that with reds, greens and blues and many dark colors. Yet the the very first phone, the iPhone clearly over-saturated the rose color and it was picked as the best? I don't care who wins, I have the Note 8 and I know overall the Galaxy takes better photos consistently and they have since the S4 and Note 3.

15. therealestboy

Posts: 82; Member since: May 03, 2013

Do you also have an iPhone 8 Plus?

37. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

No I have the 7 Plus. And it does the same thing. What the 8+ seems to have improved on overall is the photos are sharper and less noisy. But still not less noisy vs the Galaxy S/Note and not quite as sharp. Low light photos appears to be the same on the iPhone 8s as they are on the 7s. I was pointing out PA inconsistency. They criticize Samsung cameras for always over-saturating colors. I personally like extra color even if its not actually natural looking, so I liked the first photo too. But I simply called out, why they chose the iPhone shot in the first photo? I can only think its the color, because the Note 8 and G6, were sharper, had more detail and the colors looked more natural, which is what PA says they liked most about iPhone cameras. I agree iPhone takes more natural looking. But they looked washed to me and I don't mind saturated pics. Was just pointing out PA's inconsistent remarks.

50. MattL

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Though I agree with some of your points, they do say "but we have to give the iPhone a slightly higher score. It managed to preserve the natural saturation of the roses' color, as well as the color gradients and the darker shades of red in the shadows. By comparison, the photo out of the Galaxy Note 8 is also bold and punchy, but the red is on the flat side, with not as much contrast as the scene originally had" So it seems like the iPhone had the closest to real rendering of the flowers colors. From what I've seen across reviews this seems to be the exception since the IP8+ seems to exaggerate colors in most scenarios while the Note 8 produces more natural muted colors. They point this out in another picture.

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