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 crops and high-resolution photos
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 crops and high-resolution photos
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 crops and high-resolution photos
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.
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