Blind camera comparison: Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 7, Google Pixel, and LG G6

Cameras have long ago become the make-or-break aspect of any contemporary smartphone. Even if all other boxes are checked with flying colors, a so-so camera can turn any device into a forgettable affair that doesn't click with the target audience.

With that in mind, we decided that a blind camera comparison between 4 of the most promising camera phones out there is definitely something that's due. That's why we took the dazzling new Galaxy S8, the supreme Google Pixel, the venerable iPhone 7, and the wonderful LG G6 on a camera trip. 

All photos were shot with each camera's default settings, in Auto mode, with the EXIF data timely purged. The polls will be open until May 14 and this post will be subsequently updated with the results.

All set? Let's go!

Scene 1: Memorial bust

In this particular scene, I wanted to capture the memorial bust in all its glory, though the setting sun was not making this any easy for me. Luckily, all of the phones were intelligent enough to automatically enable their built-in HDR shooting modes, recognizing the need for blending a bunch of differently exposed photos in order to capture as much detail on the bust as possible. Admittedly, some phone fared better than others, but let us hear you - which photo do you like best?

Scene 1: Which photo do you like best?

Photo A - LG G6
Photo B - iPhone 7
Photo C - Google Pixel
Photo D - Galaxy S8

Scene 2: Urban  

The back of a monolithic opera building is never as impressive as the front, but it also has its own architectural merits.

Scene 2: Which photo do you like best?

Photo E - iPhone 7
Photo F - Galaxy S8
Photo G - Google Pixel
Photo H - LG G6

Scene 3: Neon sign

Neon signs are slowly going the way of the dodo since LED lights are the new kid on the block. Hence, it's always worthy to snap a picture should you stumble upon a functioning neon sign in the wild, especially if it's a hip red one. 

Scene 3: Which photo do you like best?

Photo I - LG G6
Photo J - Google Pixel
Photo K - Galaxy S8
Photo L - iPhone 7

Scene 4: Sunset over the Danube

Sunsets are stunning, period. We shot one with all four phones and... It's your call! Which one do you like the best? 

Scene 4: Which photo do you like best?

Photo M - Google Pixel
Photo N - LG G6
Photo O - iPhone 7
Photo P - Galaxy S8

Scene 5: Raindrops

Raindrop, drop top, we love taking pictures of flowers nonstop! Okay, that was bad. Blooming flowers are a stunning sight, especially if they are awash with spring raindrops. What is your favorite photo?

Scene 5: Which photo do you like best?

Photo Q - LG G6
Photo R - iPhone 7
Photo S - Google Pixel
Photo T - Galaxy S8

Scene 6: Blooming peony

Finally, we have a beautiful peony flower in full bloom. A stunning sight one needs to experience with their own eyes, and while the pictures below can't do it justice, you most probably will like one of the photos more than the others.

Scene 6: Which photo do you like best?

Photo U - Galaxy S8
Photo V - Google Pixel
Photo W - iPhone 7
Photo X - LG G6



1. Unordinary unregistered

PA still does these blind camera comparisons lmao? Everyone knows which phone is which lul

12. paul.k

Posts: 305; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Let's play a game - guess them!

16. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

where's the XZs (even if it "sucks" for your "reviews", it should be included)

52. kingsbounty

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

beetween v w u x : X is the best! how U get more vote!

23. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Thing is....the phone with the most pleasing photo will win. For example, in scene 2, Photo H is the most saturated and has a reddish-brown building. And it looks the most pleasing to me. And it seems to be from the S8 due to those reasons alone. But it doesn't look more natural than the rest 3. How come only this one is red if all take natural pictures. So either Photo H is taken from the smartphone with the best camera, or the worst. But most people won't go through this hassle before voting. And as a result, we see photo H having the most votes. Therefore, I think blind camera comparisons can only tell you which phone will take the most pleasing photos in certain scenarios. And not the most natural ones. Which makes them quite unreliable if you want the latter stuff!

26. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

I would like more pleasing photos from my phone than looking natural.

27. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

That's what i said makes it unreliable for natural-photo lovers, like me!!

28. paul.k

Posts: 305; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Good point. But also, spoiler: Photo H is not the Galaxy S8

29. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

NooOOO!! Stop giving them hints!

32. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Oh really?? I thought I had it! But thnx for the hint! Didn't really intend to trick you into giving me the hint though! However, Photo H seems the most pleasing to me and many others so it still proves my point in comment no. 23.

39. may_czos

Posts: 958; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

H seems to be a Pixel. It produces very oversaturated pictures but it's not Samsung so it's not bashed for that.

47. bbylizard

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

It seems like it's the iPhone, S8, Pixel, then LG G6 in that order (though i could be wrong). I strongly believe G to be the Pixel due to it's dynamic range, specifically looking at the right side of the building in the background. It's also a little darker than the other images while providing just as much detail (something the Nexus 6P and Pixel are known to do). We already know that H is not the S8, and it's colors seem too over saturated to be the iPhone, and we already said G was the Pixel, so that leaves H as the LG G6. The first two (E and F), is sort of a toss up between the S8 and the iPhone but I would pin E as the iPhone due to it's colors appearing less pronounced. Look at the green on the rooftops and the blue of the sky/windows and not just the red of the building, and you would notice the saturation difference even though F's picture isn't as red as E's picture.

50. paul.k

Posts: 305; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

@may_czos nope.

30. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

So, what you're implying here is that your view of what's "natural" is unpleasing to the eye? That's your perspective of a subjective matter, NP with it. I don't know about your neighborhood, but it's not hard to come across vibrant, and colourful scenes where I live. Nature isn't grainy, washed out, nor overblown here (that's what I avoid in photos I pick). Nature is pleasing to my eyes here. But again, that's how I personally see nature, it's all subjective, hence why 1 person's opinion on photos is useless in determining which is better for most.

33. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

No. You didn't understand it. That was not my point. My point was a if natural, but less pleasing photo is put in a blind camera test versus a less natural, but more one, then people are likely to choose the latter. Which makes the test unreliable for those looking for a phone that takes the most natural looking photos.

35. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

more pleasing* (correction of 3rd line in comment no. 33)

46. bbylizard

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

I see exactly what your saying, there's a photo in that exact same set that doesn't overblow the highlight of the other right side of the building, and it's not winning in votes despite being the better picture.

48. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

Thing is.. Blind camera test doesn't aim to get the result which cameraphone has the best quality. Blind camera test is aim to a degree to help consumers to see which camera phone is best for them. Some like it saturated, some like it more natural, some like it more sharp..etc

34. bighandssmallpockets

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

iPhone = A,H,I,N,R,X

38. may_czos

Posts: 958; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

iPhone gives warm yellow tint to every picture. It's more G than H.

49. paul.k

Posts: 305; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

@bighandssmallpockets: 16.6% success

54. bighandssmallpockets

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

:-( Sad!

22. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Lol, someone's too scared to see his precious iDevice get owned by a wide margin again...

2. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Your scenes sucks because every camera can shoot blue skies and close up flowers these days. Looks like limited and rushed article.

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5817; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, at even 1 low light scenes lol Also their view is meh

4. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I would say Peter, Peter you are talent but we expect more from you.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

iphone will never win!

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I think photo F,G,and H suffer from bad resize

7. ali17chin

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Huawei p10 ?

8. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Nice job PA. We really appreciate these types of camera comparisons. No offense, but looks is preferable. Your opinions aren't the same as ours. The fanboys and trolls will get salty.

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