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

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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
67.24%
Photo B - iPhone 7
2.54%
Photo C - Google Pixel
16.76%
Photo D - Galaxy S8
13.46%

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
12.08%
Photo F - Galaxy S8
25.14%
Photo G - Google Pixel
16.73%
Photo H - LG G6
46.05%

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
37.45%
Photo J - Google Pixel
2.77%
Photo K - Galaxy S8
45.09%
Photo L - iPhone 7
14.69%

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
28.95%
Photo N - LG G6
7.15%
Photo O - iPhone 7
27.35%
Photo P - Galaxy S8
36.55%

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
15.57%
Photo R - iPhone 7
57.54%
Photo S - Google Pixel
8.77%
Photo T - Galaxy S8
18.12%

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
32.04%
Photo V - Google Pixel
21.89%
Photo W - iPhone 7
19.45%
Photo X - LG G6
26.61%

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Samsung Galaxy S8 specs
  • Display 5.8 inches 2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie Samsung One UI
Apple iPhone 7 specs
  • Display 4.7 inches 1334 x 750 pixels 60Hz Refresh rate
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A10 Fusion 2GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1960 mAh
  • OS iOS 15.x
LG G6 specs
  • Display 5.7 inches 2880 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Dual camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo LG UX UI
Google Pixel specs
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 4GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2770 mAh
  • OS Android 10

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