Blind camera comparison results: iPhone X vs Galaxy Note 8 vs LG V30


Last week, we asked you which phone has the best camera and gave you 10 photos shot on three of the best phones out there: the iPhone X, the Galaxy Note 8 and the LG V30.

But we did not tell you which phone took which photo: to avoid bias, we did a blind shoot-out between the three, so that you can vote for the picture you like best without taking into account brand preferences.



Scene 1: A beach in fall



Which photo do you like the most?

A - V30
13.47%
B - Note 8
37.06%
C - iPhone X
49.47%

Scene 2: Lonely statue



Which photo do you like the most?

D - V30
20.43%
E - iPhone X
28.2%
F - Note 8
51.38%

Scene 3: Leaves




Which photo do you like the most?

G - iPhone X
72.47%
H - Note 8
22.3%
I - V30
5.23%

Scene 4: Deserted beach




Which photo do you like the most?

J - V30
14.23%
K - Note 8
41.28%
L - iPhone X
44.49%

Scene 5: A portrait with flash




Which photo do you like the most?

M - V30
20.24%
N - iPhone X
70.86%
O - Note 8
8.9%

Scene 6: Blue skies




Which photo do you like the most?

P - V30
45.86%
Q - iPhone X
7.22%
R - Note 8
46.92%

Scene 7: Sun peeking




Which photo do you like the most?

S - V30
18.1%
T - Note 8
59.37%
U - iPhone X
22.53%

Scene 8: The Port




Which photo do you like the most?

V - V30
2.35%
W - Note 8
37.13%
X - iPhone X
60.52%

Scene 9: The road 




Which photo do you like the most?

Y - Note 8
8.75%
Z - iPhone X
33.27%
Z1 - V30
57.98%

Scene 10: A selfie




Which photo do you like the most?

Z2 - iPhone X
46.59%
Z3 - V30
19.51%
Z4 - Note 8
33.9%


Conclusion


Summing up the results, one thing is clear: the LG V30 got the least votes and its photos definitely do not look as good as those from the iPhone or the Galaxy. The V30 only won the vote for 1 out of 10 scenes and was a close runner-up in scene 6.

The iPhone X and the Galaxy Note 8 cameras had much more comparable and much better results. The iPhone won scenes 1, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10, so it got 6 out of 10, and emerged as the winner.

The Galaxy Note 8 was the runner-up, winning scenes 2, 6 and 7.

Are you surprised by the results? Did you vote for your favorite phone? Which phones do you want to see us test next? Let us know in the comments below!

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63 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Quit joking and post the exif data.

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Download them and then upload them to flicr

49. worldpeace

Posts: 3121; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The exif is empty (I tried to download one from google photos)

23. Nopers unregistered

You can tell which ones are the iPhone pictures because the frame is slightly smaller.

53. Victor.H

Posts: 1055; Member since: May 27, 2011

I've added the full-resolution photos with EXIF information to a Google Photos album here:https://photos.app.goo.gl/THmT9m1qnSudHYly1

56. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Finally. It's a reputation to tell the truth. Kudos.

2. TerryD

Posts: 543; Member since: May 09, 2017

To be honest many of the shots are too similar to be able to pick a clear winner. In some cases there was a clear loser. I only voted for Z because I liked the yellow car

11. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

The only one i think is way off is scene 5... looks like one of the phones did NOT use a flash

3. peace247 unregistered

That slow sync flash of iphone x should be used by others too...

5. kick413

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Nice. Still confused why the pixel wasn't involved.

10. FeloniusMonk

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

Because Google is a bully, and it might not have won.

63. Victor.H

Posts: 1055; Member since: May 27, 2011

I did not have one available for that test. With the OnePlus 5T and the Pixel 2 XL now in my hands, I will do a much bigger test soon, so stay tuned :)

6. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Have to give Apple credit for really stepping up the camera game. They've gone from simply being the camera you have in your pocket to a camera you want to have in your pocket.

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

In recent months; I've come to realize that its always, ALWAYS better to shoot in pro mode. Take matter in your own hands! Now, manual mode may sound too intimidating but its not that hard in practice. I personally adjust the shutter speed first (according to the nature of the subject I'm trying to capture) and then The ISO. And after taking a few hundred shots as a practice, I can take great shots on my S6! Better than auto mode in some scenarios! Plus, it's just fun! G'Day!

9. bucky

Posts: 3775; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

while i agree with you, if you have small kids you have literally 3 seconds to get the shot!

16. rsiders

Posts: 1931; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Do the kids disappear after 3 seconds? I'm really curious as to what happens to them.:D

18. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

They move around a lot and you may miss the shot you want.

57. rsiders

Posts: 1931; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

True but if you're one of those smart parents your camera is already out and all you have to do is snap the picture. Plus they're bound to do something else cute or funny so you'll get the shot anyway. I have a 5 and 4 year old who are busy little bees and I rarely ever miss a shot while still using manual controls. And if I do miss a s**t I'll still remember it. I understand the point and shoot argument but it's all in how you perceive things.

24. Nopers unregistered

They don’t usually respond to “hold that exact pose son, daddy just has to change ISO”

26. Xilam unregistered

Little kids do cute things for about a millescond - if you’re stuck setting your camera - you’ll never capture the codak moment.

12. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I think most people want a camera they can pull out their pocket, take a great shot without manipulating anything. That's what put the iPhone in a class of its own for a number of years.

32. dnomadic

Posts: 397; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

This year... I would have taken a Samsung for MANY years and the Pixel Last year. But yes, the ability to pull it out and shoot (that's what she said) makes it great

8. bucky

Posts: 3775; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

All great cameras.

13. Lyvyoo

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

OMG, my desired V30 show up the worst results right now :( But there is light after dark - with Google Camera app V30 beat both Note 8 and Iphone X. Waiting for some official tests...

65. Yongkykun

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 07, 2017

These are taken using auto mode, I reckon, and LG's auto mode sucks. But using the Google HDR+ camera on V30 delivers way better quality photos. LG's stock camera app shines when you are using manual mode, which is hand's down the best one to date.

66. Lyvyoo

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

I don't know why Phone Arena don't make any versus (V30 original camera - V30 Google Camera) because all the mobile forums talk about a major improvement in image quality. Basicaly, the V30 hardware is good, but the software suks...

14. Whitedot

Posts: 761; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

PA you blindly avoiding Pixel 2 including in camera comparisons.

54. Victor.H

Posts: 1055; Member since: May 27, 2011

It will be included in our next camera shoot-out! :)

60. FeloniusMonk

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

"The Pixel 2 vs. the Two Worst Cameras We Could Find"

61. Whitedot

Posts: 761; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

That's pretty much what is going lately. They pick up "two best cameras" usually no Pixel ( very decent 2nd and 3rd from the TOP 5 so to speak) and then 1 or 2 cameras that will defiantly be runners. That way it is very safe game to promote popular and demanded OEM's. Pattern? Yes. Pixel 2 has been around for months though.

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