Galaxy S8 vs S7/S7 edge vs LG G6 vs iPhone 7: first camera samples

If you haven't heard yet, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were made official at a special Unpacked event earlier today. Although the surprise was somewhat spoiled by the enormous amount of leaks that we saw over the last couple of months, Samsung still managed to impress with its presentation.

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are flashy to say the least, with their slender new 18.5:9 Infinity Displays, slim bezels, and refreshed user interface, but we know that many of you have already caught up on everything surrounding the bold new design, and are interested in how they actually perform on a hardware level.

Since cameras are a big thing in modern smartphones, we were very interested to check out what the S8 and S8+ are capable of, and although it is too early to pass judgement at this point, considering that the phones provided for our hands-ons were preview units, we still thought it would be interesting to see how they compare to their predecessors, as well as other current flagships, as far as cameras go.

Surprisingly, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are not that big of a leap from the S7/S7 edge, as far as the rear cams go, and we were expecting to see at least an increased resolution. Samsung's new flagships are equipped with 12MP cameras that are very similar to those of their predecessors and the main difference comes in the from of an improved software that's capable of processing images faster and offers better low-light performance as a result.

During our relatively short time with the new Galaxies, we managed to take some photos with both (yes, including a bunch of selfies), and thought we'd do the same with the other phones we had on us, so as to see how they compare against Samsung's latest.

So, with that said, let's check out how the Galaxy S8 and S8+ compare to the Galaxy S7, the iPhone 7, and the brand new LG G6, as far as cameras go:

Scene #1

Most noticeably in this scenario, highlights are a bit overblown in the S8 shot

Scene #2

Somewhat warmer colors coming from the S8 when compared to the S7

Scene #3

The photo from the S8 looks somewhat lighter than the one from the S7, showing overall better detail (most obvious in the sandbox)

Scene #4

The S8 is perhaps the sharpest of the bunch in this scenario

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1. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

S8 BEST Phone EVER WINS !!!!

22. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Not impressed S7 and G6 look much better ( beside last shot got to agree S8 look nice there )

47. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

How could we make decision, if we don't have picture of pro-camera to compare with. Such ''tests'' are nothing but clickbite BS. Wait for real test, from respected source, then bet on, GS8 camera will be on the top(as Samsung always make the best)

58. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I request you to do one thing. Press the plus button on the bottom right on each photo. THERE IS NO PHONE IN ANY PHOTO THAT EVEN COMES CLOSE IN DETAILS. Pic 1: Try to see the text below the label on wine bottles. S7 smears it all over. Too dark on i7, G6 has noticeable halos. S8 is near perfect. Pic 2: Look at the fruits, especially texture of orange and black lines on banana after 100% crop. Nothing comes close. Pic 3: Look at the buildings and the lines on the ground. Nothing has anywhere near the details. Most of them erase the white lines on ground due to noise reduction. G6 halos strike again. Pic 4: Look at the textured plant. All except S8 smear the detail. These images from S8 are insanely good. I am 100% sure this isn't the same sensor as S7. It can't be possible to get that kind of gains from the same sensor.

60. Jackdaw

Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 10, 2016

So now focus on the window behind the wine bottles, S7 and S8 the lights burn my eyes. Oversaturated. Now check the G6. You can actually see the details of the window.

61. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

That's called exposure, not saturation. And you know, you can change that using a dial before taking the photo, or in post. Also you can change the metering. S7 and s8 use Centre weighted, which I prefer in high dynamic range, whereas iPhone and G6 use matrix metering. It's a preference what you prefer. You can change all that in settings.

63. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Really hope it's an updated sensor or else I'm seriously not considering to buy this phone at launch.

64. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

The image samples look absolutely stunning regardless. It absolutely blows the S7 out of water, and that's what should matter. There are not much better sensors out there anyway. So shouldn't matter that much I guess.

70. Mixkhata1

Posts: 162; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

O wouldn't say it blows S7 out of water. Yes, S8 has better camera but not enough to make the jump to the current flagship from S7E

41. jessy90

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

G6 is brought new gimmicks yes.

51. Gandalfdenvite

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 15, 2016

S8 will always have smudged​camera lens/pictures because of the fingerprint scanner next to, not below, the camera lens! The lens must always be cleaned before used, so every sudden opportunity will be missed because it will take too long, slowest camera ever, thanks to always smudged camera lens!

52. alexkim92

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

I don't personally use the fingerprint scanner that's on my phones, so my opinion may be that of a niche's. But S8 has facial recognition and iris scanner now. Why can't people just use them instead?


Posts: 132; Member since: May 08, 2015

Then use the facial recognition/irisscanner. More convenient and faster.

56. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

What a retard.

59. yalokiy

Posts: 1116; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

But results are the same as s7 edge ones.

2. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

S7 looks better.

3. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Because you cant afford the S8

4. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You gotta f**k up everything for everybody. Go dormant please...

5. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

I work in Private Equity. I most certainly can afford a smartphone.

8. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Yeah keep saying that to little girls who you might be able to fool . HAHAHAHA. Private equity . My A** !!! LOL

16. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

What's up with your comments across the website, telling people that they cannot afford the S8? lol if you are so rich, can you just buy us poor people a phone?

24. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Lol where you want me to send it

40. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I'll give tou my address

45. Chuck007

Posts: 1416; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

The PA comments section have been a cesspit for trolls for years. Can the admins do anything about it?

30. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

s8? lols! very ugly. lols!

34. raky_b

Posts: 420; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

how it looks doesn't have anything to do with price....but, price was same for s7 too.

7. iamdoctorluv

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 14, 2017

LebronJamesFanboy you need glasses.. S7 looks better than the other two phones yes

20. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Not even close. Look at the full size samples. Exposure is better on the S8 (S7 often too dark), detail is much better, noise is lower. In all shots. No contest.

14. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I was just about to say the s7 looks better too.

46. alexkim92

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

I presume that S7 and S8 have the same sensor. I think it's just the color temperature difference here.

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