HTC 10 vs iPhone 6s Plus, Galaxy S7, LG G5: low light camera comparison

Any phone can take a decent photo given plentiful light. When light is scarce, however, it takes a quality camera to shoot an image worthy of admiration. This is why our latest camera comparison is a little different. We'll focus on the low light camera performance of the HTC 10 vs iPhone 6s Plus, Galaxy S7, and LG G5...
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180 Comments

18. Shocky unregistered

I think the writer is confused, brighter images don't always been better images, it's about the detail and accuracy of the lighting and in most of the images Galaxy S7 was capturing a lot more in the close-ups. Could be due to over sharpening but they do look better than the blurry mess from some of the others. The low scores on some of the Galaxy S7 images are just odd. Similar to HTC 10 review, I think they're trolling us. They know controversial results will get readers attention and that's what they're done.

27. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

PA's scoring is weird. I don't understand their standards. I mean, what factors they do consider and how their score ratings is achieved.

156. Beijendorf unregistered

The S7 is like photo editing software with saturation and sharpening turned to max. It produces unnatural images, and destroys details. It may look nice, but for anyone who knows photography, it's not desirable. In a camera, you want the captured image to be as close to reality as possible, without losing image data due to processing.

173. WGACA

Posts: 121; Member since: May 08, 2015

So then with your logic, the G5 could have never won because it's overexposure is completely unrealistic.

30. Gatorsrule52

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

There was only one pic in here (the bar) that i would say the s7 should have scored higher. Other that that, the g5 was clearly superior to it in most images. The last scene was the only time a "blurry mess" showed up on the other cameras and the S7 won that round. Its clearly over sharpened and oversaturated. It makes it look good in general but that's not what the scene looked like as the author stated and not everyone's cup of tea. Some of the sharpening does help in low light though I have to admit.

65. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

S7 always over sharpened in artificial way. Most unreal colors and you wonder why its loose scoore? are you blind?

98. Furbal unregistered

S7 is completely over sharpening those edges

110. Shocky unregistered

I've prefer more detail with oversharpening than the excessive noise from the LG G5. That's one thing I really hate when zooming in.

47. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I returned my S7 Edge for my Lg G5. The G5 is the best phone for 2016, and my first LG after Samsung only since 2010.

105. dimas

Posts: 3247; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Reversed happened to my cousin. Was an lg g3 user, upgraded to g5 them returned it. Great camera, great low light sensors but the 3-4 hours sot made it a deal breaker for him. Lg should release a 3500-4000mah back-up or out of the box battery for g5 if they want to gain lead against s7 edge.

179. WGACA

Posts: 121; Member since: May 08, 2015

They need a lot more to gain lead over the S7. Like screen quality, design, build quality and durability.

116. dazed1

Posts: 777; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

AHahahah, oh my, can't stop laughing.

152. joeyroc219

Posts: 14; Member since: May 05, 2015

I was also a Samsung loyalist since the first Galaxy to the Note 4. Unfortunately, when they decided to ditch the removable battery and cover their phones in glass, I was turned off. I traded in my Note 4 for the G5 and have no regrets. It may not be very good looking but I always put a high end case on all my phones anyway.

174. WGACA

Posts: 121; Member since: May 08, 2015

Troll alert! If you like the G5 more as an overall phone, you must not like design, battery life, screen quality, build quality, feel or durability

56. tsp38

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

definitely. these are all great cameras. but it's really interesting to realize, again, that the best hardware doesn't always yield best results. LG used the same censor from last year, but their algorithm bests the others in low-light. of course not everyone agrees with the scores, but looking at the hardware specs, LG should be at the worst... really surprising!

104. dimas

Posts: 3247; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Chipsets are already fast. Memory and storage are becoming cheaper and no longer an issue. Cameras already surpassed typical point and shoot and closing in to first-gen dslr lens. Even the hated touchwiz ui lag is gone on s7. Everything is improved except for one department. #batterylivesmatter

135. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

What do you mean by #batterylivesmatter? S7 Edge has oustanding battery life already.

157. Beijendorf unregistered

The cameras in smartphones are still a long way away from Point-and-Shoot cameras. They're good, but nowhere near the same ballpark.

143. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

for me is the s7 still the king of these phones cuz its overall the best cameraphone non of the other phone has the crazy fast focus hands down the s7 destroys every phone on the market when it comes to focus speed ;-) and actually its less noisy then the others (in low light)

3. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Nick T. are you using an HTC10 with updated software version that improves the Camera when doing this test? If not then ill expect more on HTC10's camera in lowlight. Good Article btw

8. TBomb

Posts: 1097; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

do you have the 10 already?

80. talha_16

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

The htc software is still not final .... after the final software it will kick some serious ass

123. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

I double-checked, no update on our end yet, and the device is running the same software it did when we got it.

4. Reza.N

Posts: 77; Member since: Sep 06, 2015

Hey PA. Some updates now came for the 10.plz update and then see if it's better or not

5. JustinC

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

With the LG G5 sweeping the ground, will the LG V10 be able to yield similar result? Will LG V10 camera still be a strong competitors? Thanks!

12. rsiders

Posts: 1857; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Of course it does but I'm a bit biased to LG's efforts and cause I have the V10. Great job and fair comparison. Samsung is nice too but they just outline everything to make images sharper. Some people prefer that look over a more natural look.

28. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

@JustinC, though the V10's camera hardware is identical to the G5's main shooter, a big improvement lies in the processing algorithm. Low-light performance is superior in the G5.

170. WGACA

Posts: 121; Member since: May 08, 2015

Sweeping the ground with it's own parts that came of that poorly built piece of s**t of a phone? Lol

6. shareeff

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

How I wish you add the P9 and V10 in this comparison

22. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

V10 is almost the same as G5... and for P9... err.. I guess they just dont like it (and its leica thingy)

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