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

128. Barsylyk

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 24, 2016

Are you kidding me with those scores??? HTC clearly won in most situations. In some pic G5 took purple haze and some with over exposed yet you gave the highest score lol. Not everything is about details, specially in low light. I mean seriously who zoom in in low light situations like you guys did.This is not comparison, this is advertising.

138. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

"HTC clearly won in most situations"... WTF are you so blinded by fanboyism? HTC 10 pales in comparison to G5 and S7!

129. Zalechi

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I don't know how are you think, but my opinion is that the S7 in most cases have a better shots.

139. OliGee

Posts: 7; Member since: May 19, 2015

I am sorry, but iphone is the best.

141. apakalo1

Posts: 67; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

You are a disgrace iPhone worshippers

142. apakalo1

Posts: 67; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

Who said iPhone is the best? Don't you have eyes and mind to clearly reason? Pathetic

145. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

I think HTC can do better with software updates :( .

146. ahyao17

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 25, 2016

Rather than saying any particular phone is better, I would like to see a detail description of test procedure. How many of shots each phone was done for each place? was a tripod used or was it hand held. Were the focus on the same place? Some of these pictures in the tests are clearly over exposed and some are under exposed (and these should not really be used for comparison, because it could be human error not because the software/sensor is not good). And we have all done this before because we selected the wrong focus point (which the camera used to calculate iso/shutter speed/aperture). One simply cannot use the excuse of "testing the auto-mode/default mode" as excuse because you can take vastly different pictures with the same phone just by focusing on different parts. Best way I guess is to either take several pictures to ensure proper exposure then compare. Then statements "... tends to put its sensitivity high" becomes valid. Who knows, you can make an impression of that by constantly choosing darker part of the photo to focus. Otherwise, set fixed parameters for all so we can focus on camera abilities. I understand the rationale for using auto mode (because it is real life test), but the variability between shots are too great especially in these circumstances (whether intentional or not) to really compare.

147. shinichi

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 26, 2016

This review is flawed. HTC 10 obviously has light mettering bu so it can't compete with ip6p, g5 and s7. Please, Phonearena replace the unit and reshot the pictures.

148. shinichi

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 26, 2016

I meant, light mettering bug. ;)

149. kopkiwi

Posts: 86; Member since: May 31, 2013

Can someone from PA please confirm the software version for the camera? Apparently there have been a couple of updates released in the last 24-48 hours that really improve the picture quality, especially in low light shots. I think the software version is 1.24 or 1.25

150. demi9od

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 26, 2015

Looking forward to new shots.

151. MakoShark

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 28, 2016

I agree that you can't go wrong with any of these phones. But srsly PA the shots taken are not even comparable. How can you even compare two shots - one with ISO 200 and second with ISO 1600? You had to use exact same settings on every single phone tested, that means at least same shutter speed and same ISO level. That's what comparison is about.

153. demi9od

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 26, 2015

To be fair, this is a good way to compare auto mode, which is how 95% of users will use the camera.

154. ahyao17

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 25, 2016

Well comparing auto mode in harsh conditions (low light) itself is actually not a good way to compare the camera. I agree that it is how people use them, but there are just such variability in results even with the same phone. If I was to take 10 shots in these conditions I would get them all different even when I try to take the photos exactly the same way. And their sample size is too small... They should really take quite a few shots of each scene and only score the best one. It looks like they score every photo they took. This makes the accuracy of their test results very low.

159. Chuck007

Posts: 1409; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Call me crazy... but I find myself preferring the LG G5 camera across the board? Pity it's such a terribly designed phone. :(

161. WGACA

Posts: 121; Member since: May 08, 2015

LOL, Phone Arena being their usual Samsung bashing selves, they couldn't handle the fact the S7 beat the G5 by a mile in their own blind comparison, so they decided to make a rematch comparison but this time with their own opinion as their verdict. How see through once again PA. Half of the scoring is way off for the S7 where it clearly is the winner. Pathetic.

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