Scene 4: Group shot



As we were about to leave, our lovely bartenders agreed to join us for a group shot. Little did they know that they were going to appear in an article of ours. But that's not important right now. What matters is that all four phones come with powerful LED lights and they know when to use them. 

It is good to see that the HTC 10 managed to take a balanced, well-illuminated photo with pleasing colors. On the downside, the high ISO setting is probably why some of the detail isn't there. The image from the iPhone is slightly darker in appearance, especially in the background, but is still good-looking given the conditions. We like the warm tone in the photo from the Galaxy S7, but we're not into its excessive contrast. And then there's the LG G5, which is once again leading the pack with a bright, detailed image.

Scene 4: EXIF data
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Scene 5: The church




It was getting late, but we still had work to do, so we continued taking photos as we were slowly walking home. This particular scene we're very pleased with because all four smartphones captured it beautifully. Detail in all images is plentiful, colors are accurate, and the exposure is set well. Only the Galaxy S7 shows its tendency to boost colors and saturation, but we'll let it slip this time because it hasn't quite overdone it. We're also going to give the HTC 10 and the LG G5 a slightly higher score for capturing more detail in the shadows.

Scene 5: EXIF data
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Scene 6: At the garden




As we said before, the HTC 10 has a tendency to set its sensitivity high, and the result is an increase in digital noise. This is most evident in the scene here, where the ISO value it set has obliterated fine details. Yes, the image looks decent as a whole, but the loss in detail is easily noticeable. The iPhone 6s Plus and Galaxy S7 both got closer to reality with their photos. We see a good amount of details and overall adequate exposure. But we can't deny that the LG G5 deserves the top spot in this round. Its image is full of fine detail – the kind other phones would have failed to capture – and the colors come very close to the way they looked when we shot the image. We're impressed!

Scene 6: EXIF data
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180 Comments

1. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Gotta be honest here, you cant really go wrong with any of these phones in the camera department.

2. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yep. It's amazing how far these things have come.

20. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Espcially amazing how HTC has closed the huge gap which seperated them from Samsung in the photography side of smartphones. Really impressed!

31. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Would've loved to see Nexus 6P with the rest.

67. TheUnbiasedGuy

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 21, 2016

I would like note 5 to be added to the mix, to see how previous generation Samsung hold their own against these new guys.

97. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'm waiting for the 2016 Nexus Lots of reviewers are saying HTC's camera software is still quite inconsistent Would be nice to see HDR+ and the IMX377+OIS+f1.8

78. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

The G5 outdid the others. I have the 6P and would have loved to see how it performed

175. WGACA

Posts: 132; Member since: May 08, 2015

Watch some more reviews will ya, like their own blind comparison or ANY other review. And DxOMark.

121. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

That's too kind to HTC. They're still inferior. Anyways, I like how HTC stepped their game but isn't really 'amazing' to be honest.

144. 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)

155. Beijendorf unregistered

The S7 is "less noisy" because it applies a CRAZY amount of sharpening to the image - to the degree where it actually destroys image information. You're better off getting a photo with gentle noise and clearing it up with proper photo editing software at home if you really feel its necessary.

176. WGACA

Posts: 132; Member since: May 08, 2015

You nobody does that. 99% of pictures taken are for social media and S7 makes them look good instantly and does it for you. That's why it's called a smart phone.

33. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I know some disagree but I use my phone as the family camera now. Having shared albums between family member, cloud syncing to pc and Apple TV/android box automatically, portability and 2 seconds from pulling it out of your pocket to taking a pic makes it so easy to enjoy photos. I still print out important pictures for albums though.

61. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Google photo do the same you take a picture and all device with google photo or google drive ( pc or mac by example ) you take the picture and everyone can look at it. And wana know what best? its work on all mobile and desktop OS :)

77. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Not forgetting unlimited cloud storage

81. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

When I sold phones my selling point was the fact that they're more than just a phone now. I'd even ask customers when was the last time they bought a wallet with a picture holder in it.

9. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

You're right, but the differences can affect the opinion. There are many points that i can't agree with PA. In scene 4, S7 produced the best photo, sharpest and nice colour to me. In scene 1, I prefer the balance of S7 than the overexposed G5.

29. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, personal preference i guess.

84. valiymt

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

Wow buddy you have overexposed eyes to say that S7 is natural colors ... Samsung does most processing

100. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

I said scene 4 only, and I say the colour was nice, not natural.

106. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I think PA should give us the links to raw, sooc files so we can download, compare and see them all in one device, an FHD tablet or maybe a calibrated pc monitor.

177. WGACA

Posts: 132; Member since: May 08, 2015

They won't, because then it would show the S7 is actually the best and they don't want that. iPhone Arena hates Samsung. Always has been that way.

10. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

But like , S7 ALWAYS sharpest , most detailed pic and still low score , wtf ?

13. LikeABauss

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

I think people often confuse the sharpness of focus with excessive sharpening to the point where it looks unnatural. Some images here the S7 has a sharper focus (a good thing), but in others it goes further and applies an additional level of sharpening in post that look unnatural.

24. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Yes, also Samsung's colour-boosting algorithm. It makes the S7's photos look nicer, but it's fake and unnatural.

120. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

There is actually no such term as "colour-boosting algorithm", you made that up. It's just saturation and vibrance.

134. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Okay... But still, you get my point.

172. WGACA

Posts: 132; Member since: May 08, 2015

So when the G5 overexposed and captures an unrealistic scene at night it's a good thing, yet it doesn't work that way for Samsung?

178. WGACA

Posts: 132; Member since: May 08, 2015

S7 colours are often more true to life than the G5. G5 colour sensor often incorrectly compensates.

102. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Sharpening cannot make the photo more detailed. Details don't lie, it's what the sensor capture.

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