LG G4 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 blind camera comparison: vote for the better phone


Voting in this blind camera comparison has ended.

What's the best smartphone camera out there? This is a question we get asked often, and although it seems easy to answer, it is not. Some cameras excel with their speed and ease of use, others are acclaimed for their advanced shooting modes and camera controls, and then there are those cameras that promise a lot on paper, yet fail to meet our high expectations. That's why we do blind camera comparisons as part of our search for the best cameraphone – we present our readers with photos from several different cameras without revealing their identity and then we ask our readers to vote for the images they like best. 

Today's blind camera comparison features two of the best smartphones money can buy today, namely the LG G4 and the Samsung Galaxy S6. Below you'll find five different scenes photographed with the phones' 16MP cameras on automatic settings, with no involvement on our behalf beyond pressing the shutter. All we ask from you is to take a good look at the images and vote for the ones you think are better.

To make it easier for you to pick a favorite, we've included a side-by-side comparison of the two photos of each scene, where you can compare qualities like exposure and color accuracy. And in the slideshow that follows, you'll find 100% zoom crops from the two photos. Note that the crops represent close-ups of the photos in their original size, as they were extracted from the full-resolution, 16MP images. 

With all of this out of the way, it is time to examine the actual photos. Check them out below!

Scene 1: A sunny afternoon


Color accuracy can make or break a photo. Ideally, an image should stick to true-to-life color reproduction, although a slight boost in saturation should not do much harm. On the other hand, overblown or washed out colors, as well as messed up white balance, fall into the category of no-nos. Which one of the two images below has better colors? If you take a look at the crops, you'll also be able to see details from up close. 


Scene 1: Which photo do you like better?

Photo A (Galaxy S6)
53.05%
Photo B (LG G4)
46.95%

Scene 2: Let's go downtown


This image was taken on a gloomy afternoon, with rain clouds blocking the sun's rays. Nevertheless, the two smartphones did a pretty good job at capturing the shot. Some differences, however, become clearly visible when the two images are placed side by side. Which of the two looks better overall? 


Scene 2: Which photo do you like better?

Photo C (Galaxy S6)
44.74%
Photo D (LG G4)
55.26%

Scene 3: Close-up


Here's a close-up of a lovely bunch of flowers. The two images are good for judging how well details are preserved when shooting from up close, but they are also suitable for telling whether the cameras can represent bright colors faithfully, without them looking overblown. 


Scene 3: Which photo do you like better?

Photo E (LG G4)
15.11%
Photo F (Galaxy S6)
84.89%

Scene 4: The ruins


This pair of images is suitable for examining how well the two cameras preserve details in the pictures and how much sharpness is added to highlight these details. That's why those 100% zoom crops should come in handy. 


Scene 4: Which photo do you like better?

Photo G (LG G4)
39.38%
Photo H (Galaxy S6)
60.62%

Scene 5: Night


And the last photo in our comparison is a night shot – the kind of scene that's challenging for every smartphone's camera. Both phones had their camera LED lights turned off for this scene, which forced them tho work with whatever artificial light was available. One of them did a bit better than the other, we should say. Which one you'd vote for?


Scene 5: Which photo do you like better?

Photo I (Galaxy S6)
1.54%
Photo J (LG G4)
98.46%

Related phones

G4
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18.5h talk time)
Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)

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43 Comments

1. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

This is what I've been waiting for! I'm all for the Galaxy S6!

16. kingsbounty

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

i think G4 better than S6

27. kingsbounty

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

i dont know why in scene 4 people vote to H! it show G better

30. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Because they are blind. H is oversharpened. I noticed people just vote without analysing, just from the first picture

33. DevilsAdvocate

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

You are right but I have observed common people like oversharpened and oversaturated photos. P.S: It would be nice to know which Galaxy S6 was used one with Samsung Lens or the one with SONY lens?

22. waddup121 unregistered

G4 for me...

36. ander204

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

i think all the pictures with better color reproduction is G4. you might get disappointed.

2. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Whaaaa so hard. There should be a 3rd sample taken by a proper DSLR so we can have a reference.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, on having a reference DSLR pic (raw+edited) Otherwise we don't know how the colors should look IMO the only big win was Scene 5: Night Photo J has far less noise and better colors (a little too yellow, but looks better Photo I which is too red)

18. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I agree, except in the last picture this time they are pretty close! LG did a great job.

20. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

No point, PA have some crappy DSLR. It makes worst photos than most phones... :-)

28. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Yeah, they used a DSLR in full auto with a fairly powerful general purpose lense, then they were showing zoomed in shots of areas of the photo which were clearly out of focus on those shots for the DSLR and people voted based on that.

3. michaelangelo2525

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

who won?

8. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

well SONY wins when it comes to camera comparison and LG and Samsung shows off about it,..

13. kabiluddin

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I'm sorry but when did Sony wins in a blind camera comparison? Not that I'm saying blind test is the way to determine the best of the camera but still Z3+ would probably loss to S6/G3. Z3+ has much better camera than Z3 but it still is not as good as S6/G4 (at least in photo quality).

17. jellmoo

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I believe his point refers to the fact that the camera modules are made by Sony (though I was under the impression that the S6 alternated between Sony and Samsung built ones).

21. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Only the camera sensor is made by Sony. And a camera module consists of many parts other than the sensor.

14. Djz89

Posts: 443; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

They do provide the sensors, but i think thats it :P

4. jackforin

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

I think, unfortunately, that the galaxy s6 took pictures slightly better. The difference between the two smartphones is minimal.

10. -Shadow-

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

i don't know what is there unfortunate about that

5. osbert

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Pretty irrelevant which has the more accurate colours when 1 is so much clearer than the other blurry, softened and washed out mess.

6. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

It's actually not that blind comparison LG takes wider pictures covers more area i think A C F G J belongs to G4 and the last picture was taken really bad it should have been taken and fixed manually the white balance is wrong everyone can see it.

7. AndroidStuff

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Vote 4 the Bad picture and Yeah Galaxy S6 will win this Blind test :p

9. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

It's funny how the Samsung's fanboys are struggling to understand which pictures have been taken with the S6 to vote them, instead of sincerely voting the pictures that actually do look better.

11. Mizraab

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well i dont own both handsets but as far as i know G4 is better at taking photos.

15. Djz89

Posts: 443; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

TBH they are both so good that it is not very important. I find both truly amazing and would not complain with either one. Great work by them both, brvao!

19. Bogdan86

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

both are so close, and easily the best camera phones out there.

23. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

I had a really hard time between G and H. Why did everyone choose what they did on that set? I tried to use the verticle railing and the lettering.

24. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

I used the tree to the right of the entrance gate. It is way too yellow and blurry on the left sample compared to the right one.

25. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Both are great. It's a wash. Celebrate that both are better than the iPhone and be happy. Be together, not same.

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