As I said in my early look at the LG G6, the phone delivers on many levels – it is fast, it is sleek, and it comes with the promise of unparalleled durability. But the camera has yet to truly impress me. Yes, it takes decent shots from what I've seen so far, but can it beat what's already out there? And can it match the camera performance of LG's top phone so far? Perhaps this camera comparison will help us answer these questions. The devices we've chosen to compete against the LG G6 are the Galaxy S7 edge, the iPhone 7 Plus, and the LG V20. Here's a quick rundown of their camera specs:

Camera Specs
LG G6Galaxy
S7 edge
iPhone 7
Plus
LG V20
Resolution,
aspect ratio
13MP@4:3
4160x3120px
12MP@4:3
4032x3024px
12MP@4:3
4032x3024px
16MP@4:3
4656x3492px
Sensor and
pixel size
1/3"
1.12μm
1/2.5"
1.4μm
1/3"
1.22μm
1/2.6"
1.12μm
ApertureF1.8F1.7F1.8F1.8
Focus and
stabilization
PDAF
OIS
Dual-pixel AF
Object track
OIS
PDAF
OIS
PDAF, OIS
Object track
Laser AF

Scene 1: At the park


One thing I like about Barcelona are its numerous parks scattered all over. They let you escape the concrete jungle for a while and unwind on a sunny afternoon. Or you can take some photos, as I did. 

In this particular set of images, we have the warm setting sun illuminating a dynamic, colorful scene. The accent here is on "dynamic", clearly, as all phones chose to use their HDR mode (set to Auto). The results? Out of the LG we have a natural-looking image – one that's warm, but not overly so. The halos around the trees aren't exactly eye-pleasing, but at least it isn't as bad as what I see in the V20's image. 

The iPhone delivers a photo with a dash of extra contrast and warmth added to it, and in this case, it actually complements the scene well. And the Galaxy S7 edge has done a really job at preserving details in both the highlights and shadows.

Scene 1: score
Galaxy S7 edge8.0
iPhone 7 Plus8.0
LG V207.0
LG G67.0


Scene 2: A closeup


Most phones, regarding of their class, are pretty good at taking photos from up close. That's why I'm not surprised to see all four handset performing really well in this scene. And it's hard to pick a favorite. Zooming in shows plenty of detail in all four images, especially in the ones out of the iPhone and the V20 (full-res images for your viewing pleasure are available at the end of this article). Despite the slight color balance differences, I'm going to call this one a tie. All photos are almost equally likeable. 

Scene 2: score
Galaxy S7 edge8.0
iPhone 7 Plus8.0
LG V208.0
LG G68.0


Scene 3: Portrait


Say hello to Ray. Being the pretty cool guy that he is, he had nothing against posing for the needs of our camera comparison, and below are the results. Alas, the LG G6 couldn't quite get the right color tone of the scene. Its photo looks a tad greenish. The Galaxy S7 edge and the LG V20 get a lot closer to reality. As for the iPhone, I'm not sure what happened here, but the colors look excessively saturated and the contrast is on the heavy side.

Scene 3: score
Galaxy S7 edge8.5
LG V208.0
iPhone 7 Plus6.0
LG G66.0


Scene 4: Having a break



I wanted to include this scene as well because it demonstrates how well these four cameras capture detail. But they also approach detail differently, and the LG G6, in particular, seems to add a noticeable amount of sharpness to the image. That's actually fine – cameras do that during image processing to make details stand out a bit better. But it's easy to overdo it, and the G6 could be nearing that point. If you zoom in, it's easy to see the white lines going across the edges within the image. That aside, all four images have turned out pretty well. To my eyes, the LG V20 delivers the most detailed image, but overall, all four cameras are in the same ballpark. 

Scene 4: score
LG V208.5
Galaxy S7 edge8.0
iPhone 7 Plus8.0
LG G67.5


Check out the next page for more scenes and the final score!


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61 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

They are all relatively close TBH but I expected more from the G6. Of course camera performance for a lot of new phones usually improves form software updates after a month or two.

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'm disappointed, seems like there's not really any improvement for the G6's regular camera compared to the V20 Can't wait for Pixel vs S8 vs Find 9

20. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

And XZ Premium

22. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yes, some of those phones are bound to take higher quality photos than the G6. Well idk about the find 9 or XZP, on paper they should.

26. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I think Oppo will be interesting at least for stabilization and zoom They haven't put out a flagship in a while, so its hard to tell, but I feel they'll be better than the G6 and 2016 flagships (excluding Pixel) Sony actually made great progress last year The Xperia XZ is on par with the S7 and V20 So I think they may be a top contender this year

28. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Ah, well the 2017 camera race will be more interesting than I first thought.

59. Mixkhata1

Posts: 162; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

Yup! LG botched the camera setup this time. It could not even best its predecessor (V20), let alone S7 edge( which is a year old). Moreover, the sensor size have been decreased to flatten the surface to please general consumers. This is a bad move. Camera is VERY important for flagships. Personally, the camera is the ONLY thing that sets the Pixels apart from other flagships. They chose form over function. Personally, I like the protruding camera as it adds character to the otherwise plain back.

63. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

If it really was the case of needing more space to fit the same module which is used on the V20 (or causing a camera bump) then I'm not surprised they went with this shooter instead. Frankly, looking at the photos, they seem excellent to me. Most of the issues in the G6 photos are color correction related from what I can tell. This may be worth looking at again in a few months as much of the actual problems in the photos are solvable through software and aren't necessarily due to a limitation of the hardware.

49. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

G6 have a smaller sensor ( 1/3.0 ) than LG G5 and V20 ( 1/2.6 ) thats pretty much pathetic. its probably have better software but sensor is the first and most important. I would have taken the bump to get better photo.

2. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

What were they thinking? 1/3" camera sensor? That's worse! It seems that they just killed of the amazing screen to body ratio with cheaping out the rest.

50. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yep agreed i am not impressed.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They're all pretty damn close, no clear cut winner in the group. Can't go wrong with any of them, camera or overall device wise.

4. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Looks like s7 is still running things

5. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Oh s**t....camera close up! Everyone with any sanity, run for the hills. If this is any indication, there's a s**tstorm on the horizon....and the clouds had Chipotle before releasing their fury!

25. AlikMalix unregistered

To be honest kiko, I'm seeing G6 and S7 winning pretty much on all... iPhones are best for video, slow-mo, and editing abilities, but with photos, Apple needs to step it up next time....

38. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

It's all truly subjective, some people prefer the images of the iPhone over the Galaxy, some don't. You can tell just by the Phone Arena comparisons, where some of the writers Put the s7 below most other flagships, and then Nick here actually sees it as the better camera. Either one you go with Galaxy, G6, iPhone you will get great images. These are flagship phones and Cameras are one of the top features people buy for.

51. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

LG pictures look more authentic and realistic. Iphone get the colors wrong too often. S7 picture are artificial. So yes its depend. but a good camera is supposed to capture the reality not make it unreal.

6. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

honestly, camera technology hasn't made much progress in the last couple of years other than minor improvement in low-light pictures. the difference between 2015 and 2017 flagship devices is really negligible for daylight pictures.

7. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

I think some pictures could be misleading the iPhone 7 pic in the alley with the cars looks brighter than the s7? The sky is less blue in the iPhone shot which could mean they took the shot later in the day making the s7 look darker, or the dynamic range is poor on the iPhone causing the sky to be less blue. I think it's just they took some pic later in the day for some phones

52. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

They where all on auto ( including HDR ) so thats mean its the software thats decide if its use HDR or not thats would explain the situation.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

5 and 7 is bull crap. S7 edge is clearly better and should have been on top. With that said all these phones take great photos.

10. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Dude, all these pics look pretty damn close to each other. The differences are negligible and that's with them sitting side by side. Separate, no on would care of the differences. I think we have hit a plateau in smartphone cameras at the moment. We will see who breaks out from the pack in the future.

46. Quicksword_Phantom

Posts: 180; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

No they don't. He is totally right in 5 and 7 the iphone 7 plus is total garbage yet because this is iphonearena..

9. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Moral of the story: you won't go wrong with any of these phones as theres no clear advantage of any particular phone.

11. jessy90

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

I dont know if its only me. But the G6 camera pictures look better to me than the rest..anyone?

33. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

I'm with you, but admit it, they're pretty close.

35. PowerUser247

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 20, 2013

I was about to say the same thing. The G6 looks better in a lot of these scenes. The differences are also so minimal. You wont go wrong with any of these cameras. They should have added the Pixel and the Mate 9 to the competition also.

12. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

this is a B.S camera comparison,the software for the g6 is a concept one, not the updated final for consumer.haha,..

13. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

How did you put the iPhone above the s7 in scene 7? Is this a mistake or a joke or something?

17. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Agree The iphone in scene 7 is bad.

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