Scene 5: Getting around


You know what's also cool about Barcelona? You can grab a bike to get around for absolutely free. Just drop it at one of these stations when you're done using it. And take a photo of the act, of course.

What I like about the G6's photo below is that it grabs the attention with its vivid colors. Same goes for the iPhone, actually. Meanwhile, the LG V20 and Galaxy S7 edge have gone for a rather cooler look.

Scene 5: score
iPhone 7 Plus8.0
LG G68.0
LG V207.0
Galaxy S7 edge7.0


Scene 6: Headed home


As I was walking back to PhoneArena's MWC headquarters, this dynamic scene caught my eye. So I took a few shots of it, and the one from the iPhone is what I'm leaning towards. The color tone is pretty much spot on, actually, and the Galaxy S7 edge is almost as accurate. The LGs, on the other hand, deliver a slightly colder look. Because of this, I'm rating the iPhone and the edge slightly higher.

Scene 6: score
iPhone 7 Plus8.0
Galaxy S7 edge8.0
LG V207.5
LG G67.5


Scene 7: Stargazing


Okay, I'm not really stargazing. You can't really see much in the night sky with all of the city's bright lights blocking the view. Anyway, here's a shot where the LG G6 stands above the rest. Its image below has turned out pretty great – accurate in terms of colors and with plentiful detail. As for the rest of the phones, they leave something to be desired. The S7 edge and V20's colors are off, while highlights in the iPhone's image don't exactly look right.

Scene 7: score
LG G68.5
iPhone 7 Plus7.5
LG V207.0
Galaxy S7 edge7.0


Scene 8: Calling it a day


And in this final round, I'm naming the V20 victorious, with the G6 at a close second. What impresses me the most is that both images are very faithful when it comes to color accuracy. Also, the V20 has managed to capture a very good amount of detail given the lighting conditions. The photos out of the iPhone 7 Plus and Galaxy S7 edge are also looking pretty good, although colors could have been a bit more accurate and vivid.

Scene 8: score
LG V208.0
LG G67.5
Galaxy S7 edge7.0
iPhone 7 Plus7.0


Conclusion


And that's a wrap! The LG V20 is the winner of today's camera comparison, but it is not leading by much, looking at the final score below. The figures go to show that all of these four phones take pretty great photos, with only the occasional hiccup in trickier scenes. To comment on the G6 in particular, it seems to be doing well in low light situations, as a phone of this class should. Perhaps its image sharpening algorithms could use a little tweaking, but personally, I'd be happy to take it as it is. 

The results also suggest something that I've been suspecting all along – the G6 may be the latest and hottest LG high-end phone, but it seems like it doesn't have the best camera ever used on one. And this could be on purpose. My intuition tells me that the G6 would have had a rather unsightly camera bump had it been equipped with the V20's shooter. That's something you don't want on your flagship phone.

So, guys, are you happy with the G6's camera? I'd say that I am, but feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. And if you haven't, check out our LG G6 preview after using it for a couple of days and our gallery including plenty of photos from the LG G6


Final score
LG V207.7
Galaxy S7 edge7.6
iPhone 7 Plus7.5
LG G67.5

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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: 5691; 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: 5691; 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: 5691; 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: 31034; 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: 7493; 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: 1060; 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: 7111; 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: 2542; 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: 2264; 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: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Agree The iphone in scene 7 is bad.

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