LG G7 ThinQ vs Galaxy S9 vs LG G6 vs LG V30S: Preliminary selfie comparison

LG G7 ThinQ vs Galaxy S9 vs LG G6 vs LG V30S: Preliminary selfie comparison
LG's latest flagship device, the G7 ThinQ, was just yesterday announced and is bound to take off the forerunner mantle from the LG G6. With top-notch hardware inside and overall design that feels quite fitting for 2018, the device is undoubtedly and naturally LG's best phones to date.

As all devices these days are mostly the same and do similarly good job at almost all of their main features, one of the few truly defining aspects of a good phone remains its camera. Any phone lets you access Facebook and play Candy Crush Saga, but you wouldn't necessarily want to share photos takes with certain devices on social media, that's for certain.

So how does this cornerstone of the LG G7 ThinQ perform? We already showed you the first camera samples from a pre-production unit compared with the device and it's now time to show you how good the selfie camera is. Once again, we will be comparing a pre-production LG G7 ThinQ with the Galaxy S9, LG G6, and the LG V30.

Disclaimer: The LG G7 that was used to take the photos featured in this material is a pre-production unit. The software running on this device, including the camera and photo processing software, is not final.

Scene #1



This tricky scenario aims to show us how the different devices handle wider dynamic ranges with big discrepancies between the highlights and the shadows in the image. In this particular one, the side of Nick T's face is being illuminated by a strong light that burns out all detail and doesn't look particularly good. Let's see how our jolly bunch copes with that:

Scene #2


In this scene, we've aimed to show the devices' performance with a strongly backlit subject, in contre-jour. In the ideal case scenario, without any HDR present, the cameras should overblow all the highlights in the background with the hopes of properly exposing the subject's face, but let's see how LG G7 & Co are coping with that:

Scene #3


Normally, the great outdoors could be a tricky setup for selfies, as the various lighting conditions throughout the day could widely affect the cameras' ability to properly expose the subject and capture it in a favorable way. 


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17 Comments

1. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Why did your front pocket move to other side everytime you use Galaxy S9? Joke aside, face softening is less aggresive than V30, and G6 (scene 3), thats a good move.

2. efhals

Posts: 13; Member since: May 19, 2016

Some image is a bit soft in my liking compared to other s.

4. Ray.S

Posts: 459; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

I'd say it's GS9 > G7 > G6 > V30s. The LGs seem too soft; the V30s is weirdly wide; the S9 has better sharpness and comparable colors.

5. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

I have to agree with you. Also I think GS9 >> XZ2 Premium. Why don't you have some Sony's devices compared with other flagship devices? Oh wait... :P

7. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 724; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

It's really past time you stopped the trolling. Your obsession with Sony has gotten into the ridiculous territory.

10. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Well, I just wanna see a comparison.

14. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

15. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 924; Member since: May 07, 2014

He is Jing Yang (Silicon Valley) of Phonearena.

8. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

You want a phone that is still being manufactured? It wont be available until june.

6. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

GS9 for the win

9. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

All photos are awful. Overexposed and his head is deformed.

11. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2240; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

S9 all the way...

12. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG G7 better !

13. Joosty

Posts: 480; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Beautify filter will always be a thing with these Asian phones. Notice how iOS doesnt have a beautify filter . Its as if it is on even if the setting is at zero.

16. TechGirl90 unregistered

LG's results are always washed out and seem like oil paintings, the Galaxy S9 has decent color reproduction with a bit of sharpness. Good thing that I personally don't care for selfies either way.

17. KingSam

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I love pixel images. None of that smoothing even if it means more noise.

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