LG V30 vs Galaxy S8+ vs iPhone 7 Plus: first look camera comparison

The sunset in Berlin was beautiful tonight – for about an hour, as we were sipping lemonade on the balcony, shades of red, yellow, and blue were blending across the sky for our viewing pleasure. As many of the folks around us, we took a photo of the remarkable spectacle – three of them, actually. And we're now going to share them with you. In fact, we're sharing a whole bunch of images that we took today with the LG V30, the Galaxy S8+, and the iPhone 7 Plus.

Mind you, this is not a full-blown camera comparison. Far from it – the LG V30 we used was a preview unit, hence we can't yet comment on the quality of the images it produces. After all, tweaks here and there could change the behavior of its camera by the time we get our hands on a retail version. But with the images below, we can give you a rough idea as to how LG's latest high-end performs against two of its rivals, namely the Galaxy S8+ and the iPhone.

Keep in mind that the photo samples have been scaled down to make them load faster. However, if you really want to take a closer look at the images, you can find 100% zoom side-by-side crops in the gallery. Now go check those photos out and let us know what you think in the comments below!



36. riteshrkm

Posts: 165; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

@Phonearena why can't you take those same pics by a DSLR then we will atleast know whats the actual colour is and who comes close!!!

33. KingSam

Posts: 1563; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

S8 has a slight edge as an all rounder but in daytime the v30 was equal.

32. Tahir215

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

Let’s start fight—

30. DRS1977

Posts: 681; Member since: May 27, 2015

The S8 has a slight edge over the V30 in daytime, but much better at night IMO.

29. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Though S8 still oversharpens images a little too much I still think it has a slight edge over V30 .Having said that V30 looks promising. Did it kill S8 NO. Would I get S8 NO . Would I get V30 most likely :)

27. Cat97

Posts: 2087; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The V30 is unimpressive, worst colors, the 16MP small-pixels do take their toll on low-light performance. The S8 is just better overall.

34. sgodsell

Posts: 7694; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Your proving that your an idiot. First of all the V30 has the lowest aperture at 1.6 of any smartphone, so the V30 let's in more light with it's aperture.

25. Anchor

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 16, 2017

All top smartphones now take great outdoor daylight shots, it's the night shots we're concerned about now

24. Cod3rror

Posts: 142; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

1600x1200 Phonearena? Come on, this is not 2005. Provide full resolution images with EXIF.

22. JoshuaDK1984

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 01, 2017

I will just wait a few weeks and hope to see a comparison between the V30, Note 8 and one of the newest iPhones. A bit unfair to use the S8+ from spring and iPhone from last year. That is not a fair comparison. I am most interested in what the Huawei Mate 10 will be like in October... mainly because of their work with Leica. Also because I live in Denmark where Huawei's sale has gone up. Huawei sold 70% more phones this year mainly because of the P10 and Mate 9 Pro. So I do wonder if Huawei really are that good.

21. d1g1te

Posts: 82; Member since: Oct 04, 2016

LG needs to fine tine their low light post processing for retail units. It does no seem that they are using multi-frame processing correctly and they are pushing exposure bit too high in low light, removing noise too aggressively in low light which cost them sharpness and dynamic range. If they can improve they have chance beat S8. Daylight photos are already quite good.

15. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

I'm tired of looking a day time comparisons among these cameras because all Phones now take good day time photos. The real benchmark now is Indoor Shots and Focus speed.

19. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"The real benchmark now is Indoor Shots and Focus speed." That's right. Though the S8 still wins at Indoor and night shots!

13. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

I think we have reached the limit of optics in photography

14. Subie

Posts: 2476; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Every time someone says or thinks a limit has been reached in technology, someone somewhere else comes up with a new break through or better way of achieving a goal. Oh, and the optics used in these phones are nowhere near as advanced as those used on hi end SLR's. There's always room for improvement.

12. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Lg V30 wins in my opinion .. iPhone is the biggest loser.

10. HouTexan

Posts: 462; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

s8+ had the most consistently good shots. All good, though.

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2715; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

To my eyes, I'd say that the S8+ and V30 traded some wins, with the S8+ taking a few more. The 7 Plus had some decent shots, but not quite as good as the others.

6. jacky899

Posts: 434; Member since: May 16, 2017

The LG V30 photos looks better in those shots than the S8+ and Iphone 7+. However, please give us full size photos instead of these downsized ones for true comparison.

4. Mopowa21

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

Definitely the v30 for me in most of the pic had more detail in each shot some shots the s8+ took and I think the low lights were about the same. Lg looks to take a cooler tone, Samsung seems warmer and iPhone seems neutral in most cases, I guess this in all likelihood will come down to personally preference.

11. Macready

Posts: 1834; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

I wouldn't call the yellow cast (buildings, monument etc) in almost every iPhone shot neutral either.

3. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

S8 had the consistently better pics.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It'll be pure bias, with the flock claiming the iPhone won each shot, with the V30 next, cause the flock hates Samsung.

7. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

So true You know I would be happy to rock any of these 3 phone cameras. All three did good on somethings and all 3 did not as good on somethings. Over all they are all good.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly. These shot are apples to oranges, nothing more, nothing less. All great.

20. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

It's hilarious how phone arena has 2 articles comparing the V30 against older phones but not the Note 8. Lol. They knew better.

26. Victor.H

Posts: 1129; Member since: May 27, 2011

We just don't have all of the phones in one place yet, so we're comparing to what we have to give you guys an early look. A Note 8 camera comparison is coming up soon.

31. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Can you also do a detailed comparison with the Note 7 since John V. said he couldn't see the difference between the two?

1. talon95

Posts: 1015; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Looks like S8 is still cleaning up.

16. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Are you blind or what.....lol S8 colors were way off and V30 gave more realistic and punchy colors. iPhone colors were the best true to life. Sharpness S8 was slightly ahead than the other two but I'd pick V30 over S8 due to correct color temperatures and tones. S8 night shots still look yellowish and day light shots looks too dark and too saturated.

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