Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. LG V30: quick camera comparison

Samsung's such a huge player in the mobile space that all too often we see companies being accused of playing copycat to its actions. And while the smartphone manufacturer's been a leader plenty of times in the past, right now we're witnessing Samsung itself acting as the company catching up to others, as it finally embraces dual-camera hardware with the new Galaxy Note 8 flagship.

Does being a latecomer to this trend mean that Samsung's had more time than everyone else to get its hardware and software right? Considering how successful it's been with single cameras on phones like the Galaxy S8, it's easy to take for granted that doubling up on camera hardware could be an easy path towards supercharging the new phablet's image-taking experience. And seeing the way it's hitting the ground running with dual 12MP sensors, each supporting optical stabilization, the Note 8 certainly sounds on paper like a really strong contender.

But Samsung's not the only company with a new high-profile dual-camera phone, and this week at IFA 2017 we got to see LG go official with its own such device, the V30. Coming from an exceptionally well-renowned family of dual-camera phones, it seems more like a foregone conclusion that we're going to get some fantastic images out of the V30's sensors: a 16MP standard camera, and a 13MP wide-angle camera.

We're going to be spending a lot more time with the cameras on both these phones as we put the handsets through our full review workup, but with both of them on-hand here in Berlin we absolutely had to put them side-by-side and give you a quick early look at what you can expect from each. 

While both these cameras offer two ways to frame a scene, the way they see the world is quite different: LG's wide-angle lens has a 120° field of view, while the Note 8's wide-view is just 77°. And while the V30's standard camera has a 71° FOV, the Note 8's telephoto lens has a 45° FOV. As such, it doesn't make a lot of sense to compare the two extremes from each camera directly, but we can put the V30's standard lens up against the Note 8's wide-angle lens for a pretty close match.

Check out the sample photos below, and drop a comment telling us which you think emerges as the better-performing dual-camera smartphone.




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V30
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(16.5h talk time)
Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)

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65 Comments

1. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Note looks better.

12. scarface21173

Posts: 686; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

The Note has a yellow tinge, lg looks more natural.

22. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

Looks like the V30 just has a cooler white balance. I would bet the Note8 is closer to RL. Or either somewhere in the middle. Need a color calibrated DSLR for reference.

24. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

The LG pics are underexposed, probably to avoid blurry pics in low light.

37. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

What do you mean by more natural? Do you want a white balance that turns everything to true white? Or do you want it to look like it does to your eye when you are there? Under yellow lighting everything appears warm to the eye, so how you capture that is subjective.

38. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

But who said it's yellow lighting? Both photos show white lighting.

50. ph00ny

Posts: 2029; Member since: May 26, 2011

None of us can really say whether it's more natural or warm or cool since none of us are looking at the live scene as a comparison. Also color balance correction is easy as moving the slider to your preference Now for the objective comparisons. exposure and detail seem to be better on the Samsung and i like the focal length on V30 at least on the last shot. Not sure if that was done on purpose

59. WGACA

Posts: 130; Member since: May 08, 2015

That's the actual lighting there. V30 is not consistent in color rendering as us also seen in other reviews. Also here you can see photos from the same room appear different in color tobe several times.

2. jjface

Posts: 238; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

But which is more realistic?!

6. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

V30! I'm getting both so I'm happy either way.:)

3. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

V30 clearly has the better camera.

16. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

V30 seems taking B&W pics lol

4. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

The Samsung pictures looks kind of warm compared to the more natural tone of the LG V30. Both are great capable, feature packed phones. You can’t go wrong with neither. As for me, I will wait and see what Apple brings to the table with the iPhone 8.

8. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Agree.

9. thxultra

Posts: 454; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I agree about the not 8 looking kind of yellow and the V30 looks more natural. I think the Note picks up detail a bit better. Look at the ceiling on the second from the bottom picture. More detail in the note 8 picture. Both are really nice.

60. WGACA

Posts: 130; Member since: May 08, 2015

How can you say it's more natural? You weren't there! If anything, the V30 is inconsistent with color rendering. Different results everytime eventhough the shots are taken in the same room under same lighting conditions. Note 8 is consistent and more pleasing to the eye as well.

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I find the Note 8 in the warmer side but both of them take great pictures.

7. squishypanda8

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

What the point in doing this before the final software?

10. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Note 8 wormer V30 colder. Try out Note 8 weeks ago and yeah Note 8 camera shows realistic colors even under low light condition a bit yellowish, but not as bad as pervious galaxy's including S8 camera overall note 8 camera better than S8, but not by much. I think Samsung improve Note 8 camera software or Samsung went back to Sony sensor instated of there own house sensor ISOCELL?!

11. dnomadic

Posts: 415; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I prefer the warmer photos from the Note 8, but it also seems to be capturing more detail (look at the textures). V30 looks okay, but the Note seems to take the crown.

13. macawmatt

Posts: 136; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Agree with the others, the Note8 pictures look warmer and are more pleasing to me. The V30 may be more true to life but that isn't always what we want.

19. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I understand filters are used for more dramatic effects, etc., but as far as a normal picture goes, you want it to look as true to life as possible. I want colors and lighting to look as if it did when I was standing there taking the picture. What you've grown to love is over saturated photos.

14. sun0066

Posts: 270; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

Note much better

15. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Sammy still ahead in photography department ..

17. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

V30 camera pics look better, that's disappointing since I preordered the Note 8 :(

25. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Of course you did!

26. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

teddy please link some sites that you follow for their professional reviews.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Really looking forward to that Note 8 you ordered, I'll bet. Maybe you can use it while you sip some of that unicorn milk you ordered.

34. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Why won't you post the links to the sites you follow, you know, the sites with the professional reviewers that you revere so much?

52. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Already have. Your lack of reading comprehension doesn't obligate me to repeat myself over and over to an uneducateable fool. Maybe when you get that Note 8 that you definitely preordered, and certainly aren't lying about, you can use it to power up your new time machine and go back and read those posts. Then you can hunt Bigfoot.

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