Samsung Galaxy S6 wins another blind camera comparison, LG G4 is close second

Which phone is better at taking photos – the LG G4 or the Samsung Galaxy S6? Giving a clear answer to this question can be quite a challenge, especially when both smartphones' cameras shoot great photos and videos. We can, however, find out which of the two phones' photos our readers like better; it is time to take a look at the results from our latest blind camera comparison.

Long story short, both phones performed really well in our comparison, but the Samsung Galaxy S6 came on top with a small lead. It won in three of the scenes our readers voted on, while the LG G4 topped only two of them. But overall, it is pretty clear that both devices are great shooters. The only time we saw a striking difference in image quality was in our night scene, where the LG G4 preserved better details and had more accurate colors in its photo. 

But we won't go into detailed image analysis just yet. We'll do that in a separate post after including another batch of side-by-side images taken with the Galaxy S6 and the LG G4. Until then, feel free to take another look at the images we compared last week and tell us what you think in the comments!

Scene 1 - Winner: Galaxy S6

Scene 1: Which photo do you like better?

Photo A (Galaxy S6)
Photo B (LG G4)

Scene 2 - Winner: LG G4

Scene 2: Which photo do you like better?

Photo C (Galaxy S6)
Photo D (LG G4)

Scene 3 - Winner: Galaxy S6

Scene 3: Which photo do you like better?

Photo E (LG G4)
Photo F (Galaxy S6)

Scene 4 - Winner: Galaxy S6

Scene 4: Which photo do you like better?

Photo G (LG G4)
Photo H (Galaxy S6)

Scene 5 - Winner: LG G4

Scene 5: Which photo do you like better?

Photo I (Galaxy S6)
Photo J (LG G4)

Related phones

Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18.5h talk time)



1. MartinR

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

It's insane how much a F0.1 makes a difference in that last photo...

9. Shocky unregistered

Might not be down to the F0.1 difference, it's probably helping but there is more going on there.

64. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

color spectrum

20. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

The f0.1 doesn't make that much difference. It's mostly due to the sensor and whitebalaance that makes images taken by S6 inferior in this case. Would be interesting to see images taken by S6 with the isocell sensor for the same scenario.

27. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

If they used the isocell instead, the s6 would not win the other battles anyways (unless they are already using the isocell)

47. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

I doubt it would make much difference. The performance of the ISOCELL and the Sony sensor is pretty much identical, to me at least.

26. phoneddicted

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Not only The F0.1 But also bc G4 have The new color spectrum sensor which is Very good in color accuracy but the S6 only relying on its onw camera sensor to detect color

31. D13H4RD2L1V3

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

The S6 actually uses the IR from it's heart-rate monitor to calibrate the white balance. But the G4 uses IR+RGB in order to calibrate its white balance, so it's more accurate in that respect.

51. ashouhdy

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

thats the Night MOde Kicks in the S6 , if u wanna disable it , Just tab on the screen and you will get a better results than the LG4 thats an exposure combination not the aperature difference

65. kingsbounty

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

really blind people ... lol in test a and b ... it shoe b better ... really blinds

69. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015


2. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I didn't expect that last pic come from a G4! Kudos to both makers anyway!

38. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

FIRST PHOTO { A }was taken by LG G4! LG G4 IS THE REAL WINNER! this is an example of manipulation ! S6 photos are more saturated that was the photo {B}

71. mineworld

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 26, 2015

I think like you . Agree 100%

3. Shocky unregistered

Galaxy S6 wins, I guessed most of them right but not all. Needed more images imo.

4. donrox

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

The night photo alone makes the G4 the winner for me

36. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Yes, that is the only photo where there was a definitive victory. The other shots were mostly toss up and can easily be corrected with some post processing. The colors on the LG seem more accurate for sure, Samsung photos exhibited higher contrast / dynamic range which appears to be some sort of software algorithm running that's causing that. I don't have either of these phones but can they take raw photos? If you really want to do a proper comparison of how the cameras are behaving on these devices you need that.

37. D13H4RD2L1V3

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

The G4 can take RAW photos. The S6 apparently now can with the Android 5.1 software update.

40. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015


53. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Lol how old are you kid?? So much for you that you can't accept the truth!! Lol..

70. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

49. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yes, because 90% of our pictures are taken at night right??

66. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

they should INDOOR shot comparsion S6 WILL EAT DUSTS.

5. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

I think you'll be happy with either one.. I'm glad that everyone is stepping up their game in the camera Department these days

6. TBomb

Posts: 1484; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

did see this comparison to vote, but the G4 killed it in scene 5... wow


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

overall both phones are great camera phones, and you cant go wrong with either. the S6 has better close up shots, and the G4 better night time shots.otherwise, i'd say they come pretty close to each other. stellar shooters on both phones

41. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

only G4 is the real winner here. PHOTO A was obviously taken by G4 not by S6. photo B was taken by S6. OVER SATURATED BLUE SKY AND OVER SATURATED GREEN GRASS... and A bit narrower shot.

8. harvardale

Posts: 51; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

Dat night shot tho.

10. Shocky unregistered

Did Phonearena actually state what sensor is being used in the Galaxy S6 here?

14. Nick_T

Posts: 184; Member since: May 27, 2011

Our Galaxy S6 reports firmware number A16LSIA00SM. As far as I'm aware, this means it uses Sony's sensor.

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