Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5 blind camera comparison: vote here

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5 blind camera comparison: vote here

Voting in this blind camera comparison is closed.

It's a day that's going to come, that's for sure. Our grandkids will look back at the dumb and rotary phones we once used and will wonder what kind of phones those were when they couldn't even take photos. But that's the reality we live in – for a great fraction of today's users, a phone is only about as good as its camera. That's probably why our camera comparisons get so much attention from our readers.

By now you can surely see where things are going. Yup, it's camera comparison time, and today's one-on-one clash is going to be a fierce one. In the left corner, wearing a curved glass outfit with a metal trim, is the Samsung Galaxy S7. We're already quite familiar with its 12MP camera and we know that it's a great one. But in the right corner stands a very capable opponent – the LG G5, which packs a 16MP main snapper.

We've decided that today's camera comparison is going to be of the blind variety. In other words, we're about to present you with a set of images taken with the Galaxy S7 and the LG G5 under conditions as identical as possible. The cool part is that you'll get to join the fun! Your job is to take a look at the photos side by side and to vote for the one you like better, without actually knowing which of the two phones took it. Don't bother looking at the images' EXIF data. It has been already wiped to avoid spoilers. That said, here are the photos you'll be voting on. 

A separate gallery containing high-resolution version of the image pairs is available at the bottom of this post.

Scene 1: Relax room


LG G5 (Photo A)
Galaxy S7 (Photo B)
LG G5 (Photo A) Galaxy S7 (Photo B)

Scene 1: Which photo do you like better?

LG G5 (Photo A)
22.52%
Galaxy S7 (Photo B)
77.48%

Scene 2: Burning rubber


LG G5 (Photo C)
Galaxy S7 (Photo D)
LG G5 (Photo C) Galaxy S7 (Photo D)

Scene 2: Which photo do you like better?

LG G5 (Photo C)
33.33%
Galaxy S7 (Photo D)
66.67%

Scene 3: Stellaria Holostea


Galaxy S7 (Photo E)
LG G5 (Photo F)
Galaxy S7 (Photo E) LG G5 (Photo F)

Scene 3: Which photo do you like better?

Galaxy S7 (Photo E)
68.4%
LG G5 (Photo F)
31.6%

Scene 4: Red Tulips


Galaxy S7 (Photo G)
LG G5 (Photo H)
Galaxy S7 (Photo G) LG G5 (Photo H)

Scene 4: Which photo do you like better?

Galaxy S7 (Photo G)
89.46%
LG G5 (Photo H)
10.54%

Scene 5: Office hours


LG G5 (Photo I)
Galaxy S7 (Photo J)
LG G5 (Photo I) Galaxy S7 (Photo J)

Scene 5: Which photo do you like better?

LG G5 (Photo I)
22.07%
Galaxy S7 (Photo J)
77.93%

Scene 6: Toys in the dark


LG G5 (Photo K)
Galaxy S7 (Photo L)
LG G5 (Photo K) Galaxy S7 (Photo L)

Scene 6: Which photo do you like better?

LG G5 (Photo K)
61.29%
Galaxy S7 (Photo L)
38.71%


In case you want to take a closer look at any of the photos above, we've included high-resolution samples in the gallery below. Note that the images below are 50% smaller in size than the originals. 

Related phones

Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)
G5
  • Display 5.3" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(25h talk time)

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82 Comments

1. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

The S7 wins here. Those photos of LG are a downgrade from last year. LG should really innovate with the G6 or they will go down HTC's way.

8. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Photos appear quite close though, a little tough to distinguish since iPhone isn't involved. The quality of either of these is much better than the iPhone's. The difference between these two doesn't seem that evident.

10. tyrionTheWise unregistered

photos appear this close as the lighting is optimal. Even a midrange camera will do great in these conditions. The difference will be notable in low light photos, since that's where cameras struggle.

53. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO cameras struggle the most when there's a wide dynamic range, i.e. bright light and low light at the same time (excluding no light)

54. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Well, stretching any aspect of a camera will show its true colors. If the scene requires more stops than the camera can handle, the camera will have to skew towards one side, overexposing highlights or underexposing shadows. Similarly low light tests the sensitivity of the camera.

73. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

In no way can a mid range produce flagship grade pictures in daylight.

56. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Easy blind test... Obviously s7 will have huge votes, but that said.. All latest mobile cameras from midrange to Flagships take decent pics over enough lighting... Difference is only on low lighting

60. killerpollo

Posts: 89; Member since: May 15, 2015

Not really, noticed some S7 pics have less votes than the G5 shot.

62. FriendlyFoe09

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

They should of done a low light shoot out. Even a camera from a five year old phone will take good photos in those conditions. This is another dumb poll. Also bloody phone Arena need to find away so their sites will load up easily for people who have crappy internet connections at work.

85. RiTCH007

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

iPhone already old bro just wait for the new one.

48. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Picture are quite similar. Easy to spot the S7 as its unnatural contrast and color. They do look better but are unreal. In some case i chosen the S7 picture in other the G5. Overall both are great performer. Jesus_sheep i disagree those look better than the G4.

59. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

Well, you can shoot RAW on the S7 if you like.

70. raky_b

Posts: 369; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

not quite...off course, everyone can see differnence in collor presentation,and Sammy's photos does look nicer (more colorfull) but it does not meen they are better, and even that colors are close to natural.

84. AViator

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

let's talk about modular?

2. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Easy to distinguish the S7 from the G5. But I voted for the best one.

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Same here, and the difference is so small in terms of appeal. They both bring something nice to the table, from wider angle, to greater depth of field, to more natural colors, etc.

47. Jairus24

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

Yeah it's pretty easy to distinguish hahaha, let's suppose both phone are mounted on the same tripod and have the same distance from the subjects and the one with the wider view should be from the S7 due to its wider lens compared to the lens used in the 16mp of the G5 (not the wide angle in the 8mp).

3. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Both cameras have amazing awesome pictures I think LG may have an advantage by using the depth of their cameras. Good work for both large Korean

5. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

12. tyrionTheWise unregistered

I don't agree with the conclusion. All GSMArena are seeing is details, and that's what they always see. They don't see that S7 is at least one stop better in low light, they don't see that the ISO is lower and shutter speed is faster. They have always been like this. When they voted nokia 808 over a professional DSLR as it provided more detail. And I'm a huge GSMArena fan. Their tests are awesome. But they shouldn't be trusted in camera comparisons. And I don't like the S7's camera at all, and personally agree that G5 has a better overall camera. But not in low light. The S7 can simply pull in way more light. It's just sad that Samsung dropped the ball on software processing. If you capture RAW images with both phones, you will realise how much more information S7 pulls in low lighting conditions. And I know it doesn't justify poor processing, but even with that, S7 will win when conditions get tough. Even the restaurant shot by GSMA shows that.

15. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

What's your username on gsmarena?

17. tyrionTheWise unregistered

None really. I stopped commenting after they ditched disqus. I went by tyrion lannister before that and was the top commentor on the site.

25. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

their comment section is terrible, its even worse than BB forum format..

28. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

We all know you don't like the s7 camera Tyrion:) but I actually own the device and it's not bad at all..It's better than s6 overall actually (which I also owned) the SW will get better also.

30. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I don't think he hates the S7.... he just Samsung could have done more

33. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Thanks. Someone finally understands.

34. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Yeah, the only issue is software. Hardware is pretty great. And you can mitigate the software by using manual mode or RAW. They will sort it out. They even improved the S6 camera with updates, which had pretty good post-processing to begin with. If I was to buy a phone now, it would undoubtedly be S7 edge. But for now, I don't see any reason to ditch my trusty S6, which is working wonderfully after marshmallow.

38. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I don't think phone manufacturers focus on yearly upgrades and but more on every two........the S6 is a nice phone but it was not enough to separate me from my S5 and i severely considered it.....

45. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

but if GSMA picks s7 as the winner, you will agree with their conclusion? LOL! Who to trust and believe, a tech site like GSMA, or you?

46. tyrionTheWise unregistered

They didn't pick G5 as the winner themselves. S7 won in all the difficult shots and clearly destroyed the G5 in video. Check the photos yourselves. I can give 10 proofs that S7 is a better camera. Check one out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ4Ax1AN7EU

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