iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6s, Galaxy S7 edge, LG G5 blind camera comparison: vote here

Voting for this blind camera comparison has ended.

What is it that makes a great camera truly great? Is it the number of megapixels? Or maybe the size of its sensor, the quality of the optics, or the width of the aperture? Or perhaps the capabilities of the camera software are of greater importance? Without a doubt, all of these factors play their role, but at the end of the day, the best camera is the one that people favor the most – the one taking the most likeable photos.  

This brings us to today's blind camera comparison. It is going to be a spicy one indeed, as the star of the show is the brand new iPhone 7. Apple treated its camera to quite a few refinements, including an upgraded image processor and the addition of optical stabilization. As a result, the latest iPhone performs better than ever. But is it good enough to win more votes than its rivals? We'll see about that!

In this blind camera race, the iPhone 7 is running against the Galaxy S7 and the LG G5, both of which can take excellent photos. We've also thrown in the iPhone 6s to see if the public likes the newer iPhone's camera better. The six scenes below contain images taken with all four phones under a variety of conditions, and all we ask from you is to pick a favorite in each scene. That said, let us walk you through the six sets of photo samples we've prepared. Note that the galleries below contain high-resolution samples that might take a while to load!

Scene 1: At the pond

It was a lovely afternoon when we took this shot at the city park. The sun's rays were making their way through the clouds and tree branches to illuminate the pond where dragonflies entertained us with their aerial acrobatics. As for the images, it is clear that some phones "saw" this scene differently compared to others. Which one is your favorite?

Scene 1: which photo do you like best?

LG G5 (Photo A)
iPhone 6s (Photo B)
iPhone 7 (Photo C)
Galaxy S7 edge (Photo D)

Scene 2: Pizza time

Walks in the park are a tough job, you know. We had to stop for a snack and to replenish our strength before heading back to the office. A prosciutto pizza made the perfect snack! Again, there are visible differences setting the four images apart. Let us know which one you like best.

Scene 2: which photo do you like best?

iPhone 6s (Photo E)
Galaxy S7 edge (Photo F)
iPhone 7 (Photo G)
LG G5 (Photo H)

Scene 3: The Opera

For 70 years, the opera house has provided entertainment for the city's residents. It makes a pretty subject for test photos as well, with its detailed, intricate facade. At the same time, the sun peeking from behind adds contrast to the scene, allowing the cameras to show off their dynamics range capabilities.

Scene 3: which photo do you like best?

LG G5 (Photo I)
Galaxy S7 edge (Photo J)
iPhone 6s (Photo K)
iPhone 7 (Photo L)

Scene 4: By the sea

Later that day, the setting sun painted the sky with its rich palette of warm colors – colors that we had to attempt to capture. The results are mostly pleasing, we have to say. Again, vote for the image you like best!

Scene 4: which photo do you like best?

iPhone 7 (Photo M)
iPhone 6s (Photo N)
Galaxy S7 edge (Photo O)
LG G5 (Photo P)

Scene 5: A sunny afternoon

Another day, another set of photo samples! Luckily, the sun was on our side and provided us with plenty of light as we were taking our shots. As a result, our images turned out bright, colorful, and detailed. But identical they aren't. Some cameras clearly went for a warmer look, while others captured the scene in a more neutral manner. Which one is your favorite?

Scene 5: which photo do you like best?

Galaxy S7 edge (Photo Q)
iPhone 6s (Photo R)
iPhone 7 (Photo S)
LG G5 (Photo T)

Scene 6: A night at the museum

This comparison would feel incomplete without a night shot, so here's a set of samples for you to vote on. In case you're wondering, that's a naval museum, and the large red object on display is a beacon, not a bomb or anything.  

Scene 6: which photo do you like best?

LG G5 (Photo U)
iPhone 7 (Photo V)
Galaxy S7 edge (Photo W)
iPhone 6s (Photo X)



1. Kumar123 unregistered

Waiting for the pseudo camera expert to give their "amazing" analysis of the photo quality. This type of article gives them the chance to show off their knowledge.

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Well, the LG G5 and the S7 Edge are the best cameraphones. Period.

6. Kumar123 unregistered

LOL, good joke. Thanks for the laugh.

12. MaesterLove unregistered

Samsung pictures are oversaturated and unnatural. They are the worst.

14. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

I noticed people picking the over saturated pics as being best. That's not how the real world looks. It's just they are drawn to the warmth. Same how samsung makes their screens less color accurate and more warm to look better to people.

17. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

The main objective of the display is to make people like them. If people are looking Samsung's display then Samsung is doing something right

47. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

The unnatural won. Depressing realy. You snap a photo and then facebook, instagram, snapchat, google comes and "enhances" your photo, then your phone's screen etc and in the end looks like a bad filter is applied

21. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

And your point is? What is wrong with it looking better to people? Would you rather Samsung made their screens look worse to people?

15. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

If you take into account that the pictures will be viewed on sRGB monitors, oversaturating actually makes images more true to life since sRGB is much lower gamut than our eyes can see. There are a lot of issues with Samsung's image processing like oversharpening, but saturation isn't one of them.

43. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

No, sarcastic_nerd, saturation is a problem with their photos. sRGB is the limit of the monitor, not the photo, so the monitor is not going to represent a wider gamut than it physically can. Because sRGB is a restriction, increasing saturation does NOT represent a wider color gamut. Instead, the colors are boosted and fakey. Oversaturation happen often on Samsung photos (my S7 Edge and Note 5 did this regularly) and is the result of poor image processing. This isn't intentional and never will be. Not sure what your point was, but you disproved it before your post was complete.

48. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

You don't even understand the issue. Just see the results of this shootout and you'll know what I'm talking about. Samsung makes photos for sRgb screens, that's why they're boosted. If they made photos for high gamut screens, they would get desaturated and will become fake, like in the case of iPhone 7. The photos will look bad on your note 5 and so, but they will look good on an SRGB screen. Also if you're too worried about the saturation, how about trying RAW photos and editing it yourself. Since you're such an expert on color science, it should be easy for you.

24. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It doesn't matter because people viewing these images on their monitors at home will be voting for whatever looks best on their monitors. If the viewing device isn't perfectly calibrated, then these tests are useless (which makes this one useless). To make these accurate you would have to include a shot from a perfectly controlled DSLR, but PA can't afford that. They tried that once with a subpar DSLR in auto mode which was a further travesty to accurate testing.

25. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Dxomark seems to disagree with you

39. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

DXOMark IPhone 7 - 86 GS7 Edge - 88

66. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 924; Member since: May 07, 2014

Samsung captures more details... You can see it in the photos above... Especially the night shot... The Samsung Photo is crisp and has a lot of details. I don't like the colors very much, though... It's evident from the first photo...

23. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Dear readers We are at present negotiating with each of these phone manufacturers. The results will be based on final settlement and it may take a few days. Kindly bear with us till then. -pornarena.

3. mthaX

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

At least the Xperia XZ wasnt involved in this 'blind camera' test. It would have put those cameras to shame. And me knowing how this website operates , you would have spoiled the XZ pictures so that your sponsors iSh*t and Bin Laden (Samsung) are happy about the advertisement.

4. Kumar123 unregistered

I know that your comment isn't true but I find it funny especially the Bin Laden part.

33. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

You have been here less than a week but still act as if you know everything about the website. Correction, you know almost nothing, judging by your comment. Even I have to learn a lot even though have been here for more than 2 years.

58. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

I've been here long before I decided to sign up, so what's the point?

59. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Who are you? The same person with two different accounts? Coz I was talking to mtha

60. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I found something extremely intriguing. We both have difference of exactly 5 months between the times we signed up on this site, a d exact difference of 50 total comments if you exclude this one. Such a coincidenece!!

44. BoardDWorld

Posts: 117; Member since: Aug 17, 2016

Xiaomi make better use of Sony's own sensors. The old Mi5 should have been included..

63. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Naaah, the Huawei P9 should have been in this "test" since they bragged about their cooperation with Leica and thus are supposed to have the most photograpic experience of the bunch. Althoug Samsung is also active in the photography. Hmmmm..... Perhaps Phonearena could do a test between these players that are also active in D-Photography. Thus Sony, Samsung and , in this case, Huawei. BTW, where's the Moto with that hasselblad-back?

67. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 924; Member since: May 07, 2014

The Note 7 also isn't included... I think the limited availability of the Xperia xz is why they chose not to include it in the test. Huawei P9 also capture great photos..,

5. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

It's getting more and more difficult each year. It was so hard to spot until you zoomed in. Good job, especially the low-shots surprised me a lot.

7. lfpcorreia

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

Where can I see which is which?

8. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

That pizza looks amazing, regardless of phone.

27. libra89

Posts: 2297; Member since: Apr 15, 2016


50. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

even more amazing to see that pizza in real life... and then eat it... (sigh, I'll order one pizza right now)

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