iPhone X vs Galaxy Note 8 vs LG V30: blind camera comparison!

iPhone X vs Galaxy Note 8 vs LG V30: blind camera comparison!

Which phone has the best camera?

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell: we all have our favorite phone brand for one reason or another, and those preferences could get in the way of objective judgment.

To avoid that bias, we will do something fun: a blind camera shoot-out between the iPhone X, the Galaxy Note 8 and the LG V30.


All information has been stripped off the photographs, so the only thing you can judge them on is... quality and nothing else. We have shot a few different photos in varying conditions, so you get a more comprehensive idea of what these cameras are capable of. Let's waste no time and look at the pictures...

*Disclaimer: We have downsized photos so they load faster, but you can see the full-resolution pictures here. They follow the same order as in this here article.

Scene 1: A beach in fall



Which photo do you like the most?

A - V30
13.47%
B - Note 8
37.06%
C - iPhone X
49.47%

Scene 2: Lonely statue



Which photo do you like the most?

D - V30
20.43%
E - iPhone X
28.2%
F - Note 8
51.38%

Scene 3: Leaves




Which photo do you like the most?

G - iPhone X
72.47%
H - Note 8
22.3%
I - V30
5.23%

Scene 4: Deserted beach




Which photo do you like the most?

J - V30
14.23%
K - Note 8
41.28%
L - iPhone X
44.49%

Scene 5: A portrait with flash




Which photo do you like the most?

M - V30
20.24%
N - iPhone X
70.86%
O - Note 8
8.9%

Scene 6: Blue skies




Which photo do you like the most?

P - V30
45.86%
Q - iPhone X
7.22%
R - Note 8
46.92%

Scene 7: Sun peeking




Which photo do you like the most?

S - V30
18.1%
T - Note 8
59.37%
U - iPhone X
22.53%

Scene 8: The Port




Which photo do you like the most?

V - V30
2.35%
W - Note 8
37.13%
X - iPhone X
60.52%

Scene 9: The road 




Which photo do you like the most?

Y - Note 8
8.75%
Z - iPhone X
33.27%
Z1 - V30
57.98%

Scene 10: A selfie




Which photo do you like the most?

Z2 - iPhone X
46.59%
Z3 - V30
19.51%
Z4 - Note 8
33.9%

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55 Comments

1. VasiliS7

Posts: 190; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

A. IPhone B. Note C. V30 ?Perhaps

2. Victor.H

Posts: 1026; Member since: May 27, 2011

Let me clarify that we switch the order of the phones for each scene.

4. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

They're just saying which Phone they like the best. ;) Good test!

24. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

No because he is saying "?Perhaps" , otherwise he would have said 1st iPhone 2nd Note 3rd V30

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Btw, scene 5 is unfair IMO. Picture "N" is obviously have more light than the other 2 pictures (external light source, not from the flash)

11. hadilev

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 26, 2016

Slow Sync Flash shines here, AFAIK there only 3 phones that can do this, one of them are used in this review ;)

14. miketer

Posts: 493; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

I chose 'O' coz the exposure of the face / subject is more important for portrait photography.

36. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I don't think "Slow Sync Flash" is enough to lit up the whole store behind her.. Practically Magic? /s

12. Home85Cactus

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

It's the iphone's new slow flash feature, where it pretty much merges an hdr with flash. dead giveaway

54. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

I was actually surprised by how photo N was preferred by the voters. The subject was captured best with Photo M, despite the dark background (which IMO, since it's a portrait photo, the subject should matter, not much the background)

59. jqnsgr

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

Nope. It's called Slow Sync Flash. It's iPhone.

60. Greenlantern

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Picture N is the iPhone, it uses dual tone flash and simply has a brighter exposure because the flash is not as bright. They all of the same amount of ambient light, the iPhone is just far ahead of the others.

3. Landon

Posts: 1232; Member since: May 07, 2015

I'd like to see Pixel 2 in this comparison.

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And Mate10

15. Victor.H

Posts: 1026; Member since: May 27, 2011

Noted! Will do in the future :)

53. yann

Posts: 604; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Why there are no low light photos?

6. shield

Posts: 808; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Scene 5 N is LG V30.

8. Lyvyoo

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Hello Phone Arena! I have a proposal for you - there is a big hype on the mobile forums about Google Camera from Pixel 2, ported on V30. Can you make an article with some photos comparing, like Pixel 2 XL vs Lg V30 with Google Camera? Sound crazy but is not about rooting or something, but a simple Google apk, instaledl from XDA. I give you an exanmple, watch first the originals camera shot out, and after go down to the pthotos taked with Google Camera on V30...The difference is near zero - goo.gl/sUjdRV

9. miketer

Posts: 493; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Scene 3 - I, is a disaster.

18. cocoy

Posts: 454; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

What if it was the most realistic. Were you onbthe scene when it was taken?

38. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's possible, it's winter afterall :-/

10. Boybawang

Posts: 204; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

It's disappointing that you didn't include Huawei Mate 10

13. Nopers unregistered

You can tell which one is the iPhone because of the less wide frame.

16. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Scene 2, what the hell is wrong with you guys, do you see that tree in photo F it looks like someone took a purple sharpie and colored in the flowers and didn't even stay in between the lines either smh that picture is awful and yet it has the most votes. This why I prefer the camera comparisons done by the Aurthur because they actually know what the scene looks like with their own eyes and can explain why one photo is better than the other, scoring the cameras more accurately than a blind comparison.

19. Lyvyoo

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Arthur from?

22. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Just correct me don't be smart ass. Author***

39. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Well, people think that picture is better than the others, and they choose it.. As simple as that, and not everyone is expert in this thing, but we all do have eyes and have the right to speak up our preference, that's the point of blind test. Photo F got blue sky, white cloud, green leaf, and nice detail in statue (that's the main object in that photo) If I want to upload one of those three to FB or IG, I'll choose photo F. If it's for after processing, I'll choose photo E

40. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Still doesn't mean photo F is good, just means that most people have bad taste.

17. KingSam

Posts: 1345; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

This felt like taking an exam.

20. aspleme

Posts: 30; Member since: May 18, 2014

I have a bit of an issue with these comparison tests. Instead of repositioning the shot to match the composition of other shots, they clearly show variations in the lense angle width. It clearly benefits some shots to be nearer or further from the subject to enhance the composition. If I was shooting, I'd reposition myself slightly to get an ideal shot instead of pretending it is best from the same spot just because the lenses have different focal lengths.

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