LG G7 vs Samsung Galaxy S9: first camera samples


The LG G7 is looming on the horizon, with the official launch slated to happen in New York, May 2. Unlike previous years, when LG strived to one-up the competition by showing off and launching its G-series flagships earlier than the competition, LG seems to be in no rush with the G7. We've already had an opportunity to play around with the phone, and it seems like LG has used the extra time to give its upcoming flagship some extra polish.

That said, in this article, we are going to be taking a look at the camera performance of the LG G7 specifically. Now, I must tell you before we continue, that the G7 we took for a short spin was a pre-production unit, which means that the software running on the phone was not the final version. This is a very important disclaimer, as software these days is something that can either make or break a smartphone camera.

Still, we thought we'd snap a couple of photos with the G7 and the Galaxy S9+ to get a better understanding of what we can expect from LG's upcoming flagship.

Disclaimer: The LG G7 that was used to take the photos featured in this material is a pre-production unit. The software running on this device, including the camera and photo processing software, is not final.

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Much like its predecessors, the LG G7 shuns away from the "optical zoom" trend of recent years. Instead of coupling its main camera with a "telephoto" shooter, the G7 instead incorporates an ultra wide-angle lens for some pretty interesting results. Don't forget to tune in for our proper camera comparison between the LG G7 and other leading devices when the phone launches in May! In the meantime, check out some of these camera-related articles:

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G7 ThinQ
  • Display 6.1" 1440 x 3120 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(20h talk time)
Galaxy S9+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(35h talk time)

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26 Comments

1. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The p20 pro rules..

17. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

This isn't about the p20 I see you didn't put that in the apple compared photos.

23. WGACA

Posts: 128; Member since: May 08, 2015

Lol, no it doesn't. Literally has 2 party tricks for the camera (one of which only works sometimes), for the rest it's outdone by the S9+.

2. Diego!

Posts: 866; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

If it's a pre-production unit, don't even bother in doing a photo shoot comparison. Samsung Galaxy S9 is way ahead than LG G7. The detail in LG G7 pictures is awful and hideous

3. Jacksie66 unregistered

I have an LG v30 plus. With the Google camera app it's amazing. Really shows what good camera software can do..

4. JohnR

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

Not feeling this camera, at all

5. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

They probably cheaped out on the sensor again..

10. Boast_Rider

Posts: 534; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Yup, 1/3" sensor again, compared to 1/2.55" on high end phones like S9 or Pixel 2.

6. Cat97

Posts: 1858; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

So basically the S9 wins by a mile and a half.

7. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Photos are not better than g6

8. dimas

Posts: 3342; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Waiting for dxomark g7 rating. I forgot, dxomark grading system is unreliable.

20. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Their scoring system is useless (as if they always manipulate the scoring to make the better phone score 1 or 2 point higher than the last champion). But their image samples, and commentary are legit.

9. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Still tiny sensors? For 850 euros? S9 feels like a bargain...

21. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

850 EUR? wait 3 months and you can buy it for 550 EUR

11. Whitedot

Posts: 768; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

THat oversharpening LG is ugly.

12. shield

Posts: 834; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG G7 real color and more! R.I.P S9

14. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

You need a pair of prescription glasses.

13. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 370; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Tbf the s9+ has 2x optical zoom which gives it the advantage for zoom in on details

15. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

It seems that the photos of LG G7 have been shot with zoom

16. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

It's probably down to the image processing. Great but it exposes darker than the s9+. No multi frame processing?

18. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

The s9+ looks much better but, even though I am a Samsung fan I say don't judge yet, wait for other reviews.

19. kopkiwi

Posts: 97; Member since: May 31, 2013

Wow, the G7 looks absolutely awful. Detail is embarrassing, shadow detail is non existent. Failure out the gates

22. Oğuzhan_77

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

s9 clearly win this cam war.

24. saosi99

Posts: 1; Member since: May 12, 2018

When I took a picture at experience booth I felt camera quality is very nice.

25. lenapark81

Posts: 1; Member since: May 12, 2018

I think the SW is not done yet. In my experience with v30, the first review before it hit the market was not so good but it was good enough for flagship smart phone camera after actually released to the market.

26. beowesome

Posts: 1; Member since: May 14, 2018

he just said its pre-production unit. so it means some kind of pictures were not final. and just have a lil time to read it like they had mentioned. probly they may have plan for this so far if they ppl knew what it is lol so, im expecting the better results when it releases as far as i know, just give it some time lol

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