Camera


LG and Samsung both have a rich history of only putting the very best in terms of camera sensors and optics in their flagships, and we are happy to say that the G4 and Galaxy S7 make no exception.

Starting with the LG, the company used a 16-megapixel, 1/2.6” Sony IMX234 sensor, complete with very wide, f/1.8 lens, an LED flash, an ambient light sensor (determines the source of light and tweaks white balance accordingly), and a laser auto focus system. As for Samsung, we're looking at a 12-megapixel, 1/2.5” Sony IMX260 sensor, complemented by an even wider f/1.7 lens, an LED flash and Dual Pixel auto focus wizardry. To top it all off, both companies implemented an OIS gizmo for shake-free video and better stills with the main camera. Lastly, for all your selfie needs, you're looking at an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with the G4, and a less generous, 5-megapixel one with the Galaxy S7.

On the software side, we have an impressive assortment of options and features. Both smartphones have a Manual (or Pro) mode for their cameras, giving the user full access to shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and focus. Both handsets also have a camera quick-launch feature – on the LG G4, it's activated with a double-click of the volume down key when the phone is in a sleep state, on the Galaxy S7, it's performed via a double-press of the home button, regardless of phone state.



Sure, one may be perplexed by Samsung's decision to go with a lower resolution sensor this year (the Galaxy S6 had a 16 MP camera), but we know better than to base our conclusion on megapixel count. Indeed, looking at image quality, the two snappers produce competitive stills that are well-exposed, rich in detail, and true to life. The S7's camera is consistently less grainy and provides ever-so-slightly better detail in most scenarios, though its pictures almost always have a yellow-ish tint to them. The G4's camera is also quite the performer and can take some impressive photos, but does have a bit more grain in its stills, when compared to the S7's photos at 100% crop. The LG's camera doesn't have the yellow-ish tint effect, but on the flip side the colors in its images can sometimes end up looking a bit dull or washed-out.



Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 1.5
1.6
315
281
LG G4 2.7
3.9
357
311

Turning to video, both smartphones are capable of taking pretty satisfactory clips. Again, Samsung's focus speed really shines here, as you can effortlessly capture moving objects while rolling. LG's camera is a bit more annoying here, as you have to touch to focus instead, and only then do you get the option to start continuous focus. In terms of capabilities, we're looking at 1080p video capture at 30 framers per second (FPS) with both. The Galaxy S7 can do 1080p at 60 FPS, while the G4 can reach 60 FPS only if you drop the resolution to 720p. We also have the, now flagship mandatory, 4K UHD video capture at 30FPS mode with both, and the results with it — and most other shooting modes — are top notch.



Multimedia


Both Samsung's and LG's built-in multimedia apps are great at their job. They are well organized, handy, and run just fine for their intended purposes. Both smartphones' displays are great for video, with the G4 having the benefit of being larger than its competitor. The speakers on both leave something to be desired, though, we tend to favor the Galaxy S7 for its slightly deeper sound. The backside-mounted loudspeaker of the G4 is still surprisingly good for its size and placement, but can sound a bit flat and lack in volume at times.


Both phones' image galleries try to arrange the user's memorabilia in a couple of ways that'd make it easier for one to look through hundreds of pictures. LG's UX allows for pictures to be automatically tagged and bundled as "memories", based on time and location of the photos. Additionally, the user is free to "favorite" photos and have them appear in a separate album. Samsung's Gallery goes an extra couple of miles, as it can deep-search photos for selfies, people, food, animals, scenery, et cetera. So the poweruser award here goes to Sammy.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 0.704
LG G4 0.764
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 72.7
LG G4 79


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17 Comments

1. Itiskonrad

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

Under G4 Pros, I'd suggest including the IR blaster. I know most don't use it, but those of us that do use it quite often.

2. Shocky unregistered

Did they ever post results for the recent Galaxy S6 vs LG G4 camera comparison? Or did it get lost in all the Galaxy S7 news, I don't remember seeing it.

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they just post it today.. S6 vs G4 (vs S7 vs i6s)

3. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

The G4 is the only phone I was ever happy to get rid of (in favor of am S7) the ergonomics were horrible, the battery life was significantly worse than the S7, and it just felt cheap. S7 is a massive upgrade. BUT for the price you can snag a G4 for nowadays, it's worth that. and very good for $300ish

4. thedigitalhobo

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Why compare the S7 to the G4 and not hte G5? Seems like a much better comparison.

5. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

...........because it`s not released yet?

9. trnz007

Posts: 48; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

or because pa wanted to make an article to tout the s7 prowess

6. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

the g4 didnt have a chance against the s6 leave alone s7 >> still the g5 probably the first lg smartphone that i will get because it is absolutely amazing

7. Shocky unregistered

In what way is the G5 amazing? serious question.

13. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

The G2 was the last truly great LG phone imo. I thought it killed the Galaxy S4 In their time. That G5 is a new type of ugly.

15. willzzz

Posts: 36; Member since: May 27, 2015

Indeed, when oh when will they release an updated G2? Surely LG realise there are millions of people waiting for that phone?

8. jonathonpower7

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 09, 2016

Samsung camera is awesome

10. shield

Posts: 837; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG G4 and V10 better camera S7 bad.

11. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Looks downhill now with the G5. Hope they would bring it but failed. See how the V10 successor goes.

14. Coguar

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

here is great photo comparison, LG G4 is doing great against samy h**ps://youtu.be/so7zmd3NH7k

16. ram12345

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Just i purchased samsung s7 and best phone. Kuch Jano

17. Jdthebugman

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

In photos 1 and 2 it looks pretty clear that the G4 has better resolution. In the background is a street sign directly behind a lamp. Only with the G4 can you tell the street name begins with the letter D. This is the third source that tells me the Samsung takes better panoramas.

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