Camera


Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6

The camera can safely be viewed as the make-or-break aspect of any modern smartphone. With the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6, we have two spectacular camera performers at hand.

There's a single 12MP camera at the back of the Galaxy S8, which is mostly similar to what we saw on the Galaxy S7 in terms of specs. It has a 1/2.55” sensor with large 1.4μm pixels and a pretty wide aperture of f/1.7 that is guaranteed to suck in lots of light in challenging lighting conditions. There's also optical image stabilization present and a dual-pixel autofocusing system that does its mojo real quick.

Meanwhile, LG continues to back its dual-camera agenda, which couples a regular shooter with a wide-angle affair similar to the G5 and the V20. There's a regular camera with a 71-degree field of view accompanied by a 125-degree wide-angle one; both of these share the same 13MP 1/3” camera sensor that has somewhat small 1.12μmpixels. Aperture stands at f/1.8 for the main cam and f/2.4 for the wide-angle one. The smaller sensor and the narrower aperture of the G6 spells bad things for its low-light camera performance, but there's only way to say if this will be the case.

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 S8 1.2
1.3
281
261
LG G6 1.7
2.7
522
530

In terms of interface, we find either phone quite intuitive and dead-easy to use. The advent of gesture-based switching between the different modes and cameras is a welcome addition to the Galaxy S8, while the G6 also takes a page of that book by allowing you to switch between the rear and front cameras with a finger flick.

Samsung Galaxy S8 - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6
Samsung Galaxy S8 - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6
Samsung Galaxy S8 - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6

Samsung Galaxy S8

LG G6's camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6
LG G6's camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6
LG G6's camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6

LG G6's camera interface


Image quality


The Galaxy S8 and the LG G6 are pretty spectacular camera phones, definitely among the best in their class. However, a close inspection will eventually reveal that one of the flagships is the slightly better overall performer.

When it comes to color reproduction, the Galaxy S8 seems to have a small edge – it's not in each and every picture, but there are some instances where the S8 manages to come up with slightly more natural white balance than its rival. The G6 seems to favor slightly warmer colors, which is also noticeable in the portrait pictures it takes, which might sometimes lead to unnaturally yellow skin tones.

When it comes to detail, the Galaxy S8 tends to perform a tad better, mostly in situations that involve dimmer lighting. Indoors and in low-light is where the GS8 produces superior results. Otherwise, in bright and outdoor conditions, detail levels are mostly identical.


Front-facing camera


Up front, the Galaxy S8 has an 8MP f/1.7 selfie shooter, whereas G6 users will have to resort to a 5MP f/2.2 one up front their phones. Despite the megapixel difference and the fact that no one pixel-peeps on selfies, the two devices are pretty comparable when it comes to overall detail rendition – hairs, moles, and tiny skin imperfections are present for you to examine if you wish so.


Video-recording


In terms of video recording, both devices shoot 4K at 30fps and are pretty comparable in terms of quality. The G6 tends to over-sharpen things somewhat in this mode. It also takes a bit longer to autofocus when a subject is introduced in close distance, whereas the Galaxy S8 passes this test with flying colors. The G6, on the other hand, records a bit better audio than the Galaxy S8, with human voice being truer to real-life than the Galaxy S8, which has a specific hollow vibe to it.



Multimedia

HDR video content? We are not worthy!

In terms of multimedia, both the Galaxy S8 and the G6 are both focused on solving a problem we don't have yet, i.e. consuming 2:1 video content on our smartphones. Because of the up-and-coming Univisium video format which utilizes this aspect ratio, the Galaxy S8 and G6 are future-proof and ready to tackle any content that's shot in this ratio.

However, this premature solving of a non-existing problem only creates new issues with the predominant kind of media out there – watching 16:9 videos on such displays is tricky. In particular, watching such a video on the G6 will introduce letterboxing, which essentially means you are losing some screen real-estate while consuming regular videos and movies. In the meantime, the Galaxy S8 lets you stretch regular 16:9 videos to fill in the whole display of the phone, but some of the top and bottom will be cut out, which is not very nice.

As we mentioned before, both phones support HDR video content, which looks stunning and all but is quite scarce and hard to come by yet.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 0.75
LG G6 0.78
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 78
LG G6 74

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54 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 514; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Basicaly there is nothing that G6 does better than S8

4. Hyperreal

Posts: 352; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

wide angle camera? flat screen? curved looks cool but look at those light reflections. and its cheaper. but i'd buy S8 anyway :P

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The screen being flat vs curved is not better in either case. Just because you liek it doesn't make it better. Curving the screen makes the device less bulkier. Its also lighter because of less material. Whether it is easier of harder to hold is also for debate. I found them to be equally easier to hold, but the Galaxy isn't sharp edged like the G6. Anyone who would argue a "preference" as better already loses an argument. Phones have been flat for years. But how about this. Suppose we never curved the lines of cars? You think cars would look so sexy now? http://www.benzinsider.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/old-mercedes-1-724x443.jpg http://275c1577b75606cf1b22-bb4da59307f092c4c5debf6be2f12317.r7.cf1.rackcdn.com//thumbnails/55SWF4JB8HU210745/00f59d0101564f7fd7fdf0a772c8a2b3.jpg Are you really gonna claim you would rather have the car in the first photo over the second? I'm not debating your choice. I'm trying to understand how flat is better than curved. In many cases it is. But saying its better just because you like it, is wrong.

51. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

So you're saying I'm not allowed to have an opinion, and if I do have an opinion, that it's wrong. Out of the two pictures you have the links to, I would have the classic Merc, but that's because I love classic cars. But apparently that's wrong.

33. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Is it really cheaper? It has 32GB onboard storage compared to 64GB and has no headphones included and the S8 comes with quite nice headphones.

43. cthunder

Posts: 125; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

TechieXP, "I'm not debating your choice. I'm trying to understand how flat is better than curved. In many cases it is. But saying its better just because you like it, is wrong." So curved is better than flat? You'd be wrong. As it was stated in the article the flat screen was more practical to use. And did you miss this line as a well "the edge display is prone to accidentally registering your touches, which could end up being an aggravating side-effect of the non-flat screen."? I would say it's probably safe to say flat is better than curved.

47. ColinW

Posts: 411; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I do not agree. Having owned an S7 Edge and now an S8+ I can say from actual experience that touching the edge is not an issue and it is far better looking is easier and nicer to handle.

13. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1499; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Better design.

34. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

I RETURNED MY G6 FOR MY S8. Enough said.

49. Foxgabanna

Posts: 566; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Thats not an actual issue. mine is fine.

50. Foxgabanna

Posts: 566; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

You deserve a cookie.

53. Koozini

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

That is actually the opposite.....that says nothing........... that's like me trading a nice car for a newer car, the "newer" car is nicer because its newer. They both have pros and cons but still both very good cars. Cheers!

54. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

But what was said was that if I like the classic one I was wrong.

37. colodius

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 22, 2017

since it's still early to have phones in hand, most cmts will just be speculations at this point but how dare you say LG has nothing better? How about dual lens cam? How about envisioning the future by moving the home/finger scan buttons to the back of the phone since forever vs putting finger scanner high up next to the camera and not even on the right side so that your right hand's finger can at least try to reach it? How about including a DAC that excels in music (even though not in US market)? How about including smart 2:1 functions in the core experience itself to utilize the new screen ratio? Curve screen for me is such a gimmick as well since I have a lot of trouble pairing a good screen protector with a case so most of the time I have to stick with film instead of glass for protection, and the decent curved glasses cost a small fortune. I know I'm a big LG fan but at least I'm not so biased/ignorant to refuse the truth.

39. WPX00

Posts: 508; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

LG's always on display is a significantly better implementation than Samsung. By that I mean one thing and one thing only: it drains noticeably less battery. My G5 can sit with AOD on for 3h and not drain even 1%, while Samsung's AOD drains ~2% per hour on Wi-Fi. Samsung standby is already bad in the first place (AccuBattery reports ~3%/hr drain over the course of my device lifetime), so AOD would only make it worse. Back with my G2, it could sit 6h and still be at 100% at the end.

45. Trex95

Posts: 2314; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Atleast it doesn't comes out of the box with red tint Super Amoled.

52. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

That's a software problem. You can literally fix it by just going into the display settings.

2. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

The battery on the S8 is a bit over hyped in here considering what other reviewers are saying..! I love the S8 for its design but if I was to buy a phone now, I would get the G6 for being more practical and also because of the wide angle camera..!

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You're debating semantics...lol I have the iPhone with a second camera. Its as useless as the phone almost is. Will you even remember to take a wider angle shot? If so then great! I wish Samsung kept the 16MP from the S6, because its angle was much wider. But Samsung went from a 16:9 camera to a 4:3 one and that is where they messed up. If they kept a 16:9 camera, the shot would be wide enough with 2 lens. 2 lens doing what one could do is dumb on any phone. How many wide shots are you going to take vs regular?

35. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

I'm a photographer actually (especially landscapes and all), and for me the wide angle lens make a lot of sense. Actually the 4:3 ratio is the best and most efficient (in a sense), and its a bit hard to explain (if you were a photographer or a camera tech enthusiast, you would have known) in a thread like this but just google, and you will know why. The only benefit of a 16:9 photo is that it covers most of the screen on the phone or all the screen if the display is 16:9.

3. TerryTerius unregistered

Eh. You can't really go wrong with either one, though who knows what issues will pop up in the long term. For now, you may as well flip a coin unless there's a particular feature one or the other has that you can't live without. Personally, I'll take the S8 plus.

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I think that edge display is way overrated and it's nothing new from Samsung. All they literally did was make the screen taller. It look good, but I just much prefer the flat look of the G6. The G6 should have went OLED and put a faster chip in though.

36. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

You are right about the OLED display thing, but I highly doubt the chipset side. The S821 will be fine for another 2-3 years and it will play almost all games without any issue if there is proper optimization. I admit S835 would have been much better but the gains are negligible in day today use.

6. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Wait, so the G6 can charge up wirelessly in 102 minutes, was the S8 timed at 100 minutes while being charged wirelessly or with its included wired charger?

10. joeytaylor

Posts: 955; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

It was with the wall charger

7. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I as charging an S8 plus yesterday on a Samsung fast wireless charger and it didn't seem any faster than when I charge an S7. I think it's still just as slow. 102 minutes to charge the G6's battery wirelessly is impressive!

8. Nutcase4u2

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

I think if the G6 had an AMOLED screen then I would have bought it already. Definitely prefer the flat screen over the curves. Looks like I'll be sticking to my Pixel XL, until the next Note has the opportunity to impress me.

9. sb311

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

UI could easily become a moot point when you switch out your launchers.

15. ebilcake

Posts: 1189; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Launchers only change so much, much of the interface you're still stuck with. Also regardless of Samsung call it now, the touchwiz framework is fully integrated.

40. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

this. As soon as you pull the notification shade on a the brand new S8 and see the same cluttered look, I just shake my head and think they still have a ways to go.

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