When it comes to camera shootouts, we’ve always compared phones of equal value. Let’s try something different this time.

Because of the way we pick each smartphone, comparisons often turned out barely distinguishable or too close to call, which made us wonder: What would happen if we pitted the most expensive phone in our office with the cheapest one?

The chosen two are Samsung’s $850 Galaxy S8+ and Vivo’s $200 V5 Lite — excellent handsets in their own right, but worlds apart when compared spec for spec, dollar for dollar.

The Galaxy S8+ has the most advanced single-camera to date, beating the Google Pixel and Apple iPhone 7 Plus in their respective shootouts. The Vivo V5 Lite has none of Sammy’s cool features and settles for simple rear and front-facing shooters, although it did well against the more expensive Moto M.

To make things interesting, we’re turning this into a blind test. Take note that Photo A in one round might not have been taken by the same phone that shot Photo A in another round; the same goes for Photo B samples.

As usual, all settings are set at Auto with HDR turned off and no editing or filters applied. For better pixel peeping, view this page on a monitor — a calibrated one if possible.

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Now, it’s time to reveal which phone shot what.

#1: V5 Lite (A) vs Galaxy S8+ (B)

#2: V5 Lite (A) vs Galaxy S8+ (B)

#3: Galaxy S8+ (A) vs V5 Lite (B)

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We were honestly surprised by how close some comparisons turned out to be, especially for daytime scenes. It was only with selfies and macro shots that one was more favorable, that being the Galaxy S8+.

So, what did we learn from this experiment? We’d say flagship handsets continue to own the best cameras, but improvements have been in minor increments through the years. Lower-end phones have been making bigger strides in the imaging department, and have reached a point where they’re now comparable to the very best.

What do you think? Would you say this was a close fight or a shootout not worth doing again? Let us know in the comments section.

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