While not exactly similar-looking, the LG G6 is the closest thing we’ve got to the Galaxy S8 aesthetically. A near-borderless display and unusually narrow aspect ratio do that, but that’s where the similarities end.
Like previous LG flagships, the G6 owns a dual-camera setup at the back designed to take super-wide-angle shots on top of the normal photos we’re accustomed to. It definitely gives the LG handset a clear advantage for landscape pictures and artsy images, and so, we won’t be including this feature in our shootout.
As for the rest of the mechanics, both sides settle for Auto camera settings with HDR and filters turned off. Samples were resized for quicker loading, although we still recommend viewing this shootout on a color-calibrated monitor to see the differences.
Right off the bat, you can already tell what style each camera favors. The Galaxy S8’s photo has a slight green tint to it and looks a lot softer, while the G6 is noticeably redder and oversharpens the subject to the point of looking a bit grainy. At the same time, both camera did a fine job illuminating all parts of the scene. This round can go either way.
With flash turned on, the camera capabilities really show. As good a job the Galaxy S8 did in highlighting the flower up front, the G6 covered a lot more ground and even upped the warmth for a more natural look. Thumbs up, LG!
Any night shot with as much individual lighting and fog as this is a challenge, but the Galaxy S8 pulled through and impressed us with even exposure throughout the landscape without blowing out any of the highlights. The G6 output looks good as well, but overdid highlights a tad too much.
We focused on the brightly lighted sign to the lower right for this one, which gave both cameras a difficult time. In the end, however, the Galaxy S8 wins with much more accurate color reproduction to the left and top of the photo. The G6 didn’t seem to even bother with those areas.
This is another test which favors the Galaxy S8. For nighttime selfies, the G6 has always delivered low-resolution-looking photos — this isn’t the first time — whereas the Galaxy S8’s selfie passes our standards with an overall clear and sharp portrait.
Now that the sun’s out, we can see how each camera handles harsh lighting at noontime. This round can go either way: While the Galaxy S8 produced better shadows around the sculpture, the G6’s more saturated output places greater emphasis on “Hope.”
This round also comes down to personal preference. Do you prefer the highly saturated and strong colors of the Galaxy S8, or the focus on detail from the G6’s macro shot? We find both great, and appreciate how well each one provided smooth background blur.
For food photography, it’s all about making the spread as tasty-looking as possible. In this case, the Galaxy S8 does it better. On top of coming out much brighter, there’s greater emphasis on the reflections of the glistening fruit tart. Yum!
When we came to this spot, we knew HDR mode had to be turned on to maximize the scenery. At first glance, you’d think the G6 won this HDR test, but upon closer inspection, you’ll realize that the Galaxy S8 managed to retain much more detail, especially on the upper-left region of the photo.
This is when the noontime sun was at its harshest, giving both cameras more than they could chew. The Galaxy S8 and G6 handled the situation in distinctly different ways: The former accepted all the direct sunlight but heavily darkened the shadows, while the latter evenly distributed the rays for a less saturated aesthetic.
After ten rounds of camera photography in New York, the results are clear: The Galaxy S8 takes better photos in most environments. None of the tough lighting situations really fazed the Samsung flagship, and we were happy with the results even at its worst.
This isn’t to say the G6 lost entirely. A lot of rounds were neck and neck, with the LG handset clearly having a better camera for flash photography. On its own, the G6 has a stellar camera, especially when you factor in its secondary lens — something which the Galaxy S8 can’t hold a candle to.
Take a look at a couple of extra-wide-angle G6 photos that the Galaxy S8 can only dream of doing:
Until the Samsung Galaxy S or Note series acquires a similar secondary camera at the back, LG flagships will always have this advantage over their competition.
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