We recently crowned the Samsung Galaxy S8 as the best single-lens camera phone today after beating the former champ, the Pixel. Wait, hold on a second: Aren’t dual-camera smartphones supposed to be all the rage these days? Yes, and that’s why we’ll compare two of the very best right now.
What’s great about dual-camera setups is how different they all are. Huawei uses a secondary image sensor for cool monochrome photos; LG favors using the second lens for super-wide-angle shots; and Apple has made living out of an additional lens for zoomed-in pictures without any noticeable quality loss.
The latter two are a little more similar in implementation, and seem like a better head-to-head comparison for a camera shootout. To be fair, we’re choosing their absolute best smartphones: LG’s recently launched G6 and Apple’s torch-bearing iPhone 7 Plus.
For full disclosure, all these photos were taken with Auto settings turned on and no filters applied. Resizing was done on Photoshop to keep file sizes down, but saved on the highest quality settings to prevent artifacting. In addition, everything was shot handheld in order to properly simulate real-world usage.
Here we go:
We’re starting things off with a night scene, specifically with a human subject in a dark park. Michael Josh is clearly more illuminated in the LG G6’s output, and he’s surrounded with better lighting in the background. The iPhone 7 Plus does fine too, but upon closer inspection, you can see some pixelation in the finer details of the photo.
Macro shots with flash enabled always pose a challenge for any camera, making this a perfect follow-up test. We felt that the iPhone overdid the flash here, to the point of blowing out the flowers. The G6’s shot, on the other hand, has much more controlled lighting and gave us balanced colors with lots of warmth.
The samples turned out very similar, with the only real difference being the exposure levels. You can see how the G6 overexposed the scene a bit, while the iPhone underexposed most of the elements. If we were to choose, the perfect photo would be somewhere in between these two, so there’s no clear winner here.
We’re beginning to see a pattern. The G6 once again ups the brightness in order to make everything stand out more, at the expense of losing details where there’s too much light. The iPhone’s picture is a lot more realistic, although not as exciting to look at or impressive enough to show to friends.
Nighttime selfies is a weakness we pointed out in our LG G6 review. We see the problem again in this comparison, wherein the G6’s selfie creates mush out of the subject’s face and looks too grainy. The iPhone’s front-facing camera is as tight as ever, but at least manages to retain all the details despite the mixture of light in the background.
This test challenges each camera’s color rendering, and the iPhone wins with the more accurate reproduction. The G6 oversaturates the redness of the HOPE sculpture and sacrifices the shadows in the process.
You can’t tell by looking at the still flowers, but this round is designed to test how well the cameras handle moving subjects up close. Both phones pull this off differently, with the G6 producing a noticeably brighter output and the iPhone opting for sharpness over balanced exposure.
When it comes to food photography, whichever camera phone makes the meal look more appetizing automatically wins for us. In this case, the G6 has the clear edge. White balance is more accurate, the colors of the tart pop, and the entire spread looks a lot sharper from top to bottom.
HDR test! Both cameras did a good enough job with this landscape architecture scene, with only a couple of minor drawbacks to each one. The G6 oversaturated the stop light and parts of the building to a fault; and the iPhone blew out the sky too much, losing a significant chunk of the building to the left of the background. HDR is really best left to the experts.
Finally, we have a fine portrait of Michael Josh in Central Park to analyze. The noontime sun was right above us, so the challenge here was to keep the harsh light in check. The G6 handled this by softening all the light and distributing it evenly for an overall flatter look, while the iPhone took in all the strong lighting for a sharper yet much warmer look.
And now we have to come up with a conclusion! It was quite the seesaw battle with no clear overall winner, so it’s best to judge them based on individual merits.
First, let’s take a look at the LG G6. It performed better in low-light situations with or without flash, except when the front camera was used. When faced with bright lights, the LG flagship had a tough time producing accurate colors, yet we still found all daylight shots satisfactory at the very least.
As for the aging iPhone 7 Plus, it kept up surprisingly well with the much newer G6. Apple’s smartphone was more consistent in color accuracy at night and during daytime, selfies turned out much better, and it wasn’t as hampered by overly strong lighting.
Lest we forget, each phone has a secondary camera for certain zooming functions. The G6 can zoom out from its regular focal length to capture more elements in a single shot, making it perfect for architectural photos and wide landscapes; the iPhone 7 Plus’ secondary lens is designed for closing in on a subject, so it’s better suited for portraits and faraway subjects.
Did you spot anything we didn’t notice? Did you draw your own conclusions from this shootout? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs iPhone 13 Pro Max: Camera Shootout
Do you need the best camera hardware to achieve desirable results?
Remember when we did an in-depth camera shootout between Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro Max versus its 12 Pro Max counterpart? Well, we’re doing it again!
The new contender? It’s none other than Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra with better camera hardware and software features.
Even though the iPhone 13 Pro Max was released four months earlier, it’s safe to say these two phones can go head-to-head against the odds of most users.
If you’re curious to find out which smartphone is the best for your “phonetography” needs, watch our Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs iPhone 13 Pro Max camera shootout now!
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Huawei P50 Pro: Camera shootout
Can Huawei’s latest flagship phone keep up with the Samsung’s greatest Galaxy yet?
The Huawei P50 Pro may not be a direct rival to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in terms of camera hardware (that’s more the Galaxy S22+), but this is also a good chance to compare and see if Huawei’s latest flagship can keep up with the biggest brother in the whole Galaxy S22 lineup.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra has a 13MP f/2.2 shooter while the P50 Pro has a 12MP UWA camera of the same aperture — albeit with difference in the overall focal length / angle.
There’s a gap between the main cameras The S22 Ultra has a 108MP while the P50 Pro has a tad smaller 50MP camera — but both still having an f/1.8 aperture.
Can the smaller sensor keep up with the bigger one?
For a fair and square fight, I only used the first telephoto camera of the Galaxy S22 Ultra versus the Huawei P50 Pro’s sole zoom lens.
When shooting in Portrait Mode, one smartphone uses its 3x Telephoto Zoom lens while the other sticks with its 50MP wide camera. But which is which?
Once the sunset is out, smartphones tend to change their AI algorithm in making low-light shots brighter but with less noise
Unlike low-light photos taken using the Auto Mode, Night Mode is more suitable for making night shots pop with the right amount of highlights, shadows, and contrast altogether.
BONUS: 10x Zoom
The Galaxy S22 Ultra has a dedicated 10x telephoto lens while the P50 Pro only relies on digital zoom and AI when zooming in on 10x.
Which are your top photo picks? It may already be obvious to some of you at the beginning but here are the results:
Photo A – Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Photo B – Huawei P50 Pro
Despite Huawei not making the P50 Pro+ variant, it’s still safe to say that this camera shootout between the top-tier flagship phones of each brand is still pretty close.
Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra may have the better camera hardware out of the two, but it doesn’t mean that the P50 Pro is a slouch when it comes to camera performance.
As a matter of fact, it was able to keep up from day ’til night. If we’re looking at the specifics, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a wider main camera whereas the P50 Pro has a wider ultra-wide camera. The difference in optical zoom lenses was also evident.
But in some shooting scenarios, the Galaxy S22 Ultra won especially when it comes to processing HDR (High Dynamic Range), sharpness and details, as well as overall exposure and contrast in most wide and zoomed shots.
And just like in my P50 Pro review, the AWB (Auto White Balance) when using Night Mode (or shooting in low-light for that matter) leans more into the warmer range of the spectrum whereas the Galaxy S22 Ultra is more on the cooler (or maybe neutral) one.
While my P50 Pro vs Galaxy S21 FE camera shootout looks more comprehensive with 60 photo sets, being able to show half in this camera comparison article still proves a point that the Huawei P50 Pro can keep up with Samsung’s latest and greatest smartphone yet.
Huawei P50 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: Camera shootout
The Korean versus Chinese turmoil reaches our camera shootout section
While this may not be the fairest camera comparison of them all due to some hardware differences that favor the P50 Pro over the S21 FE, I tried to be objective while still being meticulous when shooting the sample photos below.
Buckle up as I’ve prepared as much as 60 sets (yes, sixty) for you to nitpick. This might also be the longest camera comparison article in this site ever — unless there will be a more comprehensive one sooner 😉
Disclaimer: Just like our previous camera shootouts, photos were collaged, resized, and labeled for faster loading and preview. No other manipulations were applied.
On paper, they’re practically the same: P50 Pro is equipped with a 13MP sensor while the Galaxy S21 FE has a 12MP one. Both phones feature a FoV (Field of View) of 123-degree and an f/2.2 aperture. But which one is better at ultra-wide shots?
The P50 Pro might be ahead due to its 64MP f/3.5 periscope telescope zoom lens (up to 100x digitally), but for the sake of this comparison, we only used 3.5x zoom that favors both phones since the Galaxy S21 FE’s 8MP f/2.4 telephoto zoom lens starts at 3x optical.
HDR (High Dynamic Range)
Shooting against the light? Well, newer smartphones, chipsets, camera sensors, and optics should be able to enhance and improve the overall quality of an image unlike how phones try to capture and process it during the past few years. We’ll also see here if P50 Pro’s 50MP f/1.8 main sensor has an edge over the 12MP f/1.8 camera of the Galaxy S21 FE.
#17 (3.5x Zoom)
#18 (3.5x Zoom)
Auto White Balance (AWB)
Admit it or not, most of us prefer warmer photos over the cooler shots to add warmth and drama. But sometimes, the”cooler” ones are what we see in real life.
#19 (3.5x Zoom)
#20 (3.5x Zoom)
Do you like ’em too colorful or just bland? Regardless, this gives another hint which phone is actually better that might make (or break) your purchasing decision.
#29 (3.5x zoom)
#30 (3.5x zoom)
#34 (3.5x zoom)
You were already spoiled by how each phone performs in saturation and AWB (Auto White Balance). Now, let’s apply those algorithms in food shots.
#36 (3.5x zoom)
#37 (3.5x zoom)
#38 (3.5x zoom)
#39 (3.5x zoom)
#41 (3.5x zoom)
Portraits & Selfies
While preferential, being able to preserve the right amount of skin color and face details are better. Brighter photos don’t actually mean they’re better (at least IMO). If you’re curious about the specifics, the P50 Pro has a 13MP f/2.4 punch-hole camera while the S21 FE is equipped with a larger 32MP f/2.2 shooter.
#44 (Ultra-wide selfie)
#45 (Ultra-wide selfie)
#48 (Ultra-wide selfie)
Finally! My favorite part of this shootout. Different phone brands have different night mode processing algorithms. Which phone do you think is better in this category?
#49 (30x zoom)
#52 (3.5x zoom)
Do you like your picks? Well, here’s the final result for all photos:
Photo A: Huawei P50 Pro
Photo B: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
Hands down, the cameras of the Huawei P50 Pro performed better in most situations. But considering the Galaxy S21 FE is “underpowered” in terms of camera hardware with lesser number of sensors and megapixel count, I’ll still give props to how it was able to produce photos that can compete (and sometimes beat) the P50 Pro.
That being said, the obvious downside of the rear cameras of the Galaxy S21 FE is none other than its cooler temperature / lesser saturation despite Samsung’s Scene Optimizer being on all of the time. If there’s one thing to consider that’s better is that it has en even wider ultra-wide lens over the P50 Pro.
The P50 Pro doesn’t do much justice in sceneries and pitch black nightscapes (TMI, I didn’t show any comparison of this one because P50 Pro always results to a dark image).
Moreover, the P50 Pro produced more of the accurate shots but sometimes, its AI mode does some over-processing in certain situations such as awkwardly-lit night shots, greenery, and food. This results to warmer, more saturated shots that are not based on reality.
While these problems can be corrected through color-grading software such as Lightroom, VSCO, and Snapseed, most people still post their photos straight out of the gallery.
Night mode shots are also better despite just capturing the photos below 1 second (more like 0.9 seconds). Whereas the Galaxy S21 FE resulted to darker and grainier photos even if it takes around 2~4 seconds to finish a shot minus the time it takes to process the final shot.
We shouldn’t forget that the arrival of the Galaxy S22 series is coming real soon. We may not be able to test a more extensive camera comparison with the recently launched S21 FE, but who knows? There might just be another P50 Pro camera shootout waiting to battle the upcoming Galaxy once we have our hands on it.
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