These days, dual-camera smartphones are the norm. As to how this tech is applied, however, differs between brands — some go monochromatic, some opt for the zoom. Personally, I prefer the wide-angled treatment, as this means more picture-perfect scenery in my photos, especially useful for my travels.
During one of my recent trips, I tested two phones in this category: the ASUS ZenFone 4 and LG G6. Both phones boast dual rear cameras that are wide-angled — the better to see you all with! Both are also around the same price range (in the Philippines) with the ZenFone 4 retailing for PhP 28,995 and the LG G6 at PhP 29,990.*
I set out to see which of these two phones, with the same camera features and (almost) the same price, would perform better in terms of photo taking.
Touchdown Dumaguete City!
Over the weekend, I flew to Dumaguete City in the Philippines. Hailed as a top vacation spot in the Southeast Asian archipelago, Dumaguete is known as a laidback coastal destination. Armed with these smartphones shooters, I aimed to capture the beauty of the place, and the sights and sounds of their annual Sandurot Festival.
A picture is worth a thousand words and this lazy photo by the beach perfectly captures Dumaguete’s mood.
The LG G6 and ASUS ZenFone 4’s cameras definitely perform well in ideal photography scenarios; you can barely tell the difference between the two in terms of color and lighting. There are, however, visible differences in terms of the wide-angle application.
Street dancing and parades
On this particular visit, everyone was at an all-time high in the city as the Sandurot Festival was ongoing. Festivities including parades and street dancing were in order. Different contingents from Dumaguete showed off their skills and pulled out all the stops!
This was the perfect opportunity to make use of my wide-angled shooters. Without moving from my spot, I took these photos using both phones, the first on wide-angle mode…
…and the second one on normal mode.
Again, it’s worth taking note that even if both smartphone cameras boast wide-angle rear dual cameras, the shooting distance still seem to vary depending on what phone you use.
There are certain differences when it comes to the color and vibrance of the photos, too. The LG G6 proves to be consistently better when it comes to color quality and photo saturation. The ASUS ZenFone 4 just does not convince, as the blues (which there is a lot of in this photo set) seem a little too artificial.
Unwinding in a city by the ocean
The day of fun ended and night time closed in on a city that refused to stop celebrating. Countless people came out to continue with the merriment — which isn’t hard to do in a place with a night scene that’s very much alive. The seemingly lazy mood turned into one of revelry. Below’s photos are wide-angle shots of the city. On the far left, one of the new bars that line the street overlooks the ocean.
The ZenFone 4 wins here; its photos have better contrast in low-light scenarios.
Waking up to paradise
The morning rolls by quickly in Dumaguete. Waking up to beautiful tropical sights like this is not extraordinary here.
There is also no shortage of great places to visit. Quaint coffee shops and great dining places are common. Most of them are Instagram-worthy, too!
This is not my first time in Dumaguete and it’s always a relaxing and beautiful time. I always leave here with all smiles. Here’s a selfie to prove it!
In terms of selfies, the LG G6 wins me over. Both have great beauty features, but the color and warmth of the G6’s selfies give that glow I look for in certain photos. An added bonus is the LG G6’s wide-angled selfie mode, although only done via software.
Well, that short trip to Dumaguete was definitely a blast, as you saw. Now, on to the shootout results!
Both the LG G6 and ASUS Zenfone 4 have capable rear cameras and wide-angle functionality, although the G6 seems to capture more scenery in this setting. The ZenFone 4’s photos, on the other hand, tend to be more zoomed out on normal mode.
Photo quality was good on both smartphones, but the G6 stunned with better and brighter colors — a requisite for photo trips such as this.
In terms of low-light photography, the ZenFone 4 definitely impressed with picture quality, able to keep both the highlights and shadows in check most of the time.
All things considered, I’d say the LG G6 won over the ASUS ZenFone 4 in this round. Not that the latter’s camera was bad, but at almost the same price price point, the G6 camera just performed better.
* Pricing varies depending on region. The ASUS ZenFone 4 retails for US$ 399; the LG G6 retails at US$ 600. This different pricing, however, would change the shootout parameters.
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iPhone 12 Pro vs Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs Pixel 5: Camera shootout
Which flagship takes the best photo?
By now, most smartphone brands have introduced their respective flagships. Samsung unpacked the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Google revealed the more affordable Pixel 5, and Apple unveiled the most-awaited iPhone 12 Pro.
In this shootout, we took the three flagship smartphones for a camera showdown. These photos were taken around Brooklyn, New York. And if you’ll ask… Yes, we still did our part by wearing masks and following social distancing protocols.
Anyhoo, grab your pen and paper since this is a blind shootout. It’s labeled A, B, and C to make it easier for you to take notes. As usual, no post-processing was done except for putting the images in a collage for faster loading and preview. The answers can be found at the end of this article.
Okay, we’re just messing with you. It’s not that blind test where you have to scroll up and down to find out the answers in different labels. The results are as follows:
A – iPhone 12 Pro
B – Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
C – Google Pixel 5
If you observed them closely, these flagship smartphones have their strengths and weaknesses. Notably, these smartphones differ in terms of focal length, depth-of-field, color balance, and more. Mainly because these flagships use different camera systems and are powered by different processors.
But if you’re wondering what is the point of a camera shootout between the best smartphones you can buy today, it’s about helping people decide based on their preferences, lifestyle, and usage.
The iPhone 12 Pro captured bright and sharp processed photos with a greenish tint. It produced a clean cut-out for its portrait mode, with an improved depth-of-field anyone would love. It’s the perfect camera system for average users needing a smartphone for their daily grind.
Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra took cooler yet vibrant photos with inconsistent exposure in varying scenarios. It produced images that are expected from a flagship phone, but it’s not as seemingly competitive compared to the iPhone and Pixel’s camera performance.
If anything, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra offered the best camera experience it can provide to those in love with Samsung’s smartphones such as Samsung fans and other loyalists (like yours truly).
On the other hand, Google’s Pixel 5 offered strong contrasts and proper white balance in its photos, yet slightly underexposed during the day. However, it’s a real beast when it comes to night photography — even without its night mode.
For what it’s worth, this shootout proved that flagship smartphones aren’t made equal. They exist to serve different tastes, lifestyles, and usage that are apt for every consumer. Whatever your choice is, we’re sure you’ll be taking great photos. Just make sure you polish your skills and you’ll be ready to go.
So, which of these three took the best photo for YOU? Let us know in the comments section, and tell us if it’s your GadgetMatch!
POCO X3 NFC vs realme 7i: Camera shootout
A battle of affordable phones!
The POCO X3 NFC and realme 7i retails for PhP 12,990 and PhP 11,990 respectively. With just a PhP 1,000 price difference, will the phones have a wide gap in camera performance? Let’s find out in this shootout.
Excited to see the results? Here they are:
POCO X3 NFC: 1B, 2B, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A, 7B, 8B, 9B, 10B, 11B, 12B, 13B
realme 7i: 1A, 2A, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B, 7A, 8A, 9A, 10A, 11A, 12A, 13A
If you analyze the photos well, the POCO X3 NFC captures photos that are warmer — with a greenish tint — and somewhat underexposed, while processing a creamier bokeh and softer blur. On the other hand, the realme 7i produced brighter photos with an extra boost on its vibrance and contrast, as if it’s ready to go on your social media posts.
Having a PhP 1,000 difference didn’t make much of a difference. After all, both phones cater to different consumers with varying preferences.
Which affordable smartphone is the one for you?
Most users picking the POCO X3 NFC are captivated by its performance, apt for their gaming. But even though you’re after power and performance doesn’t mean the camera should be lackluster — which is the case for this smartphone. It’s not as camera-centric as the realme 7i, but its photos are enough to accompany gamer and performance-oriented individuals.
On the other hand, the realme 7i makes the perfect companion for those looking for a smartphone for their daily grind, and mostly spends their time browsing and using social media platforms. Its camera system produces carefully processed photos so that it’s ready for posting — you barely need to edit it.
At the end of the day, these affordable offerings — despite the price differences — can offer decent camera performance. You just have to choose which one suits your budget and lifestyle.
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Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE (2020): Camera shootout
Battle of the small phones
Now that we have the Pixel 4a in our hands, it’s time for another smackdown! Priced at US$ 349, we tested it against Apple’s US$ 399 iPhone SE that packs the powerful A13 Bionic Chip. With two compact phones sporting single rear cameras, which one will shoot better?
Make sure to jot down your answers, as the results of this blind test will be at the end of this article. As usual, photos were labeled, resized, and collaged (this time) for you to load the images faster. No post-processing nor any color adjustments were done in any of the photos. So, let’s begin!
Pixel 4a: 1A, 2A, 3B, 4B, 5A, 6B, 7B, 8B, 9A, 10A, 11A, 12B, 13A, 14A, 15B, 16B, 17A, 18B
iPhone SE: 1B, 2B, 3A, 4A, 5B, 6A, 7A, 8A, 9B, 10B, 11B, 12A, 13B, 14B, 15A, 16A, 17B, 18A
If you observe closely, the iPhone SE produced warmer yet vibrant photos and well-lit, wider portraits. During daylight, it provides more details while it gets pretty noisy in lowlight.
Meanwhile, the Pixel 4a captured cooler photos. Portrait-wise, it has better focus compared to the iPhone SE despite the cropping. But this affordable phone shines better with its HDR and Night Sight, doing a great job in lowlight!
At the end of the day, both phones took photos that are rich in colors and manageable highlights. They also have decent backlit shots and creamy depth-of-field which might appease smartphone photography enthusiasts. For US$ 399, we already have an impressive camera performance. There are no losers here.
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