Camera Shootouts

LG G6 vs ASUS ZenFone 4: Camera Shootout

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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.

LG G6 and ASUS ZenFone 4 together

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.

Verdict

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.

Using the LG G6 and ASUS ZenFone 4

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.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenFone 4 Review

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OPPO F9 vs Vivo V11: Camera Shootout

Which midrange contender comes out on top?

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Two brands that impressed us this year with their unconventional take on the borderless design are OPPO and Vivo. These two are always neck and neck when it comes to performance, design, and even cameras. So in this video, we set out to find which of these midrange contenders takes better photos.

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iPhone XS vs Pixel 2: Camera shootout

Which smartphone camera comes out on top?

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As the iPhone XS starts to roll out to more markets across the globe, we’re doing another camera comparison here at GadgetMatch to see whether Apple’s best offering has what it takes to compete against one of the best smartphone cameras today: Google’s Pixel 2.

This year’s upgrades are merely incremental. But, while reviewing the iPhone XS last week, we noticed how much better it already is compared to its predecessor, the iPhone X. It has a bigger image sensor that should help with low-light performance.

In terms of hardware, the iPhone XS has a slight advantage over the Pixel 2 as it has two main cameras — one wide angle and one telephoto — but in this comparison we only used the main cameras of both phones to level the playing field. The iPhone XS also uses both lenses when taking portraits, while the Pixel 2 uses computational photography, which is possible thanks to the amount of data Google has collected over the years.

This is a blind test so get your pen and paper ready! Do note that all photos were taken on Auto or Portrait mode (when applicable) and have only been resized for faster loading times. They are labeled Photo A and Photo B randomly. Swipe left to see the photos in full and take note of your picks!

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Are you ready to see which phone took your picks? Here’s the answer sheet:

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

There’s no denying how close the performance of both smartphones are. Even at almost a year old, the Pixel 2’s photos look just as good compared to those of the new iPhone XS.

One new feature that Apple is not hyping so much, but everyone is raving about, is Smart HDR. In the comparison, we can see this at work in backlit photos featuring our Chief Content Creator Michael Josh, and in low light. Google has a similar technology called HDR+, although the iPhone XS’ Smart HDR works slightly better.

When it comes to the portrait mode, the Pixel 2 does cutouts much cleaner, although in the photo featuring our Her GadgetMatch editor Isa, it thinks that the pillows behind her are part of the subject. The iPhone XS also produced a warmer image here. In the selfie portrait, it’s the Pixel 2 that produced the warmer image, making the blue wall behind me look less blue than in real life.

What do you think of this comparison? Let us know in the comments section below.

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OPPO F9 vs Vivo V11: Camera shootout

The rivalry is on!

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OPPO and Vivo’s newest midrange contenders are now in the market, and as usual we’re here to pit them against one another.

The OPPO F9 sports a bigger display and what OPPO calls the water drop notch, but with similar internals as its predecessor, the F7. The Vivo V11 also gets the smaller notch treatment, but boasts a higher-end processor and in-display fingerprint reader compared to the V9.

What we’re curious to see, now that we’ve reviewed both devices, is which one takes better photos. We took the F9 and V11 with us as we sought to find out what the city of Berlin, Germany has to offer.

Get your pen and paper ready because we’ve prepared another blind test here at GadgetMatch. All photos were taken in Auto Mode and have only been resized for faster loading times. They are labeled Photo A and Photo B randomly. Swipe left to see the photos in full and take note of your picks.

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Are you ready to see which phone took the photos you picked? Here’s the answer sheet:

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A: OPPO F9
B: Vivo V11

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

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A: OPPO F9
B: Vivo V11

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

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A: OPPO F9
B: Vivo V11

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A: OPPO F9
B: Vivo V11

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A: OPPO F9
B: Vivo V11

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

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B: OPPO F9

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A: OPPO F9
B: Vivo V11

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

In most instances I prefer Vivo V11’s photos better than those of the OPPO F9’s. They’re more detailed, vibrant, the camera’s HDR capabilities do really well in backlit scenarios — something I also experienced on the Vivo NEX — and portrait cutouts are also more precise.

The OPPO F9 also visibly struggled to take clear shots compared to the V11 in scenarios without bright sunlight. If there’s one thing I didn’t like about the V11, it’s the way it tends to oversaturate scenes that it detects as “food” or “flower.”

What do you think of this comparison? Are you upgrading to any of these devices? Let us know in the comments below.

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