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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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iPhone XR vs Pixel 3: Camera shootout

Which single-camera setup takes better photos?

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In an age where dual and triple cameras have become a standard, two premium flagship smartphones with a single-camera setup can still compete. Google’s Pixel 3 is regarded by many as having the overall best smartphone camera because it produces well-balanced colors and clean cutouts on portrait mode. Apple’s iPhone XR has almost the same camera setup and features as the more expensive XS and XS Max, including the TrueDepth camera in front.

In this comparison, we pit the two against each other to find out which smartphone you think takes better photos. This is once again 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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Ready to find out which phone took your picks? Here’s the answer key:

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Photo A: iPhone XR
Photo B: Pixel 3

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Photo A: Pixel 3
Photo B: iPhone XR

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Photo A: Pixel 3
Photo B: iPhone XR

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Photo A: Pixel 3
Photo B: iPhone XR

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Photo A: iPhone XR
Photo B: Pixel 3

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Photo A: iPhone XR
Photo B: Pixel 3

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Photo A: Pixel 3
Photo B: iPhone XR

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Photo A: iPhone XR
Photo B: Pixel 3

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Photo A: iPhone XR
Photo B: Pixel 3

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Photo A: Pixel 3
Photo B: iPhone XR

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Photo A: Pixel 3
Photo B: iPhone XR

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Photo A: iPhone XR
Photo B: Pixel 3

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Photo A: Pixel 3
Photo B: iPhone XR

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Photo A: iPhone XR
Photo B: Pixel 3

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Photo A: Pixel 3
Photo B: iPhone XR

There’s no clear winner in this shootout; both phones did a great job in capturing images even in low-light scenarios. Choosing which one is better boils down to preference.

The Pixel 3 produces photos with higher contrast and sharpness, which sometimes turn out darker so photos tend to look more dramatic than they are in real life.  The iPhone XR, with its Smart HDR technology, balances out highlights and shadows really well, so much so that backlit images look like they have more than one light source.

In the portrait mode department, neither of the phones did a perfect job — how the cutouts turn out varies depending on the hair’s texture, how busy the background is, and even lighting.

When it comes to selfies, the Pixel 3 offers a wider field of view, an option to switch to a secondary wide-angle lens, as well as a feature called Night Sight that’s also available on its rear camera. One complaint we’ve always had with iPhones is how tight selfies are as seen in sets #13 and #14, although the iPhone XR selfies look more pleasing compared to those taken with the Pixel 3, where my skin tone tends to look more dull.

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

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Google Pixel 3: Night mode shootout

Seeing in the dark

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Smartphone manufacturers have always been upping their camera games, whether it’s by adding more sensors to the setup or increasing pixel count. But one of the bigger revolutions was Huawei bringing a true night mode to the P20 Pro earlier this year.

Since then, Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro followed up on the trend, only to be challenged by another camera-centric smartphone: the Pixel 3. Google’s latest flagship also has a well-received night mode, but the feature came out a couple of months after the phone’s launch.

Now that Google’s Night Sight is official and we have a Mate 20 Pro on hand, it’s time to compare their performance and answer the question lots of people have been asking: What’s the best smartphone for nighttime photography?

For this shootout, I brought the two phones around Taiwan and took photos only on their respective night modes. No post-processing was done except resizing, so the images would load a little quicker on this page.

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One thing’s for sure: Both perform really well in any situation, exceeding expectations in most cases. Although, a lot of the comparisons come down to personal taste.

For one, the Pixel 3 often removes a layer of warmth and makes nighttime scenes look more like daytime. On the other hand, the Mate 20 Pro is better at preserving how the environment actually looks in low-light spots.

In the most extreme cases, however, the Pixel 3 can see better in total darkness. The secret sauce Google applied here works wonders for when sufficient lighting is out of the question. At the same time, Huawei’s phone can apply motion blur to moving subjects, making them feel more like a long-exposure shot.

With no clear winner, it’s safe to say that both sides prove that their leaders in the night mode realm. Which one do you prefer? Let us know in the comments section below.

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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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