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Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6: Camera Shootout

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We’ve compared the Galaxy S8’s camera to numerous smartphones — from its most bitter rival to a phone less than a fourth its price — but in terms of design, nothing is as close as this comparison.

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.

What do you think of this shootout? Do you believe we missed something? Please let us know in the comments below.

SEE ALSO: LG G6 vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus: Camera Shootout

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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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