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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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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs iPhone 13 Pro Max: Camera Shootout

Do you need the best camera hardware to achieve desirable results?

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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!

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Huawei P50 Pro: Camera Shootout

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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?

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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.

Ultra-Wide

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.

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Wide

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?

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Telephoto Zoom

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.

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Portrait Mode

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?

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Low-Light

Once the sunset is out, smartphones tend to change their AI algorithm in making low-light shots brighter but with less noise

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Night Mode

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.

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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.

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Results

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

Conclusion

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.

SEE ALSO: Huawei P50 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: Camera shootout

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Huawei P50 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: Camera shootout

The Korean versus Chinese turmoil reaches our camera shootout section

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2022 already started a bang with new smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE and the Huawei P50 Pro (well, internationally).

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.

Ultra-wide

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?

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Telephoto Zoom

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.

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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.

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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.

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Saturation

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.

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Food

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.

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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.

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Night Mode

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?

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Results

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

Conclusion

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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Huawei P50 Pro review: 5 topnotch cameras, 5 drawbacks

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G review: An all around wonder

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