LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Camera Shootouts (image intensive)

Which camera do you like better?


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Hey guys. I am posting this blog post from my blog to Android Central. I didn't mean to look like I was getting traffic to my blog (which gets 0 dollars from traffic and I have 0 sponsors lol). So this is basically a copy and paste from my blog.

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LG G5 versus Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Camera Shootout! PART 1 Part 2 is below



I decided to have a shoot out of two of the best cameras on the market on a mobile phone. To my surprise they're quite comparable, but in some situations one is better than the other.

I'm not a professional photographer, but I do like to take pictures with my phone since I don't have my camera on me most of the time. So please take this pictures with a grain of salt as your mileage may vary! Both devices are my own personal devices that I purchased with my own money, so there is 0 sponsorship here. Google doesn't pay me for ads or traffic. Neither Samsung nor LG even know I bought their devices for this test. So these are 100% my findings and 100% mine alone with 0 influence from anyone.

Note: All were taken in auto mode, with auto focus unless specified. First is zoomed out image and then 100% crop.

Enjoy the shots.

LEFT || RIGHT

LG G5 || S7 EDGE




In this picture we can see that more detail is in the the G5 image, mostly due to the 16mpx shooter versus the 12 megapixel shooter on the S7 Edge. There is no real clear winner, but I'd give the G5 the upper hand in this image solely due to the higher megapixel. Both shots are very well exposed, very good quality and neither of them took a better shot for sharpness.




In this indoor shot the S7E pulls ahead due to the text on the LG G5 UAG case (another review that's coming up in the near future!). The G5 does have a higher resolution camera, but the sharpness of the S7E wins in this test. The text on the box for G5 and Drop Tested just looks better on the S7E. It's also very sharp, but both did a good job.




Here in this image is where we begin to see bigger differences. Just looking at the greens in these bushes clearly shows the color representation on the G5 is superior. In the bushes you can see that there are "patches" of colors, where in the S7E image you can't clearly see them. Greens are more vibrant as well as having the stones being much more clearly defined.You can even read the text on the G5 for the pillar. The winner is clearly the G5.


This image is just another 100% crop from the previous image. We can, once again, see how the colors aren't correctly interpreted by the S7E. These bushes do have patterns of yellow / green, where as in the S7E camera they're all blended together. G5 still wins this shot.




G5 shoots a sharp image, but the S7E shoots a brighter image. But the greens on the G5 are more intense and feel richer. I'd give colors to G5, and overall quality to the S7E. Neither shot bad shots!




This picture is much sharper on the S7E, but once again, color representation isn't the best on the S7E, so I decided to add one of the filters in the pro mode (still having everything in automatic of course) and I was able to shoot the following image.


The S7E shoots a much richer picture, but now it doesn't look realistic. It's just a little to warm.




While both shots are VERY good, I must say I prefer the black lines around the antler in the S7E image. But once again, both are very good, Mostly the pixels seem to be crisper on the S7E vs the G5 - I do doubt that anyone could say that the G5 takes bad pictures though, because these are superb pictures.





Colors in this image are more correct on the S7E, and also the numbers on the phone and the blacks on the pillow look better on the S7E. While inspecting the cable, I do find that the G5 captures more details. In the S7E shot you can see that there is some cable inside, but you can't really say which color is which, but in the G5 image you can clearly see which color is where. Tie? Yes, tie.




Blacks are darker on the G5, but blurrier than the S7E counterpart.


This is a difficult shot to decide which is better. So neither get my vote! Or both, however you want to look at it.










In all these low light shots I was expecting the S7E to destroy the G5, ironically it didn't. Most pictures seem the S7E was darker, and less focused than the G5! Way to go LG.




I spoke to soon, In this picture, and the following, LG totally disappointed me - just look at that quality! So many artifacts; the S7E destroyed the G4 in this highlighter image as well as the keyboard image on the Surface Pro 4.








The Euro shot clearly falls in favor of the S7E where the image is both brighter and has more detail.




The same can be said about this shot with the remote. Blacks are darker and whites are brighter,

Conclusion
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and LG G5 are very good cameras. There is no clear winner for them, but we can say that some scenarios fall in favor of one devices versus the other.

LG G5 strong points

Color reprenstation is superior

Ourdoor low light shots are fantastic

Detail in the images, due to the 16 megapixel camera

Very good 16:9 ratio (most TVs, monitors and phones have this ratio)

Weak points

Focus is slower, sometimes having trouble to focus correctly

details are sometimes washed away and become blurry regardless of having a 16 megapixel camera.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge strong points

Indoor low light shots are great

Colors are fairly accurate, especially indoors.

Very fast at focusing

Generally speaking the S7E locks on to the device in front of you very quickly and automatically.

Weak points

Color accuracy outdoors

Less detailed shots at 12 megapixels

The 4:3 ratio is good for Instagram, and 1:1 shots. This will cut images if you want to use them as a background on most monitors, for example.

LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Shootout: Part 2


I got a second LG G5 and I decided I put it through its paces as well versus the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. I only used the main camera on the LG G5 to compare - I can say that the wide angle camera is awesome.

Wait, what? You missed my FIRST post?

This is how I take my shots for the shootout: Completely 100% auto, no changing of the white balance, no modifying the stops for the exposure. If I were to do that for every shot then each one would be superb. I believe that most people want to take a picture at the moment and whip out their cameras. I mostly shoot in manual mode, but for these tests I stay with 100% automatic with maybe some tap to focus shots just to be able to see what LG and Samsung have implemented into their devices and the software optimizations they have carried out.

In all images the LG G5 is on the left and the S7 Edge is on the right.




As we can see in this image, the G5 captures more of the yellow flowers that are ever so tiny as well as the detail of the leaves. This is mostly due to the amount of megapixels the G5 has over the S7 Edge.
Point to LG G5.



In the same image I just lowered a little bit and you can see the detail on the bricks is much higher and in focus. Usually the S7 Edge is on top in focus, but this wasn't a tap to focus ordeal. Very well done LG G5.
Point to LG G5



The WB on the S7 Edge is a little off here, but that's OK. It's something you can fix in manual mode or even afterwards. Detail is better on the rocks and look more natural while the S7 looks a little over sharpened.
Point to LG G5



In this shot the colors are very well represented but there is something about the ground on the S7 image that looks sharper and better. You can also see the drops of rain on the flower in the center left and they are more in focus as are the bulbs of the flowers.
Point to S7 Edge.


Both of these images came out perfectly but to personal taste I enjoy more the colors and detail of the G5. It may not be as sharp but there is more detail and it looks more artistic. I would send that to print and be very happy with the result as you can see below.
Point to LG G5




General shot. Point to S7


100% crop on this general focus shot, and the S7 nailed it.


But how often do we just take a shot without focusing when pointing it at the only 1 thing that is in front of us? Well, I always tap to focus! So I thought I'd give the G5 a chance to focus and I manually focused both on the face of the statue and the S7 still came out on top even though both shots are very nice.
Point to S7



G5 wins this hands down, the focus and details.
Point to LG G5


A very nice shot. Tie.
Point to LG G5 and S7

100% crop on close and distant objects at the same time, very nice detail for both again. Tie.
Point to LG G5 and S7





In these two shots I tried to focus on the flowers and the S7 Edge was able to do so, but the G5 wasn't! It kept focusing on the floor. I would normally jump into manual mode but since is supposed to be a general shooter with everything on automatic except maybe tapping to focus, I decided to just leave it as is.
Point to S7 and another one for the second shot.

In this shot I'm enjoying the G5 image more.
Point to LG G5

Upon zooming with no touch to focus, I can see that the lamp post isn't as in focus neither are the leaves in the background on the G5. The S7 takes the prize!
Point to S7

Then I tapped to focus on the G5, and got this gorgeous shot. Just because the colors are a little more pleasant of the leaves on the G5 I'd give it a point, but they're both excellent shots so they both get a point!
Point to LG G5 and S7



These gorgeous flowers got a little rain the morning of the shoot and you can see the drops on the right and left, but each phone focused on a different spot.
Point to LG G5 and S7

Another try!
Point to LG G5 and S7


Point to LG G5 and S7. Both images are very well lit, exposed and good white balance.



While I was tempted to give the S7 this point, I decided to give it to the G5 because of those colors and representation. I think the leaves look nicer and less "crinkled" on the yellow flowers. The purple flowers across the bottom left also have a lot of detail over the S7.
Point to LG G5




The detail on those green leaves behind the white flowers are gorgeous in on the S7, but come one, let's be realistic, both shots are FANTASTIC.
Point to S7


I can't decide with this shot.
Point to LG G5 and S7




Both shots are superb. The detail of the bulb and the color of the petals are higher on the G5 but the veins on the S7 are very nice.
Point to LG G5 and S7




Point to LG G5





The G5 crushed the reds, while the S7 Edge handled them better. You can still see the details of each petal while on the G5 it's harder but not impossible.
Point to S7

JPG image is quite similar in this shot. The only real difference is the temperature of the leaves. Here's a close up.

Point to LG G5 and S7

Two very nice shots
Point to LG G5 and S7

Point to S7 due to the detail on the stone bench.


This is probably one of my favorite shots from that morning.

I had to double check that these were different images because they're so crisp and perfect. They're very much in focus and very well developed.
Point to LG G5 and S7. Could I give another set of points for this macro shot? Why not, it's my blog :).
Another point to LG G5 and S7




I really had to pixel peep on this one, the roof of the house on the G5 has more detail than the house of the S7. Also, the window blinds have more detail than the same image of the S7.
Point to LG G5


My moving parrot.

Point to S7 for indoor shots and having him in focus.


Another shot, same result.
Point to the S7.

Total:

LG - 21 points Samsung - 23 points



Thank you everyone for taking the time to look at this post. I really can't decide between the two cameras. They're both fantastic photo shooters. I'll talk about videos another day.


Conclusion


But as we can see there is no "clear winner" even though Samsung won by 2 points (or by 9%). All I can say is this: There is no one device that is a clear winner when shooting in completely automatic mode. In 2016 both LG and Samsung brought out the big guns. I'm very happy with both devices as cameras. I would say to pick the device that best fits your lifestyle because both cameras will do very well in very similar situations in automatic mode. Enjoy them! They both rock!

I would also ask people to feel free to post a link to this post, but please don't take the content. I spent a long while shooting and comparing these shots :) Thank you!
 
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