iPhone 8 Plus vs LG V30 & Pixel 2 XL camera test | Last Cam Standing VIII


Apple’s iPhone 8 plus just beat the LGG
6 in our latest smartphone camera showdown but now there are two new
challengers Google’s pixel to excel and LG’s v30 let’s put these phones to the
test in a threeway comparison to see whose camera comes out on top our camera shootout series has been
going on for a year now and this could be the biggest match up to date as
always it’s a winner-take-all showdown and the camera that takes the top spot
continues on to battle the next hot smartphone that comes along our current
choice for best camera the iPhone 8 plus delivers a major performance boost
compared to last year’s iPhone 7 plus and most of it is thanks to Apple’s new
proprietary image processor but Google’s pixel 2 improves upon the awesome
computational photography that the original pixel gave us last year with
modest off-the-shelf parts google taps into what it knows best machine learning
in order to make a great photo as for LG its G 6 held our top spot for a number
of camera showdowns until it just barely lost to the iPhone 8 plus but now LG’s V
30 is ready to take back the crown with great camera specs and an amazing camera
app this fight will be broken up into four sections color clarity exposure and
user experience and all the phones will be tested using the stock camera app in
full auto mode the way most people shoot I’ll focus mostly on the main camera of
each phone but any extra features will be covered under user experience and now
let’s go over the results first up is color and what’s important here is
accurate color reproduction and white balance in this vivid street scene each
camera looks to handle white balance effectively but further inspection of
the yellows reveals a wider variation of colors in the pixel and the iPhone the
pixel 2 is a little washed out not necessarily a bad thing but the iPhone
is a tad more accurate to the eye this next close up of a plant shows just how
well the iPhone handles colors compared to the v30 nonetheless the pixel keeps
up and all three are still fairly accurate when it comes to color temps
but this morning shot stirs things up a bit here the V 30 is more vibrant but
really goes too far and the pixel misses the mark on white balance resulting in a
dull sky the iPhone is easily the most accurate of the three the same spot at
sunset paints a similar picture the iPhone is accurate and has good
saturation low-light shots are hard to nail especially in mixed lighting
environments the pixel portrays a greenish hue while the v30 leans into
the tungsten and although the iPhone isn’t perfect it’s by far the closest
thing to accurate this last shot with plenty of white wall is where the
comparison really brings it home in almost every scenario the pixel leans
towards the cooler side of color temperatures with the iPhone leaning
warmer the v30 comes in last for this category never really producing
consistent results and yes I know the V 30 features a 10 bit sensor with a wider
color gamut but that doesn’t mean much if it can’t accurately capture those
colors color temperature can be a matter of personal preference but there’s no
denying that the iPhone has the edge in depth and separation so the Apple iPhone
8 plus takes our color battle next up we’ll cover clarity what I’m looking for
here is the sharpness of the overall image and how well it stays sharp in
different lighting scenarios here at the train tracks I’m pretty happy with how
each perform at full resolution but zooming in is where the rubber meets the
road and I’m disappointed with the v30 it doesn’t really seem to improve upon
the g6s sharpness issues the iPhone is better but the pixel just blows both out
of the water so much fine detail can be extracted from the pixels image I’m very
impressed moving to this shot across the bay
zooming in on the Oakland docks shows that the iPhone in the fee 30 both lose
the necks of some of the cranes but the pixel does not with a higher resolution
sensor I was hoping for more from the V 30 and here we have a brick wall one of
my favorite camera testing tools zooming in reveals so much about how
each camera processes texture the pixel is once again killing it with detail the
iPhone holds up pretty well and the fee 30 is a mess check out another wide shot
this time with less hates punching into the distance shows a close race between
the pixel and the iPhone but there’s more texture in the grass on the pixel
and I still have no idea what’s up with the V 30 switching gears over to some
low lighting scenarios we’ll really see how each camera handles longer shutter
times here I was really hoping the V 30 would kick some ass with its F 1.6
aperture but surprisingly that’s not the case it’s not as noisy as the iPhone but
it should have a clear advantage in this shot the pixel performs very
well the next shot has similar results but reveals a weakness of the pixel the
autofocus and low-light just isn’t as good as what’s on the iPhone when the
pixel nails focus it’s great but when it doesn’t it’s a lost shot the V 30 isn’t
too bad in this shot so that’s nice but the LG love doesn’t last long since I
can’t even compare how clear the images are in this super dark shot between the
pixel and the iPhone the pixel has way more definition on the fire extinguisher
so despite its hiccups in low-light the pixel still takes the clarity category
the third category is exposure and here we’ll go over how each camera exposes
for a scene and just how much exposure information each camera retains I’m
including histograms on each of the images so you can see the results as
well this first shot is basic but helps me bring home a point the pixel is
flatter which looks washed out and the iPhone cranks up the contrast providing
more punch without editing and the fie 30 is somewhere in the middle but like I
said in previous shootouts this comes down to a matter of preference do you
want an image with punch or do you want the freedom of a flatter image so you
can add more punch later each phone deals with most lighting
scenarios very well but where breaks down is in high contrast scenarios like
this hotel the pixel is a bit underexposed compared to the iPhone but
Google’s HDR is super aggressive and holds on to highlights way better than
the iPhone and the b30 but is it at the expense of the shadows no I was able to
recover more from the shadows on the pixel than the blown out highlights on
the iPhone in b30 the same thing happens on this street scene and there’s so much
more information to work with on the pixel the iPhone has way more punch but
in extreme situations like these I’d rather have the dynamic range to work
with in editing the v30 does a good job as well but it doesn’t hold as much
information as the pixel and this last dynamic shot hits home the point the V
30s HDR just doesn’t do enough to keep the shadows usable and the iPhone has to
overexpose in order to hold the shadows resulting in some blown out bricks the
pixel has the perfect balance of holding dynamic information but also delivering
a punchy photo before head it’s a close contest as each camera
performs great but I’m going to give a slight edge to the Google pixel to the
last category is user experience and here we look at all the factors that go
into using a camera daily apple gives you a simple and straightforward user
experience and snappy operation the iPhones autofocus system is also a huge
advantage it’s fast and reliable but the iPhone 8 plus does have some glaring
problems first off compared to the other phones it just takes too long to unlock
the camera app from a sleeping phone second why the hell can’t I get to the
settings from inside the camera app that makes no damn sense I’ve also been
holding out hope for a manual mode but Apple must think I can’t handle it and I
doubt it’s coming on the Google side the pixel twos camera unlock speed is super
quick and I’ve been loving Google’s version of portrait mode both
implementations have their shortcomings but there are plenty of situations where
the pixel is as good if not better than the iPhone in this department this year
Google also included optical image stabilization in addition to electronic
image stabilization but it’s not as powerful in photo mode as it is in video
and Google like Apple didn’t include a full manual mode they did take a few
steps in the right direction with features like exposure locking and if
you know me you know how much I love LG stock camera app it has plenty of fun
features to play with and also has a powerful manual mode that includes a
real-time histogram I also found way more use for the super
wide angle camera on the V 30 as opposed to iPhones telephoto lens this is the
third generation of the super wide angle lens that LG has worked on and it’s the
best yet and even though I’m focusing on the photo features here I have to give a
shout out to some of the huge improvements LG did on the video side
from custom color profiles to zoom control to deeper editing options there
is plenty to keep you busy but the camera launch speed on the V 30 was
inconsistent which is a change from the g6 and overall I ran into way more
interface hitches on the V 30 than I’m happy with that said I’m still a huge
fan of LG’s experience so the V 30 is taking this category
so now we’ve gone over all the testing it’s time to crown a champion overall I
was very disappointed with the photo results from the b30 it’s a solid camera
with great usability features but LG isn’t keeping pace on the processing
side the iPhone 8 plus takes amazing photos and if you need a camera that’s
reliable and has a great kick without editing you will be very happy with it
but with great color accuracy top-notch clarity stunning exposures and a solid
camera app the Google pixel to excel is our new champ what Google has been able
to do with computational photography is a huge achievement that is going to be a
big part of photography going into the future they have a solid base to work
with and if they decide to lean into custom hardware to complement the
software Google will be unstoppable and whether you pick up the smaller pixel 2
or the larger pixel 2 XL you know you have the best camera around so what do
you think of the results do you think the iPhone 10 can get the crown back for
Apple tell me about your experiences with the pixel 2 and be sure to
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