Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs LG G6 camera test | Last Cam Standing VI


Hot off the presses is the Galaxy Note 8 Samsung’s latest flagship phone and it sports a dual camera system Which is a first for Samsung the galaxy s 8 released in May wasn’t able to topple the LG G 6 our current pick for smartphone camera dominance And so we’re interested to see the changes Samsung has made in the past six months Can the new no date emerge victorius where the s8 fell short keep watching to find out? Before we dig deeper into the results let’s review some Specs the note 8 is the first Samsung phone to have a dual lens setup with both cameras rocking 12 megapixel sensors the main, or wide lens has an aperture of F17 while the telephoto is a slower F. 2.4. Lens and in the first for any smartphone both the main and telephoto lenses have optical image stabilization or oh is the G six meanwhile features a fairly typical main camera Paired with a super wide lens both sensors are 13 megapixels with the main shooters aperture set at F 1.8 And the wide at F 2.4 only the main camera has oh is built-in But you typically don’t need stabilization with wider fields of view though it would have been nice But specs are only one slice of the pie it really comes down to how each phone handles the post-processing Of each photo in the shoot out. I’m gonna focus mostly on the results from the main cameras for both phones they will be used the way most people do straight out of the pocket with the stock camera app and HDR set to auto the testing categories will be broken into four sections color clarity exposure and user experience And we hired the amazing model sindelle to help us capture some real-world scenarios here in San Francisco And now on to the photos the first category is colored and what I’m looking for here is how each phone handles white balance? saturation and color reproduction Now if you’ve been following this shoot out series for a while you might notice some similarities between the notates and the s eights results That’s because the note 8 struggles with white balance just like the s8 did earlier this year It’s not as bad this time around But it still falls short compared to the g6 which captures a pleasing and natural color palette the most extreme example Shows up in this photo taken on a street corner I can confirm. That sindelle was not sick during our test It’s just the note 8 having some problems so while the g6 didn’t score a huge win LG still takes the color category Next up is clarity and what I’m studying Here is the sharpness of each photo across the entire frame as well as how sharp each camera stays in various lighting scenarios in A brightly lit scene like this one both cameras are nice and clear There’s a bit of ghosting towards the edge of the note eighths frame, but it’s nothing major against this brick Wall each camera performs great as well But we start to notice that both have plenty of sharpening applied in post So it’s really a toss-up until we get into some super low-light situations the note 8 performs admirably, but LG’s superb Oh is kicks in and helps the g6 pull ahead the g6 is images noisier in most shots But that allows it to retain a bit more detail like this website here It’s worth noting that the s8 won this category, and it’s camera showdown But every scene presents a different lighting challenge and this time the LG G 6 emerges victorious The next test is exposure and here we’re looking over the dynamic range of each camera And how it chooses to expose for a scene, we’ll get some help from our friendly neighborhood histogram And here’s the basic way to read it all of the information on the right side of the histogram Represents the bright areas of the image while the left side represents the dark areas ideally you want the exposure to fall somewhere in between Otherwise you start to lose information Overall the note 8 tended to underexpose scenes compared to the g6. This is interesting because earlier this year the s8 was overexposing compared to the g6 Underexposure is a safer tactic especially when dealing with high contrast scenarios, but it still didn’t help the no dates chances in almost every Situation I was able to pull more information out of the shadows and highlights From the g6 now don’t get me wrong the note 8 Isn’t way off the mark when it comes to exposure is just that the g6 nails it almost every time The only place where the g6 continues to stumble is knowing when to use HDR in this super high contrast environment the g6 went between firing HDR and Leaving it off Not ever really figuring it out Despite that the LG G 6 still takes the exposure category and now to our last category which is user experience Here we go over all of the other variables of using these phones to take photos in terms of camera app speed I’ve always been impressed with how quickly I can launch Samsung’s default camera the g6 is stock app is starting to feel a bit sluggish But I’ve been using this phone for months without a hard reset, so I won’t ding it for that as for features I just love what LG has to offer in its stock camera app from including a histogram in its manual mode to its creative uses Of its dual camera setup the g6 is packed with extras and makes Samsung’s app feel like all bling and no substance some of Samsung’s features are activated by a press while others are activated by Sliding out from the edge of the screen while even more are buried in menus. It’s not bad It just feels like a phone experience instead of a camera experience, which is what you get on the g6 Samsung and LG also take different approaches when it comes to their second cameras Samsung went with the telephoto lens while LG stuck with its super wide angle lens I actually found plenty of uses for each style the most notable being the live focus mode on the note 8 this mode Introduces bokeh or blur to a photo taken with the telephoto camera and the results are impressive on the other hand I found myself needing The wide angle of the g6 more often in real-world Scenarios so this choice really boils down to personal preference both approaches are super useful but I missed having LG’s wide lens more than Samsung’s telephoto all in all using the note 8 is a great experience and for some advantages over the g6 But in the end I continue to love using the LGG 6 so that’s who’s taking the win in user experience So now it’s time to declare an overall winner while Samsung has made some improvements to the note 8 that helped it top the s8 It’s still not enough to take down the powerhouse that is the LG G 6 LG’s G 6 features modest specs But it really shows its strengths and post-processing photos taken with the g 6 feature natural and lifelike colors and crisp and clear scenes all while maintaining enough dynamic range so you can edit the photo later in Instagram pair that with LG superb stock camera app and Wide-angle 2nd lens and you have a phone That’s yet to be beaten And what a year the g6 has had so far after taking down the Google pixel it went on to defeat the Samsung Galaxy s8 HTC’s u 11 and now Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 We already have a pre-production model of LG’s V 30 in for testing so stay tuned for that showdown once the final version comes in Let me know what you think of the results in the comments below and be sure to subscribe so you can check out the next smartphone camera shootout

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