I recently bought a film camera – big, heavy and incredibly beautiful. Having experienced it in, I noticed a curious phenomenon: standing on the street and shooting strangers, I suddenly noticed that people no longer perceive a person with a camera as a photographer. No one covers the face, nobody is passing me by, not to spoil the shot, no one even pays attention to the thing in my hands. And then I took the phone and began to take pictures of people exactly the same as shooting on film. The

reaction was completely different. Some smiled, others turned away, and others were around me in a circle, trying not to spoil the frame – in General, behave naturally with respect to the street photographer.

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Until we find out which is better – Nikon or Canon, the world grew more than one generation of people who see the picture as a function of the smartphone. Compact cameras have long since gone to the “dustbin of history”, and I’m pretty sad, but the change in the perception of photography as a process is thought-provoking. On the other hand, something still remains unchanged. People still argue about what is better (Sony or LG? Galaxy or iPhone?), a simple answer to this question still does not exist. So today we compare the six flagship smartphones to find out which one still shoots better.

The input data

In some smartphones today have two cameras, with the logic of the second lens and sensor are different. Other smartphones are still using the module with a single camera. Some colleagues rightly believe that the best result in the survey shows just single modules.

Phone camera ranking:
1. U11
2. Pixel
3. GS8

Never known Apple to be this far behind, but guess this is the price of dual-focus camera.

— Vlad Savov (@vladsavov) July 28, 2017

So for reasons of clarity, the second camera did not participate in comparison – today we will only talk about normal shooting. Fashionable portrait mode iPhone 7 Plus was not used, as well as a wide-angle camera in LG G6 or imitation of the shallow depth of field in Huawei P10 Plus.


In different tests we will evaluate the result according to various criteria, but the key factors are the sharpness and detail. In addition, the result affects the accuracy of exposure and white balance. In each test a smartphone can dial 0, 1 or 2 points. The best will be named the smartphone with the highest number of points. Go.

Shooting through glass

Of course nobody will admit it, but this is one of the most popular genres of photography. The view from the hotel window, the view through the windshield of the car, the view from the plane that we shoot often. At first glance, nothing complicated, but because the glass is often tinted is pretty “confusing” automatic white balance. So in the first test in addition to the overall quality of the images we assess and the correct setting of a color temperature.

The iPhone 7 Plus

The same scene at full size cameras U11 HTC, Samsung Galaxy S8+, P10 Plus Huawei, LG G6 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium

It’s quite a difficult scene for mobile cameras. Shooting against the sun (which, however, is the haze and the frame does not fall) in this case could give three different results. In the first the sky exposed correctly, and all the objects in the bottom half of the frame was too dark. In the second the lower half of the frame is well designed, and the top looks too bright. Well, the third option is the average between the first two.

The correct white balance issue Sony Xperia XZ Premium, and the iPhone 7 Plus, but subjectively looks best with the Samsung Galaxy S8+. Looks good and the result is Huawei Plus P10, but the white balance is incorrect. HTC and LG U11 G6 is much worse. Last excessively overstates the contrast during software processing images after shooting. Probably, the company believes that contrasting images like the end user, but in itself this technique is rather stupid. Let’s change the point of shooting and look at the result in more correct lighting.

The Samsung Galaxy S8+

The same scene with cameras HTC U11, iPhone 7 Plus P10 Plus Huawei, LG G6 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Light enough, in the frame of a shadow that I can assess the breadth of dynamic range. The difficulty lies only in the presence of tinted glass often confusing an algorithm for automatic determination of color temperature.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ gives excellent picture without gaps in shadows and illuminated areas on the fuselage of the aircraft and in the sky, but the white balance is far from correct. Best showed itself HTC U11, and if we talk about overall sharpness and detail of the picture, the leader is Samsung and HTC devices. Higher resolution camera in the Sony Xperia XZ Premium does not add any sharpness or detail, and LG G6 again overdid it with the contrast.

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus – 1 point
  • HTC U11 – 1 point
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ – 2 points
  • LG G6 – 0 points
  • Huawei P10 Plus – 1 point
  • Sony Xperia Premium XZ – 1 point.


Smartphone manufacturers rarely specify minimum focusing distance in the specifications of built-in cameras, so here I had to start from a position of “close to object” and then slowly move the smartphone back to the moment when he could focus. The end result was about the same, but for reliability, I shot two scenes: flowers in a well lit room and the coffee beans at home with daylight from the window in cloudy weather.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium

The same scene with cameras HTC U11, iPhone 7 Plus P10 Plus Huawei, LG G6 and the Samsung Galaxy S8+

This simple, at first glance, the scene caused difficulties with several smartphones. It seemed that the light in the room is enough, but when the “look” of a lens is aimed at one small point, it appears that lighting for macro is insufficient.

In some pictures (U11 HTC and Sony Xperia XZ Premium) slight noise. The color reproduction is all good, but the G6 again overstates the contrast. From the point of view of field leaders is again Galaxy S8+, the second result LG, slightly worse look pictures with the iPhone 7 Plus and HTC U11, outsiders – Huawei P10 Plus and Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

The HTC U11

The same scene with cameras the iPhone 7 Plus P10 Plus Huawei, LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Sony Xperia XZ Premium

In the second scene, the lighting was worse, the subject is dark. HTC U11 slightly underexpose it a shot, but the coffee color seems more natural.

The best result is again the Samsung Galaxy S8+, Huawei P10 Plus slightly improved – he is a confident second place. Followed by U11 HTC, then Sony, iPhone and LG. We calculate the scores.

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus – 0 points
  • HTC U11 – 1 point
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ – 2 points
  • LG G6 – 1 point
  • Huawei P10 Plus – 1 point
  • Sony Xperia Premium XZ – 1 point.

Source: 3dnews.ru

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