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LG G5 camera comparison supertest vs Galaxy S7 vs Xperia Z5 vs iPhone 6s

We compare the LG G5’s dual-lens 16/8-megapixel cameras with its biggest rivals; the Samsung Galaxy S7, Sony Xperia Z5 and Apple iPhone 6s cameras. Which is the best mobile camera right now? Here’s our full camera comparison review.

We’re already big fans of the LG G5’s camera, a dual-lens beast that sports a 16-megapixel standard lens backed up by an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens. Check out our massive LG G5 camera review to see our in-depth thoughts, including photo and video samples.

But the G5 has stiff competition in the form of the Galaxy S7, Xperia Z5 and iPhone 6s, which all pack impressive optics too. So, which is the best camera? Well, here’s our G5 camera supertest to help you decide. And don’t forget to check out our in-depth Galaxy S7 camera review and Xperia Z5 camera review.

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LG G5 vs Galaxy S7 vs Xperia Z5 vs iPhone 6s camera supertest: Camera apps

We bloody love the LG G5’s camera app, which provides a little bit of something for everyone, whether you’re a total photography noob who just wants to point and shoot, or a pro snapper who wants expert control. You can quickly switch between a number of different interfaces, with the usual support for swipe and pinch gestures to swap cameras and digitally zoom in and out.

The Xperia Z5 and iPhone 6s sport very similar interfaces, where you need to flick your finger up and down the screen to switch between the different modes. It’s a bit slow and clunky, especially if the mode you want is at the opposite end of the list. However, both phones also offer a solid point-and-shoot experience (although the iPhone has no pro mode to speak of).

LG G5 vs Galaxy S7 vs Xperia Z5 vs iPhone 6s camera supertest: Photo comparison

All four cameras here are wonderfully capable when it comes to everyday photography, as you’d expect. A lot of our like-for-like photos appeared almost identical, with impressive amounts of detail packed into every shot. And all four cameras can also focus in under a second and take shots the instant you hit the shutter button, so you don’t miss any action.

If you’re shooting against a bright sky or trying to snap some other high-contrast scene, you’ll get varied results. The Xperia Z5 managed to pick up a lot of detail in darker areas, but also slightly oversaturated the lighter parts such as the sky itself. Across our range of tests, the iPhone 6s and the G5 performed strongly, capturing the rich, deep blue of the sky, without sacrificing much detail. The Galaxy S7 also worked its magic, although lost some of that colour accuracy.

Contrast shots taken on (in order): LG G5, Apple iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S7, Sony Xperia Z5

Contrast shots taken on: LG G5, Apple iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S7, Sony Xperia Z5

 Contrast shots taken on: LG G5, Apple iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S7, Sony Xperia Z5

With kinder lighting, the Galaxy S7 actually produced the most vivid colours out of all of these cameras. While the LG G4 used to churn out super-vibrant photos, the G5 seems to err towards realistic hues now, which is nice.

Colour shots taken on: LG G5, Apple iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S7, Sony Xperia Z5

When it comes to low light shots, the Galaxy S7 is still the winner. That 12-megapixel Samsung lens can capture an impressive amount of detail when the lights go down, without resorting to the flash. And even with the flash in play, the S7 still snaps the cleanest shots.

Low light shots taken on: LG G5, Apple iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S7, Sony Xperia Z5

Flash shots taken on: LG G5, Apple iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S7, Sony Xperia Z5

In artificial light, the S7 added some extra tone to colours, but not to a troublesome degree. Even under fierce spotlighting, the four phones didn’t stumble.

Artificial light shots taken on: LG G5, Apple iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S7, Sony Xperia Z5

As for motion, all four phones struggled to capture a fast-moving pet or toddler, even in a well-lit environment. The S7 seems to suffer worse than the others, because of its wide-aperture lens, but results are blurry on all counts. The LG G5 actually has an advantage in this area however, with its wide-angle snapper. This makes it much easier to snap any animals or tiny humans who are flapping around in front of you, so you don’t end up capturing little more than a fuzzy ear or half a face.

That wide-angle lens is also a much better way of shooting vistas and busy scenes, as well as capturing group shots in confined spaces. There isn’t as much detail in your final snaps as it’s only an 8-megapixel lens, but photos still look great blown up on a widescreen TV. Check out our LG G5 camera review for example shots and comparisons between the two G5 cameras.

Shots taken on: LG G5, Apple iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S7, Sony Xperia Z5

LG G5 vs Galaxy S7 vs Xperia Z5 vs iPhone 6s camera supertest: Video comparison

The LG G5 shoots HD, Full HD or Ultra HD (4K) video at 30fps, with the ability to capture Timelapse and Slo-mo footage. There’s built in Optical Image Stabilisation, boosted by LG’s own Steady Record digital feature that cuts down on hand jitters. Here’s an example video clip shot on the LG G5, but check out our full LG G5 camera review and LG G5 camera modes review for more sample footage.

The iPhone 6s can shoot Full HD video up to 60fps (an improvement on the G5’s 30fps) or 4K video up to 30fps, as well as Timelapse and slow-mo footage. Quality is again solid, with strong image stabilisation built in. Here’s an example clip and you can see more at Recombu’s YouTube channel.

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 can also shoot Full HD up to 60fps or 4K video up to 30fps, with Timelapse (‘hyperlapse’) and Slow-mo modes on hand. There’s also an option to live-stream video to social media, or create a video collage. Image stabilisation and focus are among the best here. Check out our example clip, with more available on the YouTube channel.

Finally, the Xperia Z5 can also shoot Full HD up to 60fps or 4K video up to 30fps. There are camera modes galore, offering everything from social media streaming to weird AR modes that turn your face into a cartoon character’s, for instance.

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