This is an age of taking endless selfies, while for many it’s an addiction, but some understand the true meaning of selfie and don’t go overboard, but instead use it for the good cause. But today we are not here to discuss selfies again, but the smartphones. Since smartphones were first introduced the quality of the camera wasn’t given quite an importance as it is given these days. It might be stated that many consumers don’t even think much about the performance of the smartphone if it offers impressive camera output (but they should).
In the spirit of that, we are comparing the Sony Xperia X, LG G5, and Samsung Galaxy S7 in a shot-by-shot comparison in both indoor and outdoor settings under the default auto modes. Note that we would also be seeing how each phone performs under HDR (High Dynamic Range) as well as how they cope with bright indoor lighting, low indoor lighting and whether the inbuilt flashlight offers help regarding revealing details of the output and overall picture quality.
Comparison: Hardware Specifications of Rear Camera Module
First talking about the hardware, because it is the foremost important part of a good camera setup on any smartphone, and then only come the software scenario. First talking about the latest pricey mid-ranger among the powerful handset, the cat among the dog, Sony Xperia X smartphone. It comes with a 23-megapixel Exmor image sensor that has a ½.3-inch size and uses a first ever Predictive Hybrid Autofocus (PHA) technology. This feature works its magic to predict the moment of the object, which is one tough task as it requires precise and faster calculations object behavior. With such fast focusing your object will never be a blur; well, at least that is what Sony promises on their latest Xperia X handset.
But if you take our opinion, it wasn’t quite different than any other smartphone cameras that have passed from our desk. Though, I liked the idea of tracking the object when it is in motion so that it comes without any blur. To some extent, it was quite fast. The brand also touts that its camera goes from standby to capture mode in approximately 0.6 second time to capture a photo, as soon as you press the shutter button. It is nice when you’re capturing a photo with a viewfinder, but when you’re pressing the shutter button and the screen is switched off, well, the output looks all blurry. Despite the fact that it has a fast autofocus, it failed to capture a clear shot of the object. Though, the probability of getting a good shot instantly is low, which is very sad.
Table 1: Rear Module Camera Comparison
|Phone||Camera Manufacturer & Model||Resolution (MP)||Aperture Number (f number)||Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)||Flash Type||Autofocus|
|Sony Xperia X||Sony Exmor RS||23||f/2.0||No||LED Flash||Hybrid Autofocus|
|LG G5||N/A||16, 8 (Wide-angle)||f/1.8, f/2.4||Yes||LED Flash||Laser Autofocus|
|Samsung Galaxy S7||Sony IMX260/ Samsung S5K2L1||12||f/1.7||Yes||LED Flash||Laser Autofocus|
Samsung and LG, on the other hand, offers best in class focusing, as we have used these handsets for quite a while now. These South Korean giant are biggest competitors to each other, and the reason is that they both thrive for the best quality experience. Though, I would say that 12-megapixel module is much little faster in snapping pictures when compared with LG’s 16MP module. But of course, if you are a fan of GoPro-esque like wide angle shots, then Samsung Galaxy S7 is not the answer, it’s the LG G5. LG has probably fitted the best dual camera setup we have seen so far; it’s a blend of two best sensors. The 8MP wide angle lens has a horizon of a 135-degree field of view, which is huge than the human eye can see nakedly. Now isn’t that something!
Recommended Read: LG G5 Review
Talking about the aperture number among these three brands, Samsung comes out a clear winner, as it has an f-number of f/1.7, which allows it to be the best in low light performance even in auto mode. We are not even talking about adjustments in a manual mode here. The LG, on the other hand, has a f/1.8 aperture number, which offers decently powerful low light performance. The Sony Xperia X is quite behind when it comes to the aperture number as it uses a f/2.0 lens. While features like Optical Image Stabilization, it is present on all three of the camera modules, which helps in removing the shakes while capturing a photo or a video especially. The Autofocus features is something consumers are interested these days; Sony uses a Hybrid Autofocus technology in comparison to more conventional flagship performance with Laser Autofocus on Samsung and LG handsets.
Comparison: Hardware Specification of Front Camera Module
We all agree, front facing camera is more popularly known as a Selfie camera rather than front facing the camera, all thanks to the selfie addiction of the consumers. That is why smartphones are more focused these days to offer best in class selfie capturing the experience. In the past couple of years, we have seen companies implement features like beauty mode, wide-angle and various types of filters in their camera app. Here we are comparing three smartphone’s front-facing module aka Selfie camera to make it easier for users to find the best hardware specification concerning front-facing module setup.
Table 2: Front Module Camera Comparison
|Aperture Number (f number)||Wide-Angle Lens||Flash|
|Sony Xperia X||13||f/2.0||Yes||No|
|Samsung Galaxy S7||5||f/1.7||Yes||No|
The Japanese brand Sony excels here as it offers 13-megapixel image sensor on the front in comparison to 8-megapixel image sensor on the LG G5. The Samsung Galaxy S7 only sports a 5-megapixel resolution module on the front making it the lowest resolution module among three handsets in question. Though, when it comes to actual outputs, I can confirm that Samsung’s Selfie module is among the best when compared to LG and Sony, as it offers detailed and good color reproduction output. While I would say LG is easily the runner-up here regarding the quality output of the front facing camera and Sony is at the end. So, there is a lesson here for consumers and brands. Having large pixel resolution doesn’t mean better quality outputs.
Table 3: Video Features Comparison
|Phone||4K Video Recording (fps)||Slow Motion (fps)||Timelapse|
|Sony Xperia X||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Samsung Galaxy S7||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Camera Samples: Indoor Conditions
Camera Samples: Outdoor Conditions
Above you saw the camera samples from three different handsets, which is possibly the best phones these brands to offer in the country now. Now you be the judge and check out carefully, which camera samples you like or not. Then afterward we request you to vote for a handset in below poll, which has yielded best result in overall performance. May the best phone win!
As far as our opinion goes, we think that Samsung is a leading competitor in the market, even after few months since its launch at MWC this year. The brand has clearly been doing well as far as sales are concerned for this year, all thanks to its flagship device, Galaxy S7 being received quite well in the smartphone markets around the world. The main reason being that its camera output is best despite being on the lower end of the megapixel war in camera. You can clearly see that a 23MP module on Sony handset couldn’t make it even second in this list, as LG G5 offers quite better camera package than Sony Xperia X.
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