If only smartphone manufacturers would go in sync with those flagship launches. But they don’t and come fall we have the new iPhone, as usual, and the Sony Xperia XZ this time, joining the spring children Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5.
A camera shootout is in order, you guessed it. And in typical GSMArena fashion, before we get to analyzing the image quality of the four heavyweights, we’d offer you the chance to vote for the shots that look best to you.
The iPhone 7 comes with Apple’s latest take on the smartphone camera, which includes a 12MP sensor mated to an f/1.8 28mm-equivalent lens – a marked improvement over the previous generation at least in aperture (f/2.2 on the 6s).
Sony’s 23MP sensor on the Xperia XZ has about twice the resolution and sits behind a 24mm lens – the widest of all here, but also the ‘slowest’ at f/2.0.
The 12MP dual-pixel sensor used by the Galaxy S7 gets the most light through its f/1.7 lens and is midway on the focal length chart – 26mm equivalent.
The LG G5 has a couple of cameras on the back and likes to label them in degrees, and the 75-degrees FOV of the primary(-er) 16MP shooter should translate to about 28mm as well – however, this one has a native aspect ratio of 16:9.
Due to the vastly different megapixel count and the different field of view, we’ve cropped the images so it’s not that easy to tell the phones apart in the spirit of this shootout remaining blind as much as possible. We haven’t scaled or resized the images so we haven’t interfered with their quality.
The categories that follow below should be well familiar if you are a regular reader, and the rules are the same as usual – you get a full day to vote, we’ll reveal which letter corresponds to the specific cameraphones tomorrow and we’ll post the results from the voting.
Just so you know, our very own detailed shootout where we evaluate the qualities of each smartphone in detail. But until then, vote away.
#1: Still image, daylight
Daytime shooting in good light is where a lot of smartphone photography takes place, and it’s also where these cameraphones will probably excel.