Camera Comparison: LG G4 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

Forget about pitting the Apple iPhone 6 or iPhone 6S against the might of Samsung’s new Galaxy S6. For one thing, Apple phones are from last year, and there is no way that a 8MP camera can ever hope to beat a 16MP camera one.

That said, the LG G4 is slowly emerging as a worthwhile competitor to the Galaxy S6 (Don’t worry. We tested the G4 against the iPhone 6S Plus and the results were pretty embarrassing, for the iPhone 6S Plus.) so we got our hands on both phones, and compared the photos.

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The prowess of the Galaxy S6 have been well documented, but let’s take a look at the what G4 has.

Auto Laser Focus – Instead of trying to focus on an object, last year’s LG G3 used infrared signals to measure the distance between the camera lens, and the photo subject. In theory, it cuts down on the unnecessary time need to perform an auto-focus and LG has brought it back for the LG G4. This also means the camera here is better equipped to take images in low light conditions.

f1.8 aperture – This measure the amount of light that reaches the camera sensor, and f1.8 here beats the f1.9 on the Galaxy S6.

Colour Spectrum Sensor – This is a new sensor that works with the white balance, to more accurately measure the lighting conditions of a scene. This way, the camera can tell the difference between artifical and natural light, and adjust the surrounding colours to show up in a more natural manner.

Here’s a quick look at the specs from both devices:

Samsung Galaxy S6 LG G4
Processor 64-bit 14nm Samsung Exynos Octa-core (4 × 2.1GHz + 4 × 1.5GHz) 64-bit 20nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Hexa-core (2 × 1.8GHz + 4 × 1.44GHz)
Display 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED, 1,440 x 2,560 pixels, 577 ppi 5.5-inch IPS LCD, 1,440 x 2,560 pixels, 538 ppi
OS Android 5.0.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz Android 5.1 Lollipop with LG UX 4.0
Storage 32/64/128 GB (non-expandable) 32GB (microSD slot, expandable up to 2TB)
Camera (Rear) 16MP, OIS, LED flash, f1.9, 28mm, (Front) 5MP, (Rear) 16MP, OIS, LED flash, f1.8, 28mm, (Front) 8MP,
Video 3840 x 2160 (4K@30 fps), 1920 x 1080 (1080p@60 fps), 1280 x 720 (720p@120 fps) 3840 x 2160 (4K@30 fps), 1920 x 1080 (1080p@30 fps), 1280 x 720 (720p@60 fps)
Size 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 (mm) 148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 (mm)
Weight 138g 155g
Fingerprint sensor Yes No
Battery 2,550mAh (non-removable) 3,000mAh (removable)
Charger Fast charge (charger provided), Built-in Qi and PMA wireless standard Fast charge (charger not provided), Qi wireless charging available with compatible case

Rather than have us tell you which photo is better, why not take a look at some of the photos we snapped, and decide for yourself. You can also sound off in the comments as to which camera you think is superior.

All photos below were taken with the standard auto camera settings, with HDR mode turned to Auto.

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