The smartphone camera has come a long way in its evolution over the years. It has now become common practice for people to simply use a smartphone for their camera instead of a separate one especially while traveling. Such an emphasis on the smartphone camera has spurred manufacturers to become more innovative. This post looks at the iPhone 8 Plus and LG G6 camera and determines which one is best for capturing memories of your trip.
Why Choose a Smartphone Camera for Travel?
While smartphone cameras have improved considerably over the years, they certainly aren’t the same as a separate camera. They are limited in the sense that they don’t have a lot of zoom to them or a bunch of different modes to choose from like a normal camera does.
They are easier to transport though. Traveling with a separate camera is riskier because it’s easier to steal compared to the camera in a smartphone. In addition, a smartphone camera requires very little in the way of extra equipment for travel. One micro-SD card and an adapter or two is the extent of what you’ll need. This includes those for the lens or an additional light. Compact stands are also easy to stick in a bag if necessary. These things take up more room and are heavier when using a regular camera.
Until this latest iteration of the iPhone, not a lot has changed with its camera. But this version has some changes in it. The iPhone 8 Plus camera has deeper dual pixels in its sensors with new color filters in the lenses. It also has a new proprietary image sensor in it.
The rest of the specs are similar. It has a dual lens system with one normal and one telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. It has a lower apparatus and no image stabilization.
The LG G6, by contrast, handles the dual lens camera system much better. It has a 13 MP image sensor. In both lenses and instead of a telephoto lens, LG opted to pair a wide angle lens alongside the phone’s normal one. F /1.8 and f/2.4 aperture are used with the normal and wide angle lenses respectively.
LG also has a decent app to use with the camera that includes an easy-to-use manual mode.
The iPhone 8 Plus comes out on top in a color test. It gets points for better color accuracy and a warmer tone. LG’s is cooler and the colors are darker at a glance. The camera’s lens color filters, sensor, and new ISP contribute to the result.
This is seen over and over again with various pictures. Even in harsher lighting conditions, the iPhone doesn’t sacrifice color for balance lending a more realistic feel to all of the photos. The LG G6 also turns in a decent performance. But it’s noticeably lacking in these areas with a head to head test.
In a travel setting, this means that photos of the sites and traveling companions will come out better color-wise in the iPhone 8 Plus.
In terms of clarity, both phones do a good job of retaining the subtle details in a photo. The G6 excels at distance and macro applications while the iPhone 8 Plus pulls ahead in daily usage ability.
Both devices fail in low light settings. The iPhone pulls out more detail in this setting but neither picture is that great. That said, each of them has nice autofocus in these situations. But iPhone is much quicker to do so than LG. This is important to note especially if you want to take a quick photo with the camera.
LG wins the exposure category though. While some photos might appear to be washed out, this camera is more accurate. iPhone concentrates on the photo’s pop more. In other words, LG’s G6 leaves more room to edit photos whereas iPhone goes for the showiness.
In terms of camera apps, LG has RAW photo support and the app launches with a double tap of the volume button. Plus it has a manual mode and other modes to utilize the dual-lens system. IPhone’s app is more user-friendly and snappier to use.
But LG’s wide-lens second lens pulls ahead of Apple’s zoom lens and portrait mode. In a travel setting, this would be utilized more as pictures of different sites are taken compared to that of people.
Choosing which smartphone camera is better for travel comes down to what you need out of a camera. Those who are into photography and want to edit photos will prefer LG G6 to the iPhone 8 Plus. It’s flexible and offers different features that are adjustable to your preferences. The iPhone 8 Plus is perfect for capturing good-looking travel memories without making it complicated for someone who isn’t necessarily tech savvy.
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