iPhone X Camera Compared to LG G7 ThinQ Camera

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    LG recently released its latest flagship smartphone, the LG G7 ThinQ, which, like flagship smartphones from many other manufacturers, includes a high-quality dual-lens camera that enables impressive photographic capabilities.

    In our latest YouTube video, we pitted the G7's camera against the camera of the iPhone X to compare and contrast the feature set and image quality of the two devices.

    While the iPhone X has a dual-lens setup that includes a wide-angle and a telephoto lens, the G7, like the G6, takes a different approach for its camera setup, introducing both a standard ~71-degree f/1.6 wide-angle lens and an even wider f/1.9 107-degree lens, eschewing telephoto capabilities all together.

    Both sensors offer an improved 16-megapixel pixel count, and the standard lens includes support for optical image stabilization and an autofocus system that includes phase detection and laser.

    Apple's iPhone X has a standard 12-megapixel f/1.8 wide-angle lens paired with a 12-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens, which is what Apple uses for its Portrait Mode depth effects. Both wide-angle and telephoto lenses have their purposes, and with LG's setup, you can take wider landscape shots that fit more of the background in rather than closer portrait images designed to focus on a single subject.

    LG's device also includes a portrait mode-style effect, but the background blurring is done entirely via software rather than through lens technology. LG has included a unique "AI Cam" feature that's designed to analyze the subjects in the photo and offer up recommendations on how to make adjustments for the best possible photo.

    The native camera app on the LG G7 has an option for manual operation and several included photographic modes, while taking manual shots on the iPhone X requires you to download a third-party app.

    We've got some comparison shots of the two cameras below, along with an Imgur album with all of the images featured in the video at a higher resolution:





    The LG G7 and the iPhone X are both capable devices that take high-quality photos, so you won't go wrong with either one of these smartphones.

    We largely preferred the look of the iPhone X photos because of its tendency to capture more natural colors and accurately capture images with a lot of variation in lighting without overexposing elements of the photo, but in a lot of cases, the camera you like best is going to come down to personal taste.

    What do you think of the LG G7's camera? Let us know in the comments.

    Article Link: iPhone X Camera Compared to LG G7 ThinQ Camera
  2. modemthug macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2010
    Why is this even here?

    Also those G7 photos are rubbish
  3. cmaier Suspended

    Jul 25, 2007
  4. bladerunner2000 macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2015
  5. citysnaps macrumors 601

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
    The iPhone appears* to have a wider field of view, reveals more detail in the shadows, and seems to produce sharper images; aspects that are important to me making photographs.

    * It's unclear what's going on. Were some of the images cropped (in camera or in post) and/or not taken from the same location? That makes comparisons difficult.
  6. niji Contributor


    Feb 9, 2003
    yes definitely.
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    same thoughts.
  7. Edsel macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2010
    Over There
    Taking a great photo is all about composition and knowing your equipment. Look up Edward Weston for his pinhole camera photos. The difference between the Apple's and LG's cameras are minor with respect to simpler camera systems.
  8. niji Contributor


    Feb 9, 2003
    the G7 images are not of themselves unpleasing.

    it does seem that with these 2 cameras we have a great example of how tech can be used to intentionally provide 2 different effects.
    its not about which is more real.
  9. Wags macrumors 65816

    Mar 5, 2006
    Nebraska, USA
    Focusing on camera? Software sticks being nice
  10. citysnaps macrumors 601

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
    I agree. With respect to the big picture (pun not intended), the differences between phone cameras are pretty much mice nuts.

    It's the photographer's eye, imagination, skill, life experiences, etc that drives a photograph's power.
  11. Braderunner macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2015
  12. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I like the idea of a wide angle lens, but not at the expense of a telephoto lens. Wasn't Apple rumored to be working on a three camera system? I'd love a 0.5X, 1X, and 3X system. The current 2X doesn't feel close enough. It's too bad that nobody has figured out how to do proper optical zoom in such a thin enclosure. I remember Sony did it with their old T series of point and shoots, but they basically had a zoom barrel inside the camera vertically with a mirror that angled forwards at the top. There isn't room for that in the iPhone.
  13. Regime2008 Suspended


    Oct 3, 2017
    Basshead in ATL
  14. Blade Runner 2049 Suspended

    Blade Runner 2049

    Apr 30, 2018
    IMO, I prefer the iPhone X photos in these examples...
  15. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    The X photos are always bright,,, maybe too bright in some cases

    The first one, The G7 looks better, more realistic tree sharper colors than the X. but the rest of the images, the X wins.
  16. Rojaaemon macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2016
    Well, now I know which phone camera to use for my study of highway guardrails.

    But, for normal users, you might want to compare some pics of human faces, kittens. and plates of food.
  17. cmChimera macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    The G7 pictures really don’t look good in conparison. They’d probably look fine on their own, but it seems to be like the iPhone X wins by a long shot.
  18. Constable Odo macrumors 6502

    Constable Odo

    Mar 28, 2008
    There will always be endless comparison among the iPhone and all the various smartphones Android manufacturers have to offer. I think the iPhone will have some great features and so will many of the Android smartphones. What's going to matter the most is how many great features can be packed into one smartphone for a reasonable price. Hopefully, the iPhone will be able to keep that advantage in the overall package. I feel certain the camera capabilities of both of these smartphones exceed the needs of 90% of consumers out there, especially those who never grew up using a high-end digital camera. You would be surprised at what most people think are wonderful pictures. The average smartphone user looks at photos as good memories and not some perfect digital work of art. As long as the iPhone is able to take good pictures near the top of the consumer satisfaction zone, Apple will do quite well selling iPhones every quarter.
  19. Young Geezer macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2017
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    tbh the iPhone just has better colours, exposure and resolution

    who's idea even was this:confused:
  20. chas_m macrumors member


    Mar 30, 2016
    I dislike “whatever” articles like this where the conclusion is that they’re both great and you should just choose whatever you want — thus defeating the entire purpose of the article. Too many sites have forgotten that the point of these exercises is to figure out which one is actually better, and in this particular case the two phones involved couldn’t have made it any easier: the G7 photos look awful compared to the iPhone X. So why not just say so?

    The ThinQ might have some entirely separate features that make it a better choice for some people, but on the camera aspect this article makes it plain which phone is going to give you better shots in natural-light outdoor photos. Why MR doesn’t state the obvious is puzzling, but the fact that all the photos featured in this article were outdoor natural-light shots should have been noted, and indeed the article would have been much improved by taking photos under other conditions (indoor with flash, indoor with no flash/low light, indoor with good light, portraits, and macro shots leap to mind) to make a fuller comparison.

    If you’re going to really compare these cameras, do the whole job. If there’s not time, that’s fine — but at least make sure the headline or first paragraph makes clear that it’s a very limited comparison, with only one type of photography is being compared.
  21. 341328 Suspended

    Jul 18, 2009
    Show RAW and full resolution. JPGs are all just tricks with default applied curves, sharpening, saturation etc.
  22. lec0rsaire macrumors 65816

    Feb 23, 2017
    The G7 images are not bad in and of themselves. They are also decent quality and good enough for most people. That said viewing both the low-res images in this thread as well as the higher res ones in the Imgur batch on my 2016 MBP's P3 display, the difference between the iPhone X and G7 is night and day. The distance of the images, the color saturation, color accuracy, exposure, low-light image quality are all superior on the iPhone.

    However you have to be a discerning individual to notice many of the differences. It's like comparing 320 mp3 to FLAC/ALAC for most people. Many people will also subjectively prefer the way the G7's and other flagship Android sets look. With my family and friends that has not been the case. My sister was surprised to see how good my shots were with the 7 Plus in comparison with her s7, especially portrait mode. So much so that she quickly switched over. The iPhone 8 Plus/X take even better shots and have excellent lighting presets. I was impressed when I first tried them out at the Apple store in Frankfurt back in October.

    Many of my friends have always preferred the way my photos have looked with every iPhone generation. Many of them buy Android phones because they like the OS more and don't own any other Apple products.
  23. SDJim macrumors member


    Aug 4, 2017
    San Diego, CA
    The G7 photos are so noisy I had to close my laptop before I lost an eardrum.
  24. bchery21 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 3, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I prefer the iPhone X shots for the most part too.

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