The feud over which company has the better phone camera has been going on for years and doesn’t seem like it will end anytime in the foreseeable future. Samsung claims that their camera is “first in show” and prides itself on their camera, LG says their phone hosted the first 5-lens camera phone and is THE trend starter, while Apple and their huge loyal iPhone followers claim that they have the best-of-the-best camera phone on the market. So what company truly has the better camera in its phones??
Honestly, I would have to say iPhone.
I know what your thinking “another iPhone fanboy”! But that’s not really the case at all. I started out my love for smartphone photography using Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, then the Note 5 and even the Note 7 until the day I was forced to say goodbye to it due to the “exploding battery debacle” and almost getting kicked off a plane for still having one, resulting in me getting the LG V20.
But that topic is for another blog maybe in the future lol.
Samsung’s phones today have really good cameras and more importantly, they allow you to adjust the ISO, White Balance, Shutter speed etc. manually right through the native camera. This is something that LG didn’t offer until later while iPhones still don’t offer it unless you download or purchase 3rd party apps.
So when I gave up Samsung for LG it was an easy transition. In fact, the LG V20 had more capabilities in its arsenal for camera manual controls than the Note 7 did. I could adjust the shutter speed longer and ISO higher to capture pictures of the stars or get really unique long exposure shots which just added to my love of photography. This is when I became a LG “FanBoy” and hated everything Apple and iPhone. Just like I did with Samsung, I got the latest LG V series phones and all proved better than the other and way better than an iPhone. I would always get into heated debates and argue with my co-workers who own iPhones that LG or even Samsung took better photos, that LG and Samsung’s hardware in their cameras outshined the iPhone’s camera in every way, and that they had far more manual options to choose from than their competitor Apple. Meanwhile, that still hold true today. Samsung and LG still offer their own versions of a manual mode while Apple doesn’t.
So with all that being said, how and why did I make the switch to iPhone? Work really was the number one driving factor. I work overseas and the majority of people seem to communicate through iMessage, as to not have to pay the ridiculous added fees from one carrier to another. As reluctant as I was to switch or give up my LG V40, I really had no viable option but to use an iPhone as my daily driver. Plus, I could still use my LG V40 as my go to camera for photography!!!
But…after using the both phones to take photos of the same objects and landscapes for about 3 months, I discovered that while yes, the LG V40 has a lot more options in regards to camera, video control and other nice gimmicks, iPhones made up for that by taking a more color accurate, all around natural looking photo.
When doing side by side comparisons, LG overly sharpens their images and I find myself always trying to soften them up to achieve the same look I get when simply snapping a photo with an iPhone. Apple photos have the correct balance of sharpness and saturation therefore, I don’t need to spend extra time in post.
Plus, let’s be honest, the average person doesn’t really go into manual or pro modes to take a photo. Point, Shoot and Post is the strategy for most. But as a photographer, I would like the option and ability to dive into the manual settings of my camera and adjust on the fly via the native camera app in the iPhone to achieve a certain look, especially for long exposure photography.
The one thing that iPhone does better than any other smartphone camera on the market I have used is Portrait Mode! I have found myself taking more Selfies with my single lens iPhone XR than I did with Samsung or LG. The quality and results are amazing! Just the right depth, bokeh and look all around compared to the others. And let’s face it, everyone likes a good selfie whether you want to admit or not.
Here’s a preview of some of my iPhone photography. See my full gallery on Instagram.
So that’s why I made to the switch! If you want to see what you can achieve with smartphone cameras, visit my Instagram page @Smartpicsbytripp and let me know what you think. Until next time, remember the best camera you have might be the one in your hand right now.