Dual Camera is the new black but what these two lenses actually do on each phone seems to differ quite a bit. The iPhone 7 Plus and the LG G6 have quite different philosophies when it comes to what gives you the best camera phone experience. The G6 gives you a wide angle and the iPhone 7 Plus a 2x optical zoom.
The iPhone 7 Plus features a dual rear-facing camera, and both sensors are 12 megapixels. One sensor offers a f/1.8 aperture, while the other sports a f/2.8, so the camera should cover all your needs as far as lighting goes. Other features include optical image stabilization and phase detection autofocus.
The G6, at least on paper, seems to offer a better camera. The both of the two lenses on the camera sit at 13MP, with one offering a f/1.8 aperture and the other sitting at f/2.4. On top of that, the standard view camera offers optical image stabilization and laser autofocus.
While both phones use a dual camera system, the uses are different. Apple designed the phone with a focus on zooming in, giving users a 2X optical zoom. LG focused on delivering a wider view, which allows you to get more in your photo. In my day to day usage of both phones, I definitely have used the 2X zoom on the iPhone a lot, but I have to say that I find the wide angle lens a lot more useful. Shooting for Instagram’s square format the wide angle lets me have more room to frame my photo better or to just get more in.
Since the G6 is clearly more versatile in capturing landscape we were curious how it did on the zoom feature, so while we were in Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany we thought we’d put it to a test.
Another big difference between the G6 and iPhone 7 Plus is that Apple shares information between the two lenses. This means that each lens can focus on a different part of the scene, this lets you change focus after the fact. Apple calls this “Depth,” and gives a much shallower focal range than a regular smartphone, letting you create blurred “bokeh” effects. With a machine learning system, it can also separate a subject from its background for more DSLR-like images. Shooting portraits is great and something very useful in taking photos of your friends or yourself. The difference in photo quality between these two shots with backlighting is massive and clearly, pulls the iPhone into the lead.
However, I still side on the wide angle lens being more useful in my day to day life even if though portraits are so much better on the iPhone.