Huawei P9 vs LG G5 – Camera shootout

A simple test, you go out on a day trip and want to photograph a few landmarks. Which phone takes the best shot.

For this test I used any special mode possible to try and give an advantage. I also cropped the P9 shots afterwards so they were in the same 16:9 format as the G5. Click on each photo to see it full size.

Round 1

LG G5

LG G5 - At Royal William Yard

The G5 has a wide angle lens. This was used for the shot above.

Huawei P9

Huawei P9 - At Royal William Yard Plymouth

Now with the monochrome lens.

Huawei P9 - At Royal William Yard Plymouth

Round 2

LG G5

Corner shot of the Royal William Yard Harbour.

LG G5 - At Royal William Yard

Now with the wide lens.

LG G5 - At Royal William Yard

Huawei P9

Huawei P9 - At Royal William Yard Plymouth

And now with the monochrome lens.

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Round 3

LG G5

LG G5 - At Royal William Yard

I didn’t save the wide angle version as it looked weird.

Huawei P9

Huawei P9 - At Royal William Yard Plymouth

Monochrome lens.

Huawei P9 - At Royal William Yard Plymouth

Round 4

LG G5

LG G5 - At Royal William Yard

Now with the wide lens. This has a filter applied in snapseed, HDRscape to bring up the drama in the clouds.

LG G5 - At Royal William Yard

Huawei P9

Not a sharp in focus shot from the P9.

Huawei P9 - At Royal William Yard Plymouth

The monochrome did a better job. In focus and fairly sharp.

Huawei P9 - At Royal William Yard Plymouth

Round 5

Silky water mode. Only the Huawei P9 and manage this shot, so a clear winner to the P9 here.

Huawei P9 - At Royal William Yard Plymouth

Overall the LG G5 takes better quality shots but the Huawei P9 has good contrast and colours. It also has the silky water mode. I still think the wide angle lens on the G5 is fantastic and I would rather apply a black and white filter than shoot in monochrome first.

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9 thoughts on “Huawei P9 vs LG G5 – Camera shootout

  1. Capturing from a dedicated monochrome sensor should in theory be better than capturing a color image and then post processing to black and white. I see a P9 monochrome vs G5 processed to monochrome comparison maybe?

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  2. The field of view from the P9 is further reduced since you cropped it to match the G5. It would be interesting to see the difference in field of view if the G5 was cropped to the P9’s aspect ratio.

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  3. i think the Huawei takes better shots than LGG5 in many situations. I have notices in several other reviews that the lens of Huawei makes the picture more real, more 3D, even sometimes less sharp (and sometimes sharper), sometimes less bright (sometimes brighter). But it is constant in its ability to produce images that look less digital, and that is a dealmaker for me.

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  4. Can do silky water with the Koreans too. Just takes work which the p9 automates.

    Burst shot a few, import into PS, align and then mean. PS will average the shots and you have the effect of neutral density filter without using a real one. Helps if you use a tripod though.

    Do you notice much difference in tones between g5 with bw filter applied vs p9 in monochrome ?

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