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LG G6 – First Impressions & Camera Shootout by Ellie


Welcome to first impressions of the LG G6. This is not the stripped down feature less UK version G6 being cross examined, this is from LG Korea. This is the LG G6 G600.

The Korean version features double the storage at 64gb versus 32gb for the UK. In addition it has a 32 bit quad DAC which can power headphones up to 600 ohms. If your reading this from the USA, you don’t get 64gb or the quad DAC but you do get wireless charging.

Anyway, lets get down to some basics. As Gavin’s wife, I hate phones. To me there are just another It’s another rectangular blob. However, I must concede the slim bezels and large display look great for viewing content on the screen, although being narrow and tall with the 18:9 aspect ratio does look weird. For such a large screen the narrowness makes it a breeze to hold. I do like the flat side edges too. Practical for usability.

If you get the G6 without the quad DAC, the audio is still good, just not epic amazing plus you won’t be using any huge over the ear hifi headphones. I borrowed a few of Gavin’s Sennheiser, NuForce and Oppo headphones plus some in ear headphones and the difference is so noticeable. It is like having a pro music player. There is a toggle to turn the DAC on or off. When on, all audio from any application via the headphones is enhanced. The reason for an off switch is to save battery. The quad DAC uses more juice. All versions of the G6 feature the Hi Res Bluetooth APTX-HD which is a bonus.

I took the G6 out in the bright sun last night. The display was visible but could have been a wee bit brighter. As a comparison when I took a photo on the iPhone 7 Plus in landscape, the screen was crystal clear through my polarised sunglasses. Not so on the G6. The iPhone display only becomes clear in landscape with sunglasses not portrait.

I took a photo of our local church using an iPhone 7 Plus and then using the normal lens on the G6. I stood in the same spot. Just look how different the field of view is.


The above is the G6 shot. And below is the iPhone 7 Plus from exactly the same spot.


In fact to make life easier, I have created a LG G6 camera video showcase with my views on each shot. This has a variety of shots in bright and low light too.

Useful Links

LG G6 on Amazon UK
LG G6 cases on Amazon
Samsung S8 and S8+ on Amazon UK
Samsung S8 and S8+ cases on Amazon
LG G6 G600 Quad DAC 64gb from Wondamobile

Night Time Camera Shootout – Honor 8 vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus – The Gloves are OFF!

Last night I took my Honor 8 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus and tested low light to the extreme. At the start of the camera shootout it was already dark. At the end, I couldn’t see a thing, not even my feet. The only light that spilled into the graveyard was from a street lamp outside of the church. Plus the odd ghost or two that got captured accidentally!

So let’s get started.

7.26pm, a test shot of my local church in auto using the iPhone 7+.

iPhone 7 Plus - Auto default camera 7.26pm, 1/4s, ISO 125

The level of darkness is accurately portrayed here by the iPhone. 1/4s and ISO 125.

7.23pm, 3 mins earlier, and not as dark, the Honor 8 in auto mode shows us what is can produce below.

Honor 8, auto, 7.23pm, 1/17s , ISO 1600

The Honor 8 opts for a shutter speed of 1/17s and an ISO of 1600. Every minute made a difference in these photos. At around 7.50pm it was pitch black in the church graveyard, so the available light was vanishing super fast.

However, all is not lost with the Honor 8, as the default camera app has lots of shooting modes, one of which is night mode. Just for clarity, with all of the photos, a tripod was used. Night mode is brilliant. The Honor 8 calculates how many seconds you need to take the low light/night shot and as the seconds countdown you get to see your photo develop on the screen.

Honor 8, 7.24pm, Night mode, ISO 100, 14 seconds

The Honor 8 opted for ISO 100 and a 14 second exposure above. However, it doesn’t look like what my eyes could see. In some ways, the auto shots are more natural, even if the detail is not as strong. However, at the end, I took 3 of the Honor 8 photos and edited them in Lightroom mobile app which improved the final result.

Back to the iPhone 7 Plus. Unfortunately, the Apple default camera app does not have a special night mode, so you have to look at third party offerings. I tried 3 apps last night, ProCamera+, ProCam 4 and Nightcap Pro. ProCam 4 did a really good job and also shoots in RAW. Once the light became non existent, that is , it was near pitch black, Nightcap Pro provided the magic.

iPhone 7 Plus, 7.26pm, ProCam app, 1/4s, ISO 400

So at 7.26pm, ProCam in its night mode opted for 1/4s exposure and an ISO 400. For a comparison, the shot below was snapped with Nightcap Pro.

iPhone 7 Plus, 7.28pm, 1/3s, iSO 400, Nightcap Pro app

At 7.28pm, and less light than the shot above, Nightcap Pro opted for 1/3s and ISO 400.

So back to the Honor 8 below.

Honor 8, night mode, 7.37pm, ISO 200, 15s

Using the night mode in the Honor 8 camera app, this was a 15s exposure with an ISO 200. The lighting around the tombstones is too bright versus what my eyes were seeing.

Honor 8, Night mode, 7.38pm, ISO 200, 18s

The shot above is also from the Honor 8 using night mode. ISO 200 and an 18s exposure. Again the brightness and colours are over the top versus what my eyes could see. However, as you will see below, Lightroom mobile improves this shot with a few quick edits.

Even darker now, and back to the iPhone 7 Plus. There is no point using the default camera on the iPhone. It is too dark unless flash is used, and I hate using flash. So the rest of the iPhone photos are taken with ProCam 4 or Nightcap Pro.

iPhone 7 Plus, 7.40pm, ProCam app, 1/17s, ISO 1600

The above iPhone 7 Plus shot is taken with ProCam 4 at 7.40pm. With a 1/17s and ISO 1600. Whilst the shot looks dark, it is a perfect match to what I could actually see, and I really like the atmosphere captured.

iPhone 7 Plus, ProCam app, 7.40pm, 1/4s, ISO 1250, telephoto lens

The shot above is at 7.40pm again, but using the telephoto lens with ProCam 4 app. 1/4s and ISO 1250. Again, I really like this photo as it captured the atmosphere and the actual light and darkness.

It’s now 7.46pm. Switching to Nightcap Pro on the iPhone 7 Plus, produced the shot below.

iPhone 7 Plus, 7.46pm, nightcap pro app, 55s, ISO 3200

Nightcap Pro used a 55 second exposure. ISO 3200. Moving back to the Honor 8 below.

Honor 8, night mode, 7.48pm. Last shot before too dark, 51s, ISO 200

The shot above, taken on the Honor 8 at 7.48pm was the last shot from the Honor 8. A minute later the photo quality degraded too much (although it still captured something legible). Remember at 7.48pm I couldn’t see my shoes as it was so dark. The Honor 8 used its night mode and a 51s exposure and an ISO 200. The Honor 8 night mode seems to artificially enhance the lighting and colours, so again I tweaked the photo in lightroom. Edited shot at the end.

So now its game over with the Honor 8 as its pitch black practically. All that is left is the iPhone 7 Plus and Nightcap Pro app. Its 7.52pm.

iPhone 7 Plus, 7.52pm, nightcap pro app, 107s, ISO 3200

The shot above is a 107 second exposure. This could have been as long as I wanted, as Nightcap Pro allows for crazy long exposure times. Not bad at all. Now in case you have any doubt as to how dark it was, below is a shot from the iPhone using the default camera app.

iPhone 7 Plus 7.52pm - Actual Darkness

As you can see above, it was crazy dark and the fact both the Honor 8 and iPhone 7 Plus were able to capture anything is a testament to just how good both cameras performed. The Honor 8’s night mode seemed to artificially alter the brightness and colours, but as you will see below, a quick edit of the white balance which can be done in any photo editing app, makes the final shot better.

As mentioned above, some of the Honor 8 night mode photos seemed unnatural due to the extreme colours versus what my eyes could see. So say hello to Lightroom mobile app, and you now have some improved shots. The main edit was the white balance in all of the shots below.

Honor 8 - Lightroom mobile enhanced shots

The above shot is one of my favourite of the camera shootout. Another quick edit in Lightroom mobile and another Honor 8 shot is improved below.

Honor 8 - Lightroom mobile enhanced shots

One more edited photo. This was so dark but again a quick edit in lightroom to improve the final result.

Honor 8 - Lightroom mobile enhanced shots

So my time with the ghosts in the church graveyard was plenty, plus I couldn’t see where to walk anymore without a torch. I hope you enjoyed the above comparison and more importantly, which shot is your favourite and from which phone.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – Camera Shootout – All 7 Parts Plus My Final Verdict on the S7 Camera

Below are links to all 8 parts of my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge camera review, comparison and shootout with the Apple iPhone 6S Plus.

Part 1 – Samsung S7 Edge vs Apple iPhone 6S Plus

Part 2 – Burst, Macro and Auto Mode Shots

Part 3 – Handling the Sun, Panoramic, Macro and Selective Focus

Part 4 – Random Camera Shots to Admire

Part 5 – Apple iPhone 6S Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – Night and Low Light using the best apps on each platform

Part 6 – More Random Shots from the S7 Edge Camera

Part 7 – Shooting and Fast Focusing at 70mph

Part 7a – Handheld Night Shots

Next week will be a post on RAW quality along with my ultimate review including the audio quality. Due to the issues with the camera failing, my final views will be postponed until next week. This will allow me time to examine raw quality too.

Update – Shooting in RAW

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – Camera Shootout – Part 5 – Action Dog Shots – Plus Editorial

It had to be done. Could I obtain some shots of my 3 labradors in action as I have done so already with all my previous smartphones?

If you are need to refresh your memory of these action dogs shots, have a look again at the reviews for the Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4 (especially) and LG V10 (also especially). Click HERE.

So off I went with 3 dogs on a day that was slightly overcast and a fair amount of glare. Not perfect lighting for shooting dogs. I shot all the photos in 4:3 12mp on the S7 Edge. All in Auto mode and using the burst, which is simply press and hold the shutter. Then on my iPad I viewed all 500 shots are selected the best. The annoying part was all 500 were in focus!!!!! So it took ages to decide as so many were great. I also was curious as to how fast the burst mode was on the S7 vs iPhone 6S Plus. The S7 reaches a max of 100 burst shots at a file size of 2.37mb, while the iPhone has only reached 40 burst shots at a file size of 2.07mb. On my iPad i used the iOS Photos app and cropped the photos to 16:9.

What is truly amazing the the S7 camera is its speed and speed to focus. Often the dogs would appear charging/running back to me. Each time I was able to double press the home button and hit the shutter and fire off another burst of photos, that were all in focus. Amazing.

Panoramic with Tiggy and View of Princetown, Dartmoor

I really like this shot a lot and its a smashing panoramic.

One Dog One Town One Panoramic #Tiggy #Princetown ##SamsungS7Edge

Burst Shots

This was Tiggy all lovely and clean.

This is me looking all clean and cute before I jumped into the mud and water #Tiggy #SamsungS7Edge

And Tiggy again with her ears looking triangular somehow.

Triangular Ears #Tiggy on #Dartmoor

And Tiggy now soaked in water and covered in mud. You can’t see the mud as her colouring disguises it, but believe me she had tons on her!

"Honest, I've not been near the Water" #Tiggy #Soaked #SamsungS7Edge

Another shot of Tiggy, She was running around 20mph.

Tiggy sprinting on Dartmoor #SamsungS7Edge

George on the left, Fury on the right. Check out those happy faces. Both dogs were running super fast.

Happy Days #George #Fury on Dartmoor #Sa5

Fury at full speed.

Fury at full speed on Dartmoor #SamsungS7Edge

And finally George and Fury. George was running like a rocket, Fury was too.

Catch Me if You Can - George & Fury sprinting on Dartmoor #SamsungS7Edge

Now I saved over 30 action shots for my personal photo library. Google Photos took some of the bursts saved photos and made a GIF. See below. This also shows you how well the S7 maintained focus despite Tiggy’s running speed and distance. Very very impressive.


Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – Camera Shootout – Part 3

Welcome back to my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Camera Shootout Part 3. Scroll back to read Part 1 and Part 2.

In Part 3 I will be looking at some specific aspects of the camera. Firstly, how does the S7 Edge cope with sun flare and shooting directly in to the sun. I also added some shots from the Apple iPhone 6S Plus as a comparison. It is worth noting that you can record video with still photos and at the same time as snapping panoramic shots.

Sun Flare Shots

The first shot is from the iPhone 6S Plus and then from the S7 Edge. From my point of view the S7 Edge does a better job.

Church of St Michaels - Sun Flare Test 2 #iphone6splus

Church of St Michaels - Sun Flare Test 2 #SamsungS7Edge

Another test. iPhone 6S Plus first then the S7 Edge.

Church of St Michaels, Princetown - Sun Flare Test #iphone6splus

Church of St Michaels, Princetown - Sun Flare Test #SamsungS7Edge

Aiming at the Sun

Below is a shot from the S7 aiming directly at the sun itself. Rather impressive.

Cloud Extravaganza - Into the Sun #SamsungS7Edge

Selective Focus

This mode should not be ignored. You can create some really arty shots with this mode. Here the church cross becomes centre of attention with the background all blurred nicely.

The Cross That Divides Reality - Selective Focus Mode #SamsungS7Edge

Vertical and Horizontal Panoramas

Below are two panoramic shots from the S7 Edge.The speed of taking and saving these photos is super fast. Decent size outputs as well.

Horizontal Panoramic view of Church of St Michaels Graveyard #SamsungS7Edge

Vertical Panoramic of Church of St Michaels #SamsungS7Edge

Close Up

And finally a close up shot of a headless tap.

Headless Tap #SamsungS7Edge

Overall some good photos. Part 4 will be looking at low light and night shots. Long exposures in Pro mode will be used too to see what tricks can be pulled off by this phone. This will go live on Monday.

All I can say is the night and low light post on Monday is staggering and needs to be seen to be believed. For this post I did test the S7 Edge vs iPhone 6S Plus as well. 

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – Camera Shootout – Part 2

Yesterday, I published part 1 of my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge camera comparison which involved comparing the S7 Edge photos to those from the Apple iPhone 6S Plus.

So today I am going to look at shots taken on the S7 Edge and add some commentary. If you won’t to view the originals, click on the photo and select full size. Don’t forget to allow a bit of time for all the shots to appear.

Burst Shots

The two photos below are from a burst photo. Each vehicle was a separate burst. I actually ended up performing this test on 6 different cars but the results were identical. I wanted to see how many shots of the vehicle I could capture as a car drove passed in the frame of the S7 Edge. Worst case was 14 in focus shots of the vehicles up to 19. That’s right all the burst shots for each vehicle were in focus. As you can see it is not a bright day either. Really impressive.

High Speed Bursts #SamsungS7Edge

High Speed Bursts #SamsungS7Edge


The close up of the leaf is superb. Not much more to say other than if you recall yesterday was a day of strong winds so quick focusing was really needed!

Scenes around St Michael's Church, Meeth, Devon #SamsungS7Edge

Random Shots of St Michael’s Church, Meeth, Devon

Some random shots of the church. The colours are a little over saturated, except the gravestone was really that green!

Scenes around St Michael's Church, Meeth, Devon #SamsungS7Edge

Scenes around St Michael's Church, Meeth, Devon #SamsungS7Edge

Scenes around St Michael's Church, Meeth, Devon #SamsungS7Edge

Scenes around St Michael's Church, Meeth, Devon #SamsungS7Edge

Bull & Dragon Pub

The Bull & Dragon Pub is next door to the church literally. Here is the sign against a backdrop of awkward sky lighting. I like this photo.

Bull & Dragon #SamsungS7Edge

Overall some good shots from the S7 Edge camera.

Apple iPhone 6S vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – Camera Shootout – Part 1 

The million dollar question. Just how good is the camera on the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge? If you want to read my first impressions, that comes tomorrow. 

And how does it compare to the Apple iPhone 6S Plus?

So for part 1 of my camera comparison, all shots were hand held. Each shot is the first shot except in a few cases where I needed a second shot for the red berries. It was a dull rainy day with mist. 

At the end of the article, I have provided a link to the originals. You will notice that despite both phones having 12mp cameras the file size of each photo is a lot larger on the S7 Edge. 

The sequence is iPhone 6S Plus first then the S7 Edge photo. 

So below is the shot from the iPhone. 

 Next up the same shot from the S7 Edge. 
The differences between these two shots are minimal and most people would be content with either although the S7 is brighter. 

So let’s start again with another shot from the iPhone. 

And now the same shot from the S7 Edge. The S7 looks more saturated but again is brighter and has more detail. 

Back to the iPhone. A close up of a tap. Looks ok. 


Well it looks ok until you see the shot from the S7 Edge. To emphasise the level of detail I have included a crop as well from the S7 Edge. 

And now for the crop from the S7 Edge of the tap. 


Ok let’s go back to the iPhone. Some red berries. I had to take several shots to get the one below. 

So how did the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge perform? Much better. 

And to emphasise the difference in quality I took a crop from the iPhone. See below. 

So now let’s look at the crop from the S7 Edge. See below. So much better. I couldn’t dream of getting anything close like this shot below from the iPhone despite my best efforts. 

Another photo from the iPhone 6S Plus. Looks like a reasonable shot. 

And now from the S7 Edge. See below. Again the level of detail from the S7 is better. 

Remember these are real life photos, not staged shots. These are photos you could end up taking. 

So back to the iPhone 6S Plus. Again the photo looks good but it’s not on par with the S7 Edge. 

Below is the S7 Edge photo. I have noticed with this shot that it’s heavily sharpened probably too much for my liking. This could be resolved shooting in raw and then post processing it yourself. 

And finally, just to highlight the quality from the S7 Edge again. My dog Tiggy was moving around at home in lowish lighting. Here’s a crop of her face. 

I have to say that based on my preliminary tests, if you want a camera that takes good photos in all conditions, the S7 Edge really does a great job. 

Not only that, it’s focus speed is near instant. This means kids and pets will be so much easier to snap in focus quality shots. 

I have plenty more content on the S7 Edge, it’s camera , audio and more. I will also be pitting it against the LG G5. 

And one last thing. Remember there’s more to a phone than just its camera 🙂

Apple iPhone 6S Plus vs LG V10 vs Asus Zenfone Zoom – Camera Shootout

Finally, three top class smartphones and time to compare some photos. 

The weather in the UK is no so good so this is a quick initial comparison. 

First up lets have a look at what the Apple iPhone 6S Plus can achieve. 

The colours are well balanced on the iPhone. You can crop a reasonable amount too. I must admit I don’t like the 4:3 aspect ratio anymore especially as when viewing on the iPhone screen it looks odd with black spaces either side of the photo. 

Next from the iPhone, some angry geese. These things attack. 

Now the next shots are from the Asus Zenfone Zoom. 

And using 2 x optical zoom you can get a lovely close up without being attacked by these angry creatures. 

So this is the shot of the gazebo from the Asus Zenfone Zoom. 

And using 3 x optical zoom on the Asus Zenfone Zoom. 

Now to the LG V10. The gazebo shot first. 

And a shot of the geese. All three phones were used in auto mode. To be honest due to the speed the geese were moving that was the only option available. 

I tried cropping these shots to see how the LG V10 and iPhone compared to the Zenfone Zoom optically zoomed shots. The V10 overall shoots great quality photos. The optical zoom on the Zenfone Zoom is good too. The iPhone shots are consistent. 

Now obviously there is a lot more to each phone and their respective cameras but I thought I would give you something to look at for the time being. 

FIGHT – Nexus 5X vs Apple iPhone 6S Plus – Camera Shootout

As the title says, take the new camera from the Nexus 5X and pit it against the best Apple has to offer with the iPhone 6S Plus. The iPhone 6S Plus has optical image stabilisation and the Nexus 5X omits this for super large 1.55 micron pixels. To see full size, click on photos. Photos cannot be reproduced or shared without my permission.

Round 1

The iPhone 6S Plus goes first on then the Nexus 5X. This is for all of the shots. The iPhone 6S shoots at f/2.2 ISO25, and a shutter speed of 1/110. The colours are very natural in this shot.


The Nexus 5X takes a good shot but the grass is a different colour.


The next shot by the iPhone 6S Plus is with the sun on top of the church roof in the clouds. f/2.2, ISO25, Shutter 1/2849


So let’s look at the Nexus 5X. Hard to believe the difference here. f/2.0. ISO 61 f/2236.


So iPhone 6S Plus again. The colours and exposure are more accurate than the Nexus 5X. The clouds aren’t over exposed by the iPhone either. ISO 25 and shutter 1/1832.


So next up the Nexus 5X. Even though it over exposed the sky and is more saturated, its a good shot.


iPhone 6S Plus again.


Next the Nexus 5X. The colours are not as natural as the iPhone. Same thoughts on exposure too.


Lastly, a street scene. iPhone 6S first. Notice the different field of view between the phones.


And now the Nexus 5X.


Obviously there is more to test, from the front cameras to video. But the above gives you a taste of how the Nexus 5X performs.

So what do you all think?

Camera Shootout – Apple iPhone 6S Plus vs Huawei G8 vs Motorola Moto X Style

Today I’m looking at three different phones each with unique selling points. All 3 phones have different rear cameras too. 

The Apple iPhone 6S Plus is 12mp and has OIS. The Huawei G8 is 13mp and also has OIS. The Motorola Moto X Style has a huge 20mp rear camera but no OIS. The shots were taken at sunset and within minutes of each other. 

They are all random shots and all in auto. I am going to collate each cameras photos together so you can appreciate the style of each phone. I have also added some commentary.  These were the first shots. No retakes.

iPhone 6S Plus 

Auto HDR works really well dealing with the sun. Fairly natural shots with HDR working well. No surprises really. 

Difficult lighting in the above shot but well exposed. 

Good colour reproduction above. 

Again just a good shot above. 

Notice how close the field of view is with the iPhone. Relevant for comparing to the other phones. 

Motorola Moto X Style

The photos below are from the Moto X Style. My thanks to Clove Technology for supplying the X Style for this comparison and also full review. 

I really like the quality of the photos from the X Style. Auto HDR works really well too. 


A good shot by the X Style with the sun although there is glare.


With the wider field of view the X Style captures more of the scene. Another good shot.


Again a reasonable shot, although not quite as good as that from the 6S Plus, but still good.


Again the wider field of view captures the whole supermarket into this shot. Good capture.


The bus had just driven passed as captured on the 6S Plus shot and then a cyclist whizzed passed. When I went to view the shot taken, the X Style said it had a better shot of the one I had taken. WTF. I had only captured one, but the camera had sneakily taken another as shown below. Very useful feature IMO.


Huawei G8

Unlike the other phones it doesn’t have auto HDR so you have to manually select this.  And the G8 takes artistic HDR shots as you will see below. Where there is an HDR version I have included it. The shot below has good colour reproduction.


Now a normal and HDR version. Notice the artistic effect.



So do you like the HDR shot? I am not too impressed with the normal shot. There is too much shadow.

Again a normal and HDR version.



I actually like the artistic HDR version but I accept not everyone will prefer this style of shot.

One more from the Huawei G8.



From the 3 different cameras, whilst the Huawei G8 photos are ok, they are not at the level of the Motorola X Style or iPhone 6S Plus, but then there is a price differential between these phones. The Huawei G8 and Moto X Style cost £350 and the iPhone has a £250 plus premium on top. Of course there is more to a phone than just the camera, but what do you think about these photos?