It’s time for a dual camera double header, at bat we have two of the latest flagships with dual cameras. In one corner we have the Huawei P10 and in the other the LG G6. Both of these phones use a dual rear camera setup, but implement it in very different ways.
The Huawei P10 uses a dual camera system with one monochrome sensor and one RGB sensor. The monochrome sensor captures all the light and detail, while the RGB sensor captures all the color data. After hitting the shutter, it’s combined into one image for you.
The LG G6 provides you with two different focal lengths to shoot with. One is a more standard 71 degrees while the second camera offers you 125 degrees. Put simply, one gives you standard looking photos while the other gives you super wide shots similar to a GoPro.
The Huawei P10 has a 20MP monochrome sensor with a 12MP RGB sensor using Leica optics, OIS, and an f/2.2 aperture on both cameras. The LG G6 is using a dual 13MP sensor setup with OIS and an aperture of f/1.8 on the 71-degree camera and f/2.4 on the 125-degree camera.
The camera app is an important part of taking photos. How easy it is to use and navigate can sometimes decide whether or not you get the shot. Both phones offer you Camera2 API support allowing you to capture RAW images in the DNG format. The Huawei P10 offers you the quickest access to RAW controls, but LG offers you the best layout. I must admit I’ve always loved LG’s camera layout and it still is the best in my opinion. They also both have all the typical shooting modes such as HDR, Panorama, Slow Motion, and more.
LG G6 images on the Left, Huawei P10 images on the right
I took all photos in HDR mode unless otherwise stated. I did my best to line them up and tapped on the same spot to make sure they focused and metered on the same area. The photos are taken in 4:3 with the P10 at 11.8MP and the G6 at 13MP. The LG G6 images are on the left with the Huawei P10 images on the right in each comparison.
In the first pair of images here they both produce sharp nice looking photos. However, the G6 overexposed the photo slightly losing some detail and deep rich colors that the P10 salvaged.
This next pair the G6 starts to lose some detail in the highlights on the tree to the right, but still has a deeper more blue sky than the P10 with more contrast in the shadows. The P10 does a good job of balancing the exposure here but comes off a little flat in comparison. The color of the G6 seems more accurate while the P10 has a bit of a yellow tint.
The close up of the dandelion shows that both cameras are great at taking macro shots. It is really sharp in both photos revealing plenty of detail. The G6 looks almost overly sharp here and with so much contrast it makes the bokeh look less silky and smooth. The P10 has a warmer looking image with more pleasing colors and a prettier bokeh.
The G6 appears to be crushing the blacks here and adding much more contrast to the scene. It retains more detail in the sky and has more accurate color overall. The P10 looks pretty flat in comparison with a yellow tint, while also blowing out all the detail in the sky.
In the picture of the rocks, the P10 salvages more of the detail but also ruins the color of the image. The G6 has much more accurate color here but is overexposing many of the rocks losing detail. As bad as the color is on the P10, at least it salvaged more of the overall detail.
Black and white
One of the selling features of the P10 is the dedicated monochrome sensor for taking black and white photos. I decided to try this against the G6 with it’s black and white filter. The P10 doesn’t allow for HDR with the monochrome sensor alone. While the G6 does allow for this with the filter, to be fair I disabled HDR on the G6 for the B&W photos.
In this first image, the G6 clearly has a warm filter on the image while the P10 is a more colorless pure black and white. I still found I preferred the G6 image because of the contrast. The P10 looks flat to me; opening the shadows too much.
The next B&W photo you can see again the strong warm tint on the G6 image but it also adds a lot of drama to the photo with more contrast. The P10 completely loses sky detail and comes off looking flat and not as sharp as the G6 image.
Now we move onto a low light image. The color on the P10 is warmer here and less saturated with less detail in the notebook and speaker. The G6 has more accurate colors with deep rich saturation here with more texture and details.
In the low light image with the batteries, the G6 is a little too bright, starting to lose some detail, but with rich vibrant colors and a slightly sharper image. The P10 is on the verge of being too dark with dull colors and has lost a little more sharpness around the text.
There really is no way to compare the P10 to the secondary camera on the G6. Regardless, I thought it would be important to include a couple of super wide images to show what the G6 can do.
Both phones do a good job of having sharp and detailed photos overall. Both also offer a gimmick with the second camera. I find myself using the super wide camera from the G6 much more often than I do the monochrome one on the P10.
If I had to choose a favorite I would have to go with the LG G6. Despite the G6’s tendency to crush blacks and blow out highlights a little too much, it gives the photos a strong contrast with more accurate colors. From a purely point and shoot perspective I preferred the photos from the G6.
For editing images, the more flat images would be beneficial from the Huawei P10. However, the lost detail in the sky is never coming back and the yellow tint in photos really starts to annoy me. The G6 was also impressive with low light images — the f/1.8 aperture and processing really shine there.
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