The Pixel XL is the new hot camera on the block, but we can’t forget about LG.
The latest phones from Google and LG don’t look very similar and take different approaches to the user experience, but one thing that’s constant is the focus on camera quality. Google has talked a big game with the launch of the Pixels, and so far it seems to have held up unlike previous generations. At the same time, LG has been shipping phones with excellent cameras the past few years, easily landing near the top in overall quality and experience. The new LG V20 is no exception, offering not only high-quality but also unique photography possibilities.
When you put the Pixel XL and LG V20’s cameras head-to-head, though, which one comes out on top? We’re here to answer that question.
Performance and interface
Pixel XL (left) / LG V20 (right)
Google has made improvements to its camera interface over the past couple of years, but if you’re looking for a raw number of features, modes and options you’re going to be a bit disappointed. The Google Camera app is still all about simplicity, giving you access to just a couple of toggles and the choice to switch to Panorama, Photo Sphere and Lens Blur. Yes there are a few additional tweaks, but it’s nothing like what LG offers.
The V20 is billed as being for “content creation,” and naturally that lines up with a far more powerful camera app as well. You get all of the basics in a simple interface, plus live filters and lots of great shooting modes for things like time lapses built right in. Not only do average users have extra options in the viewfinder, pro-level users can also toggle into a Manual shooting mode and tweak any possible setting they could think of. That