Phone cameras comparison: low light

We test out eight of the latest flagship smartphones to see which is the best in the dark or at night

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  • 1 iphone 6s low light iPhone 6S
  • 2 nexus 6p low light Nexus 6P
  • 3 htc 10 low light HTC 10
  • 4 huawei p9 low light Huawei P9
  • 5 lg g5 low light LG G5
  • 6 samsung s7 low light jpg Galaxy S7
  • 7 xiaomi mi 5 low light Mi 5
  • 8 sony z5 low light Xperia Z5
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Phone cameras comparison: low light

It's a good effort from the iPhone here, but it's worth pointing out that other phones are noticeably better in low light. The 6S's photo has no noticeable noise and retains a fair amount of detail but struggles to control the highlights.

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It's a good effort from the iPhone here, but it's worth pointing out that other phones are noticeably better in low light. The 6S's photo has no noticeable noise and retains a fair amount of detail but struggles to control the highlights.

Phone cameras comparison: low light

A well-exposed photo and not too many negative effects of noise reduction. There's less detail here than in the Galaxy S7's photo though.

Phone cameras comparison: low light

Very similar to the iPhone's photo, the HTC can't keep highlights in check and detail levels are on a par with the 6S.

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Phone cameras comparison: low light

Despite all the clever tech, the P9 appeared to struggle with focus in low light. Details are soft, but it does handle the bright lights well.

Phone cameras comparison: low light

In the dark, the G5 struggles with noise like any phone camera. However, it seems LG prefers to leave this rather than use noise reduction and sacrifice detail. It does leave this shot looking rather grainy though.

Phone cameras comparison: low light

A great performance by the S7: this photo is sharp and detailed with no noticeable noise. Our only criticism is the blown out highlights.

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Phone cameras comparison: low light

Almost as good at the iPhone 6S's low light performance, albeit with worse colour balance and softer detail. Another good effort from the underdog here.

Phone cameras comparison: low light

The Z5 has better highlight control than some and it has clearly tried to correct colours, but other phones produced a more true-to-life photo in these conditions. Detail levels are on a par with the iPhone 6S.

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