Phone cameras comparison: landscape

We test out eight of the latest flagship phones to find out which is the best for landscape photography.

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  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S crop
  • Nexus 6P
  • Nexus 6P crop
  • HTC 10
  • HTC 10 crop
  • Huawei P9
  • Huawei P9 crop
  • LG G5
  • LG G5 crop
  • LG G5 (wide)
  • LG G5 (wide) crop
  • Galaxy S7
  • Galaxy S7 crop
  • Mi 5
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  • Xperia Z5
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Phone cameras comparison: landscape

Overall, the iPhone does a good job of landscape photos. There's no noise and detail levels are pretty good: a little soft, but not over-sharpened. Colours are neutral.

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Overall, the iPhone does a good job of landscape photos. There's no noise and detail levels are pretty good: a little soft, but not over-sharpened. Colours are neutral.

Phone cameras comparison: landscape

This is a 100 percent crop of the previous photo so you can see the detail and sharpness from a section of the original photo.

Phone cameras comparison: landscape

The 6P shows good dynamic range and although a little underexposed, this is easily corrected either using an app on the phone or in Photoshop. Detail levels are good, as is sharpness.

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Phone cameras comparison: landscape

This is a 100 percent crop of the previous photo so you can see the detail and sharpness from a section of the original photo.

Phone cameras comparison: landscape

A reasonable landscape shot from the HTC until you examine the photo at 1:1 where it's easy to see that details aren't nearly as sharp as the best phone cameras. Side by side, the effect is like smearing Vaseline on the lens.

Phone cameras comparison: landscape

This is a 100 percent crop of the previous photo so you can see the detail and sharpness from a section of the original photo.

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Phone cameras comparison: landscape

On this overcast day, the oversaturation serves to make this photo a little more appealing with warmer colours, but it's arguably too contrasty.

Phone cameras comparison: landscape

This is a 100 percent crop of the previous photo so you can see the detail and sharpness from a section of the original photo. Looking at the actual pixels, it's obvious that it's not as sharp as the Galaxy S7, LG G5 or Nexus 6P.

Phone cameras comparison: landscape

A nice, well-exposed photo from the G5. It's sharp and with good dynamic range. There's lots of detail and it's noticeably sharper than the iPhone 6S.

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Phone cameras comparison: landscape

This is a 100 percent crop of the previous photo so you can see the detail and sharpness from a section of the original photo.

Phone cameras comparison: landscape

Here's a comparison when using the wide-angle camera on the G5. It lacks detail and sharpness compared to the main camera.

Phone cameras comparison: landscape

This is a 100 percent crop of the previous photo so you can see the detail and sharpness from a section of the original photo.

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Phone cameras comparison: landscape

One of the most impressive of the bunch, this photo from the S7 has loads of detail, and is sharp and well exposed.

Phone cameras comparison: landscape

This is a 100 percent crop of the previous photo so you can see the detail and sharpness from a section of the original photo.

Phone cameras comparison: landscape

Compared to the LG and Samsung, the Xiaomi's photo is softer but it is a decent effort and better than the HTC 10's.

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Phone cameras comparison: landscape

This is a 100 percent crop of the previous photo so you can see the detail and sharpness from a section of the original photo.

Phone cameras comparison: landscape

It's a disappointing landscape from the Z5: washed out, over exposed and lacking in detail. Look at the 100 percent crop on the next slide and you'll see smudgy brickwork and text in the Comedy Loft logo.

Phone cameras comparison: landscape

This is a 100 percent crop of the previous photo so you can see the detail and sharpness from a section of the original photo.

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