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Huawei P9 vs LG G5 camera shootout: which mobile snapper is best?

The Huawei P9 possesses quite possibly the most innovative camera setup on the market.

Featuring dual 12MP cameras at the back, the Chinese company has certainly put the hype train in motion.

So when we went hands-on with the device, courtesy of local tech writer Brendon Petersen, we decided to pit it against our LG G5 review unit.

The LG G5 is no slouch either, packing a 16MP main camera and 8MP wide-angle camera on its back. We opted to only shoot with the 16MP camera.

As for shooting conditions, we opted against changing any settings or enabling HDR, merely shooting with the auto settings for an out-of-box experience.

And as for the results? Have a look at the gallery below, and be sure to let us know which you think is the winner.

Update: we’ve added an imgur gallery of full-resolution shots as well.

The LG G5 vs Huawei P9: which phone camera wins?
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Lg G5 Sample 2

A warehouse in the CBD, as shot on the G5.

Huawei P9 Sample 2

Huawei's take on the warehouse.

Lg G5 Sample 1

Fellow Hashtag Radio guest Brendon Petersen, courtesy of the LG flagship.

Huawei P9 Sample 1

Another shot of Brendon, using the P9.

Lg G5 Sample 3

The G5 was used to capture this banner on the side of a building.

Huawei P9 Sample 3

Here's Huawei's take on the banner.

Lg G5 Sample 4

Buitensingel Street, taken with the G5.

Huawei P9 Sample 4

The same street, captured with the P9.

Lg G5 Sample 5

The G5 was used to capture this flower.

Huawei P9 Sample 5

Another shot of the flower, taken with the P9 this time.

Lg G5 Sample 6

A fetching bicycle, as captured with the G5.

Huawei P9 Sample 6

See any differences between the previous photo and this one, taken with the P9?

Lg G5 Sample 7

A sign outside a restaurant, taken with the G5.

Huawei P9 Sample 7

The same sign taken with the P9.

Author Bio

Hadlee Simons
Terrible puns make Hadlee Simons difficult to work with, but he brings almost seven years of tech journalism experience to the table. When he's not at work or watching motorsport, he's in the foetal position on a jiu jitsu mat. More
  • Andrew Fraser

    Hey Hadlee, pretty difficult to compare the shots that have been downsized so radically. White balance on the P9 seems better (warmer). But can’t compare the IQ without higher res samples.

  • Hadlee Simons

    Hi Andrew, sorry about that, I totally agree. I added full-size images but they’re not showing for some reason. Have updated article with an imgur gallery of the full-res images. Thanks for the feedback!