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First camera samples from the LG G2 - compared to the iPhone 5, Galaxy S4, One and Lumia 1020

First camera samples from the LG G2 - compared to the iPhone 5, Galaxy S4, One and Lumia 1020
Earlier today we had the opportunity to take a few camera shots using the new LG G2, and being the shutterbugs that we are, we took our our iPhone 5, Galaxy S4, One and Lumia 1020 to take pictures of the exact same scenes. What this allows us to do now is to not only take a look at the camera samples from the G2, but also compare them to those taken by its rivals.

Of course, we cannot make any conclusions right now regarding the quality of the G2's camera, but that doesn't mean that we can't have some fun examining these first photos from its 13MP camera with optical image stabilization, right?

Let's go - you'll find all the sample in the gallery below. Once you're done - don't forget to let us know what you think by posting a comment!


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posted on 07 Aug 2013, 17:00 8

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 1481; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


I'm hungry now :( Where's the salsa.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 20:35 1

27. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 271; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


Photo's are wonderful. Except the first picture of the chips where it failed to focus correctly. Besides that one I'd say it outperformed all others.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 21:40 2

30. james004 (Posts: 471; Member since: 15 May 2013)


what? you crazy? look at colour contrast this has created. even though im not apple fan look at iphone picture and nokia lumia picture to get better colour understanding of those pictures.
then it has lighting issue too, look at first picture, next under too much light isnt gathered properly by G2, probably because of tiny sensor with too much pixels.
pixels seem on par with GS4 which is pretty ok. nothing unique.
camera and plastic design on this phone is its flaws, otherwise pretty nice phone.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 22:00 6

31. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 271; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


I would say from best to worse overall based on those pics:
Lumia 1020 (for details mostly)
G2 (look at last pic, WAY more clear than Iphone and GS4
GS4 (good color, contrast)
Iphone (over exaggerates the lighting)
HTC (lookin' rough)

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 03:31 2

45. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


The G2 performed very well! It managed to produce 50% less noise but it never compromise the quality of the picture. Zoom in all of the pictures and you can see it..

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 10:56

52. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


I definitely thought that it was a cup of bacon at first lol....would've been much better.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 17:12 4

2. Meleagru (Posts: 84; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)


They look very good. The camera on the IP5 and the S4 looks very similar. The one on the One looks like a KIRF.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 17:24 3

8. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


It looks like the first iP5 shot was a bit sloppy.

I'd also have to agree that all around the HTC One didn't do so well... the last pic looks nice and sharp though.

I'd rank the pics taken #1 Lumia 1020 #2 Galaxy S4 #3 G2 #4 iP5 and #5 HTC One.

This wasn't done formally though so I'll wait for the 'official' comparison.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 18:06 4

16. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


The G2 performed pretty good!
I think the G2 = S4 overall.
Then comes iP5 and One. HTC One performed better on close ups...it was less detailed on the first and second round.
G2 Looks promising.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 00:26 3

40. ianbbaa (Posts: 196; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


My thoughts:
Lumia 1020 best, even bokeh is the best one no question about it.

S4 = G2 - but g2 has more yellowish look, the white on the first set of pics is better on S4. Detail wyse, g2 looks better BUT it looks that every pic woth g2 (except first one) was taken CLOSER to object than all the other phones!!!!!

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 17:14 2

3. talon95 (Posts: 63; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


Wow, pretty nice. Way less grainy than the iphone, and on par with the Lumia. The One doesn't have nearly the resolution so I think the Lumia is the only one that really gives it competition. Although the Lumia and GS4 might have better white balance.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 17:15 12

4. papss (unregistered)


I thought the one had the worst of the group followed by the ip5 then the s4, the g2 had the second best shots with the 1020 having superior detail.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 17:17

5. MotorolaX (Posts: 17; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


Where is Moto X Clear Pixel technology...!

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 17:21 10

7. Shatter (Posts: 1997; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Moto X flopped hard so...

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 17:20 8

6. gazmatic (Posts: 562; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


this phone has me interested in android again

i have already ordered my lumia 1020 but depending on what is released between now and february I may consider this phone

great job lg

you got a wp user eyeing an android

^_^

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 17:31 8

9. krysis (Posts: 76; Member since: 14 Dec 2009)


Cameras big for me on a smartphone. The G2 shows it can pull its own weight.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 17:36

10. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


Someone has forget "ad sponsored by LG" wait for real comparison!

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 17:37 3

11. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 942; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


g2 has good results, lil disappointed by1020s they all good pics.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 17:41 3

12. Ninetysix (Posts: 1481; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Do some research on LG's history with OS updates. Let us know if you're still willing to buy an LG phone.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 17:49 7

14. androidfanboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)


Stop hating, each to their own

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 22:19 4

34. BraggingBob (Posts: 24; Member since: 17 May 2013)


Updates come based on carrier requests to fix major bugs. LG's quality has been very good thus not requiring a lot of updates. Jelly Bean has been very stable.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 03:33

46. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Yeah that's history, NEXUS is the future.. And you do some research, the LG made the NEXUS 4..

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 17:42 4

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7726; Member since: 14 May 2012)


1020, S4, G2, 5, One.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 23:17 9

37. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 156; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


1020, G2, S4, 5, 1.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 01:28 3

44. BillyBoy (Posts: 16; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


1020/G2, S4, i5, One

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 03:35 2

47. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Nope, it doesn't mean that if you have a GS4 you'll have to be blind.. Look closely, G2 outperformed GS4..

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 18:00 3

15. hadouken (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


Pic #6 is focused on the projector instead of the chips. Lol.
Anyways, I really like the G2 pictures though, esp the Vitamin water one. It seems less noise.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 19:52

73. glentomas123 (Posts: 70; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)


Exactly. I assume many of these out of focus shot were intentional. It's not hard to lock focus on any of these phones (however, never tried the G2 yet, so don't know there). What up with that???

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 18:07 3

17. Akfred (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


PA always hate sony , why wont you include sony xperia z
Here, no matter what PA and it members will do sony will still
Remain my number brand.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 19:47 3

22. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


When other manufacturers make better use their own sensor it tells you a lot about the software engineers for Sony

Clue they are not that great.

Sony isn't mentioned because they have not caught up to he field especially after the horrible screen on the z

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 02:45

65. Akfred (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


The Z camera is perfect after the 4.2.2 update plus
Battery life improvement, as for the screen how many
People notice it in real life?

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 20:11 6

25. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Hahaha... are you really sure that you want this so called tech site to include Xperia Z in some comparison.
they will break your heart so badly just like what they have done to Xperia ZR in their so called review.

PA : ZR is made of very ordinary plastic and bland visual. VS GA : ZR uses high quality plastic and still a looker.
PA : ZR prety poor viewing angle average battery life and so so outdor visibility. VS GA : ZR viewing angle is better than the Z even it’s still far from perfect, trouble free outdor visibility even little bit better than HTC One, and also great battery life (17.48 h 3G talk time, “the best” web browsing 11.20 h, and 7.30 h of video playback, and 62 h of endurance rating).

My point is you should thanks to god that PA wont include Xperia Z in this comparison.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 09:13

50. amilcarmz86 (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


he is talking about the Z not the ZR

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 19:07 4

20. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


The g2 looks on par or similar to the s4 which is good news and ois should mean better low light too..

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 19:10 2

21. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 942; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


judging by my screen g2 pics mo' better...

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 19:49 3

23. maccess (Posts: 583; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


all take good photos except htc one...

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 20:09 3

24. c.sanchez (Posts: 16; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


LG G2 did beat the GS4 in these set of shots. Open two webpages. Look at the first round of shots and just zoom in to the (Wed, August 7th) and you can see that the G2 does have better clarity and less noise than the GS4! So I think second place goes to G2 and not just the first round.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 20:48 2

28. maxican16 (Posts: 363; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


I'm no camera expert, but to me the G2 was the best of the bunch! Both in terms of light sensitivity and detail. I'm not a fan of LG's update track record, but this camera makes me want to get this phone.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 21:09 2

29. shadyghost (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


While the g2 camera does look good, comparing it to the 1020 is really only fair if you mention the ridiculous lossless zoom capabilities the 1020 has which sets it apart from the pack. I have found this feature to finally enable my phone to be used as a primary shooter. This alone beats out the competition. Also as with the 808 I am able to get superior images using the awesome manual controls over the auto settings. Not sure if the same could be said about the g2 but worth mentioning.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 22:03

32. Landmarkcm (Posts: 420; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


The 13mp sensor with ois doesn't sound like anything that special. Htc 8mp cameras with the image chip, variable flash, & low light BSI lenses f 2.0 aperture look more impressive (like on the One S I just scored a great deal on) . Lg doesn't even mention the aperture of the lenses. Point is for this being there "Flagship" It doesn't sound that special in the camera department.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 22:11 1

33. sergiobr (Posts: 402; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


WOW !!! Better tha S4 !!! And ... the same as 1020 !!! And ... the best ... Android !!!!! Take my money LG !!!

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 22:29 1

35. sergiobr (Posts: 402; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Forget MUCH MUCH cheaper than Nokia !!! \0/

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 22:41 3

36. MachDaddy (Posts: 33; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


G2 looks to have a camera that FINALLY has LG playing with the big boys. I think it was the best on 3 or 4 of the 5 shots. Well done LG!

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 23:24 3

38. papaleu (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


I confess that I was surprised with the shooting of G2. Was second only to 1020. At first looked the G2 showed a good white balance, less noise than the S4, Iphone 5 and One, and the colors are not saturated. Nice work from LG!!!

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 00:22 1

39. ianbbaa (Posts: 196; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


My thoughts:
Lumia 1020 best
S4 = G2 - but g2 has more yellowish look, the white on the first sets of pics is better on S4. Detail wyse, g2 looks better BUT it looks that every pic (except first one) was taken CLOSER to object than all the others!!!!!

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 01:04 1

43. mousesports (Posts: 243; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


lol , look at the G ... LG got a light there and you cant see what word is ... this is crap camera .. Lumia 1020 best

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 05:25 1

48. R-vjn (Posts: 161; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


finally LG came with some good camera..!

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 07:45 1

49. shadyghost (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


After viewing this article and pictures on my computer my opinion of LG's camera has diminished a bit. My first assessment was on my phone and they looked pretty good but after firing up my computer they don't look as good and neither does the writers photography abilities and shot consistency. I understand this is far from scientific but the pics where the G2 has the best performance it's obvious it has the advantage of light angle and proximity. (water bottles, chips up close)

Then in the other pics where it still clearly has the advantage of being closer to the item being photographed it fails to beat out the iphone 5 (chips farther away). Although this looks to be more due to the photographer than the camera itself.

Overall the 1020 is far above the competition here in detail, clarity, accurate color representation and bokeh effect. The bokeh is especially bad on the G2. The G2 looks decent compared to the rest and beats out the others most of the shots but wait for the professional review people.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 10:19

51. mclifford81 (Posts: 67; Member since: 26 Jan 2010)


The Htc One took better Macros it looked like and the iPhone and S4 seemed to take the most realistic at that size.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 11:38

53. Muzhhur (Posts: 244; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


better samples on Lumia 1020, dont you think?

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 01:31

57. BooBooooooo (Posts: 56; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


I agree with you

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 12:14

54. Ronny666 (Posts: 108; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)


Ok, some of you guys must be little blind. Didn't you notice that Lumia, S4 and Iphone 5 captured most details compared to G2 or HTC One? G2 look ok on macro shots but not great. G2's pics are little yellowish too. Anyway, this may not be an ultimate test though. Shall wait for the real comparison test.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 01:16

55. BooBooooooo (Posts: 56; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


It's pretty good

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 01:28

56. BooBooooooo (Posts: 56; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


1020 is the best to me

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 01:40

58. Topcat488 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


The winner is.....

LG G2.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 02:18 1

59. pocketdrummer (Posts: 19; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


The LG G2 seems to have substantially less noise than the other cameras. It remains to be seen how good the video looks.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 19:33

61. gameday78 (Posts: 47; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


They just ran a comerical on FX ten min ago saying how iphone 5 was zero down... hope they pull the adds in time!

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 23:17

62. Nephylim (Posts: 131; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)


SGS4 is amazing ;)

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 04:12

63. MySchizoBuddy (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Aug 2011)


you should put the images side by side in a grid to see the difference.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 21:25

64. scsa852k (Posts: 282; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


I'm not really a camera person..
They all look the same to me...

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