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Samsung Galaxy S II vs LG Optimus 2X outdoor camera samples

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Samsung Galaxy S II vs LG Optimus 2X outdoor camera samples
Both the Samsung Galaxy S II and the LG Optimus 2X have 8MP autofocus cameras with a single flash of the LED technology, so the dual-core handsets are ripe for comparison.

Bear in mind that we are playing around with a pre-production unit of the Samsung Galaxy S II in the office, but the software build seems quite finalized, and the new camera interfaces is pretty with its transparent backgrounds that allow you to see the frame behind the settings list. As far as functionality goes, the camera interface stays mostly the same, just wrapped up differently. Here are some sample outdoor photos taken on a cloudy day with the two powerful Android handsets:

Samsung Galaxy S II sample photos
Samsung Galaxy S II sample photos
Samsung Galaxy S II sample photos

Samsung Galaxy S II sample photos


LG Optimus 2X sample photos
LG Optimus 2X sample photos
LG Optimus 2X sample photos

LG Optimus 2X sample photos



As you can see, both cameras capture pretty much similar amounts of detail, and it's a very good amount for a cell phone camera. The photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy S II, however, turn out a tad sharper than those from the Optimus 2X. Moreover, LG's handset tends to produce slightly undersaturated photos, with colder colors than they actually are. The images from the Samsung Galaxy S II, on the other side, have a higher contrast and thus are more pleasing at first look. Furthermore, we noticed that Samsung's 8MP shooter has about 10-15% wider field of view than the lens in the LG Optimus 2X - it fits more scene into the frame from one and the same position.

Samsung Galaxy S II sample photos
Samsung Galaxy S II sample photos
Samsung Galaxy S II sample photos

Samsung Galaxy S II sample photos


LG Optimus 2X sample photos
LG Optimus 2X sample photos
LG Optimus 2X sample photos

LG Optimus 2X sample photos



Thus we can give our personal preferences to the still photos from the Samsung Galaxy S II, but we guess that's not what you are reading this piece for. Of real interest with those two dual-core chipsets - the NVIDIA Tegra 2 in the LG Optimus 2X, and the Exynos in the Samsung Galaxy S II - is that they can process video recording in Full HD 1080p resolution, so we caught a sample video with both:

The LG Optimus 2X captures 1080p video with 24fps by default, which is on the borderline of fluidity, whereas the factory specs of the Samsung Galaxy S II peg it at 30fps in Full HD recording mode. This time the average framerate in our sample take with LG's handset went higher than 24fps, but even then the video taken with our preproduction Galaxy S II unit appeared smoother. Just make sure you choose the 1080p option of YouTube, and switch to full screen for full appreciation:





Samsung's finest 1080p videos are recorded in the better .MP4 container, rather than .3GP in the case of LG, plus they have a higher bitrate - 17Mbps vs 10Mbps for the Optimus 2X, although in the process the Galaxy S II Full HD video files turn out a third larger than those recorded with LG's handset for the same duration.

When you add the extra contrast and sharpness, we can declare the Samsung Galaxy S II a winner in the dual-core camera department, both in still photos, and Full HD video recording. The only thing that's missing from that picture is the newly announced HTC Sensation with its own 8MP camera sensor and two CPU cores, but we should be able to stage a catfight between the three relatively soon.

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posted on 12 Apr 2011, 14:16 1

1. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I like How the SGS2 does, it could also be A Gingerbread vs Froyo comparison

and its nice to see a compaction like this one once in a while keep it up phonearena

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 17:18 1

5. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its actually a battle of the processor and compression. The LG uses the weaker tegra2 with 3gpp compression (think old school flip phone video codec). The galaxy2 uses the stronger exynos core with mp4 which is much higher fidelity.

Unfortunately not a real difference between 2.2 and 2.3 for video.

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 18:52

7. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I guess will have to wait until something with terga comes with gingerbread... to test the 3 of them, I want to see how gingerbread will perform under the same hardware

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 22:33 1

11. BigJ (unregistered)


.3gp and .mp4 are both file containers. They have no impact on video or audio quality directly. The encoding used is what matters. As per the standards both containers can use MPEG4 AVC/H.264 video encoding. Trying to correlate video quality with the container used just doesn't work in this case.

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 16:28

18. Dark4o90 (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Feb 2011)


hahaha there's no way 3gp is better than mp4

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 14:32

2. squarecat (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Apr 2011)


The Samsung's video is clearly smoother and wins for the MP4 wrapper alone.

However, the LG takes the photo category since the Sammy's pics have that distinct over-sharpened and over-contrasted processing of most consumer devices. You can see the detrimental effects in the first photo in the blown-out sky, overly-saturated jackets and building, the distracting lines in the reflective sign in second shot, and the loss of subtle details in the flower petals.

This aggressive photo "correction" is what results in photos of people with nasty white holes in their foreheads and otherwise unnoticeable blemishes and other imperfections exaggerated to embarrassing degrees. Barely, or not-at-all, diffused (dual!) LED spotlights for a flash don't help either...

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 15:00

3. Arman9953 (unregistered)


can you review the samsung galaxy s2 please...
and please a bit longer than normal so about 30 min not 15 min.

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 15:41 1

4. phbelov (Posts: 122; Member since: 25 Mar 2011)


Samsung Galaxy S II has a better picture quality and LG Optimus 2X has better sound quality I think.

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 17:29

6. Copyright (unregistered)


@quarecat: While I can agree with the first photo, of the red house, I find the two others better on the Galaxy S2.

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 01:14 2

12. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


I came here to check out cell phone news and then I came across this great opportunity to buy designer shoes at wholesale price from China!!! Damn spammers nobody will buy your shit.

The Galaxy S2 takes the best cell phone video I have ever seen!

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 03:25

13. jcferraz (unregistered)


Hi folks.

I used to love your reviews with indoor photos with and without flash. Please keep showing how the phone's flash performs in low light conditions.

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 05:44 1

14. IOS5 (unregistered)


Galaxy s2 better in terms of frame rate 30fps vs 24fps but audio quality still LG better I think Sony Ericsson Arc better than both!

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 07:33

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


SE takes the camera to a different level! they sure know how to deal with that, wished they had added more hardware, but SE its not interested in geeks so much

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 08:15 1

16. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 787; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Still no camera key on either one.

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 14:01

17. jay (unregistered)


Frankly they both look great to me. i believe one thing many of you should be considering is the cost of these devices for example UK launch pricing for the SGS2 is $1152.00 imagine if its anywhere close to that in the U.S. G2x is $536.00 on ebay or 350 with 2yr agreement who knows how much more your willing to pay for the SGS2????

posted on 16 Apr 2011, 23:21

20. america123jeff (Posts: 36; Member since: 14 Apr 2011)


SGS2 will probably be 200 on 2yr agreement and the reason the G2x is cheaper is becuase its crap

posted on 14 Apr 2011, 01:36

19. ali (unregistered)


hi,,i think lg and samsung fight with eachother,,but they forget arc rival htc eco 3d and htc sensational,,my question is,,can both of them face htc,,it is very simple to answer "no"..because htc dual core processor and dual camera..and technology is better than both of them,,nowadays everyone is talking about htc and keep intrest,,so good luch htc and samsung and lg has great fight ahead with htc

posted on 16 Apr 2011, 23:24

21. america123jeff (Posts: 36; Member since: 14 Apr 2011)


so true. however if touchwiz 4 can win me over im going for the S2. that is an "if" though

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