Camera Comparison: LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, HTC One
Interface and ease of use
Hardware is worthless without the right software to control it with, isn't that so? Thankfully, LG has done a pretty good job with the camera user interface on the G2. There is a whole bunch of scenes and shooting modes to experiment with, including HDR, Burst Mode, Night Mode, and the outstanding 1080p/60fps video setting we already mentioned. All the menu settings are easy to get to, which is essential for switching modes on the fly. The only thing bothering us is that you have to manually switch between photo and video modes instead of having both shutters on the same screen, as the case is with the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.
The camera interface on the Samsung Galaxy S4 is pretty similar to that on the G2. Again, you get a whole ton of shooting scenes and modes, most of which can actually be quite useful given the appropriate conditions. We find it convenient that two separate shutters have been added – one for taking photos and another for recording videos – so there is no need to switch manually between modes as the case is with the G2. While the Galaxy S4 lacks OIS, there is a software image stabilizer that works, but its effect isn't as profound when compared to the G2 and its optical stabilization.
The iPhone 5 lacks any advanced modes and scenes whatsoever, save for the option to take HDR images. However, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. The camera UI is extremely simple to use even by folks who haven't held an iPhone before. Moreover, videos are very well stabilized even though the camera uses only software algorithms to filter out the shaking from a user's hand.
There is no shortage of shooting scenes, modes, and options on the HTC One. It can take HDR photos and videos at 1080p resolution, 60 frame-per-second videos at 720p, all the while capturing stereo sound of fantastic quality. However, the UI hasn't been organized the best way possible. Most settings and adjustments are placed in a single list with lots of sub-menus, so getting to the one you need may take more steps than it should. Thankfully, the frequently used ones are placed on the very top of the list.
1. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Phonearena isn't humping Samsungs leg right now. Thats new.
34. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)
I knew from the first sample shots that LG's G2 would dominate. Well done!
3. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
This is not the best time to include the Nokia Lumia 1020 in this camera comparison. As we all know, the Lumia 1020 is a beast of a cameraphone which will blow these phones away, that's why they didn't include it in this comparison.
7. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Nokia 1020 loses everywhere besides the camera, both are good cameras though.
130.4 mm x 71.4 mm x 10.4 mm, 158.0 g
138.5 mm x 70.9 mm x 8.9 mm, 143 g
So the G2 is only 8mm taller, the G2 is lighter and the G2 is a little skinny width wise yet the screen is huge compared to the 1020. The G2 also doesn't run a cancer fueled OS and has hardware to justify the price.
13. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
I agree that the G2 is better than the Lumia 1020 in almost every aspects. But comparing the size between the G2 and the Lumia 1020 doesn't make any sense. The Lumia 1020 is bulkier and heavier is because of the large 41 MP camera sensor on the back of the Lumia 1020.
Cancer fueled OS? Come on Shatter, Windows Phone is growing. In the next few years, you will see Windows Phone become a Turbo Diesel OS. Just give it some time to grow.
23. sniper1087 (Posts: 451; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)
people dont realize that we as consumers need more than a duopoly, so more than 2 OS is better to have, android and IOS shouldnt dominate, need more manufacturers to get a third OS, and yes WP8 while doesnt have much apps, does have some apps that are great and its fluid, we will have to keep watch as it grows, just hoping more gets developed on it.
26. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Lumia 920 is an even bigger brick compared to the G2. Your argument is invalid.
Height: 130.3 mm
Width: 70.8 mm
Thickness2: 10.7 mm
Weight: 185.0 g
Also the 41MP sensor has nothing to do with the weight, look at the 920 that thing weighs 30 more grams than the 1020.
No bulky camera senesors to be seen here yet it weighs double the difference between the g2 and 1020.
40. Taters (Posts: 4635; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Nobody looks at the reasons why one phone is a huge fricking brick and one isn't. They just look at which phone is bigger and which phone is slim and sexy and ignore the fatty with a big ugly camera hump.
15. papss (unregistered)
Oh sadder you sissy... This is about cameras, I know reading comprehension isn't your thing but how about we use some smarts here
19. amasog (Posts: 291; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)
you forgot to mention. the malware & lag! LOLOLOL!
opps! & the royalty LG et al is/are paying to microsoft..
53. polarzombies (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Dec 2013)
I would rather take the G2 over the 1020 because even though the 1020 has the best camera on the market the app ecosystem is not currently at a point where I feel it is justified switching platforms. This is coming from a person who has recently purchased a 1520 and will most likely be exchanging it for a G2. Even though the camera on Nokia's phone is amazing and the in-house apps are pleasure to use, I am constantly aggravated by the current 3rd party app support that either has a list of apps that aren't currently available or mainstream apps that have not received an update in a long time and which makes them inferior to their ios and android counterparts. Even if the G2 doesn't have a better camera than Nokia's offerings it's still the best camera that android currently has to offer as well as it being coupled with various ways to share and backup your photos.
4. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1150; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
C'mon man its the daddy of camera phones. It wont play with childrens cuz its not fair...
16. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
The Lumia 1020 isn't out yet in europe, that might be the reason why it's not in this comparison
20. amasog (Posts: 291; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)
no need to include the NL1020. because if that is included, no need to even go through the entire article. we already know the winner!
25. rms.max (Posts: 89; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
27. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1313; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
You pretty much know what your getting with the 1020; a powerful camera with a average smartphone. The contestants here are powerful smartphones with average cameras.
The S4 Zoom is more comparable to the 1020 and the 1020 kills it. End of story. Maybe when the Sony Z1 comes out you will have a 1020 comparison.
42. Taters (Posts: 4635; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Probably because it is a camera comparison between top shelf phones that people actually want. No point including phones with deal breaking humps and deal breaking low screen resolution and deal breaking lack of apps.
When deciding a phone i'll weigh everything but i would just ignore the Lumia 1020 section because I know for a fact that the added camera hump and lower screen resolution is not worth the better camera for me.
This comparison is basically to see which well rounded phone has the best camera. Not for people looking for the best camera. If you add the 1020 then you might as well add some compact point and shoots and the GS4 zoom. That isn't what the readers want though. They want to know which no compromise phone has the best camera. Anyone can make a great camera with an ugly hump. The trick is doing it without affecting the phone in any way, which is what the phones in this comparison does, except for the HTC One which has a horrible camera.
46. ArtZGraphic (Posts: 16; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)
Lumia 1020 is the best cameraphone, it's compared to DSLR Canon Rebel XS and Lumia 1020 won the comparison for detail and color representation. but the LG G2 is much better than LG's flagships before and have a great camera.
5. fouadqr (Posts: 324; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)
camera comparison without NOKIA ..Great!!
the best company when it come to phone camera and it's not here ..
#people will say it's not fair coz lumia 1020 is pure camera beast..but u can put lumia 920/925 !!
9. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
They posted a comparision eearly with the 1020.
11. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
agreed. if u r gonna put htc one then also put 925
18. Ninetysix (Posts: 1893; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Is this good enough?
S4 = 8
iP5 = 8
Note2 = 8
Lumia 925 = 7
Htc One = 7
21. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
Oviously not, coz:
1. uve missed the point, which was to include it in THIS comparison.
2. Dude that comparison is probably the WORST comparison i have ever seen
31. yasir-921 (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)
You're right. Apparantly, it seems to be not a fair review. How can a Note II with 8MP equals with the S4 with 13MP?
6. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1150; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Well done LG, G2 is truly a monster phone.
and i hope HTC ditch ultra pixel thing because it's kinda under performing compared to its opponents in almost every comparison. HTC One looks great but camera kinda disappointing.
impressed by iPhone 5. Last year phone still standing up to most of this years flagship phones. This is what i love about Apple, they may not be top in all department but still hold their ground. Decent premium looking phone
10. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
LG now just say THANX to SONY for making such nice SENSORS
12. SonyPS4 (Posts: 308; Member since: 21 May 2013)
I think GS4 and Iphone5 also use Sony sensor
41. Trex95 (Posts: 682; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)
All phones camera BSI sensor that made by Sony.
45. guruprasad (Posts: 33; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)
who said all bsi sensors r made by sony... omni vision makes bsi sensors so does lg which manufactures their own. the one in optimus g was made by lg itself...
14. _Bone_ (Posts: 2148; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
The G2 delivers around the S4 Octa, slightly less details and lower dynamic range, but slightly better low-light performance. It's perfectly acceptable and would choose the G2 over the S4 anyway. Let's just wait and see what the Note III has to say about that. And the Sony Honami. And the Oppo N1. And then we can throw in the 808 and the Lumia 1020 and have the ultimate camera showdown. Until then, well done LG (well, technically well done Sony!).
17. papss (unregistered)
I pretty much agree with you but the last part.. LG software is also the reason for great pics
39. Trex95 (Posts: 682; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)
Still this nothing wait for Xperia Z1 aka Honmai vs IPhone 5S 12 MP vs Note 3 13 MP OIS then will see which one the best.
22. yasir-921 (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)
Oh My God Becky, Look at the phone! Its so fantastic (:P)
The beating by the G2 in camera department specially shows that the G2 is really some thing outstanding!
Great job done by LG.
It's my next phone.
Hey Nick T, I would like to add that the SG S4 performs not that great in low light and indoor shots! LG implementing the OIS in a 13MP Camera would really change such results!
24. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 152; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
Good God, why in the blue hell do phonearena teams put HTC one in camera comparison again? it always comes as the worst performer for goodness' sake!
They should put recent firmware updated Sony Xperia Z to make this camera comparison more fair and rounded (three 13MP cameras and 1 8MP camera)
I remembered the last time xperia z was in a camera comparison, it finished third with a score of 6.7 behind iphone 5 (6.8) and galaxy s4 (7.6) and defeated galaxy s3 (6.4), lumia 920 (6.3) and HTC One (5.9)
i'm sure with the recent firmware xperia z will at least beat iphone 5, don't know the chances of beating galaxy s4 and lg g2 though
29. yasir-921 (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)
SGS4 can be dumped for a G2. Reason being the OIS while allows better low light shots at which the SGS4 lags behind!
I have taken over a thousand shots with my SGS4. From potraits to close ups of our family, cat to few wedding shoots and many landscapes.
My SGS4 struggled in HDR Mode where the difference in shades between a normal shot and an HDR shot was minimal! Moreover, it captured only average low light indoor and outdoor shots. The panoramas were also Ok. One thing I noticed while capturing wedding shots in a hall is that there is different lighting in different parts of the hall. For instance, the stage is sufficiently lit, the section for guests to sit is adequately lit, while the corners may be lightly lit During the use of my SGS4 in this situation, what I conclude is that it took Ok shots, not good and not worse with digital noice and shakiness noticable!
With the G2 in hand with its OIS, the aforementioned scenes will be greatly captured! So camera junkis like me ( who also don't carry Pro Cameras or DLSRs all the time or juat dont want to), the LG G2 is a Must-To-Have Smart phone.
30. yasir-921 (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)
PhoneArena: G2 camera is better than its competitor.
GSMArena: G2 is the fastest smart phone to date (or as of 2013 perhaps)
32. yasir-921 (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)
I hope that the LG Officials are thoroughly reading the reviews and commentary on it! It can be helpful for you in future, officials!
35. SonyCraperiaSucks (banned) (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)
S4 looks better, and people who say that there is no XZ is because it sucks.
36. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Your comment is telling us who really Sucks!
38. Trex95 (Posts: 682; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)
Why all pics does have different colors production!
44. Trex95 (Posts: 682; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)
Phone arena how come S4 better in night shots i don't get it! IPhone 5 looks better even with zoom?!
48. webvigour (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
Its a perfect match of style and technology I think..
49. webvigour (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
my vote is with HTC One as I am a big fac of HTC brand
50. note2guy11 (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)
Does any one know where I can see a comparison of actual angular field of view of each phone camera?
Knowing the actual focal length isn't usually enough.
Actual verified angular field of view would be a great addition to any smartphone website's list of specs.
52. MOTU000 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Oct 2013)
Is the author reviewing phones or cameras??? I could give a rats butt about taking high quality pictures with a phone. It's a tool - mostly a communications tool. How about focusing on something relevant to the fact that it's a PHONE - reception, voice quality, battery life, user interface, etc. I have a Razr Maxx HD for a personal phone and a S4 as a work phone. When it comes to communications, the Maxx HD kicks the S4's butt. When I want to take good quality pictures or video, I use something called a CAMERA.
54. djvtech (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Dec 2013)
They're smart phones. "multi tools". Ones that cost several hundred dollars. A normal home 'phone' only costs like 30$, so these 'phones' have no excuse to not have a decent camera.
55. djvtech (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Dec 2013)
I got an s4 and the focusing distance is 7cm. Pretty lame compared to my 3 year old HTC raider that focused as close as 3cm and takes nicer photos (color, contrast, white balance, sharpness) than the s4! The lens i wide also. What a disspointment s4.