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.
Camera Comparison: LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, HTC One - Interface and ease of use