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Camera Comparison: LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, HTC One


Conclusion and overall score

Camera Comparison: LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, HTC One
We had the feeling that the LG G2's camera was going to be good. However, the smartphone's imaging abilities exceeded our expectations. Test after test, the LG G2 produced clear and detailed photographs, with barely any digital noise present in them. 

And overall, the camera on LG's latest and greatest surpasses even Samsung's Galaxy S4, which until recently was the top cameraphone around. But the Samsung Galaxy S4 isn't that far behind. In fact, it is still better than the G2 at taking close-ups or videos given the right conditions and it is almost as capable in a number of shooting scenarios. That's why we see no major reasons for a camera junkie to dump a Galaxy S4 in favor of a G2.

Then there's the iPhone 5 – a smartphone that has managed to stand its ground among the best cameraphones even though it has been on the market for nearly a year. But it isn't quite the best anymore. Sure, it gets the job done well, but the competition is getting heated so Apple better be readying a camera upgrade for the next iPhone iteration.

As for the HTC One, well, its Ultrapixel camera sounds like a great idea in theory, with its larger pixels and all. But the actual results fail to impress – photos and videos simply lack the detail we've come to expect from a modern camera, while the optical image stabilization doesn't have that major of an impact as expected. Of course, the HTC One is still a decent cameraphone and will get the job done in case there's nothing else around. Just don't expect any miracles out of it.

Camera Comparison: LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, HTC One

Disclaimer: The overall score for each phone represents its average rating. All categories have been taken into account with an equal weight on the overall score.


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posted on 02 Sep 2013, 11:41 2

1. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Phonearena isn't humping Samsungs leg right now. Thats new.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 15:13 2

28. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

But there is no Xperia Z as always.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 16:42 4

34. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)

I knew from the first sample shots that LG's G2 would dominate. Well done!

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 11:42 12

2. ABDULGHAFOOR (Posts: 104; Member since: 04 May 2012)


posted on 02 Sep 2013, 11:45 17

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.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 11:52 4

4. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1485; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

C'mon man its the daddy of camera phones. It wont play with childrens cuz its not fair...
jst kidng

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 11:58 9

7. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Nokia 1020 loses everywhere besides the camera, both are good cameras though.

Lumia 1020:
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.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 12:06 5

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.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 12:12 1

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

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 12:15 1

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

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 12:24 1

19. amasog (Posts: 420; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)

you forgot to mention. the malware & lag! LOLOLOL!

opps! & the royalty LG et al is/are paying to microsoft..

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 12:25 3

20. amasog (Posts: 420; 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!

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 12:43 2

23. sniper1087 (Posts: 529; 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.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 13:10 5

25. rms.max (Posts: 95; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


posted on 02 Sep 2013, 13:25 2

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.


posted on 02 Sep 2013, 13:42 2

27. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; 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.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 01:27

37. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

1020 goes to 11 ;)

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 02:18

40. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; 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.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 02:27

42. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; 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.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 04:44

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.

posted on 09 Dec 2013, 22:46

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.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 11:53 8

5. fouadqr (Posts: 326; 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 !!

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 12:01 1

9. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

They posted a comparision eearly with the 1020.



posted on 02 Sep 2013, 12:04 3

11. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)

agreed. if u r gonna put htc one then also put 925

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 12:21 2

18. Ninetysix (Posts: 2548; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Is this good enough?


S4 = 8
iP5 = 8
Note2 = 8
Lumia 925 = 7
Htc One = 7

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 12:27 3

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

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 15:25 2

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?

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 11:57 5

6. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1485; 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

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 12:00 4

8. SonyPS4 (Posts: 346; Member since: 21 May 2013)

Why not using Lumia 1020 for reference

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 12:02 2

10. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)

LG now just say THANX to SONY for making such nice SENSORS

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