LG G3 vs Apple iPhone 5s
The G3 offers laser autofocus and many shooting modes, yet its picture quality is on par with the iPhone 5s, though LG takes the video round with 4K footage and OIS.
LG G3 comes with a 13-megapixel camera with 1/3.06” sensor, 1.1-micron pixels, and f/2.4 aperture, optical image stabilization and a two-tone flash. In comparison, Apple has placed an 8 MP sensor of the same 1/3.06” size, allowing for larger, 1.5-micron pixels in the iPhone 5s, plus a two-tone LED flash in its turn. The 5s has a tad wider f/2.2 aperture, and a five-element lens with 31 mm focal length.
The G3 shooter also sports a unique infrared laser emitter on the back, which helps speed up focusing to 0.276s. This means that shooting is very fast, as the G3 takes no more than a second to snap one shot and be ready for the next shutter press. The iPhone 5s' autofocus times have been measured to be between 0.5 – 1 second, depending on the light situation, which is slower than the G3, but also feels very fast.
The G3 camera app offers an abundance of color effects and shooting modes, like auto HDR and the Magic Focus camera option that will capture at different focus settings, leading to a blurred-out background for more artsy photos. Apple's simple, easy to use camera app interface consists only of a few main options, such as Panorama and now-automatic HDR capture, but their execution is fast and flawless. Moreover, you can always achieve most of the modes present on the G3 with 3rd party iOS apps, including the out-of-focus effect.
The iPhone 5s has consistently delivered great results in our camera comparisons, so how does it fare against the new G3? For starters, both phones deliver great images, but color reproduction could have been more accurate – both the G3 and the 5s have warm color overcast in the pictures. The 13 MP camera of the LG G3 manages to capture a very good level of detail, resolving more than the 8 MP shooter of the iPhone 5s.
Indoors, the G3 camera often chooses too slow of a shutter speed – this allows it to take photos without firing the flash, but may result in a tad blurry image due to hand shake. Other than that, indoor shots taken with the G3 are very good. The amount of noise is kept in check, the photos are detailed, plus the LED flash is very strong, and distributes the light evenly throughout the scene, without ruining the color balance. What we noticed, however, is that under the artificial lighting in our studio, the G3 tends to produce photos with warm tint to them. The indoor photos from the iPhone 5s are detailed, but a bit warmer than they should be, too, and noise sometimes creeps up when the two-tone LED flash decides to stay put. The iPhone's flash also illuminates the scene evenly, though it's a tad weaker than the potent lights on the back of the G3.
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LG's phone can record ultra high-res 4K video at 30fps, as well as 1080p video, while the iPhone 5s makes do with 1080p only, which, however, is more than adequate for any purpose. The G3 video is fluid, very steady on account of the OIS mechanism, and sports quick exposure adjustments while panning around. The iPhone 5s produces a smooth and vivid footage, too, though you need to tap on the screen to make the phone focus on closer objects, as it doesn't do it automatically. Footage from LG's phone looks a tad more vivid and saturated, and with a step lighter exposure than what the iPhone 5s captures. The G3 records a very strong sound to accompany the videos, though not as clean as the iPhone 5s musters.
The much larger display and wider codec support of the G3 make for a richer multimedia experience.
The iPhone 5s gallery, as well as the one on the G3, offer grid thumbnail view of your photos and videos. LG lets you pinch-to-resize the thumbs in the gallery, but the editing options aren't built-in, unlike the photo editing on the iPhone 5s. Instead, upon pressing the edit button, LG offers you to take the action either to Google Photos, or the preloaded Photo Punch application, which has a tailored editing interface.
The music players sport categorization options by artists, albums or playlists, but the sound and equalizer effects on the G3 are built into the player's interface, while on the 5s you have to go to the general settings app to change them. The LG G3 has an amplified 1W speaker on the back, which still doesn't sound as strong and full as the loudspeaker that Apple equipped on the iPhone 5s.
Video playback on the large display of the LG G3 is a very enjoyable experience, especially considering that the stock player runs everything you throw at it, at up to the whopping 2K resolutions, while on the iPhone 5s you have to convert many popular formats before they can be played back. LG's video player is also feature-rich, letting you add subtitles, captions, or detaching it, and playing the video in a small window, while doing something else with the phone.
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LG G3 vs Apple iPhone 5s - Camera and Multimedia