LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
G3's camera is superior to the 4 MP shooter on the One (M8) on all counts.
G3 comes with a 13-megapixel camera with 1/3.06” sensor. HTC One M8 has the same size sensor, but with only 4-megapixel resolution – HTC calls this a “UltraPixel” camera. G3 features a unique infrared laser emitter on the back, which helps speed up focusing to 0.276s. Those times are already excellent on the HTC One (M8), too, which flaunts 0.3s fast autofocus, thanks to its Duo Camera setup.
The G3 photos are slightly inaccurate in terms of color representation, as the colors appear with a slight boost in saturation compared with the actual scene, and there is often a warm, yellowish veil on it. The One (M8) photos, however, fare worse, and often cast too cold or too warm of a hue over the scene, compared to reality. Needless to say, the 13 MP camera of the G3 also captures a much greater amount of detail than HTC's 4-megapixel shooter.
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, noise is kept in check, and colors look mostly natural, except in our studio environment with strong artificial lighting, where the G3 outed photos with warm overcast. The LED flash illuminates the scene very well from about a five feet distance, too. Indoors, the One (M8)'s photo colors get a bit washed out, and details are softish.
The G3 sports a 2.1 MP front-facing camera, while the One (M8) is perhaps the only phone with a front camera resolution larger than the rear one. It carries a 5 MP wide-view camera at the front, and produces more detailed and higher quality selfies than what we are observing with the G3.
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LG G3 is capable of 4K video recording with 30 fps, while the One (M8) sticks with 1080p only. Footage from the G3 is superior not only because of the higher definition and frame rate possible with the handset, but also because of the OIS tech that makes it very steady in all situations. There are no visible artifacts or skipped frames in the One (M8) video recordings, too, but it just can't be as steady and detailed.
Video playback on the large Quad HD display is a delight, but the G3's speaker is no match for the One (M8)'s stereo set.
The G3 grid-style gallery has been reworked with the same flat and simple design as the general interface, and offers pinch-to-zoom gestures, but for editing options it takes you to the Google Photos editor, instead of having one embedded in the interface itself. The One (M8)'s gallery application is more complex visually, categorizing your photo folders in thick bars across the display. It also sports built-in editing functions, and you can automatically build a short artistic collage out of your photos and videos there, that HTC calls a Zoe, adding effects like vintage overcast and music themes.
Music playback on the G3 commences with a frugal interface that offers song categorization, and visually appealing album art thumbs. The controls are simple, yet the player offers a very rich amount of equalizer presets, including a custom one, as well as the option to change the pitch and speed of the tune. LG equipped the G3 with a 1W amplified loudspeaker, which does sound pretty strong, though its quality is far from the excellent front-facing stereo set on the One (M8) that HTC calls BoomSound. On the HTC phone, the music player is visually richer, and the album categorization rather pretty, but it doesn't sport built-in equalizer presets. The two stereo speakers, however, do a great job of providing one of the fullest sound experiences on a mobile phone.
Video playback on the G3 is stellar, as not only is the screen large and with record definition, but also the player laden with options, including subtitles support, captions, and brightness settings. LG's flagship also played everything we gave it, which includes DivX/Xvid/MKV/MPEG-4 formats, at up to, you guessed it, 2K resolutions. LG has put a few Quad HD samples on the phone, and we have to admit these look absolutely breathtaking on the 5.5” panel of the G3, though we doubt you'll find much such content to load on the phone and enjoy on a regular basis. HTC One (M8) has a less ambitious video player, thrown together in the gallery, with a limited amount of options, but rich codec support, playing most popular formats at up to 1080p resolution. It does offer simple editing like trimming or annotating, though.
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LG G3 vs HTC One (M8) - Camera and Multimedia