First LG G3 camera samples get compared with the Galaxy S5, One M8, Note 3, and iPhone 5s

First LG G3 camera samples get compared with the Galaxy S5, One M8, Note 3, and iPhone 5s
By now, it should be obvious to those who were hanging around during LG's G3 announcement event that the company's new flagship is one sleek device, complete with bleeding edge hardware. As soon as the curtains once again removed the G3 from sight (at least for the time being), however, chatter ensued. Most of it positive, of course, but some if had an unmistakable, concerned tone.

Indeed, some of you were quick to notice that the LG G3's camera unit is not that much different than the one in the G2. Sure, it has an even better image stabilization implementation in OIS+, and that laser beam does seem to help the phone focus super-quick, but the sensor itself appears to very similar to the one found on its predecessor. Naturally, this had some concerned that while the G3's snapper may be in a overall better package, image quality might not differ much. 

That's fair, and we initially shared your concern. We say initially, since the first few snaps we took with the LG G3 are actually pretty awesome, even when compared against the handset's main rivals in the Samsung Galaxy S5, the HTC One M8, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and the Apple iPhone 5s. Indeed, it would appear that the OIS module in place is definitely pulling its weight, and the shooter, in turn, produces some really, really sharp snaps devoid of blur. Moreover, colors are looking great, and noise levels are perfect. We won't go farther than this initial, quick assessment though, and instead wait for the real deal to arrive for review before we make a judgment. In the meantime, treat yourself to them samples below!



1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Not too shabby. Looking quite decent. Can't wait to see a review soon.

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, it looks very nice IMO. But they need to reference with a control which should be a DSLR or something because otherwise it is just a resolution test.

2. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

G3 = iphone 5

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

In a good way or bad? :D

3. Xenaz

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

Again, no dedicate camera as reference, pointless comparison.....

6. rjmlive

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Obviously very careful to leave out the best mobile camera in the world.

7. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

that m8 looked pretty bad, i take way too many pictures to rely on a beautiful design aka another iphone

8. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

I zoomed every single photo of these phones to 120% and I found that G3 it's an decent camera but unfortunately not the best. 1- note 3 2- IPhone 5S (indoor low light the best) 3- G3 (indoor low light not great at all) 4- M8( over all great performance for 4MP camera plus the level of details even with zoom still not bad at all, S5 great performance but not with white balance).

28. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

My Note 3 still the best in good light ! Look at this G3 photo ...

9. wilsong17 unregistered

note 3 ftw why is 21 blurry

10. Super3310

Posts: 91; Member since: May 06, 2014

Pureview beats em all.

12. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Obviously A diffrent league, a class of its own CarlZeiss optics Xneon flash, and bigger wider lens and apperatus

17. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

I don't buy my phones based off the camera quality, thats what a DLSR is for.

22. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Even a small camera like the Sony RX100 offers a huge improvement in image quality vs. any phone camera.

11. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

It's unbelievable how people actually have it in their minds that the 5S takes better photos than the G3 or G2 or even the m8. Grow a some common sense Apple has the worst. Phone isn't even out yet scrubs

35. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

photos above speak for themselves... it's not in their minds... 5S=G3=G2, but M8 is definitely the worst of this bunch (but S5 is even worse...)

13. smarttechbadworld

Posts: 74; Member since: May 07, 2014

The m8 is th best one of these and the lg g3 is the worst (lol jk it is the opposite)

16. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

I have a 27" 1440p 100% color accurate display and the m8 looks the worst out of all of these in full screen.

31. smarttechbadworld

Posts: 74; Member since: May 07, 2014

I was being sarcastic lol

14. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

not the final product infact is the korean one with antenna.

15. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Where is z2 ?

18. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

M8 has an underrated camera.I don't understand how people equate megapixels to quality. Great move by HTC with the m8 camera! They proved not to be a sheep.

19. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

They might as well use the same basic camera module, since the S801 is basically the same SoC as the G2 had with a slight speed bump. It's a shame that a year old architecture would be passed off as flagship fare.

21. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

A better binned S800. Higher stable ISP. Mainly a better bin.

23. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Qualcomm screwed the pooch with the 805 and their 64-bit chips. There was substantial risk of no new chips in 2014, so everyone had to go with the 801s. Sucks, but it's not LG's fault.

20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

And still no comparison with the z2. seriously PA put all phones together. plus LG using SONY EXMOR technology. put it side by side for once.

24. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

S5 is darker in than the rest, the G3 has a very bright natural look and looks amazing. M8 i can see now why some people say dull but it's not terrible. Note 3 seems to add color that shouldn't be there but doesn't look awful. G3 did the best in low light imo, really though comparing cameras on smartphones is like comparing apples to apples

25. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Just click the "100%" button and compare with the S5... you'll see that the OIS really does make the difference.

26. sriteja25

Posts: 4; Member since: May 28, 2014

LG’s Answer TO Samsung and HTC Get the full list of specifications of the LG G3 here…ung-and-htc/

27. jackson_kaeluen

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

LG G3 is the winner! Same goes to iPhone 5s! Colours are more natural! The white LG G3 Board looks white whithout having the Orange look of the picture, and others picture look really vivid and details are fantastic! Thanks to that LG G3 Laser Auto Focus, capture everything in 0.275 seconds. Capture Motion Pictures are sharp and fast too!

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