First camera samples from the LG G2 - compared to the iPhone 5, Galaxy S4, One and Lumia 1020

First camera samples from the LG G2 - compared to the iPhone 5, Galaxy S4, One and Lumia 1020
Earlier today we had the opportunity to take a few camera shots using the new LG G2, and being the shutterbugs that we are, we took our our iPhone 5, Galaxy S4, One and Lumia 1020 to take pictures of the exact same scenes. What this allows us to do now is to not only take a look at the camera samples from the G2, but also compare them to those taken by its rivals.

Of course, we cannot make any conclusions right now regarding the quality of the G2's camera, but that doesn't mean that we can't have some fun examining these first photos from its 13MP camera with optical image stabilization, right?

Let's go - you'll find all the sample in the gallery below. Once you're done - don't forget to let us know what you think by posting a comment!



1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

I'm hungry now :( Where's the salsa.

27. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Photo's are wonderful. Except the first picture of the chips where it failed to focus correctly. Besides that one I'd say it outperformed all others.

30. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

what? you crazy? look at colour contrast this has created. even though im not apple fan look at iphone picture and nokia lumia picture to get better colour understanding of those pictures. then it has lighting issue too, look at first picture, next under too much light isnt gathered properly by G2, probably because of tiny sensor with too much pixels. pixels seem on par with GS4 which is pretty ok. nothing unique. camera and plastic design on this phone is its flaws, otherwise pretty nice phone.

31. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

I would say from best to worse overall based on those pics: Lumia 1020 (for details mostly) G2 (look at last pic, WAY more clear than Iphone and GS4 GS4 (good color, contrast) Iphone (over exaggerates the lighting) HTC (lookin' rough)

45. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

The G2 performed very well! It managed to produce 50% less noise but it never compromise the quality of the picture. Zoom in all of the pictures and you can see it..

52. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I definitely thought that it was a cup of bacon at first lol....would've been much better.

2. Meleagru

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

They look very good. The camera on the IP5 and the S4 looks very similar. The one on the One looks like a KIRF.

8. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

It looks like the first iP5 shot was a bit sloppy. I'd also have to agree that all around the HTC One didn't do so well... the last pic looks nice and sharp though. I'd rank the pics taken #1 Lumia 1020 #2 Galaxy S4 #3 G2 #4 iP5 and #5 HTC One. This wasn't done formally though so I'll wait for the 'official' comparison.

16. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

The G2 performed pretty good! I think the G2 = S4 overall. Then comes iP5 and One. HTC One performed better on close was less detailed on the first and second round. G2 Looks promising.

40. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

My thoughts: Lumia 1020 best, even bokeh is the best one no question about it. S4 = G2 - but g2 has more yellowish look, the white on the first set of pics is better on S4. Detail wyse, g2 looks better BUT it looks that every pic woth g2 (except first one) was taken CLOSER to object than all the other phones!!!!!

3. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Wow, pretty nice. Way less grainy than the iphone, and on par with the Lumia. The One doesn't have nearly the resolution so I think the Lumia is the only one that really gives it competition. Although the Lumia and GS4 might have better white balance.

4. papss unregistered

I thought the one had the worst of the group followed by the ip5 then the s4, the g2 had the second best shots with the 1020 having superior detail.

5. MotorolaX

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

Where is Moto X Clear Pixel technology...!

7. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Moto X flopped hard so...

6. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

this phone has me interested in android again i have already ordered my lumia 1020 but depending on what is released between now and february I may consider this phone great job lg you got a wp user eyeing an android ^_^

9. krysis

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 14, 2009

Cameras big for me on a smartphone. The G2 shows it can pull its own weight.

10. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

Someone has forget "ad sponsored by LG" wait for real comparison!

11. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

g2 has good results, lil disappointed by1020s they all good pics.

12. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Do some research on LG's history with OS updates. Let us know if you're still willing to buy an LG phone.

14. androidfanboy

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 24, 2013

Stop hating, each to their own

34. BraggingBob

Posts: 25; Member since: May 17, 2013

Updates come based on carrier requests to fix major bugs. LG's quality has been very good thus not requiring a lot of updates. Jelly Bean has been very stable.

46. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Yeah that's history, NEXUS is the future.. And you do some research, the LG made the NEXUS 4..

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

1020, S4, G2, 5, One.

37. HeWhoDoesNothing

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

1020, G2, S4, 5, 1.

44. BillyBoy

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

1020/G2, S4, i5, One

47. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Nope, it doesn't mean that if you have a GS4 you'll have to be blind.. Look closely, G2 outperformed GS4..

15. hadouken

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

Pic #6 is focused on the projector instead of the chips. Lol. Anyways, I really like the G2 pictures though, esp the Vitamin water one. It seems less noise.

73. glentomas123

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

Exactly. I assume many of these out of focus shot were intentional. It's not hard to lock focus on any of these phones (however, never tried the G2 yet, so don't know there). What up with that???

17. Akfred

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

PA always hate sony , why wont you include sony xperia z Here, no matter what PA and it members will do sony will still Remain my number brand.

22. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

When other manufacturers make better use their own sensor it tells you a lot about the software engineers for Sony Clue they are not that great. Sony isn't mentioned because they have not caught up to he field especially after the horrible screen on the z

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