Galaxy S5 (Digital Stabilization) vs LG G2 (Optical Image Stabilization): video comparison

A little over a week ago, we had quite a few of our readers nodding their heads in approval when the topic of the relative usefulness of Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) in smartphone cameras was raised, and we've definitely been having a kick out of testing the feature. Whether its in a vacuum, or against rivals with or without OIS, the extra has definitely grown on some of us. As it turns out, digging helps, as today we finally have our first upset and exception in the Samsung Galaxy S5...
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78 Comments

39. linaresx

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

After watching the video in fullscreen 720P it seems to me that the G2 did much better than the S5 when it was hand held but the Galaxy S5 did much better than the G2 when mounted on the dash. I wonder why under one circumstance one was so much better and then visa versa.

44. nosyparkar

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

The video shows how good the image stabilization on Galaxy S5 although it is digital, It would have been better if the cameras were held one on top of the other so that we could also simultaneously see the same field in both the cameras, this would have compared the level of continous autofocus on both of them. In this video sometime the image quality is better on galaxy S5 and sometimes on Lg G2, ( the steadiness of the shot aside ) so it is difficult to comment which has a better continous autofocus in video mode. Also, it would be nice if you followed a moving object to see which has better object tracking facility. The latter if tested for Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Z2/ Lg G2/iphone5s/Note 3 etc. would be really informative.

47. nosyparkar

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

I have tested Sony Xperia Z1 it has contrast based autofocus and the latter is not very quick as some handycams with phase detection autofocus have. Xperia Z2 is supposedly handycam capable but I have doubts if it has a blend of contrast based and phase detection autofocus as present in sony handycams. Phase detection autofocus would be very good for following moving objects in video mode, a child running, a soccer game etc. I have read that someone found sony Xperia Z1 and Lumia 1020 continously struggling at autofocus with the result of not so sharp video quality although image stabilization was decent but best on Nokia Lumia 1020 (OIS)

50. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Software IS is great but you have to keep in mind that we loose a bit of resolution in the edges, hence not a true 1080p or 4k. Thats why some of us always prefer OIS. Also, in this video the video clarity of the G2 is amazing in the woody areas but in the car the S5 is better..anyways the path in which mobile camera's are going is amazing..!

57. paulyd0021

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

OIS is definitely important for photography, especially for low light shots. For video it's important to have a combination of both OIS and DIS. If sony combined their steadyshot DIS with OIS, it would surely have cinematic results for video.

64. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

G2 is better in video and camera over S5 Also in battery life G2 killed S5.

66. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The Nexus 5 camera with OIS is actually pretty good compared to the S5. The colors are a bit more muted, but also much more realistic. The S5 will give you 16MP of detail in well lit shots, but you also get 16MP of pumped up fake Samsung colors. And the G2 is equal to or better than the S5 in most situations. Samsung makes competent cameras -- they do not make great cameras. Unfortunately, instead of adding authentic value like OIS, Samsung offers cheap gimmicks. If you want to see how the Samsung's S5 camera is not really any better than a Nexus 5, read this: http://www.androidcentral.com/comparing-cameras-galaxy-s5-versus-nexus-5

67. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

that's not how you do stabilization comparisons. they should be showing the same images. the phones should be stacked together (one on top of the other), not held side by side.

68. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It's actually technically more correct to mount both phones to a rigid substrate as the Android Central review did. Holding the two phones together is basically just a hack when you can't do things properly -- or if you want to bias the results.

73. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I know that this a comparison of stabilization and I have an S5 too but it was obvious that at least in THIS video comparison the G2's video looked miles ahead better than the S5. A night and day difference overall in contrast and detail. Now my S5's video playback in smooth mode (60 fps) looks siiiiiiiiiick to me.

75. somebody

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Sony`s Steady Shot is the king!

76. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

The galaxy's digital stabilisation is much better than the OIS of the G2. So there's not really much point of OIS for the LG therefore

77. jonnyg234

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

If it means anything at all the G2 takes better videos over snapchat.

78. djlokura

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I think this comparison is ridiculous. It's obvious in both situtations that they held the devices very differently. It would be a lot more fair if they taped both devices into something that kept them moving exactly the same while recording (not someone's shaky right hand, and steady left hand). Then, I would believe this comparison was fair.

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