LG G2 camera put to the test, OIS saves the day

LG G2 camera put to the test, OIS saves the day
There's a lot to love about the LG G2. It is a fast, good-looking, feature-loaded Android smartphone with a great, high-res screen and a wonderful 13MP camera. About the latter, those of you who have already read our camera comparison testing the LG G2 against the competition should be already aware of its photographic abilities. For those who demand more proof, however, LG has made a couple of videos demonstrating what the G2's camera is capable of.

The first video highlights the optical image stabilization found on the smartphone's 13MP snapper. Thanks to this intelligent feature, motion blur caused by the vibration of the user's hand is reduced significantly, and the result is a clearer, sharper photo. This could be especially useful in low-light situations, when the exposure time for the shot has to be increased. 

In the second video, LG demonstrates the G2's multitude of outstanding camera features in real-life conditions. Again, we see how OIS improves image quality when a video is being taken from inside a moving vehicle.The camera's ability to take Full HD video at 60 frames per second is focused on as well.  

So yes, the camera on the LG G2 can take great photos and videos even under unfavorable conditions. And its 13MP camera with image stabilization is undoubtedly one of the best out there. Won't you agree? Let us know down in the comments!

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  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21.3h 3G talk time)



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Sounds like a paid article... Nonetheless the G2 is a beast of a phone. OIS is a night and day difference.

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

PhoneArena.com had 360-degrees view photos of LG G2 very shortly after announcement, I think that PhoneArena.com has deal with a LG. Also there was some official LG sponsored article, so I'm pretty sur that we can expect biased propaganda.

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

P.S. Also please don't think that I have something against LG G2. The only thing I really don't like about this phone is UI and awkward buttons on the back, nothing more. :)

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I haven't tried the buttons on the back, so I can't give my judgement on that. The UI is a set back of mine. Rooting would answer that problem though. :)

20. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

Unfortunately, rooting won't answer the problem for THIS phone! how are you going to wake it up without lifting the bloody phone then (without the LG UI)? Love LG and the almost non-existent bezel, but the back buttons kinda mess the phone up.. imo.

29. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I'm sure there are apps that do the same thing as the "Knock-on" feature. And I'm sure some custom ROMs will incorporate the feature or even the Active Display feature and nudging feature on the Moto X.

31. puckhead

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

whats wrong with the UI? Its not pure android? cause honestly its not bad at all

27. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Paid or not is my next phone ! OIS + 13Mpx + Android + hw + #BetterThanS4 == Perfect for me ! No WP !!! Nok#@*&$# MS##$#

33. Zukidrvr

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Mine is a beast. I love the buttons on the back. They become second nature by the second day. Now I knock-knock to try to wake up my other phones, forgetting that it is a feature only on the G2. It's funny how everyone keeps referring to the LG of a year or two ago. This is a completely different company today. They started to wake up about a year ago and are now dead serious about producing some amazing stuff. I'm impressed.

2. papss unregistered

To me not having ois is a deal breaker.. I was about to jump on the note 3 but not having ois turned me off to that thought. This is looking like my next phone more and more.

3. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Ditto for me. I'm not crazy about its shiny plastic body, but the OIS camera and big bright LCD screen of the G2 are outstanding. You can put a nice case on an ugly phone, but great internal hardware, camera, and display are must-haves.

5. yasir-921

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

Same case for me as yours. After using Note and S series to date, I am not so attraxted to the Note III. I am definitely switching to the G2 from S4 in a month.

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Ever since PA posted the G2 review, I have thought the G2 is going to be the sleeper hit of Android smartphones for 2013. OIS is a must-have feature. Not putting it in the Note 3 was IMO, a real fail for Sammy.

16. theruleslawyer

Posts: 108; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

Yah, its the extra gig of ram that is weighing on me though. Only 1gb of ram is that main reason I'm unhappy with my current phone. Too much stuff getting pushed out of memory all the time.

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

What phone do you have? 2Gb with Android 4.1+ has pretty much eliminated lag. If you don't have a bunch of widgets loaded or active wallpaper, 2Gb with Android 4.1+ has no lag in my experience with GS 3, HTC One and Note 2.

23. theruleslawyer

Posts: 108; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

Note 1. Like I said, 1gb of ram. Keep pushing the launcher out of memory in JB and force redraws when going home if you use many apps. I'm not worried about 2gb right now. I'm worried what it'll feel like in 18 months.

32. Zukidrvr

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

The G2 has DDR3 memory that is rocket fast at moving data around. You won't need the extra ram. I've seen one run 16 apps at the same time, without breaking a sweat. Everyone else is using DDR2 memory.

4. Derekjeter

Posts: 1557; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

That's it I'm buying it today and selling my iPhone 5.

28. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

You iPhone guys deserve something better and cheaper ! Nice move !

9. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Intersting how OIS systems on the phones can survive phone drop tests?

13. goojman

Posts: 56; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

The camera definitely makes me wanna buy this phone for sure!! Phones these days gotta have OIS..

14. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

meh of course there going to make theirs seem better there not going to show stuff where theirs is worst

15. theruleslawyer

Posts: 108; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

Paid article or not, OIS looks like a must have tech for any new phone.

18. dancorcal

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

I hope Nexus 5 gets this camera.

21. Nephylim

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

I wanna the note 3 nooooow

22. YaBoiDre10

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

I am currently using the LG G2. I hated LG phones because of all of the bugs in them but since i used the Optimus Pro it changed my opinion. Now that i have the G2 i would mention them with Samsung and Apple. It's a really good phone. Good job LG

24. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

The OIS is awesome and all, but that zoome sound blew my mind. That is a great feature!

25. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Torn between Z1 and this.

26. twens

Posts: 1184; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

the only fon i respect aside note 3. if note 3 had ois it would have been simple amazing. all the same i love touchwiz and the features it parks in the note 3 more.

30. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

The shake test is misleading. If you understand how that thing works, you know that it's not actually giving the kind of benefit being demonstrated. Compare it to earthquakes. If tremors are rapid, taller buildings tend to shake less compared to shorter ones. Hence, they become less affected. If the shaking is relatively slow, tall buildings come to a disadvantage as they sway more. In that shake test, the rapid shaking is highly benefiting the OIS but that's now how hands shake. Do you really hold your phones with that much rapid shaking?

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