LG G3 camera sensor and performance details surface: in-depth look at specs

LG has just unveiled its 2014 flagship, the G3, the first smartphone outside of China with a very sharp, Quad HD (2560 x 1440-pixel) display and an improved, 13-megapixel camera with advanced optical image stabilization and a IR laser auto-focus assist light. Under the hood of the LG G3 roars a quad-core Snapdragon 801 system chip with each of the Krait processing cores capable of reaching up to 2.5GHz clock speeds.

The true geek, however, would hardly find that barebones information about the chips powering the G3 sufficient. Such an imaginary tech specs lover would ask for the chip makers, for camera sensors, and so much more. Luckily, information about all those details has already surfaced.

The first revelation about specs is that the LG G3 seems to have the very same Sony IMX135 camera sensor as last year’s LG G2. The IMX135 is a 1/3.06” sensor (which is around the average size for a smartphone), which means that the size of each individual pixel is 1.2µm. The front-facing camera also uses a Sony image sensor, so we have two wins for Sony in the camera department of the LG G3.

Another interesting revelation (coming from the investigative eye of AnandTech) is that the system chip powering the G3 carries the Qualcomm MSM8974AC v3 model name. The Wi-Fi chip is a Broadcom BCM4339 solution supporting 802.11ac.

You can read about all the other chips inside the LG G3 in the table right below.

source: AnandTech



1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

G3 the king of summer 2014!...

7. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

I don't know about king of smartphone cameras though

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7533; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I love the fact that the new G3 has a removable 3000mha battery and a 128gb micro SD slot now. The G2 did not have a removable battery or micro SD slot. It also comes with wireless charging as well. I also like how they added a laser finder on a smartphone which will help with fast focusing. I hope they release the 3gb/32gb version at the same time as the 2gb/16gb. I will be getting the 3gb version.

12. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

I don´t like the camera samples.http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-hands-review/feature ... in dim light

13. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

http://i.imgur.com/ICdOMpo.jpg this one without flash

2. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

The pixel size is 1.2 µm not 12 µm..

11. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Isn't it 1.12µm?

15. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Originally written was 12 µm.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Not much of an improvement in camera department. LG G2 already had a pretty dismal performance in comparison to its peers last year :/

8. glentomas123

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

True. That's going to be quite disappointing to me. Was looking forward to a better sensor.

16. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

LG has never been good at Cameras.

4. Saamic

Posts: 119; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

If this is true, and the G3 is really using the same camera sensor as the G2, I will most likely no longer be purchasing it since the camera on a phone is a very important characteristic for me. The GS5 and Z2 have already proved that their sensors are very superior in comparison to the G2's, so I find it surprising that LG didn't try to improve their flagship's camera if this is the case. I wouldn't be surprised if this is true considering that they did not mention the specifications on the sensor during the reveal

5. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Z2 superior? Lol.

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yup. You had something else on your mind?

9. glentomas123

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

Depressing news. :-( Why LG??

17. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

GS5 has a bad front camera if that matters to you, even the Note 3's is better.

10. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

At first I thought the G3 using Laser AF / Hologram AF such as the Sony cameras, but it turns out they are using IR light Assist lamp. But I think it is much better than annoying stroboscopic bursts of light from built in flash.

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