LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z3 blind camera comparison: the results

LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z3 blind camera comparison: the results
Less than a week ago, we brought you our latest blind camera comparison, where we stacked two flagship smartphones and their cameras against each other. Today, it is time to reveal the identities of the devices used in the shootout – Phone 1 was the highly-acclaimed LG G3, and Phone 2 was the sleek Sony Xperia Z3. And the voting results don't look good for the latter. LG's flagship smartphone single-handedly trumped its rival by receiving a whopping 85% of all votes. 

The results don't come as much of a surprise, actually. The Xperia Z3's 20MP camera is definitely a good one, but it lags behind the competition, as a recent full-fledged camera comparison of ours demonstrated. On the other hand, the LG G3, with its 13MP camera, has always been a formidable opponent on the cameraphone ring. And it looks like our readers can tell the difference in performance between the two cameras.

That's all for now, folks, and in case you missed our original post, below are the samples that we shot with the two phones. Keep an eye out for our future camera comparisons as the next one is coming in the very near future. 

Which phone's camera took better photos?

LG G3 (Phone 1)
85.38%
Sony Xperia Z3 (Phone 2)
14.62%

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Related phones

G3
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
Xperia Z3
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh(14h talk time)

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83 Comments

1. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

There's gonna be some butthurt Xperia owners today.

12. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Nothing new for them lol Sony smartphones always gets destroyed in those tests. Now watch them with their typical excuse: this test proves nothing and isn't scientifical.

15. g2a5b0e unregistered

Lol @ "scientifical". Good one. I love it.

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lmaooooooooo +1

36. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

18. MrTzr unregistered

I'm an Xperia owner and I think that they used Superior Auto, whcich gives bad results. I've tested it a lot, and you will get better pictures with manual mode,and especially in darker enivironments. But still, that's no valid excuse as SA is the most-used mode. It is time for Sony to fix that..

23. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

This is a GREAT post. ^^^ Thank you for your honesty. It's a breath of fresh air. +1

33. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Indeed the results for these test are very disfavorable for Xperias which means that the pictures are less pleasing... but there should be included a neutral DSLR photograph of each scene to compare farlier It has been something asked to PA since the beggining of those test and they still fail to delive... This is no excuse for Sony's, relatively, bad image quality... however it would hint the voters towards the truer picture.

37. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Because auto mode is the suppose mode for testing, not everyone that free or know to use manual mode. Sony manual mode is better but still loose to a lot brand in auto mode. Sony camera output is not good since Xperia Z.

40. Nick_T

Posts: 184; Member since: May 27, 2011

You're right. We did use superior auto for this test, like we always do, since it is the default and, therefore, most widely used mode on Xperias.

43. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Nick, are you guys able to take an additional shot with a trusted DSLR that provides more realistic (or truer to real life) images, so that can be used as the comparison starting point? How do we (voters) know which photograph is the best one, besides just looking better or more vibrant, without a neutral shot from a professional camera?

44. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

*deleted double post*

46. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Why the f**k can't you just use manual? It's like you're trying to put Sony in a bad light... You're supposed to help consumers by for example recommending manual mode. You are NOT supposed to say what you just said. Bad. Just bad. PA is so bad in reviews and stuff...

50. MrTzr unregistered

Well, I agree with Nick: it is beter to use the mode that most people use. I know that it can take great images in manual mode, but Sony has advertised a lot about its SA-mode, and most people don't know how to use manual correctly. So Sony should either 1) improve SA and get rid of that cool colors and blurr, or 2) get rid of SA at all. SA's only advantage is that it captures a lot more light, but the picture you get is very unrealistic.

71. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I agree but you are wrong about SA, it is supposed to detect many scenes and situations and adjust the camera settings accordingly... For my QX-100 it works incredibly good... and it automatically compose HDR pictures, it detects when there are subjects moving, when the camera is in a tripod or still, etc... The phone is good at guessing many of those situations but the processing of the image results are not as good. Sony should improve their algorithms.

54. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Most users dont have the time to mess around with manual mode If they use manual mode then if there's a Nexus 5/6 or OPO you may as well take raw DNG photos and manually edit them in Lightroom Smartphones should have auto modes that can automatically adjust settings to quickly take good photos, e.g. like Apple's or Samsung's camera apps

67. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

It's not needed to mess around with the settings. Just make sure it's at 20 mpx and then shoot. Result will be 5 x better than in SA

62. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

of course they are. They are the WORSE BIAS blog site next to Engadget. and they still don't know it's the same camera use on the G3.

51. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

The problem is, thats not a valid comparison.. since youre not using the same resolution, etc. on both devices. The G3 auto mode takes photos at a higher resolution than the Z3 does. You needed to do the test in manual mode, with the shooter bumped to the max 20.7mp.. if youre not doing this, then whats the point in the comparison?

59. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Most of the average users doesn't know photography and like use only Auto mode. Pro photographers will use their DSLR to take pictures. Sony needs to rewrite the algorithm to use full potential of the sensor like Samsung or LG in auto mode. I think the comparison is valid from an average user's point of view.

52. cheetah2k

Posts: 2221; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Yeah, gotta use manual mode. I have both phones - I do prefer the LG G3, but I love the Z3 more

22. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Scientifical? Are you George W. Bush in disguise?

35. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Not really. In fact, we are cousins lol

31. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I own Z3C and I'm really disappointed with its camera, software is very bad, surprisingly CameraZoom FX takes much better photos than stock one, but still they're in mid range class, colors are so washed. Sony needs to rewrite camera algorythms in Lollipop.

53. cheetah2k

Posts: 2221; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Its a lot better with the latest FW. Loads of camera fixes in it

58. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

I am an Xperia user and Sony fan. But I don't defend Sony. They really need to restructure their software team. The whole image processing needs to be revamped. Most of the average users don't know about photography and they like to use Auto Settings. So the SA mode should use the full potential of the sensor. (20MP or minimum 15.5MP not 8MP) and algorithm needs to have a overhaul. Even their UI also needs a overhaul and optimization of RAM is very poor. Totally, Their Software team ruins their excellent hardware.

16. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Wow the LG G3 STILL GOING strong... This just proves that Sony just needs a little tinkering in their software & they will produce some excellent photos in the future. We all know Sony makes the BEST camera sensors evident by their clientele. It's just that Sony needs to improve their software to match their incredible hardware.

38. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I think they made a mistake buy increasing the field of view. Z2 already is wider than iPhone for example. It was wide enough. Z3 has too wide lens for the sensor and stuff.

34. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Z3 has a wider field of view :p There, I said it.

47. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

why SONY makes LG cameras. and stop saying BUTTHURT be more mature than saying the same damn word. I have a Z1 and I take a lot of great pictures.

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