LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z3 camera comparison: here's how LG's flagship outpaces the Z3

Our last camera comparison was of the blind variety – we presented our readers with samples from two highly acclaimed smartphones and asked them to pick a favorite. Then several days later, we revealed that the handsets used in the shootout had been the LG G3 and the Sony Xperia Z3, of which the former got the majority of the votes. And rightfully so as LG's flagship did perform a bit better than its counterpart, and in the paragraphs below, we'll go over how the two handsets' cameras stack up against each other...
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1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Sony is a jokes period, nothing surprised here

14. mixedfish

Posts: 1557; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Your grammar is a joke. Or can you only think in the past-tense?

51. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Sony is a big company with a huge amount of knowledge accumulated over time and big potentials. Blame the Japanese economy that is in decline the last 20 years. They make the sensors for most of the big companies, don't they? Even Samsungs's Note4 that's the best camera. Anyway, I'd give scenes 4 and 6 to the Z3. It's Christmas after all, Merry Christmas everybody!

41. irellemot

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

Well maybe if PA would just ONCE try the manual mode without even changing any settings at all, they would have a fair comparison and not this bullsh**. Seriously, anyone who can randomly slide a white balance slider around can manage to get better results than almost every mobile camera out there. Not to mention, most people who get the Z3 would have the slightest technological inclination.

90. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

90% of users are just going to pull out the camera, point and click. While I totally get what your saying, the camera should be accurate from the start and adjustments should only need to be made if the user wants to fine tune or adjust the scene... not every damn time u use the camera. Sony makes the camera modules for many of today's top phone cameras including the spectacular one in my Note 4. The problem is software, which could be updated easily if Sony felt like it.

48. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Then the Mi4 camera is a joke too? FYI the Mi4 has Sony camera and sensors. Nice try but talk s**tting about your camera supplier doesnt do you good. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Xiaomi-Mi-4-camera-spotlight-one-of-the-first-with-Sonys-new-13-megapixel-IMX214-sensor-demo-images-show-it-off_id58484

54. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Not 100% true. The LG I would say edges out the Sony, but just barely. The G3 seems to be better for autofocus, but otherwise the best camera depends on the situation. Sony seems to have an issue with brighter scenes while the LG had issues with darker scenes. LG would best Sony on a Sunny day while the Sony would have the edge on a Cloudy one.

80. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

This is a wrong test. They should've put the lg camera on 8mp as the z3 in sa mode only makes stills in 8mp (4:3) and 8.3mp(16:9) The z3 eats the g3 alive when it comes to the camera. 13mp has better details than a 8mp upclose. But if you put both thencameras on the same mp we can know wich one makes better pictures in auto mode

2. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Sony can come up with a 1 000 000 Mpix camera and it's still would take trash photos.

49. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

*it would still Sorry, I was in a hurry.

62. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

In short, LG is far way better than Sony

65. torr310

Posts: 1661; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I think all manufacturers are working to improve their cameras, but don't know why, I went back and checked pictures taken by my old SonyEricsson K800 and Nokia N79 and they looked better.

86. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Have you read the article completely? Z3's photo have only 8MP since it is taken with SA mode. I agree that they need to improve the SA mode. But your comment is stupid.

4. geusan

Posts: 137; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

It called automode comparison, not camera comparison

6. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

and samsung still have to catch up.

63. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

How?, they've won almost every awards here on PA. The Note series is BEAST.

73. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

note 4 's censor is made from Sony.

94. TerryTerius unregistered

... That still doesn't explain why you think they have to catch up. If Samsung gets better results from Sony sensors than Sony itself does, your logic should work the other way around. I don't even know why you brought up SS in this article that's specifically between the Z3 and G3 anyway.

69. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

LoL hahaha idiot

8. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Yup, Sony Auto Mode in 8MP takes nice pics

13. mixedfish

Posts: 1557; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Sorry PA, sometimes you're right, sometimes you're wrong, in this case mere difference in color temperature biases isn't a point to 'outpace' something. I'm also laughing at the justification of picture 3 that "has captured clearer details" yet isn't even taken in focus.

16. adecvat

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Meizu MX4 with sony 20 mpix sensor >>> all xperia's

18. SayMobile

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

who wud have thought a LG device will beat its Sony counterpart in the Camera deparment

21. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Everyone beside few sony die hard sheeps. Its been known for the last two years that sony cant make a great camera in their phones when compared to competition. They produce the best sensors yet they have no idea what software optimization means.

19. TheHossein

Posts: 93; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

I Want Phonearena to have a comparison Between Xperia Z3 Manual Mode and The Auto Mode. Personally I'm going to buy this phone , but all these photo comparisons made me confused ! If you agree with me , give +1 to my comment .

23. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Its a phone. Of course everyone will compare the auto mode. You have camera on your phone to capture that unexpected moment not to use your phone like a DSLR and go through manual settings. 99% of world population have no idea what exposure, ios, etc means and thats why you will never see manual mode compared in any smartphone. People who buy DSLR either want to learn to use them manually, or already know. People who buy phones want to use the camera in auto simply cause they dont know and don't care for manual modes.

25. TheHossein

Posts: 93; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

Thats Right . Oh I've got a question . If i replace sony camera app with an other app like Google camera , will it fix issues with sony camera or not ?

64. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Yes it does. I use Google Camera. Excellent pics on my z3c. Superiour auto is bad. Also my camera starts up with manual, not superiour auto (u can choose what to start up).

78. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Can you explain how to launch in manual mode? I assume you mean by pressing the camera button, or sliding up from lock screen?

77. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I dont really understand how people are thinking Manual mode means "tweak every setting every time you take a shot" You hit manual mode, set it up for how youd take MOST of your photos, then forget it. If you WANT to tweak it each time, okay, but you dont have to. I also love the Sony camera widget, where you can make one of the selections manual mode.. so it launches as fast as regular mode would by holding the button down.

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