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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97 Comments

20. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Well, Sony needs to work on the 'intelligent' auto mode more... The photos, except a few points here and there, are awful for a fall 2014 flagship.

22. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

I used 2 Xperia (Xperia Neo and Xperia S) I don't know why but Sony is far behind in Software. The Hardware are great but the Camera software are BS.

24. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

They always produced the best hardware since they existed and they always had mediocre software in any product they ever made. Its weird that they dont invest in software after all these years of user complaints.

27. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

If you know about a little about camera lens and sensor, you would know that the 20.7MP is a big fat lie. Beside the Z3 bootloader is locked which tied to post-processing software in the TA partition. Obviously they don't want anyone to know that they're cheating. I bought a Z3C last week and I've been feeling like a fool ever since. The Z3C display is the worst I've ever seen. IPS or not, colors are dull especially cold colors. 5 years old tech on flagship devices, go figure. No anti-glare or anti-fingerprint coatings. I'll never buy another Sony junk for the rest of my life. Well, at least my 14 years old sister likes this phone or I would have returned it with 15% restocking fee.

84. JaroB

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

LOL...http://xperia.cz/zkusenosti/1688-srovn%C3%A1​n%C3%AD-displeje-xperia-z3-compact-versus-apple-ip​hone-5s

98. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Stfu idiot. The iPhone 5s has excellent display. Sony crap is not even in the same league.

29. LuckyS

Posts: 154; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

N82 has a better camera than Z3. Sad, but true.

31. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

I made the comment above just to let everyone knows about Sony products. I didn't want to bash Sony but I had to let people knows the truth. I don't want to see anyone falls victim for this scam. In the past 2 years I've bought 3 Sony phones total. First the ZR which got so hot just surfing the web so I returned it. Then the ZL I got for my sister. Both phones used TFT displays (bad colors reproduction, bad viewing angle, use more power...) but Sony did NOT post these display specs on their website. Funny that IPS tech on mobile has been around for a long time since iPhone 4 perhaps but this lame company decided to use TFT on their flagships. And now we had moved on to Super AMOLED and IPS+ about 3 years ago but this company only put IPS on their current flagships. Don't get me wrong, I would be very happy if my Z3C has the same display quality of the iPhone 4 which was made 5 years ago. And if it does, I would buy 4 more Z3C for my family members. Enough said. Sony fanboy or not, use your brain if you got one.

61. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

sony has visibly inferior displays in mobile phones and I have experienced it whenever I put xperias with any other OEMs flagships

85. JaroB

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

34. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

I wrote an honest review on BH Photo where I bought the phone and one on gsmarena. It's been over a week now but my review is nowhere to be seen. I wonder why Sony would use their money to pay these sites to keep negative reviews out instead of spending more for quality parts on their flagships.

35. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Sony already fail on camera since Xperia Z.

37. milanmahat

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

Paid by LG.

38. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

All Sony needs to do is release a software update. It's really not the hardware. Also in manual with no editing you can get some really good shots. Here's a better idea taken handheld at ISO 200. https://flic.kr/p/qmHnqohttps://flic.kr/p/q5dnewhttps://flic.kr/p/qmHnk3

97. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Here's another Sony ass licker. What do you know about camera lens and sensors?

39. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Ha NNN NOWHERE NEAR NOKIA

40. frankg

Posts: 173; Member since: May 14, 2014

To be honest, I found them to be on par....

42. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Nokia is supreme in imaging but its video sucks audio caption is also great

43. Sealblaighter

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

But Sony is good at making cameras, I suppose the problem is the software on their smart phones.

44. Alex13.8

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 24, 2014

Phonearena can you please explain me why do you do those tests? They are not fair. Xperia will beat LG G3 and some other phones when you turn on manual mode. I have xperia phones for two years and I never use auto mode. Never. Everywhere where you look everyone will tell you if you have an xperia phones use manual mode only because in manual mode the camera shows all that it has to offer and it has a lot to offer. It's not fair comparison. It's like to turn off all what is the best in that phone and compare it to others. Auto mode is the mode for complete amators. In LG there is no manual mode and it uses all the camera power in auto mode. In xperia phones there is manual mode which is very very good and photos are excellent. In video there is nothing better than image stabilisation that is built in xperia phones on the market. Any other smartphone has so good stabilisation. Any. I do not agree with you totally. All your tests look like you criticise xperia all the time but maybe you just don't know how to use the camera in xperia phones he? So why to do those comparisons if you don't know how to compare them?

95. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

If you're good with camera manual mode, why do you even bother with these phone cameras? I have a DSLR and many lens. I also took photography back in college days. Manual mode is complicated, especially on DSLR. Phone camera is all about convenient and ease of use. Capturing the moment you want is much more important than having a high quality image. So it is fair that PA used auto mode to test these cameras. Beside, it's just ridiculous to have a professional to set up the manual mode and lightning for these tests with phone cameras. Hmm... You're lame.

46. Alex13.8

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 24, 2014

And that's not only my opinion. Go to Google+ and find xperia phones circle you will see all the great photos taken only with xperia phones and believe me they are excellent. If you do not believe me then check. My opinion is that you phonearena guys cannot use xperia phones that's all I wanted to say.

89. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Whatever idiot! If Sony can pack a quality 20.7MP into that tiny space, Canon and Nikon would be out of business. Be a Sony fanboy is fine but being stupid is another. Educate yourself some about camera lens and sensors/crop sensors. Google is your friend.

50. iqjumpuw

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Proud owner of Xperia Z3 here. I like everything about the phone but this review is correct. The camera has been a huge disappointment for me. I had a big family gathering at my house not too long ago and we were taking bunch of family photos and pictures taken from Galaxy S5, Note 4, even LG G2 looked better. I still like the phone alot but I'm hoping Sony improves their camera on Z4.

52. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

I am disappointed both by Sony, who's leading on the compact cameras by having disappointing results and disappointed by PA because they can't even show the manual mode. But I do like how they ditched out the hideous picture gallery though, although still a bit slow...

53. Rorschach

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

Sorry guys, the Xperia does not come close to competing with the likes of the G3 in any category besides battery life. Also, not being supported by major carriers speaks volumes enough.

56. afzalzainal

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Here we go again... :-)

60. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Xperia phones cameras are total s**t

66. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

dont blame sony,that north korea fault *cough*

70. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

isn't it stupid to compare details when the other photo is nearly half the resolution of the other one? with a wider field of view to boot!!! if they want to compare details, they could have set them to have the same resolution. it's okay to compare everything else for color reproduction, saturation, contrast, etc etc... for details, they have to use some of their unused brains.

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