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

96. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Sony upped the resolution with post processing software. No way a tiny space behind the lens can pack a true 20.7MP. Current technology doesn't allow it yet.

71. Donbenie

Posts: 260; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

Don't see anything to complain about, if the two cameras were at default mode..

74. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

g3 takes better photos than z3's in superior auto. that's established. but why not in manual? just for the sake of it.

75. roobs

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

Then we have to make another test with the manual settings with both phones. It would be unfair to compare a photo captured in manual vs one captured in auto..

79. Nabil111

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Its amazing. Sony has had this problem for a while where the other OEMs that buy their sensors end up doing a better job than they do on the software. No doubt the Sony sensor is great, but its amazing everyone demands the Z3 be put in manual mode to take better shots. See, the point for the majority of people taking pictures with their phones is: We take out the phone, take a couple pics in auto or HDR mode, and move on with our lives. I shouldn't _have to_ fiddle with the white balance or fiddle with the exposure. Just like I shouldn't have to prompt the phone to focus every time I open up the camera app, no one does that, because we've reached the point where that was unacceptable. At some point, we will reach the point that having a terrible auto mode (this one isnt that bad) is unacceptable.

87. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

You don't fiddle with anything. You just select a scene and that's it. The point of going manual is to avoid the oversharpened and noisy images the sa captures. You just avoid the algorithm you don't take 5 mins tou set up your phones camera.

88. Scorpion

Posts: 103; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

Using a manual mode is pretty much the same, as using a photo editor only before the shot. That's why the Auto mode has to be the benchmark - You can always use an app or camera mode, but how do the default pictures come out? That's the question.

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