Two similarly great cameras with fast focus systems and OIS

Like in previous years, Apple has yet again refused to jump onto the megapixel bandwagon and start an arms race with the Android world. To that end, the shooter found on board is an 8-megapixel iSight camera complemented by a five-element, f/2.2 lens, a two-tone LED flash, and optical image stabilization. Focus speed is improved thanks to a phase-detection system – special focus pixels in the sensor. At the front, we're looking at a 1.2-megapixel selfie snapper, which should suffice for your occasional video calls.

Looking at the LG G3 next, we've got a 13-megapixel sensor with a narrower, f/2.4 lens and a dual tone LED flash. The G3's rear camera is also optically-stabilized, and features the company's second-gen OIS+ tech that, in our experience, is pretty good at compensating for shake during video recording. Focus is aided by the laser beam on the back. Turning the G3 around, we're met with a 2.1-megapixel shooter at the front, which, again, should serve your selfie and video call needs well.

In terms of their interfaces, you'll find that both devices offer a pretty simple one, even when you venture into the settings menus. This translates into a hassle-free operation in landscape and portrait modes, and the overall experience is focused on getting a shot fast and easy. Both devices also have support for automatic HDR and panoramas, though the G3 stands out with extras like Magic focus (allows you to change the focus point post-capture or set it to infinite) and Dual mode (fires a shot with both the front and rear cameras simultaneously). Where the iPhone 6 Plus wins out is the ability to lock focus and manually adjust exposure right from the viewfinder – two options that are not available with the LG G3.

When shooting outdoors during the day, the two cameras are a somewhat alike in their behavior – both introduce a slightly warm tint, but not one that is overpowering enough to warrant a serious critique. Where they differ is the relative saturation of the colors they produce – the LG G3 is prone to overstating those, though – again – we're talking about small deviations. That said, the iPhone 6 Plus does provide the slightly more realistic results, and we especially like the dynamics of its shots on the whole.

As for snaps inside, when light is not as abundant, we're starting to notice a more clear split in the performance of the two. On the whole, when not making use of its flash, the LG G3 produces shots that are noticeably brighter, which helps with discerning details even in darker corners of the composition, but the shots are, overall, very warm – enough to skew color reproduction in the iPhone 6 Plus' favor. A reversal is seen when the flash does go off, however – the LG G3's dual tone flash causes snaps that are not as pleasantly-warm as with the iPhone 6. On the other hand, the iPhone 6 Plus' flash isn't as powerful, so scenes end up a tad darker than with the LG G3.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 1.93
LG G3 2.7
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Moving onto video capture, both devices can shoot 1080p clips at 30 framers per seconds (FPS), though the iPhone 6 Plus can also do 1080p at 60 FPS and even capture 720p clips at 120 and 240 FPS. There's also an extra Time Lapse mode, which condenses lengthy footage into a short clip for an artistic effect. Where the iPhone 6 Plus falls short, though, is the lack of extremely-high-resolution, 4K UHD video – a saving grace for the G3's camcorder.

On the whole, clips with both devices are above average, though the G3 does produce a tad too contrasty clips with overstated colors. Footage is also, on the whole, quite warm, regardless of whether you're shooting at 1080p or 4K. As for the iPhone 6 Plus – its footage is also on the warm side, but the effect is not as visible, and it tends to produce more natural tones. The optical image stabilization works great on both, so panning during capture is silky-smooth.


These 5.5-inch screens are made for watching video, but the G3 comes with the better player

With both devices featuring large, 5.5-inch screens, there's no questioning their role as an on-the-go multimedia hub. Also helpful with that are the high resolutions of both panels, though the LG G3's is obviously more detailed, even though content for such insane pixel counts is extremely rare.

Lastly, opening up the galleries side-by-side, the two are down to the point. The iPhone 6's, this time around, however, is more flexible, and allows you to split photos by the date and place they were taken – a neat feature if you want to organize them into albums.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 1.014
LG G3 0.57
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 71.6
LG G3 81



1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Kudos to lg for making a compact phone even with such a screen size unlike the iphone6+ with its huge bezels

2. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

True that, however, LG's software is full bugs. Moreover, you only get four months of good performance, before all hell breaks...

6. jeff327

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Please tell me what bugs you are speaking of? I am assuming you own this phone and have experienced this yourself? I do own the phone and I have no bugs. The phone runs just fine. I also previously had the LG G2 and had more than 4 months good performance. Somehow my LG G2 was still running great for a year when I traded it in for the LG G3. But I have to ask you experienced this because you have owned either phone? The fact is Apple makes a great phone. There is know denying it but my LG G3 trumps it in just about every way. In my opinion it is the best phone on the market. And that opinion comes from real life experience. Not from something you made up or read somewhere.

22. grayson34

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

I own the g3 and it does indeed have bugs. The g3 had the potential to be the best smartphone available. But there are bugs with the headphone jack and whatever algorithm LG uses to identify whether you're plugging in headphones or an aux cable. Personally, I think adding something like that was completely unnecessary. If you accidentally move the cable it'll swith songs, pause music or make static pops and after some research I found out that it's a widespread issue. Also, since you can't easily turn "knock on" there's no way to combat the issue of the screen turning itself off if it gets slightly dirty. Pulling up the recent apps is troublesome, it's about 50/50, when you press the button it'll either pull up recent apps like it's supposed to or it will show nothing and you have to press it 3 more times. Another disappointment is the battery, no a 2k screen isn't necessary because by the time 2k content is as widespread as 1080p, the g3 will be outdated. So this makes for an unnecessary battery killer. The battery life is in no was as good as some of those reviews, before the phone was released, made it seem. I feel like I have to be "careful" using my phone if I want it to last all day. God forbid I play a game for more than 5 minutes. I usually unplug around 9and just listen to Spotify on the way to class and check social media throughout the day and on most days I come home around 3 and I'm close to 30 or 40 percent. Currently,it's 10 pm and I'm at 4 percent after unplugging at 930 am and that's with what I call light usage. I'm kind of disappointed with this phone which is upsetting because I was so excited to get it.

24. jeff327

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

If you really own the LG G3 you got a lemon as I have none of these issues. Knock on works perfect for me all the time. Never had an issue with recent apps and battery life is good but not great. But I can swap a new battery out anytime I want so this is not an issue what so ever. I have heard about the head phone jack bug but cannot say I have had this issue at all. You should have returned this phone well before posting on here. You do not have the typical LG G3. You have a lemon.

25. grayson34

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

What kind of battery life are you getting? And per your advice I went ahead and had a replacement G3 sent out to me today. I'm hoping this is going to be a better experience.I'm hearing people talk about day an day and a half battery life with their G3's with heavier usage than me so maybe I did just get a bad one.

14. pslee

Posts: 40; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

unless you have g3, you cant make such comments. i do have g3 and it has absolutely not bugs.

20. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Are you talking about an LG from 2011 or something? You obviously don't have a clue as to what you're talking about. If you owned this wonderful device, as I do, you would be wiping the turds from the corners of your mouth.

29. nottolate

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 01, 2014

Totally bogus claims. I'm even currently running G3 ROM on my G2 (yes, you can do that), and there is still not a single bug to be found. Everything operates flawlessly. Love the G3 look on the G2 too. My "old" G2 still has tons of features that Apple apparently has not even thought of with the release of their new phones. G2 is so good I can't justify buying G3 as much as I'd like to. Nexus 6 is gonna be to big so waiting on G4.

4. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I dont like g3 bcuz its screen has low contrast ratio and lags sometimes

9. beachedwhale

Posts: 22; Member since: May 30, 2014

But since the lg G3 has on screen home buttons the size of the actual viewing display is smaller for like 5.3 inches. Lg did amazing job making a compact phablet but I prefer ios to android that's just my preference

10. jeff327

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

The onscreen buttons disappear on any app of your choice. So it is 5.5".

16. roki977

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

On screen buttons can be removed in every app, browser etc.. everywhere. Not big deal anymore.. Very low basemark score for G3, same like with M8. Both are at least 100 points to low. GFX scores are not valid.

30. nottolate

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 01, 2014

You can get rid of on screen buttons altogether or make them so small you'd need a magnifying glass to see em if you like. I do that with my Nexus and my G2 so that I get the whole screen. Just use Xposed and then install a pie app to navigate which is faster anyway and you're not limited to 3-5 nav buttons.

3. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

The gfx benchmarks are incorrect. The app is reporting a lower resolution resulting in higher scores for the 6 plus. If corrected, the 6 plus still will win but not by such a huge margin. PA needs to be more responsible with their reviews.

5. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

lol,before iPhone 5s is like baby phone to other flagship devices but now they are all oversize phone :D

7. sasch

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

thats rubbish i had the LG G3 and gave it away after only a week as the battery was overly dissapointing i had to crank up the brighness as i could not see anything, and this obviously draines the sh,.,..out of this battery , love the iphone 6 plus on the other hand as the brighnes is top and i gor way more time out of IP6 then i actually thought , i am not a Iphone fan at all. it is just a good overall phone. honest opinion

8. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

I'm really tempted for the iPhone 6 but i'm a heavy browser. In my experience with 1GB and 2GB of RAM Androids, the difference is that with only 1GB RAM there's constant reloading of Web Pages between tabs while the 2GB phone loads the pages instantly.

21. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Well then you'll love the 3 gigs in the G3.

11. kevkyle

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

rockin' the G3!.....i couldn't take my eyes of the new UI - and the minimal bezels and textures are a design marvel. leaps above the G2....battery life could be better if i surf the net non stop; but i have the equally impressive galaxy tab S 8.4 for that chore....the G3 just suits my needs perfectly", ) .....note 4 or ascend mate 7 - next for christmas!!!?

12. jeff327

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

And you can put in a 100% charged spare battery anytime you like. So Battery life is as good as the I phone 6 but I do not have to find a plug when I need a charge. Pull out the spare battery and boom I am at 100%.

13. shinywindow unregistered

2012 vs 2014. so funny. no comparison g3 wipes krapple all over the toilet seat.

15. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Wow. I didn't know the G3 had "23 days of talk time on a 3G network"


Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

23 days vs 24 hours (even if in error) is yet another reason the G3 is superior to the bend-prone iPhone 6 plus.

17. roki977

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

In my country ip 6 16gb costs round 1400$ right now in shop, crazy.. G3 new, unlocked round 700-750 in shop. 6 plus with 64 gb is not even here yet but it would be close to 1800$. So when i look this review from where I live, those two cant even be compared.

19. tomdri

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

What is ion-strengthened glass? and how does it compare to Gorilla Glass 3?

23. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

"When it comes to style, few can make a case against Apple's taste." Did Apple pay John V to write nice things about its new iPhone 6? Be honest, it's the Green Lantern movie of mobile phones.

26. sonianetty

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

LG is not smooth as Apple

27. WaDisMaD

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I know this is off topic. But my 1st smart phone was the LG Optimus One. And since then I have a soft spot for LG's phones. The Optimus one is still better than some of the new cheap phones out there quality wise.

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