Camera Comparison: LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, HTC One

For this smartphone camera comparison, we've chosen to pit the LG G2 against the Samsung Galaxy S4, the iPhone 5, and the HTC One, all of which are known to be very potent in the camera department. Yeah, the battle will be tough, but at the end, only one of these four handsets will stand victorious...
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54 Comments

12. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

I think GS4 and Iphone5 also use Sony sensor

41. Trex95

Posts: 2377; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

All phones camera BSI sensor that made by Sony.

45. guruprasad

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

who said all bsi sensors r made by sony... omni vision makes bsi sensors so does lg which manufactures their own. the one in optimus g was made by lg itself...

14. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

The G2 delivers around the S4 Octa, slightly less details and lower dynamic range, but slightly better low-light performance. It's perfectly acceptable and would choose the G2 over the S4 anyway. Let's just wait and see what the Note III has to say about that. And the Sony Honami. And the Oppo N1. And then we can throw in the 808 and the Lumia 1020 and have the ultimate camera showdown. Until then, well done LG (well, technically well done Sony!).

17. papss unregistered

I pretty much agree with you but the last part.. LG software is also the reason for great pics

39. Trex95

Posts: 2377; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Still this nothing wait for Xperia Z1 aka Honmai vs IPhone 5S 12 MP vs Note 3 13 MP OIS then will see which one the best.

22. yasir-921

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

Oh My God Becky, Look at the phone! Its so fantastic (:P) The beating by the G2 in camera department specially shows that the G2 is really some thing outstanding! Great job done by LG. It's my next phone. Hey Nick T, I would like to add that the SG S4 performs not that great in low light and indoor shots! LG implementing the OIS in a 13MP Camera would really change such results!

24. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Good God, why in the blue hell do phonearena teams put HTC one in camera comparison again? it always comes as the worst performer for goodness' sake! They should put recent firmware updated Sony Xperia Z to make this camera comparison more fair and rounded (three 13MP cameras and 1 8MP camera) I remembered the last time xperia z was in a camera comparison, it finished third with a score of 6.7 behind iphone 5 (6.8) and galaxy s4 (7.6) and defeated galaxy s3 (6.4), lumia 920 (6.3) and HTC One (5.9) i'm sure with the recent firmware xperia z will at least beat iphone 5, don't know the chances of beating galaxy s4 and lg g2 though

29. yasir-921

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

SGS4 can be dumped for a G2. Reason being the OIS while allows better low light shots at which the SGS4 lags behind! I have taken over a thousand shots with my SGS4. From potraits to close ups of our family, cat to few wedding shoots and many landscapes. My SGS4 struggled in HDR Mode where the difference in shades between a normal shot and an HDR shot was minimal! Moreover, it captured only average low light indoor and outdoor shots. The panoramas were also Ok. One thing I noticed while capturing wedding shots in a hall is that there is different lighting in different parts of the hall. For instance, the stage is sufficiently lit, the section for guests to sit is adequately lit, while the corners may be lightly lit During the use of my SGS4 in this situation, what I conclude is that it took Ok shots, not good and not worse with digital noice and shakiness noticable! With the G2 in hand with its OIS, the aforementioned scenes will be greatly captured! So camera junkis like me ( who also don't carry Pro Cameras or DLSRs all the time or juat dont want to), the LG G2 is a Must-To-Have Smart phone.

30. yasir-921

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

PhoneArena: G2 camera is better than its competitor. GSMArena: G2 is the fastest smart phone to date (or as of 2013 perhaps)

51. mrjamesdean5

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Now LG is on the top with the G2

32. yasir-921

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

I hope that the LG Officials are thoroughly reading the reviews and commentary on it! It can be helpful for you in future, officials! :)

33. sunnyfpy

Posts: 277; Member since: May 12, 2013

G2 is top camera phone.

35. SonyCraperiaSucks

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

S4 looks better, and people who say that there is no XZ is because it sucks.

36. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Your comment is telling us who really Sucks!

38. Trex95

Posts: 2377; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Why all pics does have different colors production!

43. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

G2 almost matches with GH2.

44. Trex95

Posts: 2377; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Phone arena how come S4 better in night shots i don't get it! IPhone 5 looks better even with zoom?!

48. webvigour

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Its a perfect match of style and technology I think..

49. webvigour

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

my vote is with HTC One as I am a big fac of HTC brand

50. note2guy11

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

Does any one know where I can see a comparison of actual angular field of view of each phone camera? Knowing the actual focal length isn't usually enough. Actual verified angular field of view would be a great addition to any smartphone website's list of specs.

52. MOTU000

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 06, 2013

Is the author reviewing phones or cameras??? I could give a rats butt about taking high quality pictures with a phone. It's a tool - mostly a communications tool. How about focusing on something relevant to the fact that it's a PHONE - reception, voice quality, battery life, user interface, etc. I have a Razr Maxx HD for a personal phone and a S4 as a work phone. When it comes to communications, the Maxx HD kicks the S4's butt. When I want to take good quality pictures or video, I use something called a CAMERA.

54. djvtech

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 26, 2013

They're smart phones. "multi tools". Ones that cost several hundred dollars. A normal home 'phone' only costs like 30$, so these 'phones' have no excuse to not have a decent camera.

55. djvtech

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 26, 2013

I got an s4 and the focusing distance is 7cm. Pretty lame compared to my 3 year old HTC raider that focused as close as 3cm and takes nicer photos (color, contrast, white balance, sharpness) than the s4! The lens i wide also. What a disspointment s4.
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