Camera comparison: LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, iPhone 5s, LG G2, Sony Xperia Z2, HTC One (M8)
The LG G3 does not only takes better photos than its predecessor, the LG G2, but it also outperforms both the Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5s in this category. Panoramas from the LG G3 are extremely detailed, really well stitched, and of astonishingly high resolution. Our sample below, for example, weighs in at nearly 70 megapixels.
Of course, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 do not lag far behind. Their panoramas, at roughly 60MP each, are chock-full of details and put together with very little stitching imperfections. The iPhone 5s can't reach such high resolution figures – our panorama sample below is weighs in at 26MP – but it makes up for that with a very evenly exposed frame and flawless stitching. Behind it ranks the HTC One (M8) with its average-looking panoramas – they turn out better than what the Xperia Z2 and the LG G2 deliver, but even the iPhone is miles ahead in this category. The Xperia Z2 and the LG G2 take panoramas with very little detail, which renders them next to unusable.
A single glance is enough to pick a winner in this category – the LG G3. Its HDR shots are very evenly exposed in both light and dark areas, while the overall color balance is retained well. The HDR photos from the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are also very likeable, but at the same time, they are slightly unnatural-looking as a halo is visible between light and dark areas. The iPhone 5s and Sony Xperia Z2 take a different approach. The effect from enabling their HDR modes is very subtle and does not bring as much clarity in shaded areas, but the overall natural look of the scene is preserved well. The LG G2 isn't as capable of an HDR shooter. Enabling the mode often ends up messing up the overall color balance of the image. As for the HTC One (M8), its HDR mode is quite aggressive. The boost in exposure in dark areas is quite strong, and the image looks very unnatural as a result.