Camera

The G5's camera shines with truer colors, better exposure, and top-notch audio recording to the footage.


HTC is going with a 1/2.3”, 12-megapixel sensor with large, 1.55μm pixels and wide, f/1.8 lens. Combined with optical stabilization and laser AF, these parameters suggest great light sensitivity for when you're shooting in the dark. Up front, we're looking at an equally compelling, 5-megapixel selfie camera, also with optical stabilization—a first with front-facing snappers, and a boon for club photos.

You can launch the camera by simply swiping downwards twice—even when the phone is asleep—or by dragging the camera app icon into the middle of the lockscreen. As for the interface, it's more minimalist than ever before and absolutely down to the point. Save for the dedicated Pro mode, which gives you manual control over variables such as ISO and shutter speed, it's a really clean execution overall.


On the G5, LG uses a unique dual camera setup that employs two lens modules – one with a 16 MP, and one with an 8 MP sensor. Up front, we're dealing with an 8-megapixel selfie snapper – sorry, no optical stabilization. The two units on the G5 are set apart by the dual LED flash in the middle, and the laser autofocus system. The main, 1/2.6” 16-megapixel camera has a typical 1.12μm pixel size, but wide, f/1.8 aperture and optical stabilization. The extra 8-megapixel unit, however, comes with extremely wide field of view – 135°, or more than that of the human eye. It's intended for when you want to capture a very wide scene and you can't physically move back to fit it all.


The camera software of the phone lets you switch between the two sensors with a single tap, the idea being that you'd use the two cameras for different compositions. The secondary sensor allows you to capture scenes that you'd otherwise have to use the panorama option for. On the camera app side, the G5 sports a clean, outlined iconography, yet gives you a full manual mode, and funky regimes like Snap (Vine-like video capture mode where you can pause/start for up to a minute) and Popout (layers a shot from the main camera on top of a slightly transparent background from the wide-angled one).



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
HTC 10 2.4
3.2
616
534
LG G5 2.2
2.7
505
480

In terms of video, both phones can record 4K footage. The phones manage to capture excellent clips in almost all situations, with a bit too warm colors from the HTC phone, and a tad darker exposure than needed. The imagery runs fairly steady, more so in the case of the G5, yet both phones had their focus wandering a few times while panning around, as well as a few skipped frames. The G5 recorded excellent audio, as we are able to hear our narration loud and clear despite the surrounding noise, while our voice came out muffled with the HTC 10, drowning in the ambient sounds.


Multimedia


Тhe stock photo gallery on the G5 offers some quick editing options like cropping and basic effects, and that's about it. HTC offers the stock Google Photos gallery, which offers a bit more editing features, as well as cloud storage with auto-sync. For videos, LG's player has the upper hand when it comes to extra features like adding subtitles, as HTC makes do with the basic Android player, yet it offers the editing powers of Zoe video, which can make a highlight reel of your footage, complete with vintage effects, trimming, and so on.



Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
HTC 10 0.95
LG G5 0.29
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
HTC 10 68
LG G5 73


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26 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Can someone tell how these two statements are not contradictory ? 'Outdoors, the HTC 10 tends to be just a bit brighter than its counterpart, but both could do a lot better.' HTC max brightness 372 nits LG G5 max brightness 816 nits Get your sht together, PA.

2. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I was going to jump on that too. Maybe HTC does a better job filtering reflections? Or it was just a typo.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Highly unlikely. Both are LCDs both are using GG4 and there is not a huge difference in their contrast as well.

7. Dr.SamX

Posts: 240; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Other reviews I have read say the HTC 10'a display is pretty bright. I am starting to wonder if there might be something wrong with how PA measured the 372 nits...

9. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Same with S7 review indeed. Low brightness while other sites report very bright display.

4. Shocky unregistered

I don't understand why they bother testing devices when they completely ignore their own results. It's a clear contradiction which throws the rest of the review into question.

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

PA's testing methodology were never reliable to begin with. They somehow always give lesser brightness score to Super Amoled screens. The score of S7's max brightness is laughable. Much more reliable sites such as DisplayMate gave them almost double in max. brightness. Displaymate said S7 is 24% brighter then S6 while on PA S6 is 25% brighter then S7. Even their battery score for S7/Edge is unbelievable. Almost all the big tech sites have given excellent battery life score to the duo but PA continues to live in denial.

14. talha_16

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

A normal lcd has air gap between glass and the element. In slcd there is no air gap so it looks brighter and increases the visibility

6. talha_16

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

It is because of super lcd .... search the difference between super lcd and ld then you will know

8. Dr.SamX

Posts: 240; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

"Super LCD" is just stupid marketing term like "retina display".

12. talha_16

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

No dude you are totally wrong. Both are good inventions just search about super lcd and you will know. Its not a gimmick and we can see that in Htc 10.... Its brightness level is less than half of what lg offers but still it looks more brighter. Once you know how this technology works you will not find it a gimmick

13. Dr.SamX

Posts: 240; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

So it is brighter by being less bright... Aha^^

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

maybe its some HTC's magic, just Apple's magic that make people said iPhone screen is better than superAMOLED, lol if photometer detect that screen is brighter and give it higher nit score, than human eye will see it brighter too.. and photometer doesnt care about superLCD, OLED, superAMOLED, retina, or whatever, it only care about brightness

18. talha_16

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

Noooo.... it appears to be more bright even when it isnt

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Reflections matter most. No matter how bright in testing conditions it can get, if you go outside and the glass is reflecting much brighter sun and other reflections back, it kills the photons leaving the screen and makes for a muted look, or you cant see the screen at all. Now take a screen that is better at getting the screen photons to your eyes...and even with less brightness it will 'look' brighter.

10. talha_16

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

Htc has serious focus problems with the camera. Someplaces where the focus is accurate the pictures come out real good but i can see that in some places it looks like its not even focusing

15. perfectnine

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Not sure if you saw Pocketnow's review of the camera with the new update but it seems like they have improved more, although focus at night is still pretty bad.

19. talha_16

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

yes that in the review it is actually pretty good but in this comparison it is pretty bad i would say. Only a few shots are accurate

11. IOSANDROID

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

This is a really bada review specially in the display section. Guys besides your contradictory outdoor visibility statement, there was a lot more to talk about in this fisplays, like how good their contrast levels are and the new technology htc implements on it, this is a seriously unreliable comparison/review

17. jsdechavez

Posts: 800; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Faster/Lower logged times both for taking a pic and hdr pic for the LG G5 but lower camspeed scores than the HTC 10? Somebody please enlighten me.

21. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Design/Build- HTC, Display- HTC, UI- HTC, Performance- draw, Camera- LG (but HTC is not too far off), Multimedia- draw (LG Friends vs. HTC's more flexible multimedia capabilities and better built in audio), Call Quality- draw, Battery- HTC (but LG is swappable) scores: HTC- 5 ; LG- 2.5

25. ph00ny

Posts: 2033; Member since: May 26, 2011

How is performance a draw? It looked like it got creamed. Hopefully that's not due to half baked drivers or throttling

22. greenfieid

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 22, 2016

I rarely read their reviews, at this PA is pretty bad..

23. ajith25

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 07, 2016

design of g5 sucks when compared to htc 10. its looking like a body of midrange phone. i liked the features of g5 though.

24. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

I will wait for GSM ARENA's HTC 10 review!

26. paralepiped

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 16, 2015

It is already available.

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