LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Here is where the battle gets really heated. The Samsung Galaxy S4 proved to have one of the best cameras on an Android smartphone (if not the best), and now the LG G2 comes with huge ambitions to offer even better picture quality. While both handsets feature 13-megapixel main cameras, the LG G2 brings optical image stabilization (OIS), multiple focus points (9), and manual focus.
First, let’s take a look at the camera interfaces on the LG G2 and the Galaxy S4. At first look they are very similar - both are very quick to start and have similarly focused on introducing a lot of clearly explained shooting modes.
What’s great is that all of that translates into some amazing images. The LG G2 captures very detailed pictures - sharp and clear - almost always better than the Galaxy S4. The difference in color reproduction is negligible (the G2 picks more true to life tones while the SGS4 prefers warmer than real colors), but the big difference in image quality comes from the Galaxy S4 washing out darker parts of the image. This results in less dynamic images on the Galaxy S4. The G2 on the other hand handles has none of these issues, and captures images that are rich in dynamics and pleasing to the eye.
Indoors where light gets scarce the G2 does extremely well. Again, we liked its images better than the S4 - they were less noisy (noise becomes a real issue in the S4) and colors looked livelier on it. The presence of OIS allows the G2 to abstain from firing the LED flash. Without the flash, images even in lower light have pleasantly warm tonality whereas in the same conditions, the Galaxy S4 automatically fires the flash that makes the whole image blueish. The LED flash on the G2 however is not as strong as the one on the Galaxy S4 that contributes to more evenly lit scenes.
Video recording is good on the Galaxy S4, but it’s simply great on the LG G2. Both support 1080p for extremely sharp footage. There is a skipped frame here and there, but overall we prefer the recordings from the G2. The Galaxy S4 again tends to wash out darker areas of the footage and the recordings do not look that lively. Transitions are more or less smooth on both, but moving the camera faster introduces a rolling shutter jello-like effect.
The G2 ups the stakes with support for 60 frames per second while the SGS4 maxes out at 30fps. This comes with one huge benefit - you can get smooth 2.5x slow motion effect at full 1080p if you convert LG’s footage to 24fps. Both devices record video using the MPEG codec.
A neat new feature on the G2 is Audio Zooming, which lets you tap on an object while recording video so the device will try to focus on sounds coming from its direction.
Both handsets are great for enjoying media. You’d be able to watch movies, check out images and listen to music on both indoors, but the LG G2’s brighter display makes it more suitable for outdoor use.
For video, both devices come with a pre-loaded video player that plays all formats we threw at it, at even 1080p without a hitch.
play back music depending on your mood. However it lacks swipe support and that’s a bit inconvenient.
Sound output is very loud and sufficiently good for casual use on both devices, but it does not even come close to the stereo sound of say the HTC One.