Camera

The G3 offers laser autofocus and many shooting modes, yet its picture quality is on par with the iPhone 5s, though LG takes the video round with 4K footage and OIS.

LG G3 comes with a 13-megapixel camera with 1/3.06” sensor, 1.1-micron pixels, and f/2.4 aperture, optical image stabilization and a two-tone flash. In comparison, Apple has placed an 8 MP sensor of the same 1/3.06” size, allowing for larger, 1.5-micron pixels in the iPhone 5s, plus a two-tone LED flash in its turn. The 5s has a tad wider f/2.2 aperture, and a five-element lens with 31 mm focal length.

The G3 shooter also sports a unique infrared laser emitter on the back, which helps speed up focusing to 0.276s. This means that shooting is very fast, as the G3 takes no more than a second to snap one shot and be ready for the next shutter press. The iPhone 5s' autofocus times have been measured to be between 0.5 – 1 second, depending on the light situation, which is slower than the G3, but also feels very fast.

The G3 camera app offers an abundance of color effects and shooting modes, like auto HDR and the Magic Focus camera option that will capture at different focus settings, leading to a blurred-out background for more artsy photos. Apple's simple, easy to use camera app interface consists only of a few main options, such as Panorama and now-automatic HDR capture, but their execution is fast and flawless. Moreover, you can always achieve most of the modes present on the G3 with 3rd party iOS apps, including the out-of-focus effect.


The iPhone 5s has consistently delivered great results in our camera comparisons, so how does it fare against the new G3? For starters, both phones deliver great images, but color reproduction could have been more accurate – both the G3 and the 5s have warm color overcast in the pictures. The 13 MP camera of the LG G3 manages to capture a very good level of detail, resolving more than the 8 MP shooter of the iPhone 5s.


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
LG G3 2.7
4.3
No data
No data
Apple iPhone 5s 3
3.5
582
316

LG's phone can record ultra high-res 4K video at 30fps, as well as 1080p video, while the iPhone 5s makes do with 1080p only, which, however, is more than adequate for any purpose. The G3 video is fluid, very steady on account of the OIS mechanism, and sports quick exposure adjustments while panning around. The iPhone 5s produces a smooth and vivid footage, too, though you need to tap on the screen to make the phone focus on closer objects, as it doesn't do it automatically. Footage from LG's phone looks a tad more vivid and saturated, and with a step lighter exposure than what the iPhone 5s captures. The G3 records a very strong sound to accompany the videos, though not as clean as the iPhone 5s musters.



Multimedia

The much larger display and wider codec support of the G3 make for a richer multimedia experience.

The iPhone 5s gallery, as well as the one on the G3, offer grid thumbnail view of your photos and videos. LG lets you pinch-to-resize the thumbs in the gallery, but the editing options aren't built-in, unlike the photo editing on the iPhone 5s. Instead, upon pressing the edit button, LG offers you to take the action either to Google Photos, or the preloaded Photo Punch application, which has a tailored editing interface.



The music players sport categorization options by artists, albums or playlists, but the sound and equalizer effects on the G3 are built into the player's interface, while on the 5s you have to go to the general settings app to change them. The LG G3 has an amplified 1W speaker on the back, which still doesn't sound as strong and full as the loudspeaker that Apple equipped on the iPhone 5s.



Video playback on the large display of the LG G3 is a very enjoyable experience, especially considering that the stock player runs everything you throw at it, at up to the whopping 2K resolutions, while on the iPhone 5s you have to convert many popular formats before they can be played back. LG's video player is also feature-rich, letting you add subtitles, captions, or detaching it, and playing the video in a small window, while doing something else with the phone.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
LG G3 0.57
Apple iPhone 5s 1
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
LG G3 81
Apple iPhone 5s 74

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38 Comments

1. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

This is an unfair fight. Iphone 6 vs LG G3 would be a better fight. Everybody knows that iPhone 5s is a meh.

2. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Anyways, G3 beats the iPhone by a mile

11. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Not exactly. Software wise iPhone 5s still beats G3 and all Android phones in fluidity, OS integration and apps. In terms of hardware however, the iPhone is stuck behind by a year and G3 takes nearly all aspects with very few weak points. At the end, it up to the consumer neither you and I can and will dictate them what they want. Personally, I want to see next gen iPhone 6 fight this or the G4(hopefully with 64 bit Android).

20. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

You should credit pricing too. Right now In a store, the iPhone 5S is roughly about $300 more expensive than the G3 (64GB vs 32GB).

21. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

I agree. G3 give you a ton more with far less cash than 5s.

33. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Let alone the iPhone 6. It will release $1300 to drop to $900 later.

28. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Wow! those rows of "i cons" look brilliant! Give me more!

35. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Dunno about software integration and apps. Hard to beat my Note 3 with its productivity suite including the features like multiview and s-pen features galore. iPhone really loses out tho in the screen real estate area. They really can't compete in this day and age with that mediocre a screen size. If you truly want a multimedia and productivity device that helps manage your life, a 4" screen is not gonna cut it. Bring on the 6. Here's to hoping things will be different.

36. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

It depends, if I would choose I'd definitely go with iPhone. I'm not fan of Apple, but LG has gone too far with size of G3, I prefer one hand usage over, non sense 2K resolution. If I would want to have such big screen I'd buy iPad Mini or other tablet, as for phone G3 is way too big. Also I prefer not-so-much bloated software and integration within apps on iOS is superb so I would definitely choose this one. Z2 compact come to me!

5. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

I doubt the iphone 6 will fare any better.

12. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Maybe or maybe not. Few years back, LG makes god awful phones but now it go tow to tow with Samsung and Apple. I will never buy the iPhone but I like to see how this phone stir the competition. Same goes to all Windows phones.

14. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

I mean't toe not tow. PS: I hope that Phone extent their editing time to 10 mins. 240 second is just not enough for me.

3. Ray.S

Posts: 455; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

No room for competition here...

7. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

I understand sir.

18. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

"The plastic G3 feels less premium to hold, and is much harder to use with one hand than the iPhone 5s - those get traded for the large 5.5” display......" If i had a dime for everytime you guys ranted about plastic and how, to YOU, it allegedly feels 'less premium to hold' my GOD I'd be much richer. And, what's this fetish you guys have with how you feel something, it's just not right; it's almost akin to saying, "well, I prefer the hard silicone flexible toy with batteries over the plastic fixed one, it just feels better against my tender skin and I simply LOVE the sensation I get when I turn it on, Margaret!" And, what's up with these small hands; hope it's not a proportional thing for you guys. Personally, I think, the bigger the better; even if one has to use two hands.

23. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

If you were much richer, you could buy a premium feeling device ;)

30. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

you could doesn't mean you should, it's matter of preference and in the end most people will put some plastic case over their aluminum phone.

26. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Metal feels more premium than plastic. Get over it. Its fact.

31. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

it is more comfortable to hold a plastic device than metal or aluminum It's the real fact I'm talking about holding the device not looking And yet, because it is named plastic, they call it less premium seriously that logic must stop

32. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

What logic??? Unless you're referring to iLogic, hmmmmmm, that's it!

34. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

No. I want to get a phone with a better camera and battery life but I just cant give up my HTC One because I know every other plastic device is gonna feel cheap. Metal feels so much more premium than plastic. It just doesnt compare. Fact. Look at every review out there.

38. Leo_MC

Posts: 7190; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Me too, that's why I - just like any normal human - use a laptop when I need a big screen and an iPhone when I need to send a message.

4. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

You are disrespecting G3 by comparing it to iPhone!

13. vishalaestro

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

dude the camera results are a crap .the results of lg g3 is not as good as this article had mentioned i searched lot of review sites and found that apple camera is superior to g3 in low light shots whereas in daylight the difference is barely noticeable .and about the processor you guys just understand that architecture matters not clock speed or no of cores a7 architecture is still powerful than 801 since a7 can issue six instructions per second while the snapdragon can issue only two .i would say only in the battery dept lg is slightly ahead and of course the screen size and the os.

16. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

1. You're right and wrong - "architecture matters" that's right "not clock speed or no of cores" is wrong. Cyclone has IPC of 6...but krait400 has IPC of 2-3 (guess from previous reads on anandtech). now factor in clock speeds which are nearly double than cyclone (1.3-1.4), krait400(2.5). then add two additional cores in s801 soc...now your claims fall flat! 2. Yes cyclone cores are powerful than krait400 or any other 32/64bit vanilla arm core. "six instructions per second"? You meant per cycle/clock! 3. clearly visible in review G3 has much better battery performance.

6. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Comparing the LG G3 to an iPhone is clearly wrong. One is a Samsung knock off and the other is well, a Samsung knock code. **serious pun intended**

9. ChandlerBing

Posts: 35; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I get you. I like your sense of sarcasm. Long lost twin of mine?

8. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

@Phonearena You are now measuring audio quality of device too...but just by volts and db...please include dynamic range and stereo crosstalk ratings as well.

10. palmguy

Posts: 978; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Like a small child standing near an adult.

15. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The lg g3 looks good but I just can't understand how much bigger these phones can get while catering to mass crowds. This things makes even the gs5 and htc one look small.

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