Camera

The Optimus G Pro offers a 13 MP camera on the rear, while the Galaxy s III has an 8 MP unit. Both phones offer HDR shots, but with LG the wide dynamic range footage applies to video capture as well. Samsung's camera app interface sports more scene presets and color effects than the Optimus UI, but LG counters with some new options like virtual 360 degrees panorama stitching, as well as a Dual Recording video mode, that captures footage with both the front and rear cameras at once, picture-in-picture style.



The Optimus G Pro produces well-defined photos, which, after the latest software update, appear with boosted contrast and color saturation, making them more appealing for the eye out of the box. The Galaxy S III photos are a tad more accurate in terms of color representation, but appear blander, and the white balance measurement in contrasting light situations throws the colors off more than on the G Pro – the gray sky in the S III photos appears purplish all around, which happens with the G Pro as well, but to a much smaller extent.



Both phones can capture Full HD 1080p video with 30fps, but the footage from the G Pro appears more fluid, with less skipped frames, and higher contrast, which makes it more visually appealing. The sound captured by the G Pro's microphones is also much fuller than the wimpy recordings from the Galaxy S III.

LG Optimus G Pro Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy S III Sample Video:



LG Optimus G Pro Indoor Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy S III Indoor Sample Video:



Multimedia

Both picture and video galleries have a few tricks up their sleeves, apart from the built-in identical picture editing. Samsung, for instance, splits the screen in two, with the folder structure on the left, and the content on the right, taking advantage of the large display to make navigation easier. LG, on the other hand, offers a handy thumbnail zoom function that rescales the thumbs size by pinching with your fingers directly in the gallery interface.


Samsung's music player lets you select equalizer presets and sound modes from within the interface, while LG only has a Dolby Mobile surround switch for headset mode, but features a handy YouTube button that takes you to an automatically created video playlist of the song currently played. The loudspeakers on both handsets are not some exceptional performers, but do the job comparatively loud and clear.

Both the Optimus G Pro and the Galaxy S III have functional video players with plenty of settings like pop up play function, loop and subtitle support, as well as zoom during playback. The phones also support any popular format out of the box - of course, when you load a Full HD movie, the G Pro will show it in its full glory, but the deep blacks and saturated colors of the Galaxy S III make every footage appear pretty vibrant, so you might be willing to disregard any hardly perceivable differences between HD and Full HD definitions at normal viewing distance.

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18 Comments

1. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

We can wait 5 days, right?

2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

35 to make a proper comparison.

3. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

s3 display is disappointing...I hope they will fix it in s4...RGB for everybody!!!

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

disappointing for 2013 not 2012

8. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

It was disappointing next to LG 4HD and HOX

4. BitterTruth unregistered

No comparsion!

5. GALAXY-STORM

Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

s3 will be brought to compare one more time against s4, then we might not see again

23. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

thats what u think bro! even S2 is not out of the classiness anymore!!!

7. cloud_atlas1991

Posts: 62; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Oh Galaxy S3... the legacy Android phone. 5 days from now and it will be turning over the throne.

9. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

"less-resolute display"? Lower resolution perhaps?

10. dynamo.one

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 14, 2013

optimus g pro=washed out colors.

11. ddxmms

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

like father like cousin !

13. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 + HTC One X + powerful hardware = LG Optimus G Pro

14. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

GS3 running key lime Pie, if it does get the update, will still be very much relevant in 2013. True it is running last year's hardware and is now considered a mid ranger but it'll run for another solid year until the S5 comes out before being relegated to obsolescence. That Optimus G Pro does look a beast, can't wait to see what LG have planned for the Optimus G 2, it is rumoured to pack an edge to edge almost no bezel screen with the big.LITTLE setup as with the S4 and Note 3.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If apple wins in court against Sammy, Sammy could recoup the money by nailing LG.

18. oyalinkaya

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

I really don't get this patent war. What are the designers supposed to do? Maybe, them designers should work on some triangular or hexagonal chasis designs in order not to infringe patent copyrights. This whole design based patent war is ridiculous. S3 and G Pro has different designs even though there are some similar aspects. All in all, there are not much options to place some of the features other that they are already positioned, such as the earpiece, the function buttons, the front camera, the sensors, the rear camera and the flash. I cannot imagine a phone with a microphone in the center of the back cover. The companies should be reasonable. Who did really buy a Chinese copycat of an iPhone with the exact shape and positioning of the original Apple design? Let me say, only those who cannot afford a genuine iPhone, in other words people who are the target consumers of Apple Inc. . Moreover, never ever any global company will copy exactly the same desing of the others. Such a mistake would damage the prestige of that company so much that it would not worth it. We should stop being guardians of money milking companies' prides...

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I agree 100% dude

21. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

I agree, there are only this amount of "good designs" a company can use. its either plastic rounded candybar design, plastic sharp cornered candy bar design, glossy black candy bar design, metal frame rounded candy bar design, metal frame sharp candy bar design. I don't see any company going out of those parameters for highend qwertyless phones. if a company tries to diverge(ie. kyocera echo, they most likely fail) since a company only has this pool of functional designs, all designs are all bounded to look similar

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