Camera


The main cameras on Samsung's recent flagships have all performed fabulously, and the Galaxy S5's 16MP snapper is not an exception. The megapixel count alone is impressive, but so is the built-in phase detection auto-focus, which needs as little as 0.3 seconds to lock the focus onto an object. As for the module itself, it sports a 1/2.6” sensor with F2.2 aperture, decently large 1.12-micron pixels, and native aspect ratio of 16:9. On the back of the LG G2 we find a 13MP camera with an aperture of F/2.4 and a sensor that is 1/3.06 in size. A perk that the G2 has, but the S5 lacks, is the built-in optical image stabilization, active while shooting photos and video.

Launching the camera app on the Samsung Galaxy S5 brings forth an interface that's well-organized and rich in features. HDR mode is present, of course, and what's great about it is that it gives us a live preview of the shot. With the fancy Selective Focus feature enabled, you may adjust the focus in the shot after it has been taken. When this mode is enabled, however, photos take longer to take, which is why it is best to turn it on only when you know you may need it. The camera UI on the LG G2 is about as easy to use as the one on the S5, but its selection of modes and extras isn't quite as broad.



As far as image quality goes, the Samsung Galaxy S5 produced slightly better photos than the LG G2 in our test shoot-out. Accent here is on “slightly” because the latter's images looked almost as good. Both phones can take photos in great detail, as it becomes evident when we hit that 100% zoom button. The Galaxy S5 has a tendency of producing sharper details, but artificially boosts colors' saturation a notch. The LG G2, on the other hand, softens details quite a bit, presumably as part of its noise-reducing algorithms, but retains the color saturation levels at a neutral state.





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
Samsung Galaxy S5 2.5
3
300
243
LG G2 4
6.5
395
377

When it comes to recording video, the Samsung Galaxy S5 can shoot 60 frame-per-second footage at 1080p resolution. 4K video at 30 fps is also an option, as long as you don't mind the extra-large files that it produces. The LG G2's camera does not support the latter resolution so the highest setting that you have to work with is 1080p at 60 fps. And you know what, we don't mind. The phone's 1080p video is with great image quality, packing plenty of details, and the optical image stabilization does a great job at keeping the frame steady. Sound quality is, sadly, mediocre at best. The Galaxy S5's 1080p videos are well above average in terms of quality, but we were expecting them to be slightly more detailed. All in all, the LG G2 is a tad better at shooting daytime 1080p vids.


Multimedia


There's nothing surprising about the audio player pre-loaded onto the Samsung Galaxy S5. It is a straightforward, simple-to-use app with tabs at the top for our tracks, albums, artists, and so on. Still, we're glad to see that the goodies found on Samsung's flagship from yesteryear, such as the Adapt Sound and Sound Alive audio-enhancements, are present. The LG G2's music player is very similar in terms of appearance and layout, but it has a weaker selection of equalizer presets. Still, it is perfectly usable.



We copied our usual set of video samples onto the Samsung Galaxy S5 and, to no surprise, they all ran fine at resolutions of up to 1080p. Same were the results with the LG G2. Naturally, both smartphones are ideal for watching videos on thanks to their large, high-quality screens.

The LG G2 sports a mono loudspeaker on its bottom side and its quality is mediocre at best. It gets the job done, but only as long as you're not in a noisy place. The Samsung Galaxy S5, by comparison, has a single speaker on its back and it produce clearer sound at higher volume levels. We'd rather use that any day even though its positioning is not optimal for enjoying those YouTube videos.

One perk that you won't get with any smartphone is a built-in IR blaster for controlling TVs, stereos, and set-top boxes. Both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the LG G2 have one. Yay!

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 0.43
LG G2 0.29
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 81
LG G2 66


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22 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I still don't see the while concept behind the om screen buttons, never understood why google shifted to this direction, and will always chose a phone with physical/capacitive buttons over on screen ones.

10. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Ditto. That's why I chose the DROID Maxx over the Moto X, but was severely underwhelmed by it so I rolled with the Note 3. I'm curious to see if the multitask button on the S5 can be changed to a menu button.

2. rkoforever90

Posts: 473; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

G2 is almost 200 pounds cheaper than s5. making it a far better handset in terms of VFM. also designwise G2 seems better . but samsung`s camera is impressive

3. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

g2 any day!!It has a far better camera & obviously cheap!

6. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LG G2 is still the best phone for its price ! s5 is not good design and i hate AMOLED 'S FAKE COLORS! STILL G2 IS CHEAPER AND BETTER CHOICE ....

9. thunder18

Posts: 156; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

Don't drink the Kool-aid. Even Displaymate says the S5's screen is the most accurate yet. More accurate than standard IPS LCDs.http://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_S5_ShootOut_1.htm

12. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

try to read the article you are commenting on you troll

4. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

The G2 buttons on the back are actually quite nice once you get use to them, I never have any issues with them like I do with the side ones on other phones. When I gave up my S3 for the G2 I was not disappointed, it's an awesome phone.

5. TisaTsir

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

G2 is out performing S5 in some areas...I would go for G2 since it's €230 cheaper than S5 and the specs are almost the same.

7. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

G3 SOON.......... as of now still G2 !

13. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

do you mind mentioning where the G2 oit performed the S5? unless and of course you didn't read the article, just like every other LG fanboy who commented in here.

16. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Battery life, screen to body ratio(ofcourse onscreen buttons take some place, but still you got 0,1 bigger screen in smaller body) and for some people design. I also like buttons on the back. However I think that amoled screens are future and screen in S5 just confirm it :)

8. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Wow, the 9 month old G2 can hold its own against the S5. But with better ergonomics, on-par display and camera but with that bonus OIS, better looks (for me, and for all non samsung fan boys) and a whole lot of cash in my pocket, I would easily go with the G2. G2 FTW..!! Btw, I dunno what torture the G3 is going to do to the S5..lols

11. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

the G2 is 6 months old smarty pants. And try to read before you comment, not just this site but every other reviewer felt that the S5 is far better in design since it ditched the glossy plastic. And did you even bother reading the display part? the S5 has 4 different modes, 2 of them have more accurate color reproduction than the G2. And the G2 didn't do any harm for the S4 sales, actually nothing did, so why on earth do you think people will want it over the S5?

14. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

yeah yeah, you again with the sales numbers, please...lols...hahahaaa. Pity on you, seriously..!! Try to read before comment?? Did you read my comment and also the things in the brackets?? C'mon super sammy boy..stop yelling at people having a different opinion than yours. And looks are subjective, and I clearly mentioned that. Btw, the G2 was announced in August 2013, so do the math.

15. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Announced in August, released in September. Still, if you're taking the announcement in account, the S5 was announced in February, that makes it 5 months instead of 6 "genius". better looks (for me, and for all non samsung fan boys), yeah I can clearly see how is that being subjective. And it is you who said that you can clearly see how it will torture the S5, you were clearly pointing at sales you knucklehead

19. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Hahahahaaaa, its utterly pointless replying to you, so i'm done..! :-D

17. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I would choose the G2 over the GS5 if it had the 801 instead of the 800 and if the buttons weren't on the back. So unfortunately the GS5 wins hands down, although the G3 should beat the GS5 hands down.

18. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

I'll keep my G2, thank you S5 :)

20. acn2003

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

G2 any time... s5 is way too overpriced for what it gives...

21. Mrobinson

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

I had my Lg G2 for 6 months and hate it. Its still mint condition and its been freezing and the battery dies alot quicker than it suppose to. Thinking about switching to the s5. LG and my carrier cant find a single problem with me phone so if anyone has any tips let me know.

22. lamrith

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Just FYI - This may not be an issue for everyone, but the S5 has issues with USB connectivity. It will only connect as a media device, it will not connect as a USB Mass storage device with a drive letter. Due to that you cannot access and edit files on the phone directly. I have also heard people having issues connecting to car sterios etc. GREAT phone other than that. How can these new phones not come with this basic feature?

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