Camera

The camera of the Xperia Z2 captures great images with lively colors. The G2 is also a good camera phone, but pictures on it appear a bit colder and slightly less pleasing.

The Xperia Z2 comes with a 20-megapixel camera, while the LG G2 sports a 13-megapixel main shooter. The Xperia Z2 has the advantage of having the largest sensor of any Android phone - its 1/2.3” backside-illuminated sensor is nearly 30% bigger than the 1/3.06” sensor on the G2. In terms of optics, the Z2 sports a wide, 27mm G lens with f/2.0 aperture, while the G2 has a 'slower' f/2.4 lens with slightly narrower focal length of 29mm.

In terms of ergonomics, the G2 is clearly the one that is easier to use because of its more compact size and convenient location of the volume down button that you can use to snap pictures with. The larger Z2 is not all that comfortable, but it does have the advantage of a dedicated 2-way shutter key with nice travel.

The camera app on the Xperia Z2 opens swiftly and you have the option to go from a locked device directly into the camera by holding the dedicated camera shutter key. The app has large, separate buttons for still and video capture in the Superior Auto shooting mode, but you can also go into Manual mode where controls are different and you have control over settings such as ISO, white balance, and so on. Sadly, these manual settings are hidden a bit deeper in the menus than we’d like, so it’s not all that convenient to quickly make adjustments.



The G2, on its part, features a slightly better optimized camera interface with settings that are within quick reach. Unlike the Z2, it features lots of shooting modes that you can manually switch between.

In the default Superior Auto shooting mode, the Sony Xperia Z2 shoots 8-megapixel photos made by pixel processing of the 20-megapixel feed from the sensor for better overall quality. We prefer having these high-quality 8MP photos instead of not-so-good 20MP ones, and they are also smaller, so you can share them around quicker. You can still shoot full 20-megapixel images (without this processing benefit) in Manual mode, but they tend to turn out lacking in sharpness, with some artifacts, and are also noisier than the 8-megapixel images. That's why we have shot our Z2 camera samples for this comparison in the Superior Auto mode at 8 megapixels.



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
Sony Xperia Z2 3
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452
398
LG G2 4
6.5
395
377

In terms of video, the Xperia Z2 is capable of recording 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) footage at 30 frames per second, while the G2 can only shoot at up to 1080p. For those few who actually have a 4K monitor, the difference comes in much finer detail and texture in 4K videos, and it is also a nice option for people who do post-processing. It also has the capability to record HDR video, which highlights details that would be otherwise lost in some conditions. The G2, on its part, can record 1080p at either 30fps or 60fps (you have the same choice for 1080p videos on the Z2), but its most sizable advantage is that it has optical image stabilization (OIS) that works a bit better than the electronic one on the Z2.

The actual quality of the recorded footage? It’s great, sharp and smooth on both devices, but we prefer the colors on the Xperia Z2 that look closer to reality, while the G2 videos have a bit colder and muted appearance. The Z2 also has the much faster auto-focus, which is of crucial importance for video.


Multimedia

With large vivid displays and excellent codec support, both are excellent for video on the go. The speakers on the Z2 are much better than the one of the G2.

With large, sharp and vivid screens, the Z2 and G2 have the right base for a great media experience - be it to watch a movie on the go or browse through photos. Sony packs a great gallery app with impressive visual style that is also rich in functionality with features like pinch to zoom to resize thumbnails. The G2 gallery has a different aesthetic, and while we prefer the one on the Z2, LG’s gallery also supports pinch to zoom and is very functional.


The Z2 also has an excellent video player with eye-catchy looks and a featured preview of the latest played video running on top. The G2 again lacks such visual flare, but in terms of functionality both are similarly capable and run all common video codecs.

For music, the Z2 has the Walkman player, again fitting nicely with the impressive visual style of the Sony UI, but also rich in options. The G2’s music player is equally capable of playing back and categorizing your music.

The Sony handset comes with front-facing stereo speakers that sound much cleaner (with even some depth to the sound) and much louder than the one on the G2.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z2 0.29
LG G2 0.29
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z2 71
LG G2 66


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32 Comments

1. Amir1 unregistered

G2 just got owned.

14. jellmoo

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I can't believe I'm going to defend an LG device, but... Did we read the same article? Sure, the Z2 has the benefit of being the newer device, but "owned"? If anything the Z2 looks like it comes out short considering the tech it advantage it should have, but doesn't quite capitalize on.

18. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I want to believe you have porr comprehension skill.

23. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

G2 is still a great phone at its price! ONE OF THE BEST CAMERAPHONE, GREAT BATTERY AND GREAT SPECS AND PERFORMANCE! Z2 will not win against G3!

27. JakeH

Posts: 89; Member since: May 01, 2014

also the G2 is older than the z2 and i'm sure the G3 will crush the z2 in many aspects

2. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Z2 for sure, We must wait for G3 which can be the most powerful competitor to the best smart phone of the date, AKA Z2.

4. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

by then the z3 will have been announced.

12. pitzy

Posts: 42; Member since: May 15, 2014

Z2 the best smartphone of the date? except the design wich is nice but the phone is to heavy and bulky and thick bezels (not to speak about the ugly so last decade icons like in the old Sony Ericsson K500i), it doesn't beat the S5 at nothing. So the best smartphone title is a little bit forced. My rankings are: Htc M8 - the best looking and speakers S5 - the most powerful (camera, processor, sensors, IPXX certification, software except a little bit lagy Touchwiz) G2 - best value-for-the-money

16. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

My Z2 rocks but I kinda miss my Note 3. Even with dating specs, I still think that it's the best smartphone money can buy right now.

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

No doubt, I choice Sony Xperia Z2.

5. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

i really though the lg g2 was so great. must be the comparison with the awful z1.

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Got my Z2 with SmartBand today! AMAZIIIING :D :D

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Finally! Tell me moar about smartband, whats is it.

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I can test it more later today when I go play badminton. But it's supposed to calculate your steps, calories, how much walking, running or cycling you have done. Also it tells you how much you have listened to music or using social media. But the feature I'm the most interested in is the sleep time calculation and "smart wake up" lol. It should vibrate on your wrist and thus wake you up. I hate the sound of an alarm clock so I'll be really waiting for my wake up tomorrow!

31. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

User reviews tells me It's something pretty good.

10. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Gratz! Have fun with it. :)

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Thanks! I will :)

7. vuyonc

Posts: 1090; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Too excited for the Z2 vs. G3 comparison. A true clash of the underdog titans.

21. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Not underdogs anymore with these beasts..

13. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The G2 wins because the Z2 is ridiculous large while the G2 isn't.

15. youdug

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

you can get a g2 on swappa for less than $300. z2 is a great phone, unfortunately their software is even uglier than touchwiz and the phone is hideous, imo. also, not that it makes much of a difference, but why is the g2 still on 4.2.2?

17. euklidis

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Amazing... cpu gets hot on z2, throttling lowers the CPU, lower scores, lower porformance on apps and games, and you are telling me Z2 is better? it costs twice as the G2! Paid Versus?

19. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Big deal if it gets hot. I've got my Z2 yesterday and I've already Rooted it to 2.7Ghz and a raise in Gpu up by 150mhz My Z2 gets even hotter reaching 47+celcuis. I'm not complaining What do you have baby hands that you must touch that section where Cpu Gpu gets hot. Why touch that section You must be. A female might I assume

22. roobs

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

Why did you overclock, is the processing power not enough? lol

28. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

It's not enough for me I'm a power user don't like smooth power

20. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Its amazing how mobile phone camera is evolving, I mean last year G2 was in the top in android devices and in this comparison the Z2 just beats the G2. I like this competition, which eventually will end up in a near DSLR like capabilities and imaging..!

24. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

G2 is the best smartphone "BRANDED " for its price tag! G3 is the next KING!

25. foreverjin08

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

I just cannot believe the appreciation of beauty of this website. The appearance of G2 just looks fancier from everywhere than the Z2. At least it doesn't look like old or something.

26. foreverjin08

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

As I see, no matter the Z2 or GS5, their cameras are just a little bit better than that of G2.

29. craigy72

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Great article. Just ordered the LG G2 from comparephonemarket.co.uk - got such a good deal. £489.83 total cost (24 month contract) with Unlimted Texts and Unlimited Data. Hmmm - I call that a steal! Apparently its arriving tomorrow!! HASHTAG - Excited.

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