Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G2
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.
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.
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.