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Camera Shootout: LG G3 vs. Galaxy S5 vs. One (M8) vs. Nexus 5 vs. iPhone 5s

The 13MP camera featured on the LG G3 is certainly one of its main highlights. Much like last year’s G2, the camera features optical image stabilization (OIS+), as well as a fancy new laser built right into the backside of the device to create super-fast auto focus times.

Over the weekend, we put the LG G3 through the camera paces, coming away extremely impressed. For comparison purposes, we took out five top devices, just to see if we could try to come away with something useful.

Down below in the gallery, we have shots from the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8), Google Nexus 5, and Apple iPhone 5s. 

You may ask, why did we use an iOS device? If you follow smartphones, then you should know that the iPhone 5s has arguably one of the best situational cameras ever featured on a smartphone. It has an 8MP sensor, but takes great shots.

Without going into each camera’s performance, and to keep this short and sweet, I will only discuss the G3’s performance out in the field. The first thing you notice when snapping a photo with the G3 is the lightning-fast auto focus. When taking photos of a flower in the breeze, the quick speed of the shutter helps capture the shot you want, with little to no blur coming through.

As someone who personally loves the macro shots, this device delivers one of the best experiences I have had on a smartphone. Colors are true, performance is fast, and thanks to the 13MP resolution, you can crop and zoom in with nothing to worry about.

All photos were taken with out-of-the-box settings, and no editing or cropping has been done. Each photo has been resized to make things even across the board.

Got questions? Shoot ’em below.

Note: Ordered from left to right – G3, Galaxy S5, One (M8), Nexus 5, iPhone 5s.


LG G3 pics - 2 Galaxy S5 pics - 4 HTC M8 pics - 4 Nexus 5 pics - 1 iPhone Pics - 1

LG G3 pics - 4 Galaxy S5 pics - 3 HTC M8 pics - 2 Nexus 5 pics - 3 iPhone Pics - 2

LG G3 pics - 3 Galaxy S5 pics - 5 HTC M8 pics - 3 Nexus 5 pics - 2 iPhone Pics - 3

LG G3 pics - 1 Galaxy S5 pics - 2 HTC M8 pics - 5 Nexus 5 pics - 5 iPhone Pics - 4

LG G3 pics - 5 Galaxy S5 pics - 1 HTC M8 pics - 1 Nexus 5 pics - 4 iPhone Pics - 6

Bonus shot. This was the first photo I took with the G3 after opening the box. I wasn’t lucky enough to have all of the other phones with me to compare, but I wanted to share the photo because it came out so nicely.

LG G3 pic

  • Paul

    Thats right apple, make the best phones the best cameras the best screens the best of everything! better start looking around folks, Theres a saying i heard recently, if we always do what we’ve always done weil only get what weve already got!

  • Paul

    Where is the sony z2 here with its 20mp camera. Seriously Sony has been around longer makeing cameras than any of this lot! Pretty sure they know what there doing after all these years! Dont get it!

  • Jose Avelar

    I just got the LG G3 on launch day and camera has blown me away. My previous phone is a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and camera was great but doesn’t compare to the G3. I work at T-mobile and I was testing it against the S5, Htc M8 and Iphone 5s and it was a tad bit better than the Iphone. Colors seem a bit more accurate and focus too.

  • M8 shots look horrible.

  • mike

    Oh god, you have to post the full size shots! Its completely impossible to judge in theese pictures…

  • iKrontologist

    iphone’s camera is obviously over rated and the camera app sucks for features. Samsung Galaxy S 5 ISOCELL is the clear winner here. It’s colors more true to life, greater detail and in darker conditions it’s Black is just that…. BLACKER!!!

    Thanks for the comparison, but ISOCELL is lightyears ahead of the competition and Samsung is already the #1 CMOS sensor maker over Sony!!!

    Now I know what my next phone will be. NOT….. an iPhone for sure. I like the LG better than HTC M8 and Sony G3. But I’m going to have to say Samsung’s Note 4 or that new secret smartphone that’s rumored to launch this year!!!

  • Derek Duncan

    the reason why the hardware and software takes bad photos is because they put a crappy 4mp sensor in it.

  • Vladimir

    It would be really great if you could redo, or at least post similar shots with Nexus 5 with HDR+ enabled.
    The problem here is the name.All the phones above do some post-processing with the pictures after they come out of the sensor. HDR+ does the same (with multiple exposures if it needs to) but the result is a lot better. The picture which comes out looks natural without weirdly looking colors comping from most phones when HDR mode is enabled.

    Again the problem is marketing. HDR+ is a good name but people are associating it with weird looking images. Just like Hangouts 🙂

  • Daran

    I own all these phones they all suck I prefer my sony SLT a99v

  • MacPhyle

    I bet it’ll be fun taking pictures with the G3. I like some of the G3 pix better than those from the iPhone. I don’t see any of the haziness I get with my Galaxy S3.

  • Me

    The G2 took great shots outside in sun light. It failed miserably indoors with low light. Pics looked like oil paintings. Simply HORRIBLE! Main reason I switched phones. Other than that it was a great device.

  • AlexKCMO

    It’s really interesting to me that LG is becoming such a big player in the Smart Phone, and a top name in the Smart Phone Camera arena. In the dumb phone days, I would swear by LGs. They were built like tanks (my wife fell in the pool with her phone, dried it out and it worked perfectly afterwards), had the best cameras when compared to other dumb phones, and crazy battery life.

    That same kind of reliability is starting to come out, which I find really interesting considering their first Smart Phone iterations were so poorly received. I told a friend I used to be a huge fan of theirs and hoped they’d come back. LG becoming a key player in the Smart Phone game is exactly what HTC and Motorola need to look at. Those two have fallen so far from their former glory days it’s depressing. I know everyone loves the Moto X, but it’s not selling. LG is starting to sell phones now and get “geek cred”.

  • hoosiercub88

    By on par, you mean far and above the HTC One M7 or M8.. right?

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    Took this on my G2 this morning…it’s a crop.

  • RustyTechGuy

    I have been an HTC fan since the Incredible but I will have to say the camera on my M7 is not that great sure the pics look great on my phone but once they are on a PC to review they are usually not great. And from what I have seen with the M8 things aren’t much better. My wife has a S4 and it takes much better photos in almost all situations and they still look great when you transfer them off the phone to PC. I can’t add much along the lines of G3’s or S5 but I have used a few iPhones and the new 5S does pretty well but I wouldn’t say it beats the S4 let alone the S5. But everyone will argue lets face if your and Android fan your going to love the S5 or G3 if your and Apple fan then nothing compares to your 5S. To each their own.

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  • alexg

    Nexus 5 and M8 don’t even belong in this comparison and G3 seriously owns that last flower macro shot.

  • Josh

    I’m really interested in this phone, and I’m coming from a GS4. I was a little worried about the camera since it’s just 13mp, 9.6 in 16:9 like my GS4. But seeing these shots puts my mind at ease a bit. I’d really like to see more samples, honestly.

  • Viper

    I have shot a few pics now with my M8 and it does a good job. Much better then the pics posted. But then again if I really want great pics I winds up bringing out my DSLR.

    • tiger

      Sad excuse….

      • Viper

        Maybe I should explain so you can understand. I did not buy my phone based on the picture quality it takes. And it does a good enough job. I bought it based build quality and how it performs overall.

  • Froosh Freak

    Nexus 5 camera is soooooo bad…

    • BD

      The Nexus 5 i’m using takes very good photos and video comparatively. It would be hard for the naked eye to pick up any major differences here.

  • Rod

    All of them look good.

    I was hoping for some low light shots.

    That’s what matters now.

  • Mike Keck

    There has to be 2 different models of M8, I know there are 2 different screens being used, but all the camera comparisons I see the M8 pictures look terrible, but my M8 takes beautiful freaking pictures. Literally pop off the screen clarity & color. Something has to be up with that.

  • @Timotato:disqus Next time you do this, lie about the order of the photos. I think too many people comment based on their preconceived impressions.

    • Cedric Wilmore

      I remember Android Central did something like this where they took some pics using the “bokeh” effect with a S5, M8, N5, And Z2 but did not say which photo belonged to who and asked readers to vote on the best one. Surprisingly the N5 got the most votes.

  • m9kong

    Wow what this comparison proved is how terrible the camera is on the M8. Look at those overexposed, dull and lifeless shots. And there is also something off with its color reproduction.

  • Thomas Wolfe

    That picture with the bug on your finger. DAMN.

  • thebestsgt

    I have a nexus 5 that I use every day but the camera is terrible unlessi use HDR mode. I carry a lumia 925 to take pictures if I need to.

    • Grayson

      So, why don’t you use HDR+ mode? It’s meant to be left on all the time as it intelligently detects when to boost dynamic range, plus applies a bunch of other image corrections.

      • Patrick Smithopolis

        I think every Nexus 5 owner should leave HDR+ mode on all the time. You can get some fantastic shots with it. And the regular shooter is not as terrible as thebestsgt makes it out to be. It’s hit or miss. Sometimes it takes great shots and other times it takes bad shots.

  • jim

    I have a Note 3 and am 100% satisfied with its camera, they are all so close it really doesn’t matter

  • Danny Collinge

    The 5s looks the best here with the G3 a close second but how about in the dark? my M7 is best when its nice and gloomy which is what it’s like here most of the time (UK)

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    Kellen, as a father of two teeny girls, the real test of any phone-based camera is action, action, action. I have the G2 and I have been somewhat impressed by it’s ability to catch most of the actiony shots I’ve taken, but not to the point where I’d feel comfortable displaying them…. how’s the G3?

  • ramifications

    The G3 is probably the sharpest, but the iPhone has the best color temperatures. Wish my G2 could focus as well as the G3! It’s a little slow on the G2.

  • jer85008

    Easy to nitpick, but they are all perfectly acceptable for 99% of what you would end up using them for. How about some low-light handheld tests? I suspect the G3 and N5 will be ahead of the others in that case.

  • trolololol

    Wow, the G3 is great. This test really shows you how terrible the M8’s camera is, bad job HTC.

    • SG

      well 4 MPs went out of use in early mid 2000s

  • Chris

    I think you should have one person each take a phone and shoot the same image at the same time, the sun’s movement can alter the lighting and results of each phone unless they’re shot at the same time. That being said if the focus time is improved on the G3, then it would be a good reason to upgrade but I’m still not rushing to get rid of my G2

  • Samsung S3 is impressive but for Nexus 5 and M8 is the best

    more at http://sh.st/eHIrX

    • You are officially an idiot.

  • Cameron Laudick

    G3 is the best

  • Brady Wassam

    You should have included the G2…

  • jamaall

    Yea I wish you guys had done some indoor or night shots. My droid maxx takes great photos outside, but indoors or at night, it’s just horrid.

  • Christopher Stebbins

    Can we make this comparison at the end of the year when the new nexus phone made by lg is out!

  • Kellex most of these scenarios any camera will do well in… how about the low light!?

  • Shashwat Black

    I personally like the GS5 shots better than the G3.
    s5 > g3 > 5s > n5 tied with m8

  • Cowboydroid

    I see very little difference in quality across the handsets. The M8 had a couple that looked a little strange in comparison, but overall I don’t see much difference in quality.

    • David Nguyen

      I agree. Plus on top of that everyone is looking at a different monitor with different color calibration so it is practically impossible really to judge the pictures posted. Overall, all the cameras took excellent pictures and given that it would look good on the phone when taken.

      I’ve been pretty happy with my N5. It takes some pretty darn good pictures even my iPhone friends have swoon. It does struggle with indoor and concerts. If you know how tweak the settings you can take some pretty decent shots but most people are pretty clueless and just point and shoot with the flash. I mean how many times have I seen noobs use a flash in a concert or in the city at night. Plenty.

  • Suman Gandham

    To my completely untrained eye, I would say something like:

    GS5 = iP5s > G3 >>> Nexus 5 >>>>>>> M8

    • Techist

      My take (with a similarly untrained eye):

      G3>>>>>GS5>iP5s>>>>Nexus 5>>>>M8

      • Suman Gandham

        Well we both agree the M8 is rock bottom 😀

        • hoosiercub88

          I don’t know that anyone would question that 🙂

  • Shashwat Black

    and xperia Z2 isn’t even on the list??

    • Gato Mafioso

      No U.S. carrier has it released. A lot of readers are from the states so it’s better to compare it to devices that can be actually bought from a carrier instead of having to go through some third party.

  • Scott Breitbach

    That looks like an emerald ash borer, KILL IT!

  • Shane Redman

    wow….M8 definitely is NOT the one

    • aQuickBit

      The only time I feel comfortable taking a picture with my M7 is when it is lowlight…with the flash on…

  • Bloo

    To my eye, the G3 and iPhone, and without seeing the natural image with my eyes, I think the G3 gets better color (assuming tarmac is supposed to be gray and not brown); the S5 looks _almost_ as good, but loses in the color–a bit pastel to my eye.

    That said, iPhone shots have, to me, _always_ looked overproduced (both contrast and color saturation). If you’re 15 and posting to Facebook, I guess that’s good though? But I’m the type of guy who takes 1000 photos anyway, to end up with just 1 that goes on the family room wall.

  • SilverAndroid

    LG G3 has the best camera
    among these smartphones, it’s obvious.

    Natural bright colors, clarity, light!

  • Larry B

    How bad was the lag between the home screen and starting up the camera app?

  • RoadsterHD1

    I think the G3 took all of them across the board. Iphone 5 in second and the S5 and the N5 and the last the M8. Good job LG.

    • SilverAndroid

      Galaxy S5’s camera is better than iphone 5s on those photos.

      iphone 5s
      Nexus 5
      HTC One M8

      • RoadsterHD1

        Let me guess, you own a S5 right?

        • juan

          S5 constantly tops phonearena blind camera tests

          • RoadsterHD1

            I calls them as I sees them.

  • disq5ted

    The M8 pictures look bad above, but if you only point and shoot your mileage will vary, try to focus and you can get very different exposure on pictures of the same object from the same location. I have had the OG Droid >> Galaxy Nexus >> Nexus 5 >> M8; I like the M8 best so far and that is my $0.02.

    • rawr

      The other cameras were shot in the same exact way. Why would someone want a finicky camera on a phone when they can have better experiences with the G3/GS5/iPhone5?

      If people want to go hardmode on cameras they are pulling out their DSLR, phone cameras are only point and shoot, nothing more.

  • Reed Kerr

    I second duncanator’s comment. Indoor pictures are needed in this lineup. An added bonus if you can get shots with fast moving subjects. In my experience, most cameras in today’s smartphones take fine pictures outside, but inside with hit or miss lighting is completely different.

    • DoctorJB

      Action shots as well. That’s what I find my N5 struggles the most with.

  • Ali

    If u turn on HDR+ in nexus 5.. It will blow them all..

    • greyhulk


      • Bobby Cornwell


        • All

          Nexus 5 has a pretty good camera.. Comparable to today’s flagship phones

          • shooter50

            Dude, you can’t even sell that story here on DL. The Nexus 5 camera isnt even as good as the last generation of flagship phones

          • Grayson

            You’re wrong, plain and simple.

    • William Kister

      All of the new phones have HDR though. all it does is expose for the lower range and higher range and then combines the exposure. Not good for action shots. It is necessary to hold the phone more steady when doing so.

      • Droidzilla

        Thank you for understanding what HDR actually does. Too many people think it’s just an exposure mode and recommend people use it, then those people complain about how “poor” the N5 is for moving objects.

      • Grayson

        All have HDR, yes, but HDR+ on the Nexus 5 does quite a bit more than just your standard HDR, hence the “+”. Also, the Nexus 5 is smart enough to only use a single exposure in HDR+ mode if there was too much movement so you don’t get improperly overlaid frames.

        • William Kister

          What it is doing is combining a night shot with HDR which is pretty ingenious, it is still using multiple exposures. Still won’t be as sharp with movement as a single frame. It’s just exposing for the lower and higher tonal ranges and stitching the photos together with slightly better algorithms. Any camera phone could do this with a software upgrade. The limiting factor on camera phones is sensor size. A larger sensor will create less noise in the picture and improve tonal range in a single frame. Improving lens quality by allowing more light through it will also improve low light images as well, but it will cut down on depth of field which could be a good or bad thing depending on what somebody was going for.

    • Grayson

      I don’t know about blowing them all away, but it certainly would have done a lot better. HDR+ on the Nexus 5 does a lot more than standard, run-of-the-mill HDR and is actually designed so it can be left on all the time without making certain photos look odd like standard HDR does in many situations on other phones.

    • Gokh

      I am impressed by the Nexus 5 shoots, i was expeting much worse with all the bad things people said about it, but the G3 and 5S and the best.
      Why alll the S5 shoots look blurry? and the M8… its bad.

      • Wolfenhousen

        I have had this problem on all my Samsung phones. I don’t know if they just completely leave out image stabilization entirely, or if they just don’t have the software, but anytime I take a picture of a human it comes out blurry. Outdoor scenic shots look incredible, though, DSLR Quality in my opinion.

    • Kane Desousa

      Oh will it ? 😉

  • M3D1T8R

    From these kinds of shots the M8 looks not good except the monster close up. Nexus 5 maybe the worst overall. S5 also looks relatively poor to me too. Apple looks good in a couple but not so good in a couple. G3 looks the best based on these shots.

    But there are other factors such as quality of fast movement shots (blur?), shutter speed (and focus speed), and low light (indoors or night) shots, which can decide which camera is best for a certain person or conditions.

    How about adding info ranking shutter speed of each, as well as one or two low light shots, and a fast movement shot, like a person on a swing at the park mid swing, or on a merry go round. That would make for a much more comprehensive comparison.

  • miri

    I’d say the iPhone wins all but the last one and the GS, S5 and N5 are surprisingly comparable.

  • dannyWHITE

    That bug shot is awesome!

  • Alexander Z Great

    I know this is fully demonstrating the camera capabilities. I’m worried about the video quality on the G3. I’ve seen several reviews with choppy video recordings. Any input Tim-o-tato?

  • Danny

    Winners were g3 and 5s and m8 for 1 picture as for the last picture…. Amazing

  • mike

    Good work Tim! I am sort of obsessed with macro shots of bugs myself.
    The shots from the M8 have some serious magenta issues going on in these photo’s. Has that been a common issue with this phone?

    • nycebo

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. I’m wondering if something is amiss with the camera because I’ve not seen that horrible coloration with my own M8.

  • XvierX

    Holy macro! That’s some nice color reproduction. I’m sold.

  • joe

    sleeping yet again on the impressive note 3 camera

    • BillySuede


    • Maranello Santiago

      It’s “old” news now, yet the Nexus 5, and that Fruity phone found their way in.

  • jb

    They’re all better than my 70D + 60mm macro lens plus the ability to transfer the images to my smartphone via the WiFi app… Oh wait… no they’re not. They’re terrible in comparison.

    • M3D1T8R

      And this is relevant how?

      • jb

        Camera phones are an extremely limited tool. Manufacturers keep polishing that turd and for some reason, people think it’s a diamond. I CONSTANTLY hear things like “how are your pictures so good” or “how did you manage to capture that”, etc, and my reply is usually something like “I bought an actual camera and learned how to use it”.
        The point is, if you care about image quality, the output of a camera phone shouldn’t matter to you.

        • dsignori

          Oy.. We’ll all just lug around our DSLRs everywhere and never need to use a smartphone camera then? Is that the theory?

          If your camera phone’s pic quality doesn’t matter to YOU, then maybe YOU should skip this article and comments and let the folks who DO care about it discuss …

        • jb

          Additionally, if you believe the images above are actually “macro” images, you’ve been duped. https://flic.kr/p/nCGZHE

          Notice the difference in magnification? To be a true macro picture, you must capture something the size of the camera sensor and NO LARGER. The image on the left represents an area the size of the imaging sensor for a Canon DSLR. The image on the right would need to be ONLY the little button in the middle of the flower to be a true macro picture because that’s about how big the imaging sensor is on a camera phone. As you can see however, the actual image captured is MANY, MANY times larger – proving that this is NOWHERE NEAR an actual macro image. In fact, as far as I’m aware, there are no camera phones capable of taking a true macro image. In fact I believe you’d have to be able to focus behind the imaging sensor (obviously impossible) to come close to the necessary magnification. If you believe your phone is, you’ve been “sold” by marketing – congrats to them and shame on you.

          Hey, there’s nothing wrong with camera phones if you’re happy with them. But I’m pretty sick of manufacturers selling a polished turd to those who think their camera phones are as good as a DSLR. They’re NOWHERE NEAR as good. The image quality isn’t as good, the versatility isn’t even CLOSE to being as good, and they simply can’t do what a DSLR can do. But again, the marketing departments at the respective phone manufacturers would lie to your face and insist otherwise and it’s simply untrue.

    • GJV

      Your $1,000 camera with a $470 lens is better than a phone? INCONCEIVABLE!!!

    • Droidzilla

      Whenever I see an RC car comparison I like to say how much better my STi is than the RC cars. Just doing my part to add more douche-baggery to the world.

  • carl rainey

    I would agree that the S5 photos look the best. Did you guys use the HDR Preview mode or just the basic auto mode? The big difference I see is the color of the sky. Even the G3 photos make the sky look too dark.

  • Derek Duncan

    Looks like the G3 is clearly the best shooter in these pics with the Nexus 5 being the worst. I’d order them: G3, S5, 5s, M8, N5.

    • Matthew Ponce de Leon

      I disagree. I’d switch the N5 and M8

    • Grayson

      N5 really needs HDR+ mode turned on to shine. It’s mediocre without it. And HDR+ mode on the N5 does a lot more than standard HDR, so don’t go spouting that all phones have it. HDR+ mode intelligently uses multiple exposures to reduce noise, increase resolution, and correct colors as well as using them to increase dynamic range, which is all HDR does on most phones. HDR+ mode even detects when boosting dynamic range isn’t necessary and only applies the other image corrections.

  • duncanator

    Would love to see indoor shots with fast moving objects like children. To me, that’s the real test of a camera. From what I can tell, most cameras on phones seem to take decent shots outside.

    • Eric R.

      M8 is overexposed outside

    • morgan boyle

      yeah, you dont see to many people complain about their camera phone when taking landscape photos. Maybe show photos testing dynamic range, and i am not talking about using the software for HDR.

    • James

      Likewise, I’d like to know which of the color representations are more true to life. There are apparent differences, but without being present there’s no way to tell what is most accurate.

      • jnt

        I can’t speak to the G3, but having owned a S5, M8, and 5S, I can say that outdoors in good light, the S5 is the most accurate – and honestly, to my eyes, almost exactly accurate. The 5S shots look great, but the 5S tends to “over-warm” things. The M8 can be great, but can also incredibly over-expose, while at the same time not appear as bright as real life.

        • James

          Thanks for that. Also, how the hell are you able to buy so many phones? 🙂

          • jnt

            I don’t usually keep them and usually buy used and flip them soon after if I don’t want to use to use it as a daily driver. 🙂

          • James

            ha, nice. be interested to hear how that approach breaks out money-wise over time, as well as your overall take on the ones you’ve owned. perhaps a guest article on droid-life?

          • jnt

            Hah, I’m quite sure it hasn’t been profitable long term. 🙂

            And I’ve definitely owned alot of devices over the years, but I’m not the only reader like that!

        • Kane Desousa

          I’ve owned all of these except the G3 lol and I agree in a way, but when it comes to indoor shots the S5 gets really bad… the iPhone takes it for me overall.

          • Gigi

            I totally agree. That’s why I have an iPhone. I have had the note 3 and GS5 but have taken both back as I’m so sick of the grainy indoor photos. I have a newborn and the iPhone takes the best pics hands down.

    • a) youth.in.asia

      Most cameras meaning excluding the M8?

    • I’m actually pretty surprised that this was omitted. Low-light, indoor shots and action shots are absolutely what sets apart a decent camera from a good or great camera at this point. If you’re trying to replace a DSLR (which everyone will tell you is silly anyway), you may care about the small differences in well planned, bright, natural light pictures. The majority of users aren’t trying to replace a DSLR; their concern is whether the camera can reliably take good pictures, very quickly in suboptimal lighting, after whipping their phone out of their pocket at the drop of a hat.

    • le_lutin

      100% agree – i had to ditch my G2 after about 6 weeks because it was awful at taking photos indoors and of people/kids. The shutter speed was not good and things just ended up a blurry, over-processed mess. Not enough reviews take this into account – how many times do I actually take a pic a flower from 10cm with super awesome depth of field??? Or landscapes?? This for me not a normal use case. Almost all my photos have people in them. I wish there was a site that had a good, standard measure of how good a camera is at capturing motion of people indoors.

      Currently I have a Z2 which does a much better job than the G2.

  • Elwin Gill

    I am totally not a ilover of any sort, but those pictures are outstanding, especially the monster one. The G3 is better thank goodness IMO, and I have said several times, I am a Motorola owner forever and the G3 has my attention. Once the X+1 is available to see and test… I will have a big decision on my hands.

  • danix180

    What can I say. G3 camera is impressive. I would say it’s on par with iphone 5s. M8 is awful.. especially those sky shots.

    • Yup, IMO, the iPhone has stood apart from all Android cameras since forever. The G3 and the GS5 might be its first real competitors in that category.

      • Droidzilla

        I disagree. iPhone cameras (mainly Sony shooters, I believe) have always been top shelf, but never close to the best. Colour reproduction is always either hit and miss (like the 5S) or just plain horrid (like the 4). Thing is, many people look at iPhone pictures and think they’re awesome because of the punchy colours and contrast, even if the exposure and colours are all over the charts. Don’t get me wrong; the iPhones since the 4S have been trying more and more for fidelity, but they’re still not as good as many of the Android shooters out there. The litmus is fidelity, not “do you like the photo”.

        • John Davids

          This guy gets it.

        • Maxim∑

          “but they’re still not as good as many of the Android shooters out there.” Sony’s camera sensors are top notch thats partially why the S5 and 5S take very good photos. I would say iPhone takes better photos than almost all Android phones out here. I’d say almost all Lumia’s,S4+ and 5S are the best cameras

          • hoosiercub88

            That must be why the Sony Xperia Z2 destroys the 5S in actual image fidelity and quality. Half of smartphone camera photography is software, and while the iPhone has premium hardware, the software doesn’t always hold up.

          • Kane Desousa

            No it doesn’t I have a 5s and Xperia Z2, it hardly “destroys” it…

          • EdubE24

            After owning many Android phones, and a few iPhones to me there is no comparison. The iPhone has always had a better camera. The 5S takes amazing pictures. I found the S4 to take really good ones, but not comparable to even the iPhone 5!

          • Maranello Santiago

            I thought the S5 hardware was Samsung tech this time around. Isocell?

      • Cowboydroid

        The first couple iphones had horrible cameras. Plenty of dumbphones had better cameras.

        • Eric R.

          Env touch was pretty good!

        • Maxim∑

          Yes lets talk about the past

          • rawr

            Plenty of iFans constantly do.

            It is as if each new iPhone came out 3 years ago, that is the only explanation for them thinking their “new” features are actually new.

          • Cowboydroid

            I’m not the one who made claims regarding “since forever.”

      • MicroNix

        Hey, where’s the Moto X in the comparison???? The “perfect” phone too good for the competition????

        • mcdonsco

          No, I think its just a given it can’t be included in a line up of great camera phones, cause…it ain’t (typing this from my moto x).

    • starnovsky

      G3 looks better than 5s. Looks at the flower photo (last one), petals are coming up much clearer on G3 than 5S.

  • PoisonApple31

    The M8 looks horrible in this series of photos!

  • tylerc23

    M8 isn’t as bad as everyone says it is. It’s not the best but it’s not god awful

    • joe23521

      It mostly becomes awful when you need to do anything after the shot is taken. Too little res info to handle much treatment.

      • malcmilli

        how often does that happen for most people

        • joe23521

          Obviously can’t speak for “most people”, but that’s something I do quite often.

          I also like to use my phone as a “scanner” to digitize things like receipts and such, so details are nice to have.

    • Elwin Gill

      Does anyone really think there is a bad camera on any phone out this or last year?

      • PoisonApple31

        Yes, the M8. You can only tell when you are comparing to shots from other cameras at the same time though.

        • hkklife

          Yes, anything from Moto. It’s like it’s part of their corporate DNA to release devices with lousy cameras and mediocre screens.

    • Dale

      Agreed. Wished I would have held out a few more months to get the G3 though. 🙁

      • Mike H.

        Swappa should serve you well. You should be able to get most of your money back.

    • MicroNix

      Did you even look at the photos? The M8 isn’t even in the same class.

    • TSY87

      yeah, actually the more macroish shots looked great from the m8. I have one and its decent.

  • Daniel Marcus

    I kind of wish the Moto X were included in this, it would be interesting to see its camera side-by-side.

    • NeilOMalley

      I always see a lot of hate for the Moto X camera. It’s not perfect but I have taken a lot of very good photos with it.

      • RoboCop

        Agreed, I actually really enjoy the camera on Moto X. Plus with filters and apps almost any photo looks sharable

      • Daniel Marcus

        If you use an app to force the ISO down, it’s right on par. Especially in well-lit shots like this, it will usually perform just as well as any other device even without the adjustments (and better than a few… iPhone, M8, I’m looking at you in particular.)Also, it’s worth noting that the Moto X camera is specifically designed to perform fast in low-light, so it’s in indoor shots that it really pulls ahead. Grainy it may be, but it often captures more than you expect and with better exposure and faster timing.

      • Patrick Smithopolis

        I’ve gotten some fantastic shots out of the Moto X but most of the time it takes horrible pictures.

  • Jace

    No indoor shots, Tim?

  • DanielMena9

    The Nexus 5 camera really shows its weakness on that forest shot.

    • Grayson

      Because he didn’t have HDR+ enabled. Everyone who is serious about pictures on the N5 uses HDR+. It improves image quality drastically 95% of the time, because it does a whole lot more than just the standard HDR that every other phones uses.

      • gargamel

        But it’s so slow

  • Todd

    Can’t wait for this phone. Seriously. As a side note, the M8 didn’t produce the awful shots I was expecting, but certainly not the best.

    • Mike H.

      How crazy would it be if lg dropped a bomb and priced this at $599 full retail? Might be worth it to cut their profit margin just to gain sales volume and attract consumers to LG.

      • Blue Sun

        This would only attract T-Mobile & off contract VZW users looking to keep their unlimited data. The unseen benefit for the rest of the population would be the off contract taxable amount, where applicable.

  • Austin

    Looks like the S5 has the best camera but I would probably be happy with all of them. Not a huge fan of the M8 camera after using my wife’s phone but its not terrible. All of these are capable of taking good shots.