Smartphone cameras are tricky little things. Sometimes they can take absolutely amazing pictures, and other times the pictures look like they came from a feature phone 10 years ago. Anyone who knows anything about photography knows lighting is the key to a good shot, and poor lighting can make even the most skilled of photographers choke on getting that perfect shot. While manufacturers can’t improve your photography skills inherently, they can provide better tools to help you along your journey and hopefully make it easier and more accurate to take great shots. LG’s focus with the G3 this year was, well, focus, and as such they stuck a laser on board to help with catching the right part of the shot to focus on. But what about last year’s G2? Easily one of the best, if not the best smartphone cameras of 2013, the G2 was a beast of a picture taker, and the on-board optical image stabilization (OIS for short) helped keep pictures steady even in low light situations, although like anything it wasn’t perfect.
We thought you might like to see the OnePlus One, which is claiming to have the best camera ever, with what we thought was the best shooter of last year. For good measure we’ve thrown in the Nexus 5, which has a mode called HDR+ that produces absolutely incredible pictures in quite a few lighting conditions, and of course a few with the Galaxy Note 3 as well.
For now we’re not going to tell you which phones took which pictures just to perform a blind test. Any tests where there are only two shots are between the LG G2 and the OnePlus One. Any shots with more than that have either the Nexus 5, Note 3 or both thrown in for good measure. Let us know which you think is which in the comments and we’ll update the article in a little while with the correct answers! We’ll be doing another shootout with the LG G3 exclusively, but we felt it would be best to compare to a phone that more people would actually be able to buy or already have first.