We’ve spent a lot of time putting the Galaxy S5 and LG G3 through their paces, and each device clearly has its pros and cons. But one main component we keep debating is which of these two offers the superior camera experience. And we don’t just mean sheer image quality, though that’s obviously important. We want to know which has the better camera app, smoother video, which can handle varied lighting conditions better. So we made a video to find out.
You probably know the rundown by now, but here’s a quick refresher: the G3 sports a 13-megapixel sensor with OIS and laser auto-focus that’s capable of shooting 4K UHD; the Galaxy S5, meanwhile, comes equipped with a 16-megapixel sensor, digital stabilization software, and an array of cool shooting modes and options. Oh, it also shoots 4K, if that’s your thing. You can actually check the 4K quality of both here (S5) and here (G3).
But what about diving deeper into low-light, bright light, soft light, shadows, etc.? And what about the camera interfaces? The Galaxy S5 is definitely superior in that regard, offering filters, an endless amount of shooting modes, and enough options to tweak you’d think you were using a DSLR. If there’s one area Samsung has always been decently proficient, it’s been in the camera department, offering just enough features and interface know-how to create a great experience.
The G3 doesn’t offer quite as many out-of-box camera features, and the amount of options isn’t quite as robust. Instead, LG took a more minimal approach, which we appreciated in our review. You won’t get lost in menus, and you won’t accidentally turn on a feature you wish you hadn’t. Better, the G3 offers some hardware tricks that improve the experience in a more meaningful way, and doesn’t just rely on software tweaks to make the images appear better than they are.
Something like laser auto-focus ensures you quickly focus on the subject in front of you, and in a timely manner; I’m talking a few seconds or less. In situations when you need to take your phone out and snap a picture as soon as possible, the G3’s laser auto focus definitely comes in handy. Samsung says its S5 has faster auto focus in comparison to older Galaxy S models, and it does, but we found it has a tendency to struggle with focusing in certain conditions, especially in lower light.
We dive much deeper into each experience in the video above. Cameras are among the more important features of phones, and these are two of the biggest and best available right now. Who comes out the winner? You’ll have to watch to find out.