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Camera Shootout: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2

April 30, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Here we go, another camera shootout between two top flagships that are available right now. The LG G2, which was released last fall and the Samsung Galaxy S5 which was released in April. The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 16-megapixel camera while the LG G2 is only a 13-megapixel camera. Since the LG G2 only does 16:9 aspect at 10MP and 4:3 at 13MP, while the Galaxy S5 does 16MP at 16:9 and 12MP at 4:3. So we decided to shoot on the LG G2 at 13MP and the Galaxy S5 at 12MP. That way it’d be close to the same size on both cameras. Now we took these pictures indoors, outdoors and even have an action shot. It’s an action shot because dogs can’t stay still, especially little ones. Now I did have OIS on, on both devices – even though Samsung’s is software while LG’s is hardware. So keep that in mind. Also, all the images in here have been resized, so that this page is still pretty quick to load. So if you want to see the full size image, you can check out this Flickr album.

Indoors

These pictures were all taken indoors. The top one is the Samsung Galaxy S5 while the bottom is the LG G2. Let us know which one you think is better in the comments below.

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Action Shot

Here we took a picture of a Chihuahua that can’t hold still. As you can see the OIS really shows up in these two images. Again, top is the Galaxy S5 and the bottom is the LG G2.

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Outdoor

Now this is where most cameras shine, because you have natural lighting. Even the worst cameras look great outdoors. Again, the top is the Galaxy S5 and the bottom pictures are the LG G2.

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Camera Software

Here’s a quick video showing off the camera software on the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy S5, for those that might be interested in how different the camera apps are on both devices.


Bottom Line

It’s important to remember that these are both smartphone cameras, and won’t replace your point-and-shoot camera. They both produce some really nice looking shots, and I’d almost call this a tie. As the G2 looks good in some pictures and the Galaxy S5 looks good in others. But it’s obvious that the OIS in the LG G2 is much better, which it should be since it is hardware and not software. Let us know what you think down below.