LG G2 review

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The camera on the LG G2 is excellent. We're very picky when it comes to how a device's camera performs, and we were very satisfied with the LG G2's camera.

It seems that manufacturers are really putting a strong emphasis on imaging these days. HTC, Nokia and Apple have stressed the strengths of their imaging systems - whether it's bigger pixels, larger sensors, better optics and image stabilization, the competition is a win-win for the consumer.

LG G2 review

The 13MP shooter you'll find on the G2 will more than suffice for anything you could ever want to shoot with a smartphone. Whether you're shooting your lunch to post on Instagram, or a bathroom selfie for Facebook, the G2's camera won't disappoint.

It performs well in low light, optical image stabilization, or OIS, helps with both stills and video and detail and color are excellent.

By default, when you power on the camera, everything is set to auto. Focus is clustered in the middle with a number of focus points, but you can also tap to focus if you like.

There are a number of scenes to choose from, like Normal, HDR, Burst shot, Panorama and more, and another scene section that includes Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night and others.

The camera's settings offer a number of customization options. You can adjust exposure compensation, focus modes, ISO, white balance and more.

You'll also have the option for using the volume buttons to activate the shutter, but we would recommend against this due to its awkward placement and proximity to the lens. We don't know why LG would've included this option.

LG G2 image quality

Photos look sharp and clear. Colors are excellent, especially when you shoot in good light, and details are incredible. Of course, a lot of that has to do with the processing, sharpening and everything else the G2 does with the 13MP images.

HDR looks natural, but as with HDR photos that look more natural, you can still lose a lot of details in highlights and shadows if the scene's dynamic range is dramatic.

In terms of what we've come to expect from a smartphone camera, there really isn't anything to complain about with the LG G2. It doesn't have the same issues with metering that the Moto X and DROID Ultra, and it keeps more details than the HTC One thanks to its huge megapixel count. Perhaps it's only trumped by the iPhone for image quality, and the Lumia 1020 for image quality and low-light performance. That's not so bad.

We're also happy to see that the tap-to-focus will meter for the selected area. Some other Android devices will only focus, and you have to manually change exposure, which can become annoying.

Overall, still images are excellent. That leaves video. Video quality from the LG G2 camera is great. Optical image stabilization helps quite a bit, though you still have to keep a steady hand. It isn't as good as the Lumia 1020's stabilization system, but it works well enough and beats the iPhone in terms of steadiness and smoothness.

Colors and video quality look good, although sound could be better. Sound quality is always something that needs a lot of work on a smartphone, but there's only so much that can be done with the physical constraints. A microphone placed on the body of a camera, situated several feet away from an audio source, will never sound as good as having dedicated microphones. However, for what you might be shooting with a smartphone, it works just fine.

That's one thing to keep in mind when you're being bombarded with these great camera claims from smartphone manufacturers. In the end, these are still just smartphone cameras. If you're looking for real, solid image quality, you'd go for a compact system camera or DSLR. And if you want to shoot great video, a DSLR or dedicated video camera will be your best bet.

As we saw in the shootout between the Lumia 1020, iPhone 5 and Olympus E-PL5, a real camera system still blows smartphone cameras out of the water.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+
SAR Value0.41 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyG2
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 850, LTE 900, LTE 1800, LTE 2100, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution13 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time17.50 Hour
Product ModelD802
Screen Size13.2 cm (5.2")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)143 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density424 ppi
Front Camera Resolution2.1 Megapixel
SIM Size SupportedMicro
Height3517.9 mm
Width1800.9 mm
Depth231.1 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesG2
Battery Standby Time900 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameG2 D802 Smartphone
Processor Speed2.26 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon 800
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberLGD802.ANEUWH
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk

G2 is an experience-driven, dynamic smartphone intended to meet your individual needs. With superior hardware and an impressive instinctive design, immerse yourself with it's unique and intuitive suite of contextual user experience features. From the socially connected youth who will use it for its fast-paced performance and sharing abilities, to family-oriented individuals who will enjoy the advanced camera and guest mode function-G2 is the phone for them all.
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory2 GB