The camera is one place where the AT&T and Sprint versions of the LG Optimus G really differ. The AT&T model has an average 8-megapixels, while Sprint's boasts a whopping 13-megapixels. While neither camera produced spectacular results, it may surprise you to find that the lower-megapixel AT&T camera took the better shots. See our comparisons below:
Overall, AT&T's camera was much sharper. Colors were brighter and it was easier to make out fine details, as with the trees in the pictures below. The writing on the sign is also far less washed out by sunlight.
The same factors are on display here. While both cameras capture the blue of the sky nicely, the AT&T model gives a far sharper image of the brush and trees, as well as a stronger shine off the water.
Neither camera does particularly well with dark objects and low light. However, in the AT&T shot the tree branches are sharper and more distinct, and the foliage is greener.
As with many phones, balancing light and shadow gives the camera trouble, but the 8-megapixel AT&T model handles it a little better, providing darker shadows and less blown out bright spots.
Thanks to LG's UI, both cameras have an amusing voice command feature. When activated, saying phrases such as "cheese," "whiskey," "kimchi" or "LG" will trigger a picture. It's a handy way to snap a selfie. We actually took a few pictures by accident when we were explaining the feature to friends and uttered the shutter phrase.
There are also a handful of camera modes, including HDR, landscape, panorama and continuous shot.
All in all, both cameras are rather average, but it was AT&T's camera that took the better pictures. It's proof that more megapixels doesn't always make for a better camera, on the Optimus G, at least.