By Rich W Woods
I have been spending a lot of time with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. As with all new phones that come out, we compare the camera to competing cameras. So far, we have compared the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to the iPhone 6 Plus, Sony Xperia Z3, OnePlus One, and Nokia Lumia 1020. The scope of this column will be to compare the camera of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to the camera of the LG G3.
For all of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s faults, it does have a fantastic camera. The stunning 16 MP camera is not only super fast, but the photos look beautiful on the 1440p AMOLED display. The LG G3’s camera is laser focused, so we can expect to see some really sharp pictures. Let’s start with specs.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3: Specs
|Samsung Galaxy Note 4||LG G3|
|Processor||2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805||2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801|
|Display||5.7″, 1440p, 515 ppi, AMOLED||5.5″, 1440p, 534 ppi, LCD|
|Body||153.5×78.6×8.5 mm, 176 g||146.3×74.6×8.9 mm, 149 g|
|Camera||16 MP, 5312×2988, 3.7 MP Front||13 MP, 4160×3120, 2.1 MP Front|
|Video||4K – 30 fps, 1080p – 60 fps, Front 1440 – 30 fps||4K – 30 fps, 1080p – 30 fps, Front 1080p – 30 fps|
|Storage||32 GB, Expandable to 128 GB||16/32 GB, Expandable to 128 GB|
|RAM||3 GB||2/3 GB, Respective to internal storage|
On paper, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is clearly better than the LG G3; however, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes with 67 preinstalled apps. That’s a lot of background processes for that processor to handle. Either way, that’s beyond the scope of this column. We’re here to review the cameras.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3: Rear Camera
Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the LG G3 have great cameras. The resolution of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rear camera is 16 MP and the resolution of the LG G3 rear camera is 13 MP.
The difference in resolution is negligible. It’s important to remember that a 720p display is less than 1 MP, 1080p is less than 2.1 MP, 1440p is less than 3.7 MP, and 4K is less than 8.3 MP. Apple’s new 5K iMac is only 11 MP, so it’s important to remember that the resolution of the photo is higher than the display it is being viewed on. The only thing that resolution is important for is if the user zooms in on the photo after it’s been taken.
Due to some confusion as of late, I should note that in order to enlarge the images, simply click or tap them.
|Samsung Galaxy Note 4||LG G3|
The first thing you’ll notice is that the photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are 16:9 and the photos taken with the LG G3 are 4:3. This is because the camera on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 naturally shoots 16:9 while the LG G3 naturally shoots 4:3. Of course, the user can change the aspect ratio on either camera but he would not get the full resolution.
The next thing you’ll notice is that they are both fantastic cameras and it is not easy to make a choice on which is better. They both did great in low light; however, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 seemed to do just a bit better in tricky lighting situations.
Another thing you’ll notice is the two selfies at the bottom, both of which were taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The Note 4 has a rear camera selfie mode. The user can decide where his face should be in the photo and when he turns the camera on himself, the phone will beep, and two seconds later it will take the picture. It’s ok if the subject isn’t in the perfect spot because there is a whole 16 MP for the user to crop the photo.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3: Front Camera
Resolution doesn’t matter on a rear camera because the resolution of the photo is higher than the display it is being viewed on, so that’s not the case with a front camera. For example, a 1080p display is 2.1 MP and a 1440p display is 3.7 MP, which is the exact resolution of the front facing cameras of the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4, respectively.
Both of these phones have great front facing cameras; however, the LG G3 does a better job. While the colors in the photo taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 seem brighter and more vibrant, the photo taken with the LG G3 is sharper and more focused.
While the LG G3 clearly has a better front facing camera, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 users can get around this by simply using the rear camera selfie feature. In my opinion, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 wins.
But beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Vote in the poll and let me know what you think. If you have more to say, leave a comment. Either way, stay tuned. There is much more to come. Reviews for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Sony Xperia Z3, and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact are all coming this week and after that, it’s time to start working with the Nokia Lumia 735 and 830 as well as the Nexus 6.