LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z3 Camera Comparison: The Final Showdown

LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z3 Camera Comparison: The Final Showdown

By Rich W Woods

Over the last week and a half, I have been spending a lot of time with the Sony Xperia Z3 and the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. One thing that has blown me away with both of these phones is the amazing 20.7 MP camera. In fact, the Sony Xperia Z3 even outperformed the Nokia Lumia 1020 in low light comparisons.

The scope of this review will be to compare the camera of the Sony Xperia Z3 to the camera of the LG G3. While the camera on the Sony Xperia Z3 is fantastic, the 13 MP camera on the LG G3 is pretty amazing as well with the laser focusing. I’m pretty excited to look at these side by side.

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LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z3: Specs

LG G3 Sony Xperia Z3
Processor 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801
Display 5.5″, 1440p, 534 ppi, LCD 5.2″, 1080p, 424 ppi, LCD
Body 146.3×74.6×8.9 mm, 149 g 146x72x7.3 mm, 152 g
Camera 13 MP, 4160×3120, 2.1 MP Front 20.7 MP, 5248х3936, 2.2 MP Front
Video 4K – 30 fps, 1080p – 30 fps, Front 1080p – 30 fps 4K – 30 fps, 1080p – 60 fps, 720p – 120 fps, Front 1080p – 30 fps
Aperture F/2.4 F/2
Camera Sensor 1/3.06″ 1/2.3″
Storage 16/32 GB 16/32 GB
RAM 3 GB 2/3 GB, Respective to Storage
Price $699 $599


The Sony Xperia Z3 has slightly better specs than the LG G3. The Sony Xperia Z3 takes better video, having the ability to take 1080p video at a higher frame rate than the LG G3. While the LG G3 has a higher resolution display, it has twice as many pixels for the same processor to push and it is impossible for the human eye to be able to tell the difference between 424 ppi and 534 ppi, at least from an average viewing distance. This is why Apple defines Retina at 326 ppi. Also, the Sony Xperia Z3 has a higher resolution camera with a larger sensor and more RAM in the 16 GB model.

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LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z3: Rear Camera

Like I said above, the Sony Xperia Z3 has a higher resolution camera as well as a larger sensor. The resolution of the Sony Xperia Z3 camera is 20.7 MP and the resolution of the LG G3 camera is 13 MP; however, the resolution doesn’t make a difference as long as the user doesn’t crop the photo. A 4K display is only 8.3 MP, so the resolution of the photo is actually higher than the display it is being viewed on.

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Due to some recent confusion, I should note that the photos can be expanded by clicking or tapping them.

LG G3 Sony Xperia Z3

These are both fantastic cameras; however, it seems that the Sony Xperia Z3 does just a bit better in tricky lighting situations. You’ll notice that in the twelfth photo from the top. You’ll also notice in the sixth photo fro the top that the camera on the LG G3 may sometimes seem a bit more washed out.

Both of these cameras take really sharp pictures. The LG G3 has laser focus making it super sharp and the Sony Xperia Z3 seems to focus as it goes.

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LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z3: Front Camera

Resolution doesn’t matter in a rear camera because photos taken with a rear camera are typical higher resolution than the display they are being viewed on. That is not the case with front facing cameras.

Neither the LG G3 nor the Sony Xperia Z3 have particularly high resolution front facing cameras. The front facing camera of the LG G3 is 2.1 MP and the front facing camera of the Sony Xperia Z3 is 2.2 MP.

This one is no contest. Clearly, the LG G3 has a much better front facing camera than the Sony Xperia Z3. Of all of the camera comparisons that I did with the Sony Xperia Z3, the Sony Xperia Z3 came out on the losing side. It is something that they could fix in a software update, but until then, it will be subpar.

But beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? The LG G3 has a better front facing camera, the Sony Xperia Z3 has a better rear facing camera, but you may not agree with either of those conclusions. Vote in the poll and if you have something to say, leave a comment.

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About the author
Rich Woods

Being a computer programmer wasn't enough to fulfill his love of technology. In 2013, Rich founded For the Love of Tech and has been writing about his love of tech ever since.

  • Rubio

    Very disappointing review, as I take pictures mostly of people. If I want to take my sweet time w pictures of flowers, I will plan ahead and take a dslr. People move quickly sometimes, so autofocus of moving objects is paramount. In theory the laser autofocus sounds great, but I wanted to see actual results.

    • rwoods716

      I’m not sure what you’re asking for here. Are you suggesting that I should do camera comparisons with pictures of houses and cars or something? Flowers work well for a comparison because it gives a sense of color balance and with different kinds of flowers we can see how each camera handles different colors.

      • Chris

        I agree that the most usefull comparison would be of pictures that have faces in them during daylight but also during night with and without flash. 90% of my pictures are of persons and not scenery or macro shots.

        • rwoods716

          Yes, this is true; however, I can’t go around taking pictures of people, so I use landscapes and flowers because it’s a good way to show color balance and focusing ability and depth of field. As far as nighttime shots go, I only had the G3 for about a day and didn’t get a chance to do some at night. If you go and look at any of the other camera comparisons on this web site, there are nighttime photos.

  • Lg g3 clearly wins based on your photos.
    im just honest i had xperia z3 and i sold bacause g3 has better camera and better ui

  • When you ready come and get it

    I vote to LG G3. I like Sony Z3 rear camera, but the LG G3 front facing camera is too better. I have a Samsung Galaxy S5, and i’m reaaly desappointed with Samsung, cause when we have light, the sensor is great, but when not, S5 have a poor camera. LG G3 have a camera better than iPhone 5S, and don’t lose for iPhone 6, and have a better focus than iPhone. I preffer LG, cause front facing camera is too important. I won’t buy Samsung again, my next choise coul’d be LG.