By Rich W Woods
If there is one thing that the iPhone is known for, it’s the camera. People love to take photos with their iPhone and for good reason. Apple has put quite a bit of work into it. LG has also put quite a bit of work into the camera of the G3. The camera on the LG G3 is laser focused, meaning the user could take a sharp picture at night as well as in the fog.
The LG G3 has a higher resolution camera than the iPhone 6, which is not surprising. Apple has used an 8 MP rear camera and a 1.2 MP front camera since the iPhone 4S. Apple is not a specs company. If they have a feature that works well, they aren’t going to jack up the specs just because they can.
LG G3 vs iPhone 6: Specs
|LG G3||iPhone 6|
|Processor||2.5 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 801||1.4 GHz Dual Core A8|
|Display||5.5″, 1440p, 534 ppi, LCD||4.7″, 750p, 326 ppi, LCD|
|Body||146.3×74.6×8.9 mm, 149 g||138.1x67x6.9 mm, 129 g|
|Camera||13 MP, 4160×3120, 2.1 MP Front||8 MP, 3264×2448, 1.2 MP Front|
|Video||4K – 30 fps, 1080p – 30 fps, Front 1080p – 30 fps||1080p – 60 fps, 1080p – 30 fps, Front 720p – 30 fps|
|Storage||16/32 GB, Expandable to 128 GB||16/64/128 GB|
|RAM||2/3 GB, Respective to Storage||1 GB|
There is no sense comparing the hardware of an iPhone to that of an Android phone. iOS requires much less overhead than Android does and Apple is not a specs company. The scope of this column is to be a camera comparison.
LG G3 vs iPhone 6: Rear Camera
Like I mentioned above, the LG G3 has a higher resolution camera than the camera of the iPhone 6. The LG G3 is 13 MP and the iPhone 6 is 8 MP. The difference is negligible unless the user crops the photo. The reason for this is because the resolution of the photo is the same if not higher than the resolution of the screen it is being displayed on. For example, a 720p display is less than 1 MP, a 1080p display is less than 2.1 MP, a 1440p display is less than 3.7 MP, and a 4K display is less than 8.3 MP.
The iPhone 6 has a larger aperture than the LG G3 has. This means that the LG G3 will have a larger depth of field, meaning that the background of the image will be in focus more. The sensor on the iPhone 6 is slightly bigger than the sensor on the LG G3. Typically a bigger sensor lets in more light, but I would expect the difference here to be negligible.
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|LG G3||iPhone 6|
So let’s see what we can make from these photos. The difference in aperture is not negligible. The difference in the depth of field is actually similar to the comparison of the camera of the iPhone 6 to the iPad Air 2, which also uses an F/2.4 aperture.
Both the LG G3 and the iPhone 6 produce great photos. It would seem that the LG G3 is incapable of taking a blurry photo. The laser focus surely does its job. The colors do seem just a bit more vibrant in the iPhone 6 photos, but not by much.
I didn’t have enough time to take nighttime photos with the LG G3 but I managed to get a few shots in low light. Clearly, the iPhone 6 outperforms the LG G3 in low light.
Finally, the front facing camera. The iPhone 6 uses a 1.2 MP front facing camera while the LG G3 uses a 2.1 MP front camera. Obviously, the iPhone 6 has a better front facing camera; however, if the image gets cropped, that quality will quickly deteriorate.