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LG G2 images are out of this world

We think skewed horizons are more than acceptable given the flying conditions but, as you'll see in the video footage below, the camera's OIS seems to work well.

LG didn't have a lunar module or Buzz Aldrin to manually trigger the shutter for the maiden flight of the LG G2 smartphone into the stratosphere, but they did just fine by launching the G2 tethered to a weather balloon. Despite all odds, including temperatures of -50C (that's about -58F) as the phone ascended to 30km (18.64 miles), which is about midway through the stratosphere, the G2's still images and video footage are breathtaking (and, for a few seconds, a little dizzying).

This video contains pre-launch footage along with still images and video clips from the LG G2's 13-megapixel OIS camera. as the ballon rises into the stratosphere. Pay special attention at 0.16-0.18 to get an idea of how LG packaged the smartphone before sending it off on its journey. And, be sure to read our terrestrial, hands-on LG G2 report here.

Launching smartphones and other small capture devices (like GoPros) into the sky via weather balloon isn't unique to LG. Here's a look at what a balloonist from England accomplished with the Raspberry Pi and a weather balloon. 

Dave Akerman sent a Raspberry Pi into the stratosphere to capture images like this one. You can read the full story about the flight on his blog.

And, here's a story we did about NASA's use of a Nexus One to capture images from space.

Although not visually impressive, it's still kind of cool to know that NASA used a Nexus One to capture images from outer space. However, it's a good thing NASA has other, much more capable image capture equipment and techniques.


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GSMArena have just published their, compared to that of PhoneArena's previous review, really detailed review.

Camera-wise, the G2 seems to be excellent. The only problems it has:

- you can only save 1 Mpixel stills while shooting video. Even the iPhone 5 was better in this respect (direct 16:9 FHD, that is, 2 Mpixel framegrabs), let alone the SG4, which allows for full-res images

- the effective framerate in 1080p60 mode is around 58 fps only.

- panorama sizes, when using the built-in pano shooter app, are only 5 Mpixel ones. (For comparison: the one-year-old iPhone 5 is capable of around 14 Mpixel panos using its built in pano mode and the SG4 even a whopping 40 Mpixel). That is, you'll want to use third-party apps for pano shooting.

Otherwise, the camera seems to be GREAT. The video quality is even better than that of the SG4: "In terms of resolved detail, color accuracy and contrast it beats even the Galaxy S4 in good light. In low light, the two are pretty much even."


Here's the review:


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No iPhone? Can't stand sub-zero temp? =D


Nokia already did this with the 808 sending it 34 km above Iceland. And a Lumia 800 flew over Wales.

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