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Sample Gallery: LG G2 smartphone images

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LG's latest flagship smartphone, the G2, comes with a 13MP sensor and Optical Image Stabilization.

With its quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset, huge 5.2-inch IPS LCD display and 3,000mAH battery the LG G2 is a true top-end device and its 13MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization promises good image quality, even in low light.

We have had the G2 for a little while now and have had a chance to shoot an image gallery with it to shorten the wait for our comprehensive in-depth review which we will publish soon. Until then have a look at the images below and let us know what you think in the comments.

LG G2 Sample Gallery
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Comments

Total comments: 48
salehdidit
By salehdidit (5 months ago)

wait, I don't have this phone. why is this on dpreview?

how come there are so many iphone articles but no android phones? why is dpreview so biased?

*whine whine*

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Daniel Stehura
By Daniel Stehura (5 months ago)

Great camera for a phone. The first panorama shot is really impressive. I like the Quad core processor they are using and screen size. Nice work from LG!!! I hope 128GB is the normal storage with 13m.p. per shot. Apple needs to discontinue anything less than 128GB on all of their products. Memory is dirt cheap. For the people down grading from a DSLR your all washed up and never were into photography. You complain your DSLR camera is heavy but drag a 50 lb. belly around all your life.
Keep on down grading until you get a pencil and paper to capture your precious moment's.

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Infms
By Infms (5 months ago)

Wow, this is a bitter sounding comment. Bad day huh?

4 upvotes
Daniel Stehura
By Daniel Stehura (5 months ago)

Nope Infms, I'm Hanging out with a super model in the mountains of vietnam for as long as I want!! How's your life?

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Jostian
By Jostian (5 months ago)

obviously not enjoying your time with the model that much... if your mind turns to writing such drivel, how you make phone memory relevant to 50 lb. bellies and heavy DSLR's I aint sure, but a word of advice, enjoy the model more and write less...

And I don't know a single person who has downgraded his/her DSLR to a phone camera, P&S maybe but not their DSLR's... methinx the altitude in them mountains is getting to you.

2 upvotes
Alejandro del Pielago
By Alejandro del Pielago (5 months ago)

Very nice images! The fourth, beginning from the end, is lovely. I think the sensor or the lens are dirty; the upper left corner shows points that seems dust????

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Infared
By Infared (5 months ago)

Funny...LG's entire TV commercial for the G2 is based on showing how it's OIS will freeze action photos....which it can't. To my knowledge OIS only works on stationary objects. The whole commercial is totally innacurate. Looks like LG's marketing Dept. doesn't understand the technology...unless I do not know something special about LG's OIS.

2 upvotes
garyknrd
By garyknrd (5 months ago)

I have a friend that uses the Samsung S3. And uses it instead of a dslr now most of the time. Many shots quite good for the internet.

3 upvotes
p51d007
By p51d007 (5 months ago)

Must not be much of a photographer if he uses a pinhole camera instead of a Dslr. Snapshots, maybe, but the dynamic range of a APS-C or larger sensor will dwarf anything from a smart device.

2 upvotes
Adrian Van
By Adrian Van (5 months ago)

Getting better all the time and good resolution. Lots of compacts are still better. Certainly advanced compacts with 1/1.7 sensors are much better. The 1/2 inch sensor compacts are somewhere in the same range as the LG G2, although with image stabilization in low light, this phone could exceed some small compacts out there which could blur in low light. Not bad for a phone with limited lens. Lots of young people, with smart phones have no intention in buying a compact camera ever these days. My wife is now one with a iphone happily snapping away as its convenient and always with her. She still uses the Panasonic LX5 sometimes.

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louisjaffe
By louisjaffe (5 months ago)

Resolution looks fine, and low-light sensitivity is there, but dynamic range, color balance, and tone curve do not impress.

1 upvote
vikingdescendent
By vikingdescendent (5 months ago)

Good job. Impressive for a phone. We can call it a point and shoot with a phone.

2 upvotes
jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (5 months ago)

If you really want to shoot using smartphone, don't force yourself or just eat your pride and buy pureview phones and not an overpriced mediocre iPhones.

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jimoyer
By jimoyer (5 months ago)

And if you're buying pureview phones because of the camera, why not just buy a decent camera? It's a CELL PHONE first, a camera second. The day pureview phones come with a decent operating system, they may have something but until then, their OS is what keeps most people away from them.

5 upvotes
Serenity Now
By Serenity Now (5 months ago)

Why do you bother? Seriously why? Are you on a righteous crusade to save the world from evil? Go stink up someone else's forum.

2 upvotes
jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (5 months ago)

And what else are you trying to do with your phone other than make calls or send messages? Use it as an editing tool for your phone's mediocre photo and send it directly to instacrap? Document editing within the phone is more important than wasting your time with non-sense photo-related apps within your phone.

1 upvote
IchiroCameraGuy
By IchiroCameraGuy (5 months ago)

How could you possibly know how much document editing anybody need to do and do in their phone? Not making much sense there.

Some people who like photography like to edit and share their crap phone photos just for fun or to share life with distant friends or relatives... Who cares really.

We all know the best tool for the job isn't a different phone. Regardless of personal priorities and hobbies it's nice to know out of the phones that have the features, specs, and apps you want which has the least crappy camera.

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Tom May
By Tom May (5 months ago)

Interesting that you appear to be the first to bash the iPhone in any thread, clearly without any provocation.

Says something about your state of mind.

Enjoy your phone, as I will enjoy mine.

0 upvotes
CyberAngel
By CyberAngel (5 months ago)

"By Serenity Now (1 day ago)
Why do you bother? Seriously why? Are you on a righteous crusade to save the world from evil? Go stink up someone else's forum."

'Serenity Now' owns this Forum?
Now THAT was news!

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kocho
By kocho (5 months ago)

Can't view the gallery with Nokia 928 Windows Phone (latest software) with mobile browser. How ironic is that, being m.dpreview.com (as opposed to the full site). Will this be fixed?

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LiSkynden
By LiSkynden (5 months ago)

Works just perfectly on iPhone 5 ... not so latest software. (6.1.4) Gallery opens smoothly and even the full size images open fast.

And saying that, I would say m.dpreview works better/faster on iPhone than the traditional website on computer (using the same connection both phone and computer). I would say the trad website is really slow and has been for quite some time.

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kocho
By kocho (5 months ago)

I can see the site just fine if I change my phone's browser settings to request the full site. But when set to request the mobile version, I can't navigate the gallery and get past the first photo...

Works fine on iPad.

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Master Yoda
By Master Yoda (5 months ago)

Well they're not all that bad considering they come from a tiny smartphone sensor. Clearly, larger sensor dedicated cameras are still superior, but the point is (like it or not) smartphone devices are improving tremendously and the average person is now finding them "good enough" for snapshots, Facebook, web sites and regular size prints. This particular device is one of the first with Optical Image stabilization which many will appreciate.

3 upvotes
dual12
By dual12 (5 months ago)

I don't see the point in shooting low quality images.

2 upvotes
vikingdescendent
By vikingdescendent (5 months ago)

You're missing the point of this article.

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CyberAngel
By CyberAngel (5 months ago)

Point is...Point & Shoot is being replaced by Smart Cameras on smartphones.
OIS is the key ...as well as larger sensors.
I also welcome the Lumia 1520/1020 RAW=DNG

0 upvotes
Sactojim
By Sactojim (5 months ago)

I just was in BB and played with this phone..excellent images and to me, quite a bit better than iphone 4/5. The detail (including macro) was amazing.

2 upvotes
Tony Bologna
By Tony Bologna (5 months ago)

The first thing i noticed while holding this phone at the Verizon store was the gorgeous screen. I also noticed the outrageous amount of glare. Did this bother you while shooting these pics?

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (5 months ago)

you are absolutely right, the screen is fantastic in a dim room but if you're out in sunlight it's very hard to see anything on it, not great for framing a shot.

2 upvotes
Jeff Keller
By Jeff Keller (5 months ago)

I've had the G2 for a month and haven't found glare to be a major problem. The G2's auto brightness system sucks though, so you might want to try a third party app to handle that - makes it easier to compose photos outdoors.

1 upvote
Tony Bologna
By Tony Bologna (5 months ago)

Thanks Jeff and Lars for the feedback. I kept going back to the screen and admiring the color/contrast/resolution. Unfortunately it was tethered down so i was unable to take it outside. The images at 800 ISO look plenty usable for 4x6 and web use.

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vikingdescendent
By vikingdescendent (5 months ago)

Must be the same when shooting in the sun with most phones I imagine. Same on my iPhone 4S.

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CyberAngel
By CyberAngel (5 months ago)

Maybe the Assertive Display is the Silver Bullet - I have heavy doubts and would rather go color e-ink or Qualcomm's Mirasol, etc

0 upvotes
Ajlan
By Ajlan (5 months ago)

All photos even iso 100s have slight poster effect. I think they know nobody ever use its full pixel to print..that's why it is a well thought make up for small prints up to a4..but LG still can not cope with Sony ,Apple even Samsung in terms of photo output.

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kalibwem
By kalibwem (5 months ago)

Would have been nice to see more test shots in optimum photographic light such as early morning or late afternoon + more people and object shots, such as food. Can I test for DPConnect?

0 upvotes
audijam
By audijam (5 months ago)

are you asking for a free phone? count me in!

0 upvotes
Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (5 months ago)

You're lucky I was in Spain last week, so there are some sunny shots in this gallery...the chances of getting those in Seattle, our HQ location, this time of the year are slim and none :-)

1 upvote
Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (5 months ago)

btw none of us get free phones or camera here, they have to be returned to the manufacturers.

3 upvotes
CyberAngel
By CyberAngel (5 months ago)

"By Lars Rehm (2 days ago)
btw none of us get free phones or camera here, they have to be returned to the manufacturers."

Awww! [sensored] Just when I was about to apply for a job in camera phone testing ...pity

I guess I'll have to apply to work at Ferrari Italy then :-)

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (5 months ago)

Not too bad.
There's not much detail in the nighttime photo of that fountain, but I'm impressed by the dynamic range: there are plenty of pictures that include buildings in the shadow + clear sky/clouds and I think it manages to cope well.

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cmvsm
By cmvsm (5 months ago)

Looks great. Smart phones are getting very close to regular digital camera quality for travel photography. I see more and more people wondering why they are lugging their DSLR's around. You may not get the same DOF or low light performance that you get with a DSLR, but the compact trade off can be worth it.

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Johnsonj
By Johnsonj (5 months ago)

"I see more and more people wondering why they are lugging their DSLR's around."

I resemble that remark, only I'm starting to wonder why I carry my Sony RX100 around. I've been on a path of "downgrading" for awhile now, starting with ditching my 5D and L lenses for perfectly capable P&S cameras like the S95 and now the RX100. I have another nice camera in the iPhone 5 which is always with me. Indeed, when it comes to strict Image Quality (IQ) the 5D rig was/is better than the RX100, just as the RX100 is better in every way to the iPhone 5.

BUT! I look at my resulting images from all of these cameras (on computer and 8x8, 8x10 prints) and I realize that out-and-out IQ is rarely the deciding factor in making beautiful, interesting, and meaningful pictures to last a lifetime.

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magneto shot
By magneto shot (5 months ago)

photography is about light....subtracting stuffs and other factors. DSLR with its bigger sensors, produces better shallow DOF, which helps in isolating subjects. This pleasant property would be impossible to match with smaller sensors. While i love using my iphone 5s, but when some important moments are expected, i always wished i brought the dslr along.

0 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (5 months ago)

"I see more and more people wondering why they are lugging their DSLR's around"

I don't. Was down at B&H Photo last week and lots and lots of people were carrying their DSLRs which were by far the most common type of camera I saw people carrying. There is a lot of hype about smartphones replacing proper cameras. There may be some enthusiasts carrying smaller cameras occasionally for general photography but it would seem that very few dedicated amateurs are completely giving up their DSLRs for smartphones.

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Eric Hensel
By Eric Hensel (5 months ago)

"Was down at B&H Photo last week and lots and lots of people were carrying their DSLRs which were by far the most common type of camera I saw people carrying." At B&H photo? you're kidding, right?
Most folks that own a DSLR never have it with them when it matters.

3 upvotes
chrisnfolsom
By chrisnfolsom (5 months ago)

Really "photography is about light" - photography is about whatever you want. Documentation, art, video, sports, whatever. I love taking great pictures, and am annoyed at having to stare at smart phones/ipads at almost every school event, museum, concert or zoo - but that is what they want and are you going to make all these people care?. One of the largest issue to me with phones is the lens - the wide angle lens is not very flattering to most people. Regarding the DSLR's that are all around - most people don't go out of auto, don't compose much, or play with the light, and I know quite a few parents who bought them, but hardly use them as they are a pain - but you do get better pictures with them.... Reg the G2 - I really liked the sample photos, and was surprised by the quality of many of them - much better then my iphone5. I would like to know how much of that was the image stabilization vs the sensor.

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Serenity Now
By Serenity Now (5 months ago)

At it's core - it's essence, photography IS about light. Most painters will say the same about painting. Someone else wrote here to some whining pixel peeper - "go find some light". The point is that decent or interesting light will make almost any technical argument mute. Almost…:) Yes stellar optics will get a "better" result in a given situation but the point of mobile photography is about capturing truly random opportunity which despite the irrational protestations of so many is now very possible in very pleasing ways with smartphone cameras…provided you know where to find the light…:)

2 upvotes
CyberAngel
By CyberAngel (5 months ago)

"Let there be Light!"

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