In-Depth Review On Camera Performance: LG G2 vs. Asus Zenfone 2 vs. OnePlus One. The winner is…

By Kumar Dushyant.


Not everyone follows the lead and gets themselves a Samsung flagship or the latest version churned out by Apple.  Any reasonable, technologically savvy person is well aware that you can match and sometimes exceed the quality offered by the above mentioned giants at a fraction of the cost.

In this review, we will shed light on three smartphones which have one common denominator: A price point that doesn’t make you wonder which kidney to sell and a promise of high end specs with and up-to-date camera. And yeah, all of them possess a 13 Megapixel shooter
Let’s start with the oldest of the three:
1) LG G2
Widely dubbed as the android phone to beat in 2013, it was the first android smartphone to feature Optical Image stabilisation and second only to Nokia 1020. It was also the most expensive phone if you go by the launch price alone (Rs 42,000).
2) OnePlus One
The star of 2014 was marketed as a ‘flagship killer’ with a capable camera on paper. Much has been raved and written about the phone since. OPO (OnePlus One) represents the mid segment market where it reigns supreme. (Rs 22,000)
3) Asus Zenfone 2
The cheapest device of the three at the time of the launch, Asus has been advertising its camera abilities with the tag, ‘See what other phones can’t’. While there are a number of variants we decided to test the 4GB RAM variant. (priced at Rs 19,000)
A) LOW LIGHT PERFORMANCE RESULT AND REVIEW 
While the results for the outdoor and well lit images shot from all the three phones were more or less pleasing, images shot in low light had visibly varying results. Here’s our in depth review…
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LOW LIGHT, NO FLASH, AUTO MODE RESULTS FOR LG G2
First image is wide angle while second is at 100% zoom
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LOW LIGHT, NO FLASH, AUTO MODE RESULTS FOR ONEPLUS ONE
First image is wide angle while second is at 100% zoom
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LOW LIGHT, NO FLASH, AUTO MODE RESULTS FOR ASUS ZENFONE2
First image is wide angle while second is at 100% zoom
RANKING AND ANALYSIS FOR LOW-LIGHT PERFORMANCE:
1) Lg G2 is a clear winner here. Bright and sharp,the image remains definitely more detailed. Noise and smudging is almost non-existent.
2) Asus barely edges over OPO. The image is slightly more well-lit. It’s a pretty close fight and one might argue for the OPO but looks like Asus Pixelmaster technology does have just a little shred of credibility .
3) OPO loses this round. We took multiple shots and most of them came out blurred. The lack of OIS perhaps? However, Asus (without OIS) didn’t produce blurry images as consistently as the ‘Flagship killer’. The wood on zoom also loses texture in a plethora of smudges.
B) FLASH TEST RESULT AND REVIEW 
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ASUS ZENFONE2

RANKING AND ANALYSIS:

1)G2: Wins by a feather. Color reproduction is slightly on the warmer side.

2)OPO: The flash helps to ward off the smudges and noise to an extent and the result is a well rounded image. The color reproduction is better than what the G2 managed but on zooming in, the ghost of blur manages to stay. The hands were steady… atleast as steady as an average person’s hand would be (if not steadier) while clicking the pic.

3)Z2 : The duo-tone flash doesn’t help out much as detailing is quite bad. Even with its partly blurred pic, OPO’s image is miles ahead. What the duo-tone does manage is washing out the features. On the bright side, that might translate to a farther range of flash.

C) INDOOR LIGHTING REVIEW

This is where a smartphone camera is really utilized in the real world. No one would really bother to bring a DSLR to a night out at the bar with friends or when you just have to sneak up quick click of a friend or a colleague at work.

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ASUS ZENFONE 2

RANKING AND ANALYSIS:

1) G2: Getting easy for the old one, isn’t it? It doesn’t necessarily produce an instantly appealing image, but all round detail preservation means enough room for post editing. Color reproduction is spot on!

2) OPO: The image is supersaturated like what one would expect from a Samsung (notice the yellowing left margins on what is largely, a white curtain). Zooming on the face and wrist watch would reveal lesser detail preservation and sharpness than the G2 image .

3) Z2: Slightly behind the others. Face has less and wrist watch has more details than the OPO image. The objects on the periphery, such as the red dustbin tends to bleed to produce an oil paint like appearance on full crop. No color issues, unlike the OPO though.

 
D) INDOOR LIGHTING WITH FLASH REVIEW
There will always be people who would prefer to flash their phone’s bright light into your eyes while being indoors at night. While this offers better clarity in low light, one will remain prone to issues like red eye, overexposure, and washing out of facial features.
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RANKING AND ANALYSIS:

1) G2: At first glance, it’d appear that the image is the least bright, but as with previous photos the G2 took, it has the most details. On slight tinkering with the exposure and saturation we managed a good image. The flash did have the least range out of the three devices.

2) OPO: Bright and ready to use image, unlike the G2. Zooming in to the wristwatch reveals smudges.

3) Z2: Duo-tone flash isn’t making that much of a difference, it seems, although the image seems reasonably acceptable.

THE VERDICT

Lg G2 trumps the two younger phones with style. OIS was a novel feature in 2013, and is almost indispensable in good cameras in 2015, with major players like Samsung and Apple embracing it.
OPO is reliable and never really awful…even though the blur comes in way of it being a serious contender. It does have a tendency to smudge and noise up the images.
Asus Z2 doesn’t really find its way into the big league and has some sorting to do before somebody chooses it on the basis of camera alone. It’s safe to say that for someone who loves taking pictures, it’s a good sign some brands are focussing on camera R&D.

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6 thoughts on “In-Depth Review On Camera Performance: LG G2 vs. Asus Zenfone 2 vs. OnePlus One. The winner is…

  1. I agree!
    Lg seems to have got a good dynamics when it comes to camera performance .The new G4 trumps iPhone 6+ and Samsung S6 with ease .

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