Over the past couple of years, LG's smartphones have been drastically improving their imaging capabilities. I was as impressed with my LG G2 as my Lumia 1020 (well, minus the huge image resolution advantage), and the camera performance only got better with the G3 and the G4. This was bound to land the company on DxOMark's radar, where their sensors and software were compared against competing mobile devices.
The final tally? A second overall position behind Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge (and likely the S6, Note 5, and S6 Edge+), tied with the Note 4 and Motorola X Style, and edging out the iPhone 6 and Xperia Z3+. You can see the comparative results in the graph above.
DxOMark's test is divided into 2 scores: photos and videos. In stills testing, the G4 is praised for its consistent autofocus, exposure, noise reduction, but loses a few points for some rare over-exposed shots and artefacts. It scores 86/100 compared to the S6 Edge's 88 and the iPhone 6's 83. The G2, for reference, only scored 77/100.
Where the G4 slightly falls behind is in its video performance, which nets it a 79/100 score based on good noise reduction and exposure, but poorer autofocus and colors. It's still a marked improvement over the G2's 64 score, but a little behind the iPhone 6's 80 and the S6 Edge's 84.
DxOMark doesn't mention the exact methodology behinds its mobile camera testing, but its likely that they only use the automatic mode — otherwise results would be a lot more complicated to gauge on any device. This works against the G4, since its main strength lies in its manual mode where you can tinker with everything from ISO to shutter speed, focus, white balance, and exposure, to come up with the shot that works best in each condition. Still, it's good to know that should you need to take a quick shot without trying to figure out the exact perfect settings, the G4's result will be as satisfying as the best Android cameras out there.
- DxOMark LG G4 Camera Review