Lumia 640XL Camera V LGG3 Camera

Lumia 640XL

Absence

Hi, I really haven't done much here for quite a while, but as it is only a hobby and I bore folk free of charge I'm not going to go on a massive guilt trip. I kind of intended doing a piece on the LGG3 I bought to try Android, but my timing was kind of poor as the new LGG4 got launched before I got round to it, may still do a little opinion thing on it , haven't decided yet !

So to the title of this piece, I have been given a trial with another Microsoft handset via Connects , which I am extremely grateful for , one because it's always nice to have new toys to play with and two, it's nice to know you're still 'in the loop' , I have been extremely busy at work the last few months and as well as neglecting what I laughingly describe as writing, I have been much less active on social media too.

LGG3

Selection of Photos

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3 Lions 640XL3 Lions G3Across the Field 640Across the Field G3Blurry Buttercup 640Blurry Buttercup G3Cloudy Sky 640Cloudy Sky G3Down The Cutting 640Down The Cutting G3Up The Tower 640Up The Tower G3
3 Lions 640XL
3 Lions 640XL
3 Lions G3
3 Lions G3
Across the Field 640
Across the Field 640
Across the Field G3
Across the Field G3
Blurry Buttercup 640
Blurry Buttercup 640
Blurry Buttercup G3
Blurry Buttercup G3
Cloudy Sky 640
Cloudy Sky 640
Cloudy Sky G3
Cloudy Sky G3
Down The Cutting 640
Down The Cutting 640
Down The Cutting G3
Down The Cutting G3
Up The Tower 640
Up The Tower 640
Up The Tower G3
Up The Tower G3

Comparison & Camera Specs

Anyway, this is just a quick comparison piece, I know lots of people compare phone cameras, but I'm doing it anyway, I consider a year old Android flagship to be better than a new mid range Windows phone and as I found a spare hour tonight I nipped out ad took some snaps with the two handsets. I have had some reasonable results with the LG during the last couple of months, but would describe its camera as 'capable' rather than good , although it seems to excel at close up stuff, the new Lumia 640 XL has a 13 megapixel camera unit and up until a few hours ago I had never tried it as I only received it yesterday & spent the evening setting it up. That said, I have been using Lumia phones & cameras since the Launch of the Lumia 800 so the learning curve was virtually zero and overall the camera specs on the two handsets are pretty similar ?

LGG3 Camera specs

13 MP, 4160 x 3120 pixels, phase detection/laser autofocus, optical image stabilization, dual-LED (dual tone) flash

Features

1/3'' sensor size, simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR

Video

2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, optical stabilization, HDR, stereo sound rec.,

Secondary

2.1 MP, 1080p@30fps

Microsoft Lumia 640XL specs

13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, LED flash

Features

1/3'' sensor size

Video

1080p@30fps

Secondary

5 MP, 1080p



Close Up/Macro Flowers

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Dandelion 640Dandelion G3Pink Flowers 640Pink Flowers G3Tulip 640Tulip G3White Flowers by the wall 640White Flowers by the wall G3
Dandelion 640
Dandelion 640
Dandelion G3
Dandelion G3
Pink Flowers 640
Pink Flowers 640
Pink Flowers G3
Pink Flowers G3
Tulip 640
Tulip 640
Tulip G3
Tulip G3
White Flowers by the wall 640
White Flowers by the wall 640
White Flowers by the wall G3
White Flowers by the wall G3

Some crops spliced together

Pink Flowers colour accuracy better on 640
Pink Flowers colour accuracy better on 640
Think crispness and colour better in 640 here also
Think crispness and colour better in 640 here also

Quick and final photo upload which quite surprised me, the LG camera with auto HDR normally works well with extreme light difference, but I really think the Lumia Camera with simple touch to focus on the tree caught things much better !

Beating extreme contrast

Tree 640
Tree 640
Tree G3
Tree G3

Conclusion

This is not meant to be scientific, all I have done is try & replicate the photos with each phone , neither of which have a dedicated camera button, so I've been tapping the screen of both to focus and take photos, the new mid range Lumia has , on first impressions, exceded expectations, photography wise anyway, at least in my opinion. I have tried to take a variety of pics and in all fairness , in a few I believe the LG took a better photo and also had better colour representation. Overall, however I would say the Lumia killed the LG in the photos here.

Oh and as you may expect , I'm quite liking the Lumia 640XL so far and initial highlight, tap to awake has been 100 % successful , which is very pleasing :)

For anyone who is interested all the original photos are HERE on my Flickr account.


Thanks for taking a look.


Stephen Quin

13/05/2015

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