LG V10 vs OnePlus 2 Camera Comparison

November 5, 2015

LG V10 and OnePlus smart phones side by side

In this review I’ll compare the LG V10 and OnePlus 2 (OP2) cameras side by side to find out which one has the best features and hardware specs.  The LG V10 utilizes the same rear cameras as the LG G4 with a few video enhancement, but also a two cameras at the front, allowing both 80-degree and 120-degree wide-angle shots. The OnePlus 2 also boasts some very reputable specs as well, and certainly can give the LG V10 a good fight.

The OnePlus Two 16GB is prices around $400, whether the LG V10 costs almost twice as much, around $750 as of the time of writing. The V10 is LG’s latest high-end device, and as you can see, the OnePlus 2 was designed to compete well against many of those high-end Android devices. Leaving the camera aside for a moment, the OnePlus 2 has slightly smaller display (5.5 in. vs 5.7 in.) and with lower resolution, 4-core CPU vs 8-core, and overall shown a very strong results in performance benchmarks, including 50188 on AnTuTu, and beating the S6 on GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen and on Vallamo Metal benchmark. So very good graphic performance results overall.

This is one of the few reasons why many websites called the OnePlus 2 a “flagship killer”, because it offers a great value overall. OK, now back to the cameras..

Camera Specs Comparison

Before we go on taking about the differences between the LG V10 and OnePlus 2, let’s first take a look at the specs of both the main and front cameras of the two mobile phones.

LG V10OnePlus 2
Main Camera
Sensor16MP
1/2.6-inch

1.12 micron pixels

Exmor RS
Sony IMX234
(Stacked BSI sensor)
13MP
1/2.6-inch

1.3 micron pixels
(35% bigger than traditional sensors)

Omnivision PureCel-S™ OV13860 (Stacked BSI)
StabilizationOptical Image Stabilization 2.0
3-axis

+ Electronic image stabilization (EIS) for videos
Optical (lens-shift using electromechanical actuators)
AFLaser AF (IR LED)Laser AF (IR LED)

- 0.2 sec lock-in
Lens28mm (equivalent, if same as the G4)

f/1.8
4.48mm (~27-28mm equivalent)

f/2.0

- Six-element lens (for minimize distortions and color aberration)
FlashSingle LEDDual LED
Video
(max resolution)
2160p (Ultra HD) / 4K
3840 x 2160 pixels

- 30 FPS
2160p (Ultra HD) / 4K
3840 x 2160 pixels

- 30 FPS
Manual ModeYesYes (via OxygenOS 2.1.0 update)
Raw ShootingJPG+RAW
(approx. 7.5MB JPG / 19MB RAW)
Yes
(via OxygenOS 2.1.0 update as of Sep 21, 2015)
Selfie/Front Camera
5-megapixel resolution dual lens setup

(80-degree, 120-degree wide angle)

~25.8 mm / 12.5 mm focal length
5-megapixel resolution

1/5" sensor
OmniVision OV5648

1.12 micron pixels

31 mm focal length

f/2.2 aperture

As you can see, both the LG V10 and OP2 have a sensor of the same size, a 1/2.6-inch one. However, the OnePlus 2 main camera has a lower resolution, allowing larger pixels due to lower pixel density. Both sensors manufactured using the Stacked BSI technology, the LG V10 uses the Sony IMX234 sensor, the OP2 uses  Omnivision’s PureCel-S IV13860 Stacked sensor. This technology improved light detection (very important for small sensors), better detection of fast-moving subjects which contributes to better AF performance, higher data transfer speed and lower power consumption, better HDR function implementation, etc.

Image Quality Tests

There are already some tests that compared the OnePlus 2 vs the LG G4 camera and because both the LG V10 and G4 have the same camera, we can observe how the V10 performs compared to the OnePlus 2 as well. According to several reviews, the OnePlus 2 produces sharper, brighter and more vivid image. The blue sky look nicer and less grayish and the contrast is better as well (you can check out this comparison on androidcentral.com). On the other hand, the G4 did better with HDR active and in low-light.

The low-light performance plays a significant role for many photographers. We want to be able to shoot in dark situations hard restrictions.  Looking at the main camera specs, we can see that the V10 features a faster f/1.8 aperture, which is 1/3-stop faster than the f/2.0 of the OP2, allowing 1.235 times more light to pass through the lens. That being said, the OnePlus have larger pixels (1.12 µm vs 1.3 µm), but that isn’t enough to take the crown from the G4 that performed much better when shooting in low light without lights or using the flash. The G4 image also looked more grainy, probably due to the use of higher ISO sensitivity. So the V10, theoretically, should outperform the OnePlus 2 in low light as well, due to the same hardware specs.

Many other sites that tested the OnePlus 2 versu the iPhone 6, Galaxy S6 and LG G4 posted similar results. The OnePlus 2 main advantages is its sharp, vivid and contrasty image. I assume that the optical performance is due to its high-quality optics and improved image processing algorithms.

Here’s a video by Marques Brownlee that share more information about the image quality of the OnePlus 2 camera.

Front Camera

The front camera is a completely different story. Both the V10 and OP2 can capture 5MP pictures, as the OP2 can capture an image. However, the V10 can capture either a 80-degree or 120-degree wide angle pictures as well. I’ve seen many photos taken in that mode and indeed, the distortions aren’t too severe  and the center of the frame looks very good. You can use this mode to capture better group photos or when you want to take a selfie that also includes a lot of the surrounding area around you.

The LG V10 80-degree field of view is equivalent to around 26mm, a 120-degree is equivalent to around 12mm. The OnePlus 2 on the other hand has a 31mm equivalent front-facing camera, so it provides a much more narrower field of view.

Conclusion

I really liked the image quality coming from the OnePlus 2 rear camera.I also think that considering the phone’s price, the OnePlus 2 offer a much better value and you get an excellent camera as well. The LG V10 does perform better in low-light and has a dual-camera setup that allows you to capture more unique selfie images that other phone cameras just can’t capture. You’ll come home with more unique photos and can impress your friends with some really cool looking images.

This is probably why so many people like the new OnePlus 2 smart phone, it’s really an impressive phone. You can shoot RAW, have manual controls, it can shoot great photos and it’s very powerful as well compared to some other high-end devices.

So which one you prefer, the LG V10 or the OnePlus 2 camera? – please share your opinion in the comment section below.



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