Quick camera comparison: LG G2 (OIS) vs LG G Pro 2 (OIS Plus)

by: Bogdan PetrovanFebruary 23, 2014

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Earlier this week LG introduced the new LG G Pro 2, a 5.9-inch device with plenty of interesting features and generous specifications. One of the highlights of this oversized powerhouse is its 13MP camera, which comes with what LG calls OIS Plus, a software-aided image stabilization system that should provide even better shots than classic OIS.

Of course we were curious to see the G Pro 2 and its OIS Plus in action, to see if there’s some substance behind LG’s claims. Because we only had limited time with the device, we put it through a quick comparison with its sibling, LG G2, which also comes with a 13MP camera with optical image stabilization, but without the enhancements brought by the software tweaks in Plus.

We look forward to more testing that should be more conclusive at pinpointing the differences between OIS and OIS Plus, but for now, we can say there are some small, but noticeable differences in the performance of the two cameras. The difficult part is telling whether these differences are due to improvements on the G Pro 2 or some other factors, which is why we’re going to repeat the test later in a more controlled setting.

Without more ado, here are the shots. Click on each one to enlarge and note that we kept the images at their full size.

Landscape 1 G Pro 2

LG G Pro 2 OIS Plus landscape 1

Landscape 1 G2

LG G2 OIS  (1) landscape 1

Landscape 2 G Pro 2

LG G Pro 2 OIS Plus 2 landscape 2

Landscape 2 G2

LG G2 OIS  (2) landscape 2

Close up 1 G Pro 2

LG G Pro 2 OIS Plus 3 close up 1

Close up 1 G2

LG G2 OIS  (3) close up 1

Close up 2 G Pro 2

LG G Pro 2 OIS Plus 5 close up 2

Close up 2 G2

LG G2 OIS  (5) close up 2

Low light G Pro 2

LG G Pro 2 OIS Plus 4 low light

Low light G2

LG G2 OIS  (4) low light


Do you think that the difference between the two cameras is significant? Tell us in the comments.

  • mumusen

    I find G2 better. The colors are brighter in G2 than G2pro

    • MasterMuffin

      But are they realistic?

      • mumusen

        Doesn’t matter. Nexus 4 shots are realistic as compared to Samsung, htc etc and yet it is the most bashed phone when it comes to camera. A minority of the audience may want photos which come out true to reality however majority wants pictures with better software processing to make photos better than reality.

        • MasterMuffin

          Nexus 4’s camera was bashed because it was (and is) bad in every area, not just in color reproduction :)

          • mumusen

            Couldn’t agree more *facepalm for my N4*

          • Jesus

            Colour production is good… but it is still shit.

          • Andrew White

            Definetly, the Nexus 4 was/is very average. Even though I have critizised LG for the size of this ‘thing’ it has several other great attributes and the camera is one of them.

        • Jesus

          I have a n4, and the camera is sh!t.

          • mumusen

            Jesus has spoken.. No one needs to add anything now ;-).. Haha on a serious note.. U r spot on. It’s shittier than shit… Oh shit!

      • RanRu

        The man’s skin in “Close Up 1 G Pro 2” looks slightly purple, so I’m inclined to say the G2 is, in fact, realistic.

  • toshi

    I find the G2 to be terrible for low light and any type of motion. Am I missing something?

    • mrboner

      OIS is only good for camera hand shake issue. A fast moving object need “faster shuttle speed” to “freeze” the frame/object.
      OIS actually allow the camera to shoot at “lower shuttle speed” to capture more light in low light area without tripod. Hence:
      1) In low light, shoot only still object.
      2) If you shoot running man or object in motion, find a blight area/outdoor and use ISO 800 or higher (you will need to sacrifice noise performance and “IF” you camera apps actually have manual option for adjusting ISO setting..) Good luck

  • Jaimin
    • Guest123

      Again with that crap?

      Serious you WP fanboy. . . no one cares, and that is a shitty video at that.

      • Jaimin

        Sorry, but thanks for reply. I am studying psychology and we are experimenting here on web about human behavior and bearing ability. I an not WP fanboy but you are Andyboy for sure. Haha thanks a lot for being my subject.

        • Dimitar Gospodinov

          Are you going to publish it anywhere?
          Let me know if you do…

          • Jaimin

            Yes. In UK mid March. Sure let u know

    • Jesus

      Still a windows phone.

  • Carmelo Rivera

    I have an ‘LG G2’ and I don’t know why I’m surprised that it took more accurate pictures than the ‘G Pro 2’. I guess it’s because the latter is a bigger and newer device. Surprise! The ‘G2’ takes amazing photos, it’s just that the auto focus is slow; it’s better doing it manually. The ‘G Pro 2’ is way off on the colors!

  • Bone

    Wow, the G2 is MUCH better on these photos, also sports a wide angle lens.

  • Dimitar Gospodinov

    I can’t tell witch is the better photo ‘couse I don’t know what the real colors look like…You should tell us witch are more true to life…

  • frnklin

    g2 is much better

  • Norezz

    The G PRO 2 wins! But, there isn’t a significant amount of difference between the two cameras. The LG G2’s outdoor photos are a bit better than the one’s taken with the G Pro 2. The LG G Pro 2’s camera does a lot better than the G2 indoor’s.

  • Eddy

    The miraculous endurance of the G2 paired with a high-level screen and processor, make it one of the most tempting smartphones I’ve seen in the last six months.