This February we really were spoilt by the amount of brilliant handsets we were shown at MWC, but two of the best handsets we saw really did have us split, especially in terms of their cameras.
Both the Sony Xperia Z2 and LG G Pro 2 showed off some superb snappers at the event in Barcelona, with each of them also sporting some very fancy features as well, but which one was better?
Z2 vs G Pro 2 on Paper
In terms of all round specifications, both phones are real heavyweights on paper, especially in terms of their cameras.
The LG G Pro 2 features a 13 megapixel camera to kick things off, with autofocus, optical image stabilisation+ (OIS+) and high dynamic range (HDR).
The Z2 however, packs a 20.7 megapixel snapper, which is slightly more powerful based on the number of pixels in each shot, as well as featuring the same autofocus and HDR components the LG does.
One thing the Sony handset lacks though is OIS+, instead opting for standard image stabilisation, meaning that although it packs more power, that it is outshone by the LG when in slightly shakier conditions.
Both phones have their pros and cons here, meaning that we have to give them an even share of the plaudits on paper.
G Pro 2 vs Z2 Camera Features
If both handsets were tight on paper, it’s even tighter when you look at some of the features each handset offers with their snappers.
But we’ll give it a go, and take a look at a few of the features each handset has, pointing out their good and bad points.
Depth of Field:
Both cameras boast features capable of showing off depth of field, which is basically what most professional cameras do when they focus on a certain part of a picture, making the background appear blurry for effect.
This is a beautiful effect if done properly, and both handsets have their own way of portraying it, with the LG using a feature called Magic Focus, and the Sony using Background Defocus.
The Sony works by simply blurring the background of a picture pretty simply, whilst the LG takes layers of pictures, with each layer focusing on a different part of the picture, meaning you can simply pick which one you prefer after the picture has been taken.
The LG stands out here for sure; being able to alter the picture after it’s been taken so simply takes the biscuit in our opinion.
Winner: LG G Pro 2
Slow Motion Video:
Another feature that both cameras have is the ability to record and playback in slow motion, something that is ideal for the sports lovers out there. Both cameras can record at 120 frames per second, meaning video can be played back at half or even quarter speed.
The LG uses slow motion recording in HD to good effect, recording smoothly at 120fps and making for some brilliant shots.
The Sony though offers a very friendly user interface which is slightly easier to use, not to say that the LG is complicated, but the Sony really makes things as simple as possible whilst recording at an identical level.
The Sony takes this battle, thanks purely to the user interface, as both cameras record at a high level.
Winner: Sony Xperia Z2
Key Individual Feature:
Both handsets also sport their very own individual features, and we’ve picked out one from each handset to show you some different options from each handset.
The Sony uses AR Effect both on video and picture modes, which inserts a form of virtual reality into your handset, making for some interesting snaps and shots.
It’s ideal for brightening up a picture of your desk at the office or for giving the kids something to have fun with whilst bored, but isn’t exactly professional.
The LG however boasts a natural flash for the front facing camera which is perfect for all the selfie lovers out there.
It works by illuminating the edge of the display with a bright white layer, obviously brightening up anything facing the phone, which should be your face if you’re taking the snap properly!
If you’re trying to make yourself look as good as possible in your selfies then this feature is ideal, but it isn’t designed to work miracles, so some picture editing might be needed even after the picture is taken.
Both phones offer a great set of individual features as well, meaning we really can’t separate them in this aspect.
Both handsets really do show off some quite superb cameras, although the Sony does offer more megapixels for your money, the LG boasts better image stabilisation technology.
Each handset also sport some great features, meaning that it certainly is a tough decision to split either of them in terms of general quality.
The only thing we can really recommend is playing with each phone in your local high street shop and seeing which one works better for you personally.