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A DxOMark Mobile score of 73 puts the LG G2 at position number six in the DxO smartphone rankings, the same level as the Nokia Lumia 925 and four points behind the current number one device, the Nokia 808 PureView.
The DxOMark team reports that the G2 images show "very good detail preservation outdoors, with more details than most 8MP cameras, very low noise level in all conditions, good edge preservation in low light and good overall exposure." Images are still well-exposed in very low light, thanks to the LG's optical image stabilization system. The autofocus is "very fast and mostly repeatable" and the G2 shows "good behavior with the flash."
On the downside there is "visible color shading with some indoor lighting" and "in low light conditions, low-contrast detail is completely smoothed out, producing a cartoon effect." DxOMark observed "a slight white balance bias is sometimes noticeable outdoors." The DxO scientists also noticed the optical image stabilization system may produce "different motion blur effects while taking images on a tripod."
In video mode DxO found the G2's optical image stabilization "efficient for handheld motion and the video footage to display "low noise levels" and that "autofocus performance has improved compared to previous versions and AF triggers automatically upon subject distance changes." On the downside footage shows "low frequency color fringes in dark areas of high contrast scenes" and "white balance can fail, especially under tungsten illuminant" and also "texture detail in low light is low."
The DxOMark team found that the LG G2's images show "good overall exposure" and that "in extreme low light conditions, exposure stays good when other cameras produce under-exposed images." The G2 produces "pleasant colors in all conditions" and "stable white balance in most situations."
On the downside there is "noticeable color shading with some light sources" and a "slight white balance bias is sometimes noticeable outdoors."
Overall DxOMark awarded the LG G2 scores of:
*Color Shading is the nasty habit cellphone cameras have of rendering different areas of the frame with different color shifts, resulting in pictures with, for example, pinkish centers and greenish corners.
DxOMark's engineers reported that the LG G2 images show "very good detail preservation outdoors, with more details are visible than on standard 8MP cameras, very low noise levels in all conditions and good edge preservation in low light."
On the downside, "in low light conditions, low-contrast detail is completely smoothed out, producing a cartoon-like effect on faces and low frequency chroma noise is sometimes noticeable."
Texture acutance is a way of measuring the ability of a camera to capture images that preserve fine details, particularly the kind of low contrast detail (textures such as fine foliage, hair, fur) that can be blurred away by noise reduction or obliterated by excessive sharpening.
Sharpness is an important part of the quality of an image, but while it is easy to look at an image and decide visually whether it's sharp or not, the objective measurement of sharpness is less straightforward.
An image can be defined as "sharp" if its edges are sharp and if fine details are visible, but in-camera processing means it's possible to have one of these (sharp edges) but not the other (fine details). Conventional MTF measurements tell us how sharp an edge is, but have drawbacks when it comes to measuring fine detail preservation. Image processing algorithms can detect edges and enhance their sharpness, but they can also find homogeneous areas and smooth them out to reduce noise.
Texture acutance, on the other hand, can qualify sharpness in terms of preservation of fine details, without being fooled by edge enhancement algorithms.
At first sight, the images from these two cameras may appear equally sharp. A sharpness measurement on edges will indeed confirm this impression, and will even show that the second camera is sharper. But a closer examination of low contrasted textures shows that the first camera has a better preservation of fine details than the second. The purpose of the Texture Acutance measurement is to qualify this difference.
Visual Noise is a value designed to assess the noise in an image as perceived by the human visual system, depending on the viewing condition (size of image, size of screen or print, viewing distance). The measurements have no units and can be simply viewed as a weighted average of noise standard deviation for each channel in the CIE L*a*b* color space. The lower the measurement, the less noise in the image.
Noise and Detail Perceptual scoring
Phone cameras, like entry-level compact cameras, tend to suffer from artifacts such as sharpening halos, color fringing, vignetting (shading) and distortion, which can have an impact on the visual appeal of the end result. DxOMark engineers measure and analyze a range of artifacts. Their findings after testing the LG G2 are shown below:
DxOMark also tests autofocus accuracy and reliability by measuring how much the acutance — sharpness — varies with each shot over a series of 30 exposures (defocusing then using the autofocus for each one). As with other tests these results are dependent on the viewing conditions (a little bit out of focus matters a lot less with a small web image than a full 8MP shot viewed at 100%). Using the 8MP equivalent condition the LG G2's AF does a decent job in bright light but is less reliable in low-light conditions. The overall score is 79/100 in bright light and 69/100 in low light.
DxOMark scored the LG G2 72/100 overall for its flash performance.
DxOMark engineers put phone cameras through a similarly grueling set of video tests, and you can read their full findings on the DxOMark website here. We'll simply summarize for you: DxOMark found the LG G2's video performance to be decent, with low noise levels and the OIS doing a good job at stabilizing things. However, white balance is unreliable under tungsten light and noise reduction is blurring textures in low light.
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The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III is a 20MP Micro Four Thirds camera aimed at enthusiast photographers. It shares the same sensor, AF system and 4K-video capture as the flagship E-M1 II and E-M1 X, in a considerably smaller and lighter package.
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The Natural History Museum has announced the winners of its 55th annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
According to a report from Bloomberg, beta testers of Adobe's Photoshop CC for iPad have noticed a number of major features missing or incomplete.
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We've got our hands on the Olympus E-M5 III and it is is, on the outside, a refinement of its predecessor. But we'll go a bit deeper and talk about what's also changed on the inside in our hands-on slideshow.
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