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Testing AT&T's 8-megapixel LG Optimus G camera

AT&T's version of the LG Optimus G loves the San Diego sun, where I took the device around downtown to check out its 8-megapixel camera. Not all photos looked this good, especially shots of people and indoor scenes.

Note that the Sprint version of the phone has a 13-megapixel shooter that gave up clearer, crisper images. Still, this photo outside a t-shirt shop looks terrific, with colors that pop and plenty of edge clarity.

Unless otherwise stated, all photos have been resized and/or cropped to fit this slideshow. Besides that, they're untouched.

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Lunch for two?

This waiter gamely posed for a photo test. Although the picture was taken outdoors in natural lighting, his facial features aren't quite as sharp as they should be.

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Cafe Sevilla

Bright sun brings out vivacious reds and yellows in this restaurant awning, and writing looks crisp.

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Sevilla, full resolution

This sample from the full-resolution image looks pretty good, too. This photo and other full resolution samples like it, is cropped, but otherwise untouched.

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Planter box

I crouched in close to take a photo of these succulents. The Optimus G autofocused in the center of the screen, so I tapped to manually focus on the succulent cluster to the left. As you can see, the results are less focused than I wanted.

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Succulents close-up

Here's a cropped sample from the full-resolution photo.

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Spot-on color balance

Both carrier versions of the Optimus G produced photos with terrific color balance. Although the green leaf plant looks oversaturated, the bright green hues are true to life.

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Gaslamp sign

This landscape shot of the historic downtown San Diego sign came out well.

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Flowers

I'm pretty satisfied with this photo of hanging flowers.

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What happened here?

This outdoor picture seems to fight the light. The pepper shaker and silver water pot aren't sharply defined, and the straws blend into one another. I think other cameras would bring out more detail.

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Plushies

Something about these cute stuffed animals looks a little too fuzzy, especially the plushy on the left. The owl looks the sharpest, which could also have something to do with its more solid coloring. By comparison, Sprint's 13-megapixel Optimus G camera took a much richer shot.

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Plushy close-up

Here's the full, 8-megapixel resolution.

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Lynn at work

The indoor lighting is awful to begin with, but the Optimus G's powerful flash filled in the otherwise very dark room. Still, Lynn's features aren't very sharp.

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Outdoor table

Back outside, this table is nice and colorful, but I see pockets of noise on the wooden edges.

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Tricks of the light

The Optimus G captured these light fixtures in a dark interior. I can't complain about the edges on the starfish lamp, but the water glasses are out of focus.

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Lounge Six

Lighting plays a huge role in the eventual quality of a picture, and in this photo of a pair of reflective doors, the Optimus G really did capture the scene. Colors were correct, the edges are fairly defined, and the camera captured it all -- even my reflection.

We'll continue to test the LG Optimus G's camera, so keep your eyes on CNET for more comparisons and shots.

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