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

Lunch for two?

Cafe Sevilla

Sevilla, full resolution

Planter box

Succulents close-up

Spot-on color balance

Gaslamp sign

Flowers

What happened here?

Plushies

Plushy close-up

Lynn at work

Outdoor table

Tricks of the light

Lounge Six

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

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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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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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Here's a cropped sample from the full-resolution photo.
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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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This landscape shot of the historic downtown San Diego sign came out well.

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

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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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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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Here's the full, 8-megapixel resolution.
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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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Back outside, this table is nice and colorful, but I see pockets of noise on the wooden edges.

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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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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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