Advertisement

LG V30 camera test: Samsung’s Galaxy S8 should be very afraid

by Brandon Russell | September 3, 2017September 3, 2017 11:00 am PDT

No doubt about it, the V30 is LG’s most sophisticated, beautifully-designed smartphone yet, featuring a gorgeous 6-inch QHD OLED display, clean all-glass design, and all the modern trimmings you’d want from a high-end flagship. But while most people will take notice of the display, it’s the camera we’ve been most impressed with.

Like previous LG devices, the V30 features two camera sensors: One is a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.6 aperture, great for low light shots; the other is a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens with f/1.9 aperture. Both combine for one of the most powerful camera experiences on the market.

If your photo style is mostly point-and-shoot, the main 16-megapixel sensor will return high quality results—there’s a consistency to the images, whether you’re shooting indoors or enjoying a family get-together. The device’s Auto mode will ensure you never miss a shot thanks to its quick and reliable focusing.

The wide-angle lens is a different beast entirely. Meant more for landscape shots, the feature adds a new dynamic to shooting pictures. You can really see the differences in the gallery above, which highlights how awesome the 120-degree wide-angle lens is. The good news is there doesn’t appear to be major distortion at the edges, which is always a hurdle when using such a wide-angle perspective.

Together, both sensors provide users with a powerful camera tandem worthy of any wedding or first birthday. In other words, it’ll produce gorgeous pictures no matter the situation, which is about all you can ask for from a mobile device of this caliber.

The icing on the cake is the V30’s slate of pro-level settings. Most people are fine with letting the camera’s software do the heavy lifting. But there’s also Slo-mo, Grid Shot, Snap Shot and Manual, among many others.

The Manual mode provides enough controls to make a pro camera user jealous. The V30’s software allows users to adjust white balance, ISO, shutter speed, and more. There’s even a little histogram, which represents the tonal distribution in a digital image.

While our short experience with the V30’s camera has largely been positive, we did find its operation to be on the slower side. When snapping a photo, there’s often a noticeable pause when processing that image. To be fair, LG says the unit we’ve been using isn’t a production model, so we’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.

We haven’t spent too much time with the V30’s video functions (yet), but they’re supposedly the best in the business. There’s a Cine Video mode, for example, that can record lossless audio and zoom in on objects in a slow and smooth fashion, as if you’re using a heavy duty Hollywood camera.

Once we get our hands on a retail V30, we’ll take a closer look at the camera. But if that’s the feature you care about most, you’d be hard-pressed to find a device with a better one.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement