LG G5 Overview

Announced Feb 21, 2016 •
5.3 screen | 16 megapixels (rear) | 8 megapixels (front)
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Reviewed May 6, 2016
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Announced Feb 21, 2016
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The LG G5 has quite radically changed from its predecessor G4 in many ways and also puts even more focus on camera technology and features than before. In addition to an 8MP front camera the G5 comes with a dual-camera setup at the back. With an F1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization the main 16MP module is very similar to the G4's and provides a 78 degree angle of view. The second lens comes with an F2.4 aperture and 8MP sensor and captures a 135 degree super wide angle. A button at the back allows for easy switching and when using the digital zoom the camera switches seamlessly between the two modules. As before the AF is assisted by laser.

There is also an optional camera grip that connects to a slot at the bottom of the device and comes with an additional 1,200mAh of battery capacity. It also offers power, shutter, video and zoom buttons. At 5.3.inches the G5 IPS Quantum display is smaller than the G4's 5.5-inch variant but comes with the same 2560 x 1440 resolution. Like on the V10 an area of the display is always on, showing notifications, even when the device is in sleep mode. The Android OS is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM. 32GB of built-in storage can be expanded up to 2TB via a microSD slot.

Quick specs
OS Google Android
OS Version 6.0
Front camera effective pixels 8 megapixels
Rear camera effective pixels 16 megapixels
Rear camera aperture 1.8
Camera physical shutter release No
Camera image stabilization Optical
Video camera recording format 2160p, 30fps
LCD size 5.3
Built in memory 4GB RAM, 32GB storage
Weight 159 g (5.61 oz)
Dimensions 149 x 74 x 8 mm (5.88 x 2.91 x 0.3)

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Our review

The LG G5's built-in super wide angle lens and the optional camera grip with a variety of controls earn it some extra points and make it a unique proposition for mobile photographers. Its pixel-level image quality is not among the very best, but exposure and color are good down to very low light levels. The G5's only major drawback is its video mode. It offers very little control over capture and low light footage shows little detail and high noise levels. If that is something you can live with, the LG G5 is an easy recommendation for any mobile photographer.

Good for: Mobile still photographers value good control over the image capture process.

Not so good for: Those who are more interested in video capture, or class leading pixel-level still image detail.

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