Camera Features cont.

Panorama

Like virtually every other phone we have reviewed since the start of DPReview Connect, the LG G2 comes with a pre-installed panorama mode. You can capture panoramas horizontally or vertically, but either way the size of the output image is much smaller than the massive files we've seen from the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the iPhone 5s. Horizontal panoramas measure approximately 6000 pixels on the long edge, vertical ones around 4500 and are therefore not much wider than a standard 4:3 image.

Panorama stitching is decent but the output images are relatively small and don't look great at a 100% view.
In lower light Auto mode can produce unusable results like in this sports arena. The good news is you can set ISO and exposure compensation manually in Panorama mode to avoid this type of outcome.

The G2's panorama mode has one advantage over most of its competitors though: it allows you to set ISO and exposure compensation manually. So you can avoid results like the second one above by setting a higher ISO and applying some negative exposure compensation before you start capturing.

VR Panorama

VR Panorama allows you to capture 360-degree panoramas very similar to the Photosphere feature that was first announced with Android 4.2 but so far has not made it onto too many non-Nexus devices. The UI of VR panorama looks a little different to the original Photosphere but both apps almost certainly share the same technology.

You essentially capture a whole bunch of images in a sphere around you while the app guides you in terms of where to point the camera. VR Panorama then combines all frames into one image that can be seen in a 360-degree view on the device or when uploaded to Google Plus.

The VR Panorama feature captures 360 degree panoramas. Click here for the 360-degree view on Google Plus.

Just like in Photosphere there were some obvious stitching errors in most VR Panoramas we shot, but this is still a cool feature for capturing and browsing a three-dimensional space rather than a standard image. If you like this sort of thing you should also have a look at the Sphere app that comes pre-installed on the Sony Xperia Z1 that we tested a little while ago.

Dual Camera

After the Samsung Galaxy S4 the LG G2 is the second smartphone to offer a dual camera feature. The G2's imaging pipeline is capable of processing an image feed from both the front and rear cameras at the same time, which allows for a picture-in-picture effect. The small window can be freely placed anywhere within the main frame.

So finally you can take a picture of a beautiful landscape and at the same time record your facial expression while doing so. The same thing also works in video mode. Unfortunately in both stills and video mode the output size is limited to 720p.

Dual Camera allows me to take a picture of the view from my balcony and a selfie at the same time, unfortunately only at 720p size.

Editing

The LG G2 comes with the standard Android Gallery app that is pretty much only an image and video viewer but works well as such. If you open an image and hit the edit button the Photo Studio app opens up. Here you can apply some basic edits such as cropping, contrast and color correction. There are also a few effects filter available. There's no harm in playing with this app but of course there are also a plethora of third-party editing apps available in the Google Play Store. Our favorites include Pixlr, Snapseed and Photoshop Touch.

There is also a video editor app on board. It allows you to join several clips and combine them with audio and images. The result can then be overlaid with pre-defined themes. Again, it's worth having a look but you'll find plenty alternatives in the Google Play Store, too.

The G2 comes with Google's standard Gallery app.
Photo Studio offers same basic editing options, such as cropping, color and contrast correction and a range of effect filters.
There is also a Video Editor that allows you to combine video, images and music...
...and offers a range of themes.