Two in one: LG G5 camera review
DPReview smartphone reviews are written with the needs of photographers in mind. We focus on camera features, performance, and image quality.
The LG G5 succeeds last year's G4 and is the first LG smartphone with a dual-camera setup. With an F1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization, the main 16MP module is very similar to the G4 in terms of specification and provides a 78-degree angle of view which is in line with most current high-end smartphone cameras.
But here's where things get interesting: the second lens comes with an F2.4 aperture and 8MP sensor and captures a 135-degree super wide-angle image. In the camera app you can switch between lenses via a button, and when using the digital zoom the camera switches seamlessly between the two modules. As before, the autofocus is assisted by a laser that measures the subject distance.
There is also an optional camera grip that should make the G5 particularly appealing to mobile photographers. The G5's 2,800mAh battery is removable and slots into the device from the bottom. The latter clips away when a release button is pressed which allows you to attach a number of replaceable modules, one of which is the CAM Plus camera grip. It comes with an additional 1,200mAh of battery capacity and offers power, shutter, video and zoom buttons. It also lets you lock exposure and provides a more comfortable grip. We've put the G5 and the CAM Plus grip through its paces. Read our full review to find out how they performed.
Key Photographic / Video Specifications
- 16MP main camera
- F1.8 aperture
- Optical image stabilization
- 8MP secondary super wide angle camera with F2.4 aperture
- 8MP, F2.0 front camera
- 4K video
- 120 fps 720p slow motion video
- Optional camera grip with shutter button and control dial
- 5.3-inch 1440p display
- Snapdragon 820 chipset
- 4GB RAM
- 32GB internal storage
- microSD support
- 2,800 mAh battery
Our 9-page review
We've considered every aspect of the LG G5 with the photographer in mind. We examined the user interface of the native camera app and its special features. We experimented with the camera's performance when taking stills and video, and had a play with the device's many special feature modes. Click any of the links below for more information of specific functions and continue to our conclusion for a final summary of our findings.
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