Features cont.

Front camera

The G6 front camera comes with a 5MP sensor and F2.2 aperture. As with the main camera, you can choose from a variety of aspect ratios, including the display-matching 18:9. The sensor is a 4:3 variant though, so choosing a wider format will simply crop the sensor output.

The lens offers a 100 degree angle of view which is more than enough for group selfies, but if you're on your own you can slightly zoom in. In low light you can use the same display flash function that was available on the G5. Image detail gets very soft in low light, but overall the camera performs well for a 5MP chip. The higher resolution front cameras of some competitors can yield more detailed results though.

ISO 50, 1/844 sec, 18:9 format
ISO 50, 1/30 sec, group selfie format
1/10 sec, no ISO reported, display flash


When shooting in Pro mode you have the option to save a DNG Raw file together with the standard JPEG. If you click through to the full-size versions you'll see that Raw conversion with some carefully applied sharpening gets you noticeably better fine detail and textures than the out-of-camera JPEGs. It's also possible to recover some clipped highlight detail. So, if pixel-level image quality is of importance, shooting Raw on the G6 is a good option.

That said, with our version of Adobe Camera Raw we found it impossible to set a white balance value that would achieve a totally neutral color response. As you can see, the Raw conversion below shows a noticeably purple tint. So if Raw shooting is important to you it's arguably a good idea to double-check the G6 files work well with your converter.

Out-of-camera JPG, ISO 50, 1/970 sec
ACR conversion

Gallery & Editing

The thumbnail size can be changed by pinch-zooming.

The LG G6 gallery app doesn't offer anything out of the ordinary. You can sort images into albums, view the timeline or filter your favorites. You can also choose to display only videos, or group images into 'memories' based on time stamp and location. The size of thumbnails can be varied by pinch-zooming.

You can add notes to an image. EXIF-data can be viewed.

In the individual image view you can rotate and crop images and a tap on the edit button offers a few more basic editing options, including some filters and tonal corrections. That said, compared to other devices the editing options are rather rudimentary and you're arguably better off with the tools you find in free apps such as Google Photos or Snapseed. As usual, there is also a slide show function and images can also be shared to any other installed app that is capable of processing them.

In editing mode you have some basic tonal corrections at your disposal.