Conclusion

The Good The Bad
  • Dual-cam offers great flexibility in terms of framing
  • Good detail and sharpness across the frame on longer lens
  • Good dynamic range and efficient HDR mode
  • Comprehensive manual mode for both stills and video
  • Control over audio levels and bit rates in video recording
  • Good video stabilization and smooth panning
  • Large panorama images with good stitching
  • Water and dust-proof body
  • Unusual format offers more display space
  • Responsive overall operation
  • Over-sharpening and strong luminance noise at base ISO
  • Softer images and less detail in super wide angle images
  • Red-eye in flash images
  • No image fusion when zooming
  • No fake-bokeh function
  • Only 720p / 120 fps slow-motion
  • Only very basic editing options in the gallery app

Overall Conclusion

The G6 is a big step forward from its predecessor in many ways. Its large screen is great to work on and the body is now water and dust protected, making it more suitable for shooting in adverse conditions. The manual controls on offer are excellent and LG's dual-cam concept is great for those who appreciate a super wide-angle option at the press of a button – and still unique to LG among the major manufacturers.

Image processing in bright light, which applies very strong sharpening and produces a lot of luminance noise, is the phone's major letdown. However, processing can be modified when shooting Raw and at higher ISOs the G6 output looks comparatively much better. There's also no background-blurring portrait mode as can be found on most dual-camera phones, and slow-motion is not quite on the same level as some of the competition.

That said, if you can live with those limitations the LG G6 currently offers one of the most compelling camera feature sets for mobile photographers and videographers, all wrapped up in a solidly built package.

Features & Operation

The LG G6 offers one of the most interesting feature sets for more serious photographers. There are no iPhone 7 Plus-style portrait modes or image fusion when zooming, but the secondary super wide-angle camera offers a lot of flexibility in terms of framing at the press of a button, without the need to carry accessory lenses.

In addition the LG offers an almost unrivaled set of manual controls and settings in both stills in video mode, making it a good choice for those who don't want to rely on the camera's automatic modes. To top things off, all the functions and settings are wrapped up in a well-structured camera app that's intuitive to use.

Image Quality

In terms of image quality the G6's main camera's most obvious point of criticism is the pixel-level rendering at base ISO. There is a lot of detail but images look oversharpened with a lot of luminance noise in areas of plain colors and shadow areas of the frame. Otherwise there is little to complain about, though. Exposure and white balance tend to be good and at higher ISOs the image processing finds a very good compromise between maintaining fine texture and keeping noise at bay. The camera also offers decent dynamic range in high-contrast scenes.

As you would expect, the super-wide-angle lens shows a lot more distortion and is softer than the main camera but image processing differs as well. Base ISO images are noticeably softer, with more noise reduction and smearing of finer detail. At higher ISOs image processing is more similar between the two cameras, and the night mode that kicks in under very dim lighting conditions does an excellent job, both in terms of exposure and pixel-level image quality. The ability to shoot and edit DNG Raw files can help improve image quality on both cameras.

The Final Word

The LG G6's secondary camera offers the convenience and flexibility of a super wide-angle at the press of a button and its manual controls, especially in video mode, should satisfy even the most demanding users. Pixel-level image processing in bright light leaves some room for improvement, but if that doesn't put you off the G6 has a lot to offer for mobile photographers and video shooters alike.

LG G6
Category: Mobile Phone
Camera and Photo Features
Screen Quality
Ergonomics and Handling
Video Quality
Still Image Quality
Speed and Responsiveness
PoorExcellent
Conclusion
The LG G6's main selling point is its secondary camera that offers the convenience and flexibility of a super wide-angle at the press of a button. However, it also comes with extensive manual controls and good video quality. If the sub-par image processing at base ISO is something you can live with, the G6 should be very high up your new smartphone shortlist.
Good for
Super wide angle shooting, video capture and manual control
Not so good for
Shooting base ISO images for large display sizes
85%
Overall score

Sample Gallery

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