LG G7 ThinQ review
The G7 ThinQ is the latest incarnation of LG's high-end G-series smartphone and comes with many of the latest must-have specs, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, plenty of RAM and a high-resolution display.
In the camera department the Korean manufacturer sticks to its strategy of offering an alternative to the tele-zoom systems of the competition by installing a super-wide-angle next to main camera in the device's dual-cam setup.
For the most part, the LG G7 ThinQ produces images with balanced exposures, and even tackles low lighting conditions relatively well – though pixel-level detail suffers from overly aggressive noise reduction. Still, its super-wide lens is still relatively uncommon among high-end phones and like previous LG devices offers a surprising level of control over video settings.
Behind both lenses you'll find a 16MP 1/3.1" sensor. According to the spec sheet the super-wide-angle offers an angle of view of 107 degrees (approximately 16mm equivalent) and an F1.9 aperture. The main camera comes with a 71-degree angle of view (approximately 30mm equivalent), an F1.6 aperture and optical image stabilization. The autofocus system uses both phase detection and laser assist.
- Main camera: 1/3.1" 16MP sensor, F1.6, OIS, 71-degree FoV
- Secondary camera: 1/3.1" 16MP sensor, F1.9, 107-degree FoV
- Laser and PDAF
- LED flash
- 4K video at 30 fps
- 720p slow-motion at 240 fps
- 8MP / F1.9 front camera
- 6.1" IPS LCD display, 1440 x 3120 resolution
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset
- 64/128GB storage, 4/6GB RAM
- 3000 mAh battery
The LG G7 ThinQ in use
We've had the chance to use the LG G7 ThinQ for a few weeks. In general use, the LG feels just like most recent high-end Android phones: swift and responsive. The screen is bright and clear and nice to view even in bright light. It's also worth mentioning that the LG still features a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD slot.
Battery life appears to be a bit of a weak point, however. The 3000 mAh battery doesn't last as long as the beefier units in some of the competitors we've recently tested. Under heavy use, you'll likely have to recharge at some point in the evening.
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Like on the V30S, the G7 ThinQ's camera operation is enhanced by LG's artificial intelligence technology that can detect objects and scenes and auto-adjust camera settings accordingly. In practice the new mode is more of a gimmick than anything else. It often detects objects correctly but has also been wrong quite frequently during our testing. The impact on image output isn't really noticeable either.
For now, we recommend that you just keep shooting in standard auto mode but LG should be applauded for being among the first to implement such a feature, and we're looking forward to future iterations.
But now let's have a look at the all-important image output.
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