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LG V30: The Smartphone with Quad-DAC, F1.6 & Wide Angle Lens Reviewed

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The camera is of particular importance in this test as it is promoted offensively by LG. For example, the video camera should make it possible to produce videos in cinema quality. If it turns out that this is really possible, it is a true revolution.

First, the cold facts: As expected, the V30 has a dual camera with wide-angle and normal focal length. While the wide-angle camera takes photos with 13 megapixels and has an f/1.9 aperture, the camera offers 16 megapixels at normal focal length as well as an f/1.6 aperture. This aperture is intended to provide high-quality photos even under unfavourable environmental conditions.

Unlike its predecessors, the V30 camera has a glass cover. Compared to the plastic cover of the lenses of the predecessors, this is a real step forward. The color coverage is significantly improved by the glass as well as the overall image quality. Furthermore, optical and electronic image stabilization as well as laser autofocus can be found.

Now to the test: The wide-angle lens is proving to be extremely interesting because it greatly expands the photographic possibilities of the smartphone. This is particularly noticeable when shooting a subject with both normal focal length and wide-angle lens. A direct comparison shows that a motif can have a different effect in different ways when shot. For hobby photographers, the wide-angle lens is certainly an interesting detail.

In general, the photos taken during the day are usually very good. At first glance, they appear high-quality and absolutely satisfying. When zooming, however, a missing sharpness of detail turns out. For ordinary photos taken on the move, such sharpness of detail is not required, which is proven by the fact that the photos taken look absolutely impeccable when viewed superficially. However, if the V30 camera is to be used for professional purposes, the result may disappoint the user. Samsung and Google offer better solutions here.

If the subject has high contrast, the HDR mode can be used, which still provides beautiful photos. The results are excellent. Negatively, however, it is noticeable that it takes an enormous amount of time until such a photo is saved. In the test, sometimes a whole second passes until an HDR photo is taken.

Tests in the dark show that the camera can produce photos with bad exposure, but they are not very high quality. The result is not catastrophic. If the comparison with other cameras is missing, it could even be considered quite neat. However, if we compare the photos with those taken by Google or Samsung smartphones under the same conditions, the results produced by the V30 are disappointing. At night or in dim lighting, therefore, no peak performance can be expected. The pictures are partly overexposed, not very detailed and show a slight noise.

Since we only present the pictures in the blog in compressed form, you can also download the original pictures if you are interested.

As already mentioned, the video camera is especially advertised. In the test it is initially difficult to find and operate the extra functions of the cinema mode. They are hidden and can hardly be operated intuitively. Once they have been found and, after some difficulties, made operable, it becomes clear that the video camera is indeed a novelty. Integrated image stabilization compensates for slight tremors, ensuring high-quality video without blurred sequences. The typical appearance of amateurish shots can no longer be found. However, whether the videos are actually ready for the cinema because they are free of shakiness is another question. Nevertheless, it can be said that the promise is fulfilled if it is pronounced pictorially and not meant literally – the recorded videos are much higher quality than the videos that can be recorded with conventional smartphone cameras.

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However, it should be noted that the image stabilization cannot be used with UHD and with a recording of more than 60 frames per second. This circumstance is very unfortunate as the function is completely convincing.

The sound of the videos is absolutely positive and surprising. LG offers many ways to improve the audio quality of your videos. This allows the tone to be varied at will and raised to higher levels. No other smartphone on the market offers this possibility.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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