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LG G6 Camera review: Can't stop clicking

This camera is addictive

By Sudhanshu Singh | May 16, 2017, 04.44 PM IST
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LG launched its flagship LG G6 smartphone at MWC this year, which is more of a fresh start over last year’s G5. The LG G5 received a cold response from consumers because of obvious reasons, so the company decided to drop the modular design and take a fresh approach for its G series.

This time around, LG has brought the ‘Full Vision’ display, which everyone is expecting to be the latest smartphones trend. Unlike the LG G5 and V20, the G6 comes packed in a unibody shell and has a non-removable battery to stand out from what we have seen in the past. But it still retains the dual camera module which was highly praised by many.

Read: LG G6 First Impressions: A compelling smartphone for multimedia buffs

While OEMs are favoring the Snapdragon 835 SoC in 2017, LG went on to use last year’s Snapdragon 821 on its latest flagship, which the company calls a beneficial move for consumers as it is a 'tried and tested' SoC according to the company.

The LG G6 competes against the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is currently the hot property in the market. There is a big price gap between the two smartphones, which gives a little leverage to the G6 over the Galaxy S8. This price gap could be a huge advantage to LG, only if it fares well in all the departments and gives a smooth software experience.

While reviewing the LG G6, I realized that the smartphone has a camera that can tempt any photographer to try his hands on this camera. The immersive view of the Full Vision display and the uncommon aspect ratio also make it an even more interesting piece of technology. I have been playing around with G6's camera and ended up loving it.

There are many questions to be answered about the camera, but before I take you through the G6 camera details, lets take a quick look at the display that aids the beauty of the camera.

Display: LG G6 has a 5.7-inch ‘Full Vision’ display as LG calls it. It has a 2880x1440 pixel resolution with a screen to body ratio of over 80 percent. Instead of a 16:9 aspect ratio, the G6 offers an extended aspect ratio of 18:9.

If we keep the Full Vision aside, we can see a lot more about the display. It also has Dolby Vision certification. This means the G6 can display videos with HDR (High Dynamic Range). In simple words, the videos on this display will contain a lot more vibrance and details when compared to a basic display.

The display is the charm of this device, it looks rich in colours, looks very vibrant and can be viewed from extreme angles. The touch response is also pretty smooth. It’s full of color, detail, and warmth, and pleasing to watch.

Read:LG G6 tips and tricks: unlock the hidden features

Camera

Like the V20 and G5, the G6 also offers dual-camera setup with a 13MP lens and the 120-degree wide-angle lens. The front has a 5MP wide angle lens too. Not jut the camera, but the camera UI has also got slight makeover this time. It looks and performs much better. I am using a V20 as my daily driver and the camera UI on V20 has started slowing down within months.This is my only concern with the LG G6.

Honestly speaking, the camera on the LG G6 impressed me more than its new display and design. It has impressive image processing prowess that allowed me to take some amazing pictures in almost every lighting conditions.

Without further ado, lets take a look at the camera samples and get a better idea of how it performs in different lighting conditions.

Camera UI

The camera UI on the LG G6 is somewhat similar to what we have seen on the LG G5 and the LG V20, but LG has made minor changes on the left panel, taking the leverage of the extended display size. The best part about the UI is that it doesn’t have black borders, which lets you use the whole screen as the viewfinder. If you love clicking pictures and have a knack of using the manual controls, then you will surely love the options that LG G6 offers.

Camera Modes

Apart from the common modes like Panorama, Slow Mo, and Time-lapse, it also has the popout mode like the V20, which lets you click multiple pictures in single frame. There is a new square mode specially for Instagrammers, which lets them click a square photo that cuts off the need of cropping your photo before using it anywhere. The square camera app further has four options, the Match shot, Snapshot, Guide shot and Grid shot offering different functionalities.

Read: LG G6 Review

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