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Gather 'round! First LG G5 photo and video samples are up

Gather 'round! First LG G5 photo and video samples are up
All samples taken with an LG G5 pre-production unit and are not be considered final.

Showcased at MWC 2016 in Barcelona, the LG G5 is anything but a market reality yet. But it will be soon. In fact, ahead of schedule, the good folks at the South Korean electronics giant were good enough to send us a pre-production sample of its new flagship for us to get acquainted with and spend some quality time. And while previews aren't something we've done recently, you just know one is coming.

But though a preview is easier on our end in terms of compiling it, we still would like to spend some more time with the device before we start waxing poetic. In the meantime, however, we're absolutely making the best of our limited opportunity, and right now that means sharing our first proper photo and video samples with you. In case it isn't obvious by now, these were shot using an early, non-final unit of the LG G5, so don't you go jumping to conclusions just yet. Save that for our full-blown review.

Introductions and disclaimers out of the way, what exactly are we dealing with here? In short, the LG G5 is a peculiar cameraphone in that it actually packs two whole sensors at the back—the same 16-megapixel unit from the LG G4, complemented by an extremely wide-angled (135°), 8-megapixel snapper. This allows you to dynamically change between the two units depending on the composition in front of you—use the 16-megapixel shooter for normal, everyday shots, and the wide-angled one for when you want to include more in the frame.

As you can imagine, both cameras can also be used when recording video. Speaking of which, the G5 is a capable camcorder, with support for up to 4K UHD video capture in addition to 1080p. Samples from both shooting modes are available below. Said otherwise, it's time to dig in!


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posted on 16 Mar 2016, 17:32 17

1. bossman (Posts: 45; Member since: 27 Jan 2016)


The camera is a lot better than I thought. It far exceeded my expectation. Good job, LG.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 17:52 2

5. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


And that TechieXP guy who said LG phones have generally never taken good pictures.

Yet he praises Samsung's camera.

Let him come and wipe-off the Samsung bias obstructing his eyes fron seeing how good LG is when it comea to photography!

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 18:41 16

12. TerryTerius (Posts: 1542; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


LG phones have had competitive cameras since 2014.

But I'm not sure why you're implying Samsung cameras are laxcking. They decidely aren't.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 04:01 2

24. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


@TerryTerius

"LG phones have had competitive cameras since 2014"

Only 2014? Have you forgotten the LG G2's kick-ass camera from 2013?

Or the revolutionary shooter of the Optimus G back in 2012!

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 19:41 3

14. nexusisbest5 (Posts: 6; Member since: 16 Mar 2016)


Bruh you are such a LG fanboy. Are you happy using your s**tty LG skin or should I give you a Nexus phone?

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 04:05 1

25. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


@nexusisthebest5

LG's skin isn't crap. Stop spewing hate for no apparent reason.

Grow up, bruh!

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 04:05

26. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


@nexusisthebest5

LG's skin isn't crap. Stop spewing hate for no apparent reason.

Grow up, bruh!

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 19:08

49. nexusisbest5 (Posts: 6; Member since: 16 Mar 2016)


It looks like ios and it doesn't even have an app drawer out of the box. Plus updates are slow and no mutliwindow which was available on the Lg G4. I would buy an Lg g5 if only it came with a cleaner version of android. For now motorola moto x pure is better for me.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 21:58

51. refillable (Posts: 1045; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Wow, 's**tty'? It seems that you knew how to be an idiot, don't you?

posted on 24 Mar 2016, 19:32

59. nexusisbest5 (Posts: 6; Member since: 16 Mar 2016)


Shut up retard prick

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 18:34 5

11. Macready (Posts: 843; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


I love the concept of an ultra wide angle camera plus a regular wide angle camera.

But the noise reduction is way too strong on both modules, to the point where I feel like the LG4 struck a better balance in this area. The jpeg engine does not impress me at all in this area, especially the green channel (trees, grass, etc) suffers too much from the resulting mush. A paintery effect with too much edge sharpening to counter it.The ultra wide angle lens also suffers from soft corners, but that is to be expected at this level.

I'm sure RAW can squeeze out a lot more here.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 04:27 2

29. Chuck007 (Posts: 1041; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Yup that's really well done. I've lost count the number of times I missed a perfect building shot just because the sensor ain't wide enough.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 23:12 2

17. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1149; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


You must have good eyesight, because I cant tell the difference with the V10 or G4.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 17:36 1

2. jeevanand88 (Posts: 152; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


So much details...!! Could b better than s7 in quality...

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 09:11

43. mohi315 (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 Aug 2013)


100 time better then s7 sh***T,samsung camera r taking photo with artificial color

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 21:59

52. refillable (Posts: 1045; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Nice hate.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 12:56

57. talon95 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


We'll see soon enough if it can beat the best.

http://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles/Samsung-Galaxy-S7-edge-Mobile-Review-A-new-champion

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 17:45 1

3. shy2papa (Posts: 296; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)


Wow definitely the phone I am getting

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 17:51

4. biboo (Posts: 16; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


I hope it will not be expensive

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 17:57 2

8. zeeBomb (Posts: 1786; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


300 on contract in Canada...I cry.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 18:05

9. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


Pretty cheap compared to Samsung.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 23:56

18. ph00ny (Posts: 1165; Member since: 26 May 2011)


How much do S7 run with contract?

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 19:09

50. nexusisbest5 (Posts: 6; Member since: 16 Mar 2016)


400 for s7 and 500 for s7 edge

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 17:56

6. zeeBomb (Posts: 1786; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Any in depth, or fairly informative reviews on the G5 yet on web?

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 17:56 1

7. ryansc375 (Posts: 22; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


Stunning! What a surprise, I knew it would be good but this is really something else. Even the low light is excellent.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 18:06 2

10. DefinitiveKid (Posts: 215; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Great photos. Not a fan of the wide angle camera though. There's too much distortion.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 19:13 3

13. talon95 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


I'm not sure what everyone is excited about, are we looking at the same pictures? I was hoping for a lot better, because this won't stand up in the blind comparison. The wide angle has distortion a long way in from the edges, and is low in detail but has even more noise, which I thought it would do much better at with the presumably larger pixels. (the picture in the apartment parking lot being the worst). HDR could also be a little better across the board.

I like the modules, but they should have probably left the volume on the back and had a little more style to the design. Apparently the camera module should also include a better camera on it, not just buttons. I don't want to sour the party, I'm really happy they took these steps, but I'm just not really impressed and don't think it'll stand up in comparison.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 03:11 4

22. DanishDynamite (Posts: 41; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


I was looking at the pictures and thought that they were okay, but looked kind of dull, but when i scrolled down to the comments, everyone was way too hyped. I mean, even the G4 did better than this thing... Good to see someone that isn't fanboying, because this is not as amazing as we could have expected from LG. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge it is...

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 04:12

27. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


"Good to see someone that isn't fanboying..."

We aren't fanboying.
Isn't everyone entitled to his own opinion?

If those G5 samples look dull, then that's your subjective opinion and point of view.

Period!

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 21:51

15. kent-gaga (Posts: 489; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


why wasnt the camera refocus on the watch in the videos?

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 22:58 2

16. tyson (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Sep 2015)


Since the G4, LG is the king when it comes to smartphone cameras and these pics confirm it again. I`ve bought a Note 5 and it didn`t compare well to the G4 which i had before. The photos have some ugly red, yellow and brown tone (even more so in HDR mode) and low light sucks even in manual mode. It`s just not as good. And now looking at these pics and comparing them the photos posted in the S7 camera thread on XDA, it seems that the G5 has no competition, at least for now. Most of the S7 pics look worse than Note 5/S6.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 00:48

19. Furbal (Posts: 924; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


The s7 has better auto focus speed, seems to be the only true advantage.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 03:43 2

23. raky_b (Posts: 102; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


dude, Nokia 808 PureView.
no need to write more.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 04:27 1

28. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


The 808 PureView isn't great as you hype it to be.

It has a slower autofocus speed versus the current competitio.
It's 41MP 1/1.15" sensor size results in 1.12um micron pixel size, which is the same pixel size of the G5's shooter.

If Nokia had put a 20MP with that same 1/1.15" sensor size, then it would have resulted in 2.24um micron individual pixel size, hence great for low-light shots.

Not to mention the 808 PureView's super slow processing time of 5 secs. before being able to shoot the next photo!

And no, shooting at just 5MP mode doesn't speed things up.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 05:45

32. lihius (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Mar 2016)


You,re mistaking the 808 with 1020 speed. 808 autofocus was't superfast but taking a pic itself was pretty snappy. 1020 was the sluggish one.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 05:46

33. Cod3rror (Posts: 123; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


808 is still without a doubt the cameraphone king. Nothing takes images as detailed and soft, yet noise and artefact free as 808. In good daylight, 808 can easily be mistaken for a DSLR.

Modern flagships use all the tricks in the book, processing algorithms, etc... 808 is far more natural. Modern flagships = 4 cylinder + turbo chargers, super chargers. 808 = Natural aspirated V10.

When current flagships can take images like this, we can talk...
https://www.esato.com/phonephotos/cam/nokia/808_pureview/2014052609375CNSEC.jpg

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 06:51

39. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


Remember the 808 PureView's sensor is super huge 1/1.15". And a 41 MP too.

That's it's hardware advantage. Current flagships have the software advantage over 808 PiewView.

So, it's 50/50!

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 22:06

53. refillable (Posts: 1045; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Not 50/50 when you compare the pictures side by side definitely. Pixel size doesn't really matter as much as you suggested. A well-resized photo (or heck even non-resized ones, side by side) of the 808 can simply beat today's top smartphones in terms of IQ.

The speed, however is an undeniable fact, but in terms of IQ, it is still king.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 06:21

56. lihius (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Mar 2016)


That's why I'm wondering why OEMs still stick to those tiny 1/2,6 or even 1/3 inches sensors. 808 has enourmous sensor for a phone. It was bulky + Nokias cockiness with its outdated symbian still makes me mad. Just look what they could achieve by developing somewhat similar hardware for todays standards and I'm not talking about 950 since it is kind of equivalent to 920/930 not the 808/1020. Besides Microsoft has thrown whole mobile platform into a sink. There is a limit of detail/quality you can achieve through software.I admit that Apple has done tremendous work with their software while still using 1/3" sensor but just look at what you can achieve with only a bit bigger hardware like in Nexus 5x/6p. Its 1/2,3" sensor IMO proves that size matters.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 15:44

48. dbmcelroy (Posts: 26; Member since: 10 Nov 2015)


cod3rror,
Is that photo link one that you took? It is absolutely stunning! Where is it taken?

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 01:25 5

20. John-Knotts (Posts: 52; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


These photos look dull to me.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 02:47 7

21. GeorgeAF (Posts: 38; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


I am really trying to see this amazing details yall are talking about but all I see is a basic flagship camera. Nothing out of the ordinary. Just normal

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 04:27 1

30. Totse2k15 (Posts: 449; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Cam shot from S7 looks better, imo.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 05:35 1

31. Cod3rror (Posts: 123; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


No, they don't. In fact the G4 crashes the S7 in details.

G4 (same sensor as G5)
https://www.esato.com/phonephotos/cam/lg_electronics/lg_h815/2016031619311zFh9s.jpg

S7
https://www.esato.com/phonephotos/cam/samsung/sm_g935f/201603161931i29fiW.jpg

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 06:08 2

35. belovedson (Posts: 978; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


Are we looking at the same photos? Zooming all the way in the s7 obliterates the g4

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 08:21

42. Cod3rror (Posts: 123; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


I don't think we are, because clearly G5 is better.

http://i.imgur.com/ZtNRGo4.jpg

EDIT: Made a mistake, should've written G4, instead of G5, but it's the same sensor so results will be the same.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 06:22

36. demi9od (Posts: 12; Member since: 26 Oct 2015)


The S7 looks artificial zoomed in. Too much NR and edge enhancement.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 06:58

40. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


Exactly, Samsung's camera shots are artificially enhanched. G5 camera shots are all natural.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 06:48 1

38. dimas (Posts: 1912; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Lg has been doing good in cameras since g4. The only main gripe of people is their UI and battery optimizations. Other than that they have great device.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 07:02

41. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


WRONG! LG has been good in cameras since the G2!

In fact, the Optimus G's camera was revolutionay.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 09:20 1

44. talon95 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


I disagree, in the studio tests the S7 shows more detail with less noise. So I wouldn't say it's over processed in sharpening or noise reduction, since these two work against each other. So besides having the best auto focus, and decent stabilization, the f1/7 lens and large pixels really set it above everything else by a good margin.

I'll be thrilled when something beats the S7, as that will mean it's truly amazing, but that day isn't today.

Here's an accurate comparison to the G4 which is quite nice. As well as the iPhone 6s+ that doesn't even come close.
http://www.gsmarena.com/piccmp.php3?idType=5&idPhone1=7821&idPhone2=6901&idPhone3=7243

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 09:39

45. talon95 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


To be fair I should also say that in your links, under ideal lighting and a landscape view where you can't re-frame the subject to fill the wide angle of the S7, the G4 does have better detail at 100%.

The G4 is a little too yellow, but the S7 is a little over sharp. Still, in ideal conditions I would give it to the G4, although I might have to then give it to the S6 if it was in the comparison. The pixel race gave us great photos in ideal conditions, but so much of the time we don't have ideal conditions and that is why I'm happy to see the faster focus and faster shutter provided by the lens and pixels on the S7.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 06:02

34. jesus_sheep (Posts: 223; Member since: 18 Apr 2015)


Wide angle is pretty incredible. Best feature of this camera. Shame it has to have another sensor which totally ruins the exterior look.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 06:46

37. dimas (Posts: 1912; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Saw them in my desktop monitor and looks like v10 shots for me. Although those wide angle shots are impressive. Can't wait for the full review of lg g5, if silver 64gb s7 won't come in my country then at least I have another option.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 10:16 1

46. sissy246 (Posts: 636; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


These are good, I don't care for the wide 8mp shots I see to much noise, but the 16mp's are good. I might have missed if it said , but we're the done in auto or manual.
I feel that Samsung cameras are still the best, but everyone likes what they like and nothing wrong with that.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 11:05

47. DONUT (Posts: 407; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


the wide 8mp seems to have way too much noise in low light for a flagship tbh

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 04:31

54. battery100 (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Jan 2016)


I like these samples more than S7's. I find the colours of S7 camera too saturated, some of them just don't look natural to me. Of course S7 may have the best camera overall, but I just can't ignore the colours it produces. It's surprising that only few reviews payed attention to that

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 04:41

55. nebula (Posts: 515; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


PA, gallery upload speed is really fast now. Did you decide to lower image size after all?

posted on 19 Mar 2016, 18:57

58. MrElectrifyer (limited) (Posts: 2192; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Looking forward to a blind camera comparison :D

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