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LG gave the G4 to a professional photographer, here's what happened

LG gave the G4 to a professional photographer, here's what happened

When it comes to the camera, LG's new G4 flagship arrives packing. It features a wide F1.8 aperture, unique tri-axis optical image stabilization, full manual mode that lets you adjust even the shutter speed, and inventive focusing and light measurement systems like LaserAF and a color spectrum analyzer.

We are no spring chickens when it comes to manufacturers' claims, though, as marketing speak and an impressive specs list have all too often returned just average results when it comes to the camera. Тhat is why we were intrigued to learn that LG has given a G4 to a professional photographer, Colby Brown, who put in a disclaimer that there were no monetary perks or other remuneration involved, just a partnership asking for his honest opinion. This is the same guy featured in the teaser video that LG outed about the G4's camera before the phone's official announcement.

Mr Brown took the G4 for a spin, and, besides the resulting SOTC (straight-оut-of-the-camera) images that you can see in our slideshow below, he also doled out some tips on the G4's camera specs and functions. Manual focusing, he mentions, struggles in badly lit scenes, as can be expected, so the excellent laser autofocus is recommended regardless of whether you are in the "simple" or "manual" camera regimes, unless you want to achieve some kind of a special effect. When it comes to the OIS 2.0+ module, which intros a three-axis image stabilisation for the first time, the photog was able to obtain sharp images with a shutter speed as slow as a quarter of a second, which is impressive indeed. As for the HDR photos, they did "lose some texture detail," though nothing you'd notice unless you blow them up to print for a poster. 

He recommends shooting in a raw DNG format if you are looking for the utmost detail from a scene, which is a no-brainer, but would also result in huge image files. The outcome, however, is a natural-looking picture full of image info, without the post-processing, color- or contrast-boosting shenanigans that come with the default JPEG imagery. All in all, Mr Brown came away pretty impressed with the G4, despite the fact that it has been a preproduction unit he lugged around for the last month or so. Are you impressed by these shots below, too?

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posted on 04 May 2015, 05:45 19

1. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 437; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


well in my opinion lg g4 is a very good flagship and its really a good improvement over lg g3 it the only phone beside note 4 and s6 that worth to buy in 2015

posted on 04 May 2015, 07:23 2

25. TimePass (Posts: 43; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


How did you forgot M9 :P

posted on 04 May 2015, 07:33 12

31. SIGPRO (Posts: 1774; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


The M9 camera sucks!

posted on 04 May 2015, 09:11

35. Dr.SamX (Posts: 172; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


You obviously forgot the Huawei P8!
Best looking phone of 2015!

posted on 04 May 2015, 10:36 1

36. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Once HTC get's it's camera game on it will be back, until then people will continue to forget about HTC as a whole!

I really hate to say it, cause I am a HTC fan as well.

posted on 04 May 2015, 11:56

40. marorun (Posts: 4870; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


The camera sensor is amazing they just need to fix some setting ect.

posted on 04 May 2015, 13:12 1

41. mushpika (Posts: 33; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)


It didn't happen... it may not happen in the future..

posted on 04 May 2015, 14:00 1

44. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Both the G4 and the M9 are too big and fat. More forgivable with the G4 because of the 5.5 inch quantum display and the wicked camera.

HTC has no excuses to regress on the M8 in anyway since it adds nothing new.

posted on 04 May 2015, 05:45 3

2. kkmkk (Posts: 526; Member since: 06 May 2013)


one word ( WOW

posted on 04 May 2015, 07:30

27. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I'm Wowing at the photographer who took those pictures. Honestly, professional photographers know how to take pictures even with those camera you can buy in the store and get it developed. I'm so jealous of them lol

posted on 04 May 2015, 05:58

3. dlsnhuff (Posts: 111; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


If wanna show a benchmark, there's should be a picture that can tell what may see by eyes ( from a very outstanding camera )

posted on 04 May 2015, 06:18 9

9. UglyFrank (Posts: 1853; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


This isn't PA own test, this is LG's test. So PA have no control over it.

posted on 04 May 2015, 06:19 1

11. UglyFrank (Posts: 1853; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


*PA's own test
How do you edit on mobile?

posted on 04 May 2015, 06:02

4. Tomfromsouth (Posts: 76; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


Being able to manually control the exposure time is a massive. Can't understand whyLG were the first to offer this. Without being a developer I can't why other manufacturer have not enabled this. Surely it would be very easy?

posted on 04 May 2015, 06:13 1

6. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


LG is actually first at a lot of things in mobile.

posted on 04 May 2015, 06:15 2

7. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


manual exposure....first by whom? in android?

posted on 04 May 2015, 06:15 5

8. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1265; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


1. The majority of people who buys smartphones don't care.

2. Public "Whats exposure times"? "manual control?"

3. Future phones could have it or future updates.

...and yes i want this feature on my next phone.

posted on 04 May 2015, 06:20 4

12. UglyFrank (Posts: 1853; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


The LG method
"Let's take the majority of our inspiration from Samsung and then add a bit more on top"

posted on 04 May 2015, 07:01 3

20. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Does any Samsung have a 3-axis OIS module? Was Samsung first to multicore, 720p, 1080p, 2k, capacitive touchscreens? As a matter of fact, name one thing Samsung was "first" in. The list is short, if it exists.

posted on 04 May 2015, 07:29 3

26. razraptre (Posts: 168; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


They weren't the first. Nokia introduced this feature in 2013 with the 1020, and it's since been available on every Lumia device including the budget models.

Give credit where credit is due :)

posted on 04 May 2015, 13:43 1

43. tedkord (Posts: 13140; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The really important stuff, like UFS 2 and 14nm CPU tapeout. LG might have been first to QHD, but it was lackluster, dull and inaccurate. Samsung put out a QHD display that was best in the world.

Being first doesn't mean being best.

posted on 04 May 2015, 11:43 1

38. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1518; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


OIS 2.0 is a gimmick. Worst results than the S6. Check this out.http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PsAt_o8zxGw

posted on 04 May 2015, 06:05 1

5. Pinocchio (banned) (Posts: 141; Member since: 14 Apr 2015)


Can't wait for it to get reviewed. Does anyone know if the G4 comes with GG4 or GG3?

posted on 04 May 2015, 07:00

19. diehardnokian (Posts: 145; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


GG or CG?!

posted on 04 May 2015, 07:11

23. Pinocchio (banned) (Posts: 141; Member since: 14 Apr 2015)


I meant Gorilla Glass 3 or 4?

posted on 04 May 2015, 06:18 2

10. mokhtar (Posts: 405; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


we want the original pictures :)

posted on 04 May 2015, 06:21 1

13. Bondurant (Posts: 526; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


Breaking news:
Samsung decides to release 10 new phones with RAW support.
Apple plans to bring new patented innovation into Iphone 7 i.e. Raw support.
Xiaomi releases 16gb internal memory, SD card unsupportable budget phone with raw support.

posted on 04 May 2015, 11:45 1

39. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1518; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


LOL. You made me laugh.

posted on 04 May 2015, 06:33

14. ZeeNasir (Posts: 103; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


Brilliant camera

posted on 04 May 2015, 06:43 1

15. Bogdan86 (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)


Manual Controls over the shutter speed is amaizing, i wish my S5 had this.

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