Check out our first camera samples from the LG G6


LG finally made the G6 official at MWC, and we were pleased to have the opportunity of taking it for a spin over the weekend.

We dug into the G6 experience head-first, toured the overhauled user interface, checked out all the cool new features, watched some videos on the beautiful "FullVision" display and, of course, took a lot of photos!

The LG G6 sports a dual-camera setup on the back that is very similar to the one we saw on last year's V20. In a similar fashion, one of the shooters employs a wide-angle lens for snapping super-expansive photos, while the other one is just a regular camera with a decidedly narrower field of view. You can switch between the two on the fly, and while we found ourselves satisfied with using G6's camera app — not the least thanks to its revamped user interface, designed to take advantage the new 9:18 aspect ratio — we weren't overly impressed with the image quality of the photos.

However, since we haven't put G6's camera to the real test yet, we won't be passing any judgement on its abilities at this point. Instead, lets take a look at some of the photos we took over the weekend with LG's brand new flagship. What do you think? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

Story timeline

This story is part of:

LG at MWC 2017 (17 updates)

FEATURED VIDEO

21 Comments

1. shield

Posts: 834; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Awesome camera!

2. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

I am in love with this phone.

3. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Does anyone know which camera sensor it is using, what aperture the lens is and what is the focal length? LG didn't tell jacks**t about the camera in the keynote. All they said was: "Hey look! you can preview your instagram photos and capture them at the same time."

5. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Add: Looked at the metadata and found out that the phone has f/1.8 aperture and 4.03 mm focal length. About the pixel size, the noise, ISOs and exposure suggest that they are rather small pixels; perhaps 1.1 microns. The low light shots have a lot of noise in them but the daylight shots are pretty much on point. I would grade that camera about the same as G4 and G5, which is a solid, but not chart topping camera. One more thing: The samples were taken on 30th January, which means PA has the phone for a while now and I expect a review soon.

7. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

It's the IMX258, a late 2015 13MP 1/3.06" sensor (1.12 micron pixels). I'm a little bit disappinted to be honest, I expected more, especially with the smaller 71 degrees FOV.

10. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Yeah, they really flubbed on that. LG has a history of using late sensors (G4, V10, G5) on their lineup. The V20 was the only one to be semi updated. It makes no sense when the V20 used the Sony IMX298 sensor, and devices from last year have used the Sony IMX318 sensor (ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe), and the budget Huawei Honor 6x uses the Sony IMX386 sensor.

12. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

This phone seems all about cutting corners: 1. SD821 in 2017. 2. 32GB ROM and 4GB RAM, when midrangers in 2016 did better. 3. Locking the quad DAC and wireless charging to specific regions 4. UFS 2.0 storage and LPDDR4 RAM. 2017 flagships will have UFS 2.1 and LPDDR4x 5. Barely okayish battery capacity for 5.7" phone. I can go on and on, but I wouldn't pay a penny more than 400$ for this. Phones with the new Exynos, SD835 and kirin 960 will walk all over this in terms of peformance as well as efficiency/battery life, and the camera samples don't even seem comparable to the S7, let alone the S8 and pixel.

13. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Hello Tyrion...... How much of a difference between the UFS 2.0 vs UFS 2.1.......and LPDDR4 vs LPDDR4x

14. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

UFS 2.1 is a lot faster than 2.0. Apparently it's the only solution faster than the storage in iPhones. Between LPDDR4 and 4x, the difference is mostly battery life. 4x consumes less voltage at same speed and should give a bit of boost to battery life, especially to heavy muktitaskers. The numerical differences depend on the exact hardware being used since these are just platforms. A UFS 2.1 storage will usually be twice as fast, but it might not be. And the 4x should consume 40% less power.

15. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Same here. I'm highly disappointed. I'm sure they're saving the Big Guns for the LG V30. But by that point, Samsung will take all the potential buyers for new smartphones this year. Dumb move LG. Really dumb @Tyrion_Lannister

16. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

It's not like Samsung will sit silent with the Note 8. Agree with you. G series looks like compromised flagships compared to the V series.

18. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Exactly *le sigh*

17. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I'm also disappointed with the small and outdated sensor. Let's see what the IMX400 can do on the new Xperia's tomorrow.

19. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I completely agree. LG continues its history of outdated camera sensors. It seemed like they were learning so much from consumers, but still seemed to miss that mark, as well as a few others. I don't know how. I feel like if we as consumers don't start holding them accountable for being subpar in areas like this, then they will continue to give the green light for it.

11. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

My S4's sensor had similar specs. What a disappontment. I'm happy that my keen eye predicted that though.

20. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

yeah me too. I mean, the G4 had a 16MP 1/2.6" sensor, but they downgraded it just to make the camera hump go away. Its sad actually and now its just all about the software and the processing, but that too have its limits in low light..! Apart from this, the G6 looks promising

21. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Agreed. Though I don't mind the resolution size for the camera. But nonetheless, I agree.

8. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Yup. It's on AnAndTech . It's the Sony IMX258 Exmor Sensor sadly -_-, but it looks like it performs in daylight (haven't seen the low-light shots yet):http://www.anandtech.com/show/11153/announcing-lg-g6-snapdragon-821-ip68

4. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Camera samples look beautiful! Can't wait to get my hands on this baby!

6. bassembm

Posts: 143; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

one of the best out there

9. gmaximus

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 05, 2017

Impressive DR at high ISO, low light shots!

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.