Game of Thrones cinematographer gets his hands on an LG V30, praises its camera

When the LG V30 launched about a month ago, the company proudly announced how focused on video production its new phone is. That's how the V series has been rolling for the past couple of years — the V20 put focus on audio by introducing the quad DAC, and the V30 upped the ante by adding cinematography features to turn your phone clips into something more than simple memorabilia.

One David Franco recently posted a home-made video made with the V30 and praised the phone in an interview. Who's Mr. Franco? Well, he's a cinematographer who worked on movies like The Whole Nine yards and 3000 Miles to Graceland, as well as a director of photography on a few episodes of that show that nobody has heard of — Game of Thrones.

Apparently, Mr. Franco has “partnered” with LG for the V30's launch, which probably means that he's sponsored to promote the phone. That's not to say that he is dishonest, of course.

The cinematographer is not new to working with a smartphone as his only camera — he admits that he rarely carries a DSLR when location-scouting. Instead, he uses a top-tier smartphone with a plethora of apps that assist in distance measurements, sun position predictions, et cetera. And, in his words, the V30's camera quality is impressive. He also talked about how Cine Effect makes color scheme change a piece of cake.

Our time with the V30 pre-production unit was pretty fun and, we have to say, the camera really is something special. Stay tuned for our full review of the phone!

source: Adweek



1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

V30 >>>> icrap x

2. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Was waiting for 8 Plus camera review. Totally disappointed. Gets humiliated by note 8 and I am sure Pixel 2 will humiliate it even more. So looks like my next phone will be an android again. V30? If it drops its price in couple of months under Pixel 2 hell ye.

3. Be_Mine unregistered

I thought iPhone 8 Plus get the highest rating in the recent DXO Mark Test. Or is their test limited to just the Image Quality and not Video Quality?

11. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Now on DXO you get extra points if you have 2nd camera and if that 2nd camera is good for what is intended you get extra points. Its what no one realised cause no one actually read the review. What cool is the title of best camera ever with 94 points. But its clear in the review its on par with Pixel 1 and ONLY speaking about image quality of main camera its not the best camera it is one of the best. And I expect it to get trashed by Note 8 and Pixel.

13. nikhil23

Posts: 505; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

and they haven't reviewed note 8 camera yet


Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

This video will give you some information, seems to me like the iPhone 8 is beating the Note 8 but hey that's just me To be honest i'll like samsumg camera more if they weren't so oversharpened that truly bothers me, i don't like the oversaturation either but it doesn't bother me as much.

18. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 931; Member since: May 07, 2014

I have watched a real camera comparison review by Supersaf... The Note 8 thrashes the iPhone 8 camera in every department... And to surprise you this time the iPhone camera is oversaturated... Checkout supersaf iphone 8 plus vs Note 8

4. evolution

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

do you think the price will come down in 2-3 months? usually by how much? usually I'd get it straight away but funds not ideal atm haha... I have the s8+ so I'd be selling that to spend towards the v30. whats your best option? sell current s8+ now, when the v30 is available or 2-3 months after (when both phones depreciate?) thanks mate. or if anyone else can shed some light please?

10. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Its LG of course it will drop the price. LG is known for loosing its value very fast. It will get trashed by Note 8, iPhone X in sales and as usual after couple of months it will drop 150-200$.


Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

I don't mean to offend you but that's stupid, those 2 phones are pretty much on par in every aspect,the only differences are the software, the S8+ has a better display, the V30 has a wide angle camera but at the same time V30 video stabilisation sucks as well as front cam, anyways even if it had a better camera(which i kind of doubt) that doesn't justify selling your current gen phone for another current gen with almost identical specs, same battery, same processor etc,

20. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Yeah, hold on to your brand new s8+. You just got it why are you even thinking about another phone

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2522; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Um, didn't DxOMark just say that the iPhone 8 Plus was the best camera they have ever seen in a smartphone? It got a score of 94.

6. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Well android fans wouldn't even know what DxOMark is, until any android device gets better score than iPhone 8 plus.....

9. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Maybe you should read the actual f**king dxomark review and not just comment on a 94 score? Its deceiving as f**k. I couldnt care less for 2X zoom and bokeh. Image quality and especially low light is what I look in a phone camera and that's where Pixel 1 stays the king with its huge pixels.

12. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2522; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

First of all, there's no need for the derogatory language. I was just merely pointing out that there have been tests on the 8 Plus camera that have found it to be a great camera. And they retested the Google Pixel with their new tests and still found the Pixel to only score a 90.

8. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Image quality wise its on par with Pixel from 2016, only reason it got 94 is cause of the nice and cool bokeh effect as that is a new addition to the test and that way you get more points. Image quality speaking only, 8 plus is on par with Pixel 1 if not worse in some situations.

19. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 931; Member since: May 07, 2014

Checkout SuperSaf's side-by-side comparison on youtube.. Note 8's camera thrashes in every department... Don't take their word for it...

7. rsiders

Posts: 2038; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Not waiting for the price to drop one dollar. I'm getting mine as soon as its available. Probably the best phone of this year. QuadDAC puts it over everything else just on music alone. Then you throw in those unique video modes with great quality and you've got a winner. Oh and it won't cost $1000 or $930 like two other popular phones.

15. Quduz

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

The only thing it has over the other top dollar flagships is the Quad Dac but TBH it performs worse compared to the DAC equiped on the Note 8 and it's not even close .For christ saker! this is supposed to be a nice feature not a downgrade.İ Wat quite skeptical about the Note at first but i just can't figure out a fault on this phone.

14. ZPM101

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

Just release the V30 already.

21. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Of course he praises it, he got a lot of cash from LG buy doing so.

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