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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  • Display 5.3" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(25h talk time)



1. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

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

5. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 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!

12. TerryTerius unregistered

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.

24. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 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!

14. nexusisbest5

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 16, 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?

25. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

@nexusisthebest5 LG's skin isn't crap. Stop spewing hate for no apparent reason. Grow up, bruh!

26. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

@nexusisthebest5 LG's skin isn't crap. Stop spewing hate for no apparent reason. Grow up, bruh!

49. nexusisbest5

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

51. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

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

59. nexusisbest5

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Shut up retard prick

11. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 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.

29. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 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.

17. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

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

2. jeevanand88 unregistered

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

43. mohi315

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 08, 2013

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

52. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Nice hate.

57. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

3. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Wow definitely the phone I am getting

4. biboo

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

I hope it will not be expensive

8. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

300 on contract in Canada...I cry.

9. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Pretty cheap compared to Samsung.

18. ph00ny

Posts: 2033; Member since: May 26, 2011

How much do S7 run with contract?

50. nexusisbest5

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

400 for s7 and 500 for s7 edge

6. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

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

7. ryansc375

Posts: 36; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

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

10. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 2013

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

13. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 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.

22. DanishDynamite

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 28, 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...

27. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 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!

15. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

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

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