Hands-on with the LG G5's dedicated CAM Plus module

Hands-on with the LG G5's dedicated CAM Plus module
By now, most of you will know that LG has officially outed the long-awaited G5, and that it's completely unique in that its bottom is removable, allowing for you to play around with interchangeable modules. One great example of the kind of functionality this allows for is the CAM Plus accessory.

As the name suggests, the CAM Plus is a physical attachment that sticks out of the lower portion of the phone for a better grip. Helping with that is the faux leather finish, which actually allows for some one-handed usage, though we couldn't really decide if it was comfortable or not with the G5 being chained to a desk. In any case, the attachment sports a button for quick access to the camera, a jog dial for zooming in and out, a dedicated video record button, and a two-step shutter key. From what we could tell, the buttons were reasonably responsive and offered pleasant tactile feedback.

In all, it's hard to say right now whether the CAM Plus is something you should consider if you're thinking of the LG G5, or just a gimmick. The fact that the devices with the attachment at LG's event were chained to the table made it impossible for us to evaluate ergonomics, not to mention that pricing info is still unavailable. Still, from what we do know, first tier markets should get the widget sometime in April, and we're sure more regions will follow later. So as always, the price tag will make or break the CAM Plus, so we sure hope LG is looking to surprise.



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G5
  • 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

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32 Comments

1. saturn_boy

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 13, 2016

So, did you take any pictures with it?

2. KillTheKardashians

Posts: 93; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

It´s just a grip for zooming and a few tweaks nothing special

3. valiymt

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

Plus a 1200mah Battery

5. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

yes and this is the sad thing about this accessory. It could be thought out better and should contain a xenon flash or more led flash for a better shot in total darkness. I hope that LG will release a capacitive buttons module with stereo speaker.

10. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

This is very true and is why I am not buying this phone, what this need to be was a big upgrade type thing to the phone cam, that made it like 100x better than the s7 cam, but it's not just any old crap, like all there add ons You going to need that removing battery as it will run out fast Samsung as done more r and d on the s7 edge battery as its there own made battey that makes use of the all of the space within the phone and the battery space

16. vladimir86

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 15, 2011

Why you will think that battery Wii run out fast? Did you already used g5 and don't compare it with s7edge compare uwith regular s7! 2800 vs 3000

17. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

add ons are not an old crap bro. This is totally a new thing in mobile phones. However, usefulness of these add ons is another debate. You can call S7 or any other similar phone as an old crap, bcoz this is what we get every year(INCREMENTAL UPGRADES). (S7 is a great device in it's own respect). I am seeing that you are continuously advocating S7 on those points, which are not relevant to the topic. I think your hormones of fanboyism are boiling high.

19. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

LG make there own battery you know just like Samsung. Love it when ppl talk whitout knowing.

30. Ashoaib

Posts: 3243; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Capacitive buttons and dual speakers for me... I dont like on-screen buttons... but the question is who will make the capacitive button module? No one I think...

14. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Grip is very important to take great picture. Physical two step shutter also. Extra battery why not. You are nothing special.

8. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

I love the innovation from LG, but lets all be very realistic here.... There is zero chance that these modules, especially a module that puts a giant hump on half the G5, is going to catch on. No chance. It will be an ultra small niche market. If LG wanted a better adoption rate, they should be giving away all these modules, for free, with the G5. Even then....very few will want to lug around modules...1,3,6 months down the road. Think about it.... no way this catches on.

9. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

That's the problem - the niche, it's like LG partly thought about it - "hey, the camera guys will love this!" but forgotten the important part - that the camera guys who are THAT enthusiastic will be using a proper camera!

20. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Funny i have received more preorder for the G5 than the S7. Many of those are camera enthusiast. IF you dont work in the cellphone industry try not to say what ppl want or not because you have no clue what other ppl want you only know what you want.

24. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I'm a camera enthusiast, I have some very nice ones, I also use my phone on occasion to take pics... I wouldn't buy this. Where abouts are you? I'd imagine it must be somewhere in the far east because this kind of thing isn't popular in Europe or the US as far as I'm aware.

25. LetThereBeLight

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

I'm a camera enthusiast too and I'm interested about this phone but not the extra grip. It won't improve the image quality and I'm not talking about xenon flash... so for this kind of photography the basic phone camera app functions are enough for me however I would really like if more manufacturer put a dedicated camera button to their phones by default... Anyway I like the two lens option I'm a big fan of semi fisheye like FOV. Only the left hendy volume rocker bothers me but anyway...

27. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

you are so dumb Jimord, when u ave such good stuff, why would u go and spend extra? this is for those who dosent have one and looking for in mobile to have a cam like handing experience...

31. mitchytan92

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

I am betting on LG modular system not gonna take off as well. LG just does not have that much of a influence that Apple or Samsung. LG is gonna need to rely on themselves to develop and make all the modules because no one is going to develop something just for LG G5.

13. igorb81

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

LOL. You would think. That's one ugly looking module right there. Does anyone out there have any serious interest in this? Just curious. I certainly can't see any usefulness to that bulky hump.

21. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I have its make you able to take picture with 1 hand. More battery is always welcome when you take lots of pictures. Physical shutter bouton is amazing. So yeah i was interested a lots but sadly LG followed samsung and made the SD card adoption as internal memory completement inactive and impossible to use unless you root the phone. So no LG G5 for me.

28. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

look like u r more of showing off than usage? off course it is really good to have such module so that u have a good grip and take steady shots... look at today smart phones they becoming thinner and thinner, some times i am scared to even hold a phone to take pic as if it might fall down........... this is really good add on from LG...

4. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

I would use this when going on vacation or a trip and wanted to take lots of photos. Would probably not use it very often, just when needed/wanted.

6. iamkory

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

What would make this interesting is if it's actually programmable in some way. Like can I customize the dial to control exposure compensation, rather than just zoom—which I'm not sure is necessarily valuable enough to warrant a dedicated dial.

7. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I could really see it being useful if you're going to a museum or an outing you know you'll take a bunch of pictures at. I don't see it being useful for any kind of normal use. I actually see it being a pita in that case.

11. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Should be something like DxO One, with lower price. I would buy it, for sure.

15. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

great idea. Something like a DxO One with 1" sensor will be a killer module. But it should not cost the same price of a phone. DxO One is an interesting module but it's down sides out weight it's benefits. First it is only iphone bound and second, it is the same price of an iphone.

12. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Samsung micro controls on the edge screens is better than this to do custom takes, hahahahahaha

22. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Control on a screen are never as precise as physical control you dumb fool.

18. jack123

Posts: 274; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Only If LG came up with a reserve battery that's helped phone won't need to turn off while switching with LG's friends or battery for a few minutes would be super great.

23. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Thats i agree would be crazy good but a big challenge for engineer and costly.

32. mitchytan92

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Yeah and same goes to all phones with removable battery. That will be so cool.

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