Here's how images from the 135-degree main camera of the LG G5 compare

Here's how images from the 135-degree main camera of the LG G5 compare
While it's unclear if LG is using the same 16-megapixel unit available with the LG G4 (a 1/2.6" Sony IMX234 with f/1.8 lens), we do know that it's no ordinary camera. That is, it works in concert with an additional, 8-megapixel snapper, which is there for a pretty legit reason: to offer a wider field of view if and whenever you need it.

Indeed, from what LG has told us so far, the 16-megapixel sensor has a field of view of 78 degrees, while the auxiliary cam offers the impressive 135 degrees. That's actually slightly wider than what you see with your own, inferior (in this regard) human eyes. In effect, were you to put the LG G5 on your nose, it would capture more of the scene than you can see.

As you can imagine, to do so, the G5 reverts to the 8-megapixel snapper, meaning your images will be less detailed, but include far more information than if you were to use the main camera. To work this magic, you just click a software button within the camera interface, and voila! Scene captured, in full.

At this point, many of you will be wondering just how dramatic of a difference are we talking about, given that the secondary camera offers nearly twice the field of view. To illustrate, we took some test shots, and the advantage is undeniable. Have a look:

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  • Display 5.3 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    LG UX UI



27. Skimshaddy

Posts: 126; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

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26. Skimshaddy

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22. tokuzumi

Posts: 2036; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I know LG said the camera software isn't final. Thank goodness, as those pics are not very good. I do like the features of the G5. Samsung did a great job with the S7 by refining the S6, with the larger battery and expandable storage. But I'm a little more excited by the G5 than I am with Samsung's offering this year.

21. franckyvinvin12

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Looks cool. I'll wait for deep down camera tests and comparisons, but I just came back from a week skiing in the mountains and I think most of the pictures I took would have looked better on a 135° camera.

20. Shocky unregistered

If I asked somebody before what feature they want in a new phone and they said a wide angle camera I would have laughed. Oddly enough that's what I did when watching LG's presentation, where did they do their market research? are they picking random features out of a hat? Why? :D

19. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

clip-on fish lens + 16MP main camera may give better result than this secondary camera :-/

18. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

My next flagship phone

12. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Look at that distortion. Thanks but no thanks.

9. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

I would love to see some 1080p action videos with the LG!! That would be amazing. Money goes to the s7 tho, much better all round.

8. Penny

Posts: 1882; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Mmm, the heavy barrel distortion on the wide angle ruins it for me. Otherwise would have loved to have it.

13. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Looks like a fish bowl

15. Penny

Posts: 1882; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Yeah, that's they do call such wide angle lenses with this type of distortion, often intentional, "fish-eye" lenses.

23. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

That's on all wide angle lenses. Nothing unique to the G5. Also it can be little bit corrected in photoshop etc to look more normal to our perception.

4. gtrc11

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

Also it really depends on the person taking the photo, the cup one looks better the wide angle.

3. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I actualy tought 2 cameras would mean better picture quality or something , but turns out its just marketing move for stupid people.

17. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Stupid are the ones who call others stupid just because they bought a phone with a unique feature.

1. gtrc11

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

The zoom option is a very great thing to have.

2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Speaking like other smartphones cant zoom this much just as easy , what is this 2x , 3x ?

5. gtrc11

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

mmm, the zoom is like one camera but in fact is changing between them if you want to see more.

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