LG G6 camera UI: what's changed?


The LG G6 features a curious dual-cam setup on its back, similar to that found on last year's V20, that's comprised of a primary shooter and a secondary, wide-angle cam. Then there are the hardware differences, of course, as the G6 packs two 13MP sensors in its rear cams, while the V20 relies on a 16MP main camera and an 8MP wide-angle shooter.

Technicalities aside though, the camera user interface on the G6 has been redesigned to take advantage of the phone's new 2:1 (or 18:9) “FullVision” display, and as such, has some neat features to offer. A lot of what made us like the V20 camera interface has made its way onto the G6, but there are some new G6-only things in there as well.

The entire UI of the G6 has been designed with the new screen aspect ratio in mind, since its “FullVision” display can be split into two perfect squares, which has its fare share of advantages, but today we will be looking specifically at the redesigned camera interface of the G6.

Previewing photos in-camera is easier than ever



When firing up G6's camera for the first time and then taking a couple of shots, the main thing that will likely strike you as a difference when comparing the UI to that of precious LG phones, is the neat film roll-type preview bar at the top. This bar is scrollable and displays up to 5 photos at once. It's pretty convenient, because you can tap any image at any time and have it open up in the gallery app. Besides, since the screen is so tall, why not utilize the extra space in a meaningful way? We hope to see more developers put the effort toward making the most of G6's 2:1 display.

Another neat trick that takes advantage of the “FullVision” display is the Square Snap shot with preview. What this lets you do is, when shooting photos in 1:1 (or square), to preview your previous pictures under the viewfinder in a window that's just as large. Although displaying only one image at a time, this preview area is also scrollable and lets you sift through photos quickly.



You've probably already noticed a pattern here – this phone is all about squares.

LG G6 makes squares cool, somehow


The LG G6 has a camera mode that revolves entirely around squares. Simply and aptly named “Square Camera,” this mode lets you choose from a handful of compositions, or setups, to use when taking photos..

The aforementioned Square Snap shot with preview is one of the options in this mode, but there are a couple of others as well:




Although you may not find yourself constantly coming back to all of the modes available, some of them (like Match shot) could be pretty fun in certain situations, while the Square Snap shot with preview is genuinely useful when taking 1:1 photos. On most phones, when shooting in 1:1, there is a lot of unused space left and with the G6, LG has found a way to put it to good use. Kudos to them for that!

Manual video mode


The Manual video mode feature has made its way from the V20 and onto the G6, complete with comprehensive controls for white balance, focus, ISO, and exposure. The video quality is just fine, although not exceptional, as we have asserted before.

Watermarks

On the LG G6, you can stamp your photos with your own custom watermark straight from the camera app. To try it out, fire up the camera, go to "Settings" and enable "Signature". Don't forget to tap the three dots to access a menu where you can customize your watermark!

For a comprehensive look at the technical side of G6's camera, and to see how it stacks up against other top phones, check out these stories:


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G6
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(20.5h talk time)

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10 Comments

1. mthaX

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

even if the g6 had three cameras on it back, it wouldn't be the best smartphone camera. Make.Believe :)

2. majp89

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

you're make believe.

3. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

So? Any benefit to you?

4. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Still it has the best dual camera implementation of all the phones IMO. The wide angle lens is a charm, especially for a photographer like me..!

9. archous209 unregistered

I thought that too, until I watched this video: youtube Xa8OmKzCJsE (I can't post links yet) I was looking forward to the S8 and Xperia, but since I value photo quality, I was really surprised when the G6 took better photos than the others.

5. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Meanwhile somewhere in the world th here is S8 and S8+ for $150-$250 more money but don't have wide angle camera features or zoom features.

6. mikehunta727 unregistered

But it has the 835, bestscreen on the market that's AMOLED(no AMOLED) in the G6, superior design, bigger battery(?), Most likely better camera vs the G6, iris scanner, Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 vs 3.0 in G6, etc. See how this works?

7. jessy90

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

G6 the camera to beat..its even better than the pixel xl and sony xz premium.

8. Mixkhata1

Posts: 162; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

It still can't surpass the Pixels.

10. archous209 unregistered

Yes it can.

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