LG V30 could be awesome for low-light photography

Smartphone cameras may have come a long way, but one of their greatest shortcomings is yet to be adequately addressed – their poor low-light performance.

Since smartphone cameras are powered by tiny sensors (at least compared to dedicated cameras), they can get nowhere near the low-light performance and dynamic range of a mirrorless, DSLR—be it crop or full frame—or а film camera. And since manufacturers are not going to start cramming bigger sensors in smartphone cameras anytime soon, for obvious reasons, one way to partially alleviate this issue is to implement wider apertures.

Without going into too much detail, the aperture is basically an opening that lets light travel through the lens of the camera and reach its sensor (or film plane in the case of film cameras). The larger the aperture, the more light can go through it. Aperture sizes are denoted by an “f” number—e.g. f/4.6, f/2.0 etc.—and most flagship smartphones these days have apertures in the range between f/2.0 and f/1.7.

Simply put, a smartphone with a wider aperture, especially if backed by OIS, can take sharper, more detailed shots at night, although the camera software would also need to do its part in the equation in order to reduce noise and apply other enhancements to the final image.

The cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and the S7/S7+ have f/1.7 apertures which is considered very wide for a smartphone camera, and it's part of the reason why they perform so well in low-light conditions.

But new reports are suggesting that the upcoming LG V30 may have a f/1.6 aperture, which is just massive (for a smartphone). Although it's not that big of a difference when compared to the Galaxies, the wider aperture could potentially allow the V30 to take awesome low-light shots, especially if paired with adequate software and optical image stabilization.

However, only the main camera of the V30 will supposedly be graced by the f/1.6 aperture, while the wide-angle lens next to it will likely have a higher f-stop number, claim sources close to LG cited by Slash Gear.

If this rumor turns out to be true, then the LG V30 will have the widest aperture in a smartphone camera ever, which could potentially turn it in one of the best phones for taking night-time photos with. We are excited already!

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21. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Only if the camera lens don't crack.

19. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Finally we're have a camera with 1.6 f.

18. PryvateiDz

Posts: 447; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I hope that LG for one uses an updated Sony camera sensor. I mean they're still in the 200's. The LG G6 has 2 Sony IMX258 sensors. I also hope that the LG V30 has two of the same sensors like the LG G6, like 2 sony IMX362 sensors, or Sony IMX398, IMX378, etc.

17. PryvateiDz

Posts: 447; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Why does everyone act like Samsung is the only Android smartphone that exist? Like when everyone thought Droid (by Motorola) were the only Androids or what they were called. There are other smartphones with f/1.7 apertures out there, especially ones that take great pictures like the HTC U11. I mean, it's actually quite common. Can we stop building into the perception that Samsung is the only Android smartphone manufacturer.

16. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Cameras on LG flagships are usually great.

14. shield

Posts: 900; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

11. Nonsholant

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 18, 2016

Have a 6GB version without region specifics & I'm buying...

10. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Bigger f does not mean better. Some OEMs use higher EV levels, thst's why colors are light. Iphone7+ had f1.8 and photos look more real than lg g4.

13. shield

Posts: 900; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG G4 old camera, but G6 better camera low light f/1.8 than S8 f/1.7.

9. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1617; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

There are downsides to a larger aperture, gonna need to wait and see how this turns out.

6. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Will LG V30 have the removable battery feature the LG v20 had? If not what are some other flagships I can get that have a removable battery?

8. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

As far as I know there are no flagship phone left that have removable battery

12. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

It wil be glass and waterproof like g6. Must be same design, but smaller bezels

4. TechGirl90 unregistered

august 31st! August 31St!! AUGUST 31ST!!!

5. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

most probably my next phone. I just can't wait..!

2. shield

Posts: 900; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Pls LG use 2nd camera f/2.0 or f/2.2. Now is f/2.4.

1. ishaqthkr

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

This ia not progress, progress will be when i will be able to see through women with my smartphone.

3. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

No one wants to look at ur small impotent pipi

7. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

How is this not banned?

15. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

1.7 to 1.6 is literally negligible. F2.0-f1.4 is one stop. The sensor size will make FAAAAR more of an impact.

20. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

You obviously have no idea how photography/camera works. 1.6 has visible difference from 1.7

22. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

for a professional camera system, yes, but I highly doubt it if it's just a tiny system with tiny sensor and lenses

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