LG V30 wide-angle camera produces less distortion than G6 and V20; here's the difference

Wide-angle cameras are a bit of a double-edged sword. While they have an enormous field of view, distortion spoils the image, stretching it out of proportion. LG's previous dual-camera phones – the G6 and the V20 included – were all affected by this, as anyone who's ever used their secondary wide-angle shooters surely knows. The new LG V30, however, promises to differ.

One of the camera upgrades LG brings with the V30 is reduced distortion in wide-angle images. At the same time, its secondary camera retains an impressively wide viewing angle of 120 degrees – a tad smaller than what the G6 and the V20 can deliver, but still really wide nonetheless. 

To see how much of a difference there is, we took several photos with our LG V30 preview device, the LG G6, and the LG V20. The drop in distortion was most obvious in this particular set of images. 

As the images above demonstrate, the V30's wide angle camera produces less distortion in the corners. Some is still present, but it is less compared to what we got out of the G6 and the V20. And the narrower viewing angle is no issue at all, we'd say. 

Mind you, this is a pre-production LG V30 unit we've used for this quick test, so we won't be drawing any final conclusions about image quality. But we do have more images to share if you're curious how the wide-angle cameras of the V30, the G6, and the V20 compare. Just flip through the slideshow gallery below. 

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1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

V30 all the way. Seriously, this handset deserves good sales. It's so badsass, from design to feature set. Dope.

2. redmd

Posts: 1941; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

It's a win! Will be my secondary phone. That wide angle is awesome.

3. peace247 unregistered

Damn...good replacement for expensive wide angle lens of dslrs/ml. Maybe we can use it for star photography with that 1.6 aperture.

9. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1575; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Wide angle lens doesn't have the 1.6 aperture.

10. bleevan

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 08, 2015

Right. it's f/1.9 - which is still pretty good though.

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

All I want is LG V30 vs Note 8.

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

LG V30 > S8+ > S8++

6. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

That's some trippy shots from g6 and v20.

7. Anchor

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 16, 2017

V30 is just bad ass, too bad it has to go under Sammy's shadow again. But I believe they're beginning to make a statement

8. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Samsung to far ahead at this point even though this is the better phone. Comparing to the S8 series. Note has the S-Pen which some people must have.

11. JoePhoto

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Does it have a front-facing (stereo) speaker ???

12. dariosaur

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

you can't because the iso is not high enough compared to dslr sensors and you cannot set the timer to capture star trails either

13. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

What I liked the most on the g5 and g6 was the distortion. Too bad there's less of it

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