LG gave the G4 to a professional photographer, here's what happened

When it comes to the camera, LG's new G4 flagship arrives packing. It features a wide F1.8 aperture, unique tri-axis optical image stabilization, full manual mode that lets you adjust even the shutter speed, and inventive focusing and light measurement systems like LaserAF and a color spectrum analyzer.

We are no spring chickens when it comes to manufacturers' claims, though, as marketing speak and an impressive specs list have all too often returned just average results when it comes to the camera. Тhat is why we were intrigued to learn that LG has given a G4 to a professional photographer, Colby Brown, who put in a disclaimer that there were no monetary perks or other remuneration involved, just a partnership asking for his honest opinion. This is the same guy featured in the teaser video that LG outed about the G4's camera before the phone's official announcement.

Mr Brown took the G4 for a spin, and, besides the resulting SOTC (straight-оut-of-the-camera) images that you can see in our slideshow below, he also doled out some tips on the G4's camera specs and functions. Manual focusing, he mentions, struggles in badly lit scenes, as can be expected, so the excellent laser autofocus is recommended regardless of whether you are in the "simple" or "manual" camera regimes, unless you want to achieve some kind of a special effect. When it comes to the OIS 2.0+ module, which intros a three-axis image stabilisation for the first time, the photog was able to obtain sharp images with a shutter speed as slow as a quarter of a second, which is impressive indeed. As for the HDR photos, they did "lose some texture detail," though nothing you'd notice unless you blow them up to print for a poster. 

He recommends shooting in a raw DNG format if you are looking for the utmost detail from a scene, which is a no-brainer, but would also result in huge image files. The outcome, however, is a natural-looking picture full of image info, without the post-processing, color- or contrast-boosting shenanigans that come with the default JPEG imagery. All in all, Mr Brown came away pretty impressed with the G4, despite the fact that it has been a preproduction unit he lugged around for the last month or so. Are you impressed by these shots below, too?

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  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21.3h 3G talk time)



1. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

well in my opinion lg g4 is a very good flagship and its really a good improvement over lg g3 it the only phone beside note 4 and s6 that worth to buy in 2015

25. TimePass

Posts: 43; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

How did you forgot M9 :P


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

The M9 camera sucks!

36. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Once HTC get's it's camera game on it will be back, until then people will continue to forget about HTC as a whole! I really hate to say it, cause I am a HTC fan as well.

40. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

The camera sensor is amazing they just need to fix some setting ect.

41. mushpika

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

It didn't happen... it may not happen in the future..

44. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Both the G4 and the M9 are too big and fat. More forgivable with the G4 because of the 5.5 inch quantum display and the wicked camera. HTC has no excuses to regress on the M8 in anyway since it adds nothing new.

35. Dr.SamX

Posts: 245; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

You obviously forgot the Huawei P8! Best looking phone of 2015!

2. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

one word ( WOW

27. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I'm Wowing at the photographer who took those pictures. Honestly, professional photographers know how to take pictures even with those camera you can buy in the store and get it developed. I'm so jealous of them lol

3. dlsnhuff

Posts: 111; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

If wanna show a benchmark, there's should be a picture that can tell what may see by eyes ( from a very outstanding camera )

9. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This isn't PA own test, this is LG's test. So PA have no control over it.

11. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

*PA's own test How do you edit on mobile?

4. Tomfromsouth

Posts: 88; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

Being able to manually control the exposure time is a massive. Can't understand whyLG were the first to offer this. Without being a developer I can't why other manufacturer have not enabled this. Surely it would be very easy?

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

LG is actually first at a lot of things in mobile.

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The LG method "Let's take the majority of our inspiration from Samsung and then add a bit more on top"

20. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Does any Samsung have a 3-axis OIS module? Was Samsung first to multicore, 720p, 1080p, 2k, capacitive touchscreens? As a matter of fact, name one thing Samsung was "first" in. The list is short, if it exists.

38. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

OIS 2.0 is a gimmick. Worst results than the S6. Check this out.http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PsAt_o8zxGw

43. tedkord

Posts: 17505; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The really important stuff, like UFS 2 and 14nm CPU tapeout. LG might have been first to QHD, but it was lackluster, dull and inaccurate. Samsung put out a QHD display that was best in the world. Being first doesn't mean being best.

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

manual exposure....first by whom? in android?

8. Jason2k13

Posts: 1475; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

1. The majority of people who buys smartphones don't care. 2. Public "Whats exposure times"? "manual control?" 3. Future phones could have it or future updates. ...and yes i want this feature on my next phone.

26. razraptre

Posts: 168; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

They weren't the first. Nokia introduced this feature in 2013 with the 1020, and it's since been available on every Lumia device including the budget models. Give credit where credit is due :)

5. Pinocchio

Posts: 141; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

Can't wait for it to get reviewed. Does anyone know if the G4 comes with GG4 or GG3?

19. diehardnokian

Posts: 148; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

GG or CG?!

23. Pinocchio

Posts: 141; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

I meant Gorilla Glass 3 or 4?

10. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

we want the original pictures :)

13. Bondurant

Posts: 787; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Breaking news: Samsung decides to release 10 new phones with RAW support. Apple plans to bring new patented innovation into Iphone 7 i.e. Raw support. Xiaomi releases 16gb internal memory, SD card unsupportable budget phone with raw support.

39. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

LOL. You made me laugh.

14. ZeeNasir

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Brilliant camera

15. Bogdan86

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

Manual Controls over the shutter speed is amaizing, i wish my S5 had this.

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