Living with the LG V10, part 1: Manual controls galore for video

I’m not sure about how some of you feel, but I absolutely LOVE the LG V10’s camera. Sure, the still shots it produces should be of no surprise, seeing that it takes very much after the LG G4 before it, but what’s more impressive is its video recording flexibility. Reaching just a little over a week now, I’ve been getting cozy with LG’s latest high-end smartphone, which of course, is competing in a heavily crowded field filled with some phenomenal stuff at the moment.

Why go with the LG V10?

Why go with the LG V10? Well, it’s partly because it’s one of few phones to offer an extensive set of options when it comes to recording video. Increasingly, we’re seeing more and more phones offering deep manual controls over on the still image side, but they’re largely absent on the video front – so it’s superb that LG has focused on this particular area. Videographers who are not exactly professionals, but could use some versatility out of their camcorders will find great joy in the LG V10, due to the advanced feature set it comes with.

Lots of manual control love

Nearly every aspect of the camera can be controlled, which is a rarity in itself, because at most, other phones only offer adjustment to the focus and exposure prior to recording the footage. The LG V10, on the other hand, not only allows us to modify those parameters before hitting the recording button, but also changing them on the fly. And that, folks, is a beautiful thing to have when your scenes can change rapidly without any notice.

What I find most useful in situations when lighting is insufficient is being able to adjust the ISO, which controls the light sensitivity. Yes, some amount of noise may become visible this way, but it's a means of getting brighter footage, and sometimes the trade-off is worth it. Another useful feature is the ability to adjust the focus on the fly. With this, you can achieve some slick focus/defocus kind of effects to spice up your videos.

Video editing has never been easier with CyberLink’s PowerDirector App

While the LG V10 is equipped to take footage and has the creative process locked down, there’s not a whole lot regarding the editing process. For that task, I’ve chosen to utilize CyberLink’s PowerDirector app for Android, which is a simple and straightforward video editing suite that’s based off its full-fledged editing software for the PC. It's an app you can get on any Android phone, actually, but it really works well to complement the V10's advanced video features.

Creating videos have never been easier using PowerDirector; mainly, we’re given the tools needed to quickly and effortlessly stitch and edit our videos – all from the LG V10. Being familiar with CyberLink’s PowerDirector software over on the PC side, using the mobile app doesn’t take all that much learning. In fact, I was able to produce the entire video below in less than an hour.

The app offers the basics, such as transition effects, text, cropping, and more, but it’s a linear editing tool, meaning there are no layers so the entire video needs to be created in one track, which is still a bit limiting.

Memories you’ll cherish

The LG V10 ushers in a new era for video recording, thanks to its advanced functionality. Not only do I find its comprehensive controls very useful, but I’m starting to fancy the idea of it replacing my traditional Panasonic Lumix GH3 for certain occasions. Don’t get me wrong, the dedicated camera has its advantages and superior qualities, especially when it’s paired with a killer lens, but the portability of the LG V10 is tough to overlook.

Anyway, please check out the video below that I shot exclusively with the LG V10, and then proceeded to use CyberLink’s PowerDirector app to edit and produce the final video. You might notice some issues with the audio recording in the section where I’m explaining the PowerDirector app, which is due to adjusting the mic’s direction to behind the phone – whereas with the rest of the footage where it’s set to the front of the camera. Oh well, seems like one can't have it all... yet.

Related phones

  • Display 5.7 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
    LG UX UI



18. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I wish I could have a V10 by 2018 in Honduras :c

17. Bison

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 23, 2014

Does it have the manual gain control ?

15. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

If he loves that you can do stuff while recording he will love the new Lumia 950 and 950 XL, I hope he do one of these with the 950 and 950 XL. Plus the 4 microphones, will make the audio sound good. Have anyone seen the different video footage people been posting with the Lumia 950 or was it the 950 XL, well whatever it is the videos were nice, I only seen this website only show 1 video, there's a couple out there, they should get someone to report windows phone news, it's like their a quota where you find 3 or 4 windows phone news for the week and look for everything else to post

14. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

They never finished the "Living with the" M9 and G4.

11. rsiders

Posts: 2065; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

The LG V10 is my favorite camera on a phone edging out even my previous favorite in the Lumia 1020. The sheer quality and processing along with the amazing controls available is by far the most enjoyable experience. I'll have to download that video editing app as I've never heard of it but there really isn't a lot to not like about the V10 besides the battery life and speaker output.

7. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Can this camera app be downloaded and installed on a G3 or G2? Will it work?

9. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

No way, unless you root.

4. kevkyle

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

Uh ohhh.....Ray S. probably won't like this :-)

3. Midoo93

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 15, 2015

Thank you for giving a honest review about the camera rather than the actual s**tty final review which was rated as 7. I have been using this phone for 3 weeks now and boy believe me or not it seems like i have jumped into a whole new world of experience, every aspect!! I would recommend this phone everyday for anyone!

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

but Ray.S say "Unsatisfying video recording quality" as con in his review, and give 7/10 overall score, lol

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

There is a difference between video recording options and the final quality. HTC One M9 has a lot of options for it's camera including a full pro mode. I would still rate the camera a 5/10.

6. yann

Posts: 616; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

rate 5/10... Hmmm, but if that was on iPhone?

8. TyrionLannister unregistered

Then 3/10. An iPhone is even more expensive.

5. yann

Posts: 616; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

They can't admit that LG V10 is superior in camera compare to iPhone 6S plus. You can't expect that from Phonearena. And to John V. - man, you should change the size of your Microsoft Band 2. This one, on your wrist is too big for your small hand. Take size M or S.

12. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

John V...please redo this review please. Ray S. Very unsatisfying looks on his review gave me a bad taste and a bothersome tummy ache.

13. rsiders

Posts: 2065; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Simple fix is check other reviews and don't put do much stock in reviews all the time. Ray's review was hilarious to me. The guy didn't even demonstrate any of the manual options in it

16. philip_1

Posts: 46; Member since: Jul 28, 2009

Ray.S was just ridicules and unprofessional in all his judgments for V10..I don't say it is perfect but still I like V10 and probably I will take it for my wife.

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