Watch the LG V30 take on a $50,000 RED Weapon professional camera

LG touts its seasonal V30 flagship as a videographer's dream and powerhouse, even including 4K footage editing options that have been outside the realm of Android handsets so far, under the banner of Cine Video, which is the broader suite of functions offered for video recording on the V30. These include Point and Zoom, which locks focus on a specific part of the screen and allows the user to zoom in on it smoothly; Cine Effect, which contains 15 different movie-genre-inspired filters to film with; Cine Log, which facilitates easy editing in programs like Adobe Premiere; and Video Studio, an on-board editing software which allows you to work with multiple photos and videos, as well as add after-effects to your mobile masterpiece.

How would all that jazz fare when pitted against what is probably the best professional video camera at the moment - RED's $50, 000 Weapon rig that can shoot 8K without a hitch? Well, someone took a V30 from LG, and embarked on the quest to find out, recreating the famous Walter Mitty Longboard Scene for the action in it. To eliminate bias, they taped a V30 on top of the rig, and shot with both kits hooked to a drone simultaneously, and you can see the results above. 

Needless to say, the level of resolved detail and the dynamic range captured by RED's camera are better, yet the V30 isn't far behind when it comes to punchier colors (which can be a good or a bad thing, depending on which shutterbug you ask), or smoothness of the resulting footage. What do you think?

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  • Display 6.0 inches
    2880 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Dual camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    LG UX UI



15. joinboone

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 24, 2017

The camera is very strong


Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

I'm so sorry to break it to you but you can do LOG on iPhones for 14.99 using FilMic Pro. You know, the support that IOS devices get from developpers is incredible, for 15 $ you can get all of the goddies the comes with LG V30 (and more) app support in the camera departement sucks in android only the pixel and galaxy s7, s8 get some actual support, i do preffer the native integration in the V30, but in the case of HTC ang other devices there's not such option no even with an app.

14. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2126; Member since: May 29, 2014

Yeah... But you gotta pay extra for features LG supplies natively. #NoBueno

10. ibend5

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Well, he is a pro... :-|

9. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Wow, great job LG. Can't wait to see Dx0mark not review it :P

7. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Well, it will not rival the RED for sure but the ability to have the flexibility with the LOG footage is incredible for a smartphone. The V30 is such a marvelous phone and I hope they release it soon..! The wait has been excruciating..

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Technology for everyone. Thanks LG.

4. Jason2k13

Posts: 1487; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

In other words, if your good at editing, almost any flag ship phone can create similar results as the V30.

6. Avieshek unregistered

But the LG doesn't Record in RAW.

11. mschmal

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

Adobe LR does though.

13. RaulBlas

Posts: 47; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

Nobody shoots video in raw, but every pro shoots in Log, and the V30 supports it. I think LG have done a nice work

16. cheetah2k

Posts: 2333; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

But it records in Log. Better than Raw

8. Cat97

Posts: 2057; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

No, because no other flagship records flat, color-unaltered image and the associated video LOG file separately which allows color grading in post-processing. This unique V30 feature is the one that allows what you see in the video.

3. Cat97

Posts: 2057; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Very impressive, the two videos are extremely similar.

2. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

LG win.

1. foreverNOOB

Posts: 188; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

50x price difference!!!!!!! Great job LG!!

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