Be a social media star with the LG G8's powerful camera tools

Be a social media star with the LG G8's powerful camera tools
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If you're looking for the best camera to spice up your Instagram feed, look no further than the highly acclaimed LG G8. Its versatile camera has been rated highly by experts in the field. Consumer Reports, an independent, nonprofit organization that has been devoted to unbiased product testing for over 8 decades, rated the G8's camera as very good overall. "The main camera is among our top performers for shooting stills," CR's experts say in their review. "These images are among the best results for color quality, exposure level, sharpness, and image noise."

Furthermore, the LG G8 leads the ranking of VCX-Forum, together with the LG G8s and the LG V50. VCX is a non-profit organisation dedicated to testing and ranking smartphone cameras. VCX's numeric score comes as a result of objective laboratory measurements, meaning that it's free of bias and immune to the effect of subjective opinions.

The LG G8 puts an amazing super wide-angle camera in your hands

LG became a pioneer in the smartphone camera space by popularizing the super wide-angle lens. Today, more and more phones – the LG G8 and LG V50 included – have a super wide-angle lens camera in addition to their main one, giving users more creative freedom than before. Without a doubt, a super wide-angle is a valuable tool with plenty of creative potential. Use it to take photos of epic sceneries or dramatic adventure shots. Take advantage of it every time you're in a tight spot and backing up is not an option. You can even use it in combination with the timer feature to take wide-angle group selfies by flipping the phone around! Because of the camera's unique perspective and character, your photos will easily stand out on social media. Just keep in mind that such cameras have a fixed focus, so they're not ideal for extreme close-up photography. Luckily, the G8's great main camera is at your disposal in such situations. 

Capture split-second moments with Burst Mode

Timing can make the difference between a good and a great photo. To never miss a split-second moment, one of the best tools in the LG G8's camera arsenal is burst mode. It is accessed by long-pressing the camera shutter key, and the camera takes a quick series of full-resolution photos. Then you can pick the best ones – or even turn the sequence into a GIF! Burst Mode is invaluable for taking photos of fast-paced action: anything from a sports game to a kids party. Or you can use it to take artistic photos of water droplets falling on the ground or your pet jumping in the air to catch a treat. 

With Spotlight on LG G8, the studio is in your pocket

It is fascinating how magical smartphone cameras can seem nowadays! The LG G8's front-facing Z-camera is not only able to take sharp, clear selfies with its autofocus lens. It uses advanced sensors to deliver real-time lighting effects to your selfies. Having professionally lit photographs is now, quite literally, as easy as tapping a few buttons. The LG G8's Spotlight feature is unique with its ability to apply a virtual light source effect onto the subject's face, thus highlighting facial features or countering unwanted shadows. 

Turn good low-light scenes into great Night View photos

Taking photos in low light can be a challenge for any camera. The old-school way of getting better low-light photos is to use manual camera settings to set a longer shutter speed, then boosting the ISO to increase the camera's sensitivity. This approach yields great results if you have a tripod or something to rest your phone against. And if you have steady hands, you can get away with a shutter setting of up to 1/4th of a second. 

But in 2019, more and more phones come with dedicated night modes. As confirmed by the score of VCX-Forum, the LG G8 is already skilled at low-light photography, and its performance is boosted further by its Night View night mode. It uses multiple short exposures of a single night scene captured over a period of a few seconds. These are then stacked together by the camera's software to create a clearer photo. There's no need for a tripod. Just point the phone at the scene for a few seconds and enjoy the results! Here's a gallery of photos taken using the LG G8's Night View mode: 

Capture the smoothest videos ever with the LG G8

While every high-end phone can record 4K video, not all can shoot 4K footage at 60 frames per second instead of the more widespread 30fps. Shooting at 60fps on the LG G8 makes videos appear much smoother, whether you're watching them on your phone or on a bigger screen. Furthermore, slowing down 60fps video down to 30 or 24 fps in a dedicated video editor – a technique you've surely seen in movies and music videos – gives it a distinct and dramatic, movie-like appearance.

Speaking of smooth video, one of the best ways to get stable footage out of a phone is to put it on a specialized stabilizing tool – a gimbal. These, however, cost quite a bit. Fortunately, every high-end phone's camera offers some kind of advanced image stabilization, either done in hardware, in software, or by combining both for best results. The LG G8's Steady Record feature uses advanced image stabilization to produce smooth videos even when you're moving and holding the phone in your hands. But if shooting video from a tripod, it is best to have the feature off. 

Bonus round: Video Portrait on the LG G8 puts the focus on you

We're all familiar with Portrait Mode – a feature that blurs the background in a photo to put emphasis on the person being photographed. Today, this feature is available on pretty much any phone. However, the LG G8 is one of the very few phones that can apply the trendy portrait effect in video as well. Portrait videos can be shot with the G8's main camera and have a very distinct look that will really make them stand out in your social media feed. Here's what the results look like:

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  • Battery 3500 mAh(22h talk time)



1. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Still no update for V30.

19. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

And new information: It was even delayed to Q3 :-D Oh LG, you are so incompetent.

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7606; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why do you take u this space, when you are an iPhone guy. All you ever do is troll Android or Google articles.

21. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I wonder how can I be an iPhone guy? I comment pretty much every stupid decision, it's not really my fault Google, LG, HTC, Apple are making so many mistakes. I am enjoying the ride watching another disaster. BTW I own LG V30 as one of my devices.

2. Whitedot

Posts: 893; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

How do you feel about laying your self and the reader at the same time ? It is false statement : "If you're looking for the best camera to spice up your Instagram feed, look no further than the highly acclaimed LG G8." Knowing LG G8 is far from the list of best cameras.You also rarely get G8 in camera comparison articles. Blasphemy. Recommending an OEM that maintains its handsets software almost the same as HTC which is second to none.

3. Jeremy75

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

I think you miss the fact VCX is an INDEPENDENT forum including members such Samsung, Vodafone, Oppo, Huawei, Sony, QUalcomm , etc and this INDEPENDENT organization is saying that G8 and V50 are the best camera phones. Fullstop!

5. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

You made a typo it's "independent" not independent.

9. Whitedot

Posts: 893; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Facts speak otherwise. Check out DOxmark.

10. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

No need to check, you just compare, Pixel phone is the best when it comes to photography, where are the lies

4. Jeremy75

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

G8 and V50 definetely the best smartphones this year

6. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Best LG phones that is.

7. db1020000

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 17, 2019

Camera reviews from youtubers an people in general are always biased and subjective. You really need a lab test for this. For example almost every youtuber says pixel 3 has the best camera still it is in like position 15 on dxomark. To me one famous youtuber says something and all others just jump to the bandwagon in a domino effect in which they can either benefit or harm a brand/device.

8. SatvikBahaley

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

Bring G8 to India and price it at INR 39999/- and with good promotion it might sale quite well.

11. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

LG g8 and Xperia 1 are the underrated Android winners of this year

14. SatvikBahaley

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

In some comparisons, Xperia 1 and LG G8 came first in Night Photography, beating even Pixel 3s.

12. ScottsoNJ56

Posts: 157; Member since: Oct 01, 2017

The LG G8 is by far Lg's best cell phone so far. I love the flat screen and quad dac

13. SatvikBahaley

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

More importantly the Flat Back. LG designers are far better than any other company. People such as me who work with the phone kept on desk understand the need of a flat back.

15. hjl2345

Posts: 104; Member since: Aug 11, 2018

As much as I like the G8's camera, it sucks that anyone else outside of Korea is getting the dual lens variant, not the triple one they have here. As much as I like Instagram, I really hope they fix the compression issue they have with Android phones. iPhone photos for some reason always looks better compared to an Android phone.

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