LG Optimus G Pro Review
A 13 MP camera with LED flash is hosted on the back of the Optimus G Pro, and a 2.1 MP one is at the front for video chat.
The camera interface is pretty cleaned up and functional, with an editable quick menu, which lets you house shortcuts to five of your most used camera options. There are a few shooting modes like HDR, Panorama and the new Virtual Panorama, which lets you snap photos in all directions, which then get assembled in a 360 degrees overview for the real estate agent in you.
There is also the usual array of scene modes and color effects, as well as LG's Time Machine functionality, that precaptures frames before you hit the shutter button so you don't miss that special moment with your fidgeting dog.
The pictures were alright in daylight scenarios, with accurate color representation, sharp details, and pretty low amount of noise. There is not much of a difference between using the normal, Intelligent Auto, or the HDR modes, and the pics turned out pretty close, as you can see from the samples below. The Intelligent Auto overexposes the scenery a bit, and the HDR mode introduces ghosting if you don't hold the phone steady, so we'd recommend the normal auto mode most of the times.
Indoors pictures come out a bit soft, and colors get colder with each dimming of the ambient light to reach a rather cold cast even when the LED flash activates. The flash barely illuminates from a five feet distance, too.
The G Pro records Full HD 1080 video with smooth 30 fps, and LG also throws in the modern HDR video mode that debuted with the Xperia Z and Oppo Find 5, then spread to the HTC One, and now we have it in an LG flagship, but named the WDR mode, from “wide dynamic range”. There is one other new mode during video capture on the Optimus G Pro – Dual recording lets you shoot picture-in-picture with both the rear and the front camera, and you can place the second cam footage window anywhere you like, and resize it, too.
LG Optimus G Pro Sample Video:
LG Optimus G Pro HDR Sample Video:
LG Optimus G Pro Indoor Sample Video:
Videos look good, with accurate colors, no skipped frames or sizable artifacts, and the sound quality captured by the two microphones on the handset is rather strong and clean, too. LG has also provided a handy Audio Zoom feature, which lets you use the display to zoom in the area where you want the sound to be recorded from predominantly (e.g. your baby's face), and the phone's mics should set up to capture from there, ignoring noise from the rest of the sound sources around. It is rather hit or miss though, especially when it is noisy around.
The pictures and video gallery sports a pretty standard grid look with your media neatly arranged in tiled folders. You can choose the thumb size by zooming in/out, for that matter, and also do basic photo editing directly from the gallery, and light video editing with the dedicated VideoWiz app that comes preinstalled.
The music player sports brushed metal looks, and has a handy YouTube button that takes you directly into a video playlist of the song currently played. There is Dolby Mobile surround sound in headset mode, but no direct equalizer access from the music player interface. The loudspeaker sounds clean, and quite strong, too.
Video playback is excellent, as you can expect from such a huge high-res display, and the phone plays any popular format you throw at it to boot, up to Full HD definition. The video player can be zoomed-in during playback by pinching with your finger, and has subtitle support, loop mode, and pop-up play support, so you don't even need to resort to the Play Store for 3rd party video playback apps with it.