Camera:

The camera UI on the LG Optimus L5 II offers all the standard settings we've come to expect from mobile cameras, such as ISO adjustment and exposure control, but in addition you also get Panorama mode and the so-called “Cheese shutter” feature, which allows the camera to be triggered with a voice command. The menu on the side with shortcuts to various of the camera's settings can be rearranged to the user's liking, which we find convenient.


Daytime photos taken with the 5-megapixel auto-focus camera on the LG Optimus L5 II are of average quality at best. Given the right circumstances, the little snapper can capture a presentable image – with sufficient detail and accurate colors, but the software needs more work. In particular, we noticed that the camera shutter fires almost instantly when pressed, regardless of whether the subject is in focus and exposed properly or not. That may result in blurry images unless the user gives the camera a second or so to adjust itself prior to pressing the shutter. Indoor photos are noisy, with too little contrast, while the built-in LED light struggles to provide adequate illumination.


In terms of speed, the camera can't really be described as fast, but that's common for most low-end smartphones. A slight shutter lag is present and the snapper needs a second or so before it is ready to take the next photo. In burst mode, one can take six consecutive photos in about 3 seconds, but they are saved at a low resolution of 480 by 800 pixels.

The maximum resolution for video recording is 640 by 480 pixels, which is low by today's standards, yet still usable unless no better camera is around. At least videos are smooth as they are captured at 30 frames per second.

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Multimedia:

While the stock music player on the LG Optimus L5 II doesn't have the most beautiful UI we've ever seen, it has all the features necessary for a music player to be functional and practical. It sorts your audio files by artist, album name, and genre, but it can list your music folder by folder as well. Sadly, an equalizer isn't in stock, but other tweaks like a bass and treble boosters are present.


The video player on the LG Optimus L5 II handles most popular video file formats, but DivX isn't one of them, while playback of 720p MKV files is choppy. Videos encoded in MPEG-4, H.264 or Xvid formats, on the other hand, run great at up to 720p resolution. The application can recognize subtitle files – a feature rarely seen on stock video players, while rewinding and fast-forwarding is as easy as swiping your finger left or right anywhere on the screen. Of course, we can't imagine anyone spending 90 minutes watching an entire movie on the Optimus L5 II's screen, but we think 4-inches are sufficient for checking out a YouTube video or two every once in a while.



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8 Comments

1. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

2011 called and want their phone back. This cheap POS doesn't even support the latest google services yet somehow the reviewer deems it worthy of a 7.5??

2. guruprasad

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

It's an entry level device,u can't expect everything from it..still its does a very good job considering devices of it's own league..

4. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

What do u expect it to bring to the table? A galaxy S4 like phone that cost a fraction of the real S4? Dream on.

7. carilotoz

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

It is a very good device for its level and price. It has the same price as galaxy fame , and the l5 ii is more better. It has an awesome ips screen,very good specs, excellent performance. And it is much better than many devices in its price level or even devices that are more expensive than it. So they must give it 7.5

3. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

If its under 175$ in Amazon...will get a lot of attention.

5. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

1st generation LG L5 is already 171$, so I dont think so it's going under 175$...

6. Jelmer97

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 24, 2013

I have just bought this telephone, any positive feedback of the LG Optimus L5 II?

8. Mohammad15

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

It's cool for its price, 225$ Of LG L5 II=Fun, Because Life is good with LG
Optimus L5 II
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor MediaTek, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1700 mAh(9h 3G talk time)

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