Camera:

We have a 5MP shooter on the back of the LG Optimus L5, with an LED flash for added illumination. The camera interface sports the features brought on by ICS, like Panorama and Continuous shots, but also plenty of LG additions, like an abundance of scene modes and some color effects.


Focusing and taking a picture takes 3-4 seconds inside and 2-3 seconds when there is plenty of light, which is a bit on the slow side. The images themselves are quite usable, with good color representation, accurate white balance, and the amount of detail we'd expect from a 5MP module. Indoors photos are only good when there is enough light, as you might have easily guessedm, with quite a lot of noise creeping up afterwards, while the flash does an only passable job at illuminating the scene from about five feet.



The drawback is video capture, where the camera unit and the slow processor only muster 30fps VGA video, which in this day and age won't cut it anywhere but on your phone's screen.

LG Optimus L5 Sample Video:




Multimedia:

The Optimus L5 has an almost stock music player, treated to a white background, which supports song categorization by tunes, artists, albums, playlists and even folders. It also sports a couple of audio effects when the headset is plugged in, and that's about it. The loudspeaker is pretty average, neither loud enough, nor as deep sounding as we'd like, but it is fairly clean, without much audible distortion even at the highest level.

The phone is able to play DivX/Xvid video files right out of the box, which is good, up to 720x480 pixels of resolution, and you don't need much more on this 320x480 screen anyway.

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