LG V30 Preview

Camera and Video



If there’s one area in which LG wanted to create some distance between its past phones and competitors, that would be the camera. Starting with hardware, we have LG’s always improving dual camera setup – something the company’s been doing since before it was really cool – with 16-megapixel regular and 13-megapixel wide-angle lenses packing f/1.6 and f/1.9 apertures, respectively. Wide angle, and the ease of switching between that and the regular lens were always features we liked, but the fish-eye like distortion was quite prominent. LG has cut down this distortion to almost none, doing so through hardware, and not software. Presumably, the slight step down in angle width from 135 degrees to 120 helps to produce such pleasing results. This encourages us to use the wide-angle lens much more freely, as the resultant photo compositions are great for a variety of situations – many of which would typically require a partial panoramic shot. Panoramas can be a pain, as they’re time consuming and, depending on the software, can be tough to capture. Wide angle requires only a simple tap; pretty darn cool, and useful.

All the shooting modes you know and love are here, including food, panorama, time lapse, and manual, as well as some more fun modes introduced in the G6. This includes such features as 360-panorama, Snapshot, which like the Nokia 8, creates a two-image photo from the front and rear-facing camera, and a similar mode called Grid Shot, which allows you to take four different photos (or 3-second videos) and have them saved as one stitched-together image. These can be fun, especially for social purposes, but the V30 introduces a couple exclusive features itself.

Unfortunately, one of the most enticing new camera features was not enabled on our preview unit. A shooting mode known as GRAPHY (at least at the time of this writing) will allow users to scroll through a gallery of photos – which includes those taken by professionals – and select an image from which the camera’s settings are extracted, and applied to your camera so that you too may shoot like a pro. Sounds pretty sweet, and we have confidence that LG will execute on a user-friendly interface for this function.

Image Quality



Details are sharp, and HDR shows strength on defining objects in shadows – blades of grass in a sunny meadow, for instance – though brighter areas can sometimes be over-sharpened and over-exposed. Although we prefer more detail to less, everyone prefers more life-like photos. And blades of grass in the shadows will deliver on this, but fluffy clouds in the sky, less so. Colors look pretty nice in most instances, but shots in bright/sunny lighting will often wash out the vibrancy of colors, though solid detail remains. Its strength in detail capture is especially appreciated in macro or low-light shots, as it never seems to miss a thing.

Speaking of low light, the V30 appears to be an excellent performer in this regard. The aforementioned proclivity in detail capture remains one of its best attributes even in low-light scenarios. Limiting noise, and pulling out vibrant and accurate colors from the shadows, the f/1.6 aperture regular lens proves, at least early on, to be a contender for best flagship low-light performer, and we’re excited to see how it stacks up in final comparisons

Video


Significant additions to the camcorder are also in order, but only some of them were present on our preview unit. All of which fall under the banner of Cine Video, which is the broader suite of functions offered for video recording. This suite includes; 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.


R.I.P LG’s G6. Seriously, what does anyone need it for at this point? The V30 is a more stylish device that improves on every aspect of the G6 and V20, and in doing so it has become a more mainstream hybrid of the two. Gone is the secondary display of the V20, replaced with a functional software version, and improved is the wide-angle camera, which now captures very little distortion. Throw in a Snapdragon 835 with 4 gigs of RAM, LG’s potent and smooth UI, a gorgeous infinity display, and sprinkle some extra camera and video goodies on top, and you have the makings for a flagship device, which stands on its own. Now all LG needs to do is get the V series on the G series’ release schedule so that it may valiantly compete with its rightful competition instead of awkwardly fighting for the dominance that Samsung’s Galaxy S8 has already earned. Still, it looks like the V30 may have a good seven to eight months to turn some heads, and steal some fans. If the camera’s issues with bright scenes get ironed out, it may even be worthy of attention from some staunch iPhone loyalists. But alas, this is only a preview unit, and October is coming.

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36 Comments

1. Valinor

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

My Next Phone!!!! Finally one thats worth it after hanging on to my iphone 6 for 3 years :) Amoled screen, Awesome camera + wide angle lens and great audio! Cant get better than that!

5. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

This phone is a winner. 1. Perfect footprint with large display 2. 3300 mah 3. Strong audio with quad DAC 4. Attractive design 5. MicroSD 6. Strong camera Take my money. At this point, looks like the phone of the year easily.

8. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I would wait for the Pixel 2 XL

9. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Exactly SD 836. But V30 looks good and camera seems taking excellent photos.

27. dcwt2010

Posts: 74; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

What would the marginally faster chipset do? The 835 is plenty fast enough already for pretty much everything we need right now and in the near future.

23. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Nothing stands out, Note 8 crushes it. The V20 stand out from its 2 displays and removable battery. For some reason LG thought it was good to remove both unique features Flop

11. antjones21

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Nah LG's OS is still boring and garbage. The Pixel XL 2 will beat this out along with the iPhone 8.

12. Raoufdj10011

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 31, 2017

Don't forget that the pixel xl 2 is made by LG

19. mdolphins9998

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Thank you for pointing that out because some people swear that they know everything bro!!!

20. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

So you won't get a Samsung because of Lag, but don't mind LG with it's history of Bootlooping?

15. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

After looking at this phone for a while, I start feeling like my iPhone 7+ is too ugly.

25. AmashAziz

Posts: 2923; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Those bezels are a sore. For both, the eyes and the hands.

2. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

It reminds me of LG KM900 Arena(except of course the bezels) which was a good looking device :3

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

That's how you do back fps, Samsung while still having 3,300mah of battery.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4198; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Nice to finally see some competition. Nothing incredibly exciting but a nice phone with several things going for it. Not for me though. LG will have to put in at least three years of prominent sales and earnings for me to feel comfortable they will be around in 5 making mobile.

31. thunder18

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

Are you kidding me? LG has been making cell phones since 90's. This isn't HTC who only makes phones. This is one of the largest companies in South Korea? Do you think they are somehow going to stop making phones and go out of business?

6. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Oh men, I think I have to upgrade already from my G6... What a nice phone (except for the 3300 mAh battery).

10. hazard1

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

Me too. A shame, I just got the G6 and I love that phone. But I will be getting the V30 and selling the G6.

7. fyah_king unregistered

If the speaker is not as good as my G6 then I'll pass on this one.

13. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I think LG really got it with this one. Nice job LG

14. Rocket

Posts: 653; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

The front looks exactly like a gs8+.

16. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

If anything stock android is boring. Lacking functions, that you have to replace with apps. But I loved HTX sensation XL, LG G2, hate my job iphone 6, that I will ditch for this LG V30. OLED Android Wide angle camera thin watterproof big screen small bezels and on and on...

17. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

I do like the design. It does look a bit S8-ish but without the curve. The curve on the S8 does look pretty but makes screen replacement expensive and for most people it does nothing for usability. In fact its distracting and makes edge selection more difficult. I've always liked the V-series from LG but they're not available in the UK

21. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Isn't the V30 finally going global?

18. Cat97

Posts: 1890; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I really like the V30. It's probably LG's best phone since the G2. But I would have liked the G6 flatness because it's very easy to attach a full-screen glass screen protector. I mean, these phones are seriously expensive, they must be well-protected, and protecting a 2.5D screen is not very easy and also ruins the aestethics. I think the battery life, despite having the same size with the G6, will surpass the G6 by quite a margin, because of the OLED display and Snapdragon 835 insead of the power-hungry 821.

22. P.M.Dastagir

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 01, 2017

Seems great phone indeed but front facing camrea 5mp thats not acceptable .its dishearted LG fans. they shud go with at least 13mp if they really want to dominate contender....

26. AmashAziz

Posts: 2923; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Megapixel wars are over. They don't even guarantee you better reproduction.

28. razeev

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 03, 2017

trend flow about infinity screen, you cant compete with Samsung and APPLE

29. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Yes because it's cheaper.

30. hulk_14

Posts: 72; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

As an owner of Lg V10 I have mixed feelings about V30. One of the main advantages of V10 in comparison to other (almost)flagships smartphones was that it had durable case and was relatively resistant to falls, while this seems to be like other hi-end smartphones, so one fall and you looses few hundrends of bucks :/

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