When LG launched the G4 earlier in the year, they did so by improving upon the formula they used last year with the LG G3. It was a familiar formula, but there were big aspects in the design that LG had improved on greatly, the display was much brighter and colors more eye-popping than they were in the G3, but the new camera was the real star of the show. With a 14-megapixel, full-manual experience with laser autofocus and more, the G4 became one of the camera smartphones to beat, and now they’re back with the announcement of the interesting LG V10 and its secondary display for pertinent information. But what about the camera?
There’s a 16-megapixel camera around the back of the V10, with an f/1.8 aperture and the same dual-LED flash and laser autofocus that the G4 launched with earlier in the year. A trademark of LG’s is Optical Image Stabilisation, and it’s here alongside HD recording up to 4K in either 16:9 or even cinematic 21:9 formats. The V10 is all about capturing content wherever you are, and with the ability to change ISO while recording it’s a filmmakers dream smartphone. The same manual software and tricks are here with the rear-facing camera but the real fun with the V10 are the two front-facing cameras. For video recording, there’s a special 24p, or 24 frames a second, the same speed you’d see in theaters for those budding filmmakers.
The two 5.0-megapixel cameras work together to give a choice between either 80-degree shooting angle or 120-degree angle, and LG is of course marketing this towards those looking to take better selfies, or groupfies when they’re with others. The whole idea with the V10 is that not only does it take great photo, but it also takes great video as well, with all sorts of new software tweaks to clip longer videos into 15 second edits making them easy to share, with Optical Image Stabilisation shots are steady and crisp. LG is calling this ‘Steady Video’ and it uses a custom algorithm to keep things steady while shooting video. This goes for the front cameras as well as the rear camera as well, and both of them have lots of different editing tools and sharing options there and then. There are 3 separate microphones and there is software to tweak the sound input, to adjust the sensitivity in certain situations. Thanks to the fact that the LG V10 supports microSD cards up to 2TB – including the new 200GB SanDisk option – all of this high-resolution video has somewhere to go.