In short: DxOMark has finally reviewed the LG G7 ThinQ's camera, after it has been out for about five months now. And well, the results are in but not all that great. The DxOMark score for the LG G7 ThinQ is a 83. Just to give you some context on that score, the original Google Pixel scored a 90, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge scored an 89 and the iPhone 7/7 Plus scored an 88. That means that the LG G7 ThinQ is right on par with smartphones released over two years ago. That is pretty sad for any smartphone, let alone a flagship smartphone that is touting its camera prowess.
As is the case with any smartphone review you get from DxOMark, you should take a look at all of the scores, not just the overall score. So on the LG G7 ThinQ, it picked up a 84 for photo and a 79 in video. On the photo side, the LG G7 ThinQ did particularly bad with artifacts, flash, zoom and bokeh. Now considering LG was talking up the portrait mode on the LG G7 ThinQ earlier this year, getting a 40 in Bokeh is pretty sad. But zoom was the lowest score at 25. Part of that is because there was no telephoto lens on the LG G7 ThinQ (though the V40 ThinQ does have one) and DxOMark does put a lot of emphasis on zoom. On the video side, the lowest scores were for autofocus and texture, which were both 50. Video scores were more flat across the board, instead of ranging from 25 to 86 like on the video side, it ranges from 50 to 86. Still a pretty low score for LG, especially considering it is only a point above the LG V30, and for a smartphone that came out six months later, it should have scored higher.
Background: DxOMark has been reviewing smartphones for quite a few years now, and it has favored a few categories over others. One of those is zoom or telephoto lenses. This is why devices that have a telephoto lens like the Huawei P20 Pro (and soon the Mate 20 Pro), have a higher score. Even though the quality of images and video from the P20 Pro is likely not that different from the regular P20 or even the Mate 10 Pro. In fact, the P20 Pro currently has a 109, which is the highest score DxOMark has given. Zoom could be improved on the P20 Pro, since it has a score of 73, but that is a big difference from the 25 that the LG G7 ThinQ scored here. Now, the new LG V40 ThinQ that just hit store shelves today, does have a telephoto lens, along with a regular and a wide-angle lens on-board. So it will be interesting to see how much that score improves, as well as the other scores on that phone. LG has been touting its camera prowess for quite some time, and it jumped to five cameras on the V40 ThinQ, so it should be a nice leap in the score from DxOMark.
Of course, when it comes to DxOMark, you still need to take this with a grain of salt. It should be treated like a benchmark, not because smartphone manufacturers are able to cheat on this benchmark, but because you won't see a huge difference in the camera on the Huawei P20 Pro, and something like the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S which has a 12-point difference between them. It's all going to depend on how you are using your smartphone camera, what modes you are using, your lighting and so forth. So always important to take these scores with a grain of salt, though they do work out pretty well for some bragging rights, saying that your smartphone has the highest score from DxOMark, though there are new high scores every few months these days.
Impact: The LG G7 ThinQ's camera was not the best that LG has put out in recent memory. In fact, in our review, we stated that the camera was not the best. It was a decent camera, but it's not going to win any awards for the images it is putting out. And it appears that DxOMark agreed with us here. That's not to say that the LG G7 ThinQ has the worst camera in 2018, but the other smartphones that have the same score from DxOMark or slightly worse, in 2018, were smartphones that weren't focusing as much on the camera. Like Nokia's Android One smartphones. LG has spent a lot on R&D and also spend a good amount of their presentation on new smartphones, talking about the camera. Part of this is because LG was really proud of that wide-angle lens that it has included in its smartphones since the LG G5. It's something that competitors are just now beginning to add to its smartphones. But what good is it, if the quality isn't that great? The wide-angle sensor is also a dent on LG's score because DxOMark doesn't give a score for wide-angle shots. It focuses more on Zoom, which is unfortunate for LG, but with Google's new Super Res Zoom feature, it should give it a pretty good score.
These days, cameras are the most important part of a smartphone. And it's pretty simple, why it is. This is because it is the camera that is always in your pocket. Nowadays many people are not carrying around digital cameras, or even DSLRs, because their smartphone has replaced it. Why carry around a big DSLR, if you can get the same shot from your smartphone? And that right there is why manufacturers are starting to add more lenses to the back of their smartphones. Instead of interchangeable lenses like a DSLR might have, you have them all included here. For example, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the LG V40 ThinQ sport a wide-angle sensor and a telephoto sensor in addition to the regular lens, so you can get a wider shot, or a more zoomed in shot, without needing to zoom in and add noise to your picture. Now, if you want to check out the full DxOMark review on the LG G7 ThinQ, you can do so using the link below.