You won’t realize how improved the LG G4 camera experience is compared to previous versions until you pick it up and start snapping pics. High-end smartphones with great camera features flourished in recent years, but the LG G4, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, is simply taking it to a whole new level. The 16-megapixel spec on its own may not seem to stand out among other heavy hitters, but it’s fortified with new optics, laser auto-focus, dual LEDs, and enhanced software to really make images pop in any condition.
A stunningly wide aperture of f/1.8 is part of the camera package. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy GS6 is rated at f/1.9, with other flagships rated at f/2.0. Aperture numbers are like golf scores: The lower the number, the better. And with a lower aperture number, ultimately, the better and sharper your images can be, especially when capturing photos in poorly-lit environments. It’s the same reason why driving with your high beams on makes it easier to see—there’s simply more light.
Along with the upgraded camera hardware comes the gamut of manual camera settings via LG’s native camera app. It’s the plethora of settings professional photographers are accustomed to when tinkering with their DSLRs, to get the perfect shot. Switching to “Pro” mode allows G4 owners to adjust the ISO, white balance, and even shutter speed when taking pictures.
The ISO settings range from 50 to 2700, while white balance settings let you choose between 2400K-7400K, which is a lot of control LG is giving the camera user. By comparison, most other high-end smartphone cameras give you a limited range (if any at all). The S6 “Pro” mode, for instance, provides only a subset of what the G4 gives in terms of ISO and white balance settings.
Scroll down a bit further to see a photo gallery of more pictures taken using the Pro mode on the G4.
LG G4 slideshow: photos taken using the Pro mode
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