Credit: Florence Ion
They say the best camera is the one you have on you, and if you have the LG V10, you have the most powerful camera phone in your pocket. I’m bummed I haven’t yet reviewed the LG V10 since its debut in early October, but while I may not have time for a full, benchmark-laden rundown, I did bring it with me on a recent trip to try out all the new camera features.
LG’s V10 is essentially a souped-up version of its exceptional counterpart, the G4. It’s slightly bigger and features a few extras, like a gimmicky second screen and rugged build qualities, but it’s the rear- and front-facing camera capabilities that are particularly impressive. The V10 is yet another reminder of how smartphones have managed to negate the need for a separate point-and-shoot, or even a DSLR in some situations.
It offers a wide range of manual camera controls
I’m not too keen on the look and feel of the LG V10 because it’s a bit too bulky for my liking. However, it’s capable of shooting photos like this if you prop it on with a tripod:
The V10’s manual camera controls are, simply put, amazing. LG began offering the most native granular camera controls of any Android phone manufacturer when it launched the G4 earlier this year, and the V10 is another reminder of how powerful they can be. You can crank up the shutter speed to as long as 30 seconds, which—when paired with the right ISO—can turn nighttime shots into daytime ones. Look at this shot I took at 9pm at the coast in Northern California. It looks like it’s mid-afternoon:
And since you can shoot in RAW mode, you can take the original photo file into Adobe Lightroom or similar editing program and spruce it up. The only downside of shooting late at night with the V10 is that there’s no option to focus with the flash so that it’s all appropriately adjusted when you eventually shoot the photo. Thus resulting in many photos like this:
The V10 also has an issue focusing in auto mode, but this can be quickly remedied with its manual focus abilities—if you have the patience for it. I was having fun adjusting the settings as I was snapping photos. It’s easier to do on a smartphone than on a DSLR, and I ended up taking nicer photos than when I left the V10 in automatic shooting mode.
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