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5 reasons the LG V10 is the best Android camera smartphone available

Florence Ion | Dec. 4, 2015
With full manual controls and dual front-facing camera, you can really express your creativity with the V10.

It delivers the best low light performance

To reiterate, the LG V10 beat out the Galaxy S6, OnePlus 2, One M9, and Nexus 6P for best low-light performance in our lab tests. 

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In a static lab shot, the V10 reigns supreme. But it’s made even better by its multitude of manual settings. Click image to enlarge.

Photos don’t come out too bright or overexposed, and its low light performance gets even better when you avail yourself of the multitude of manual settings it boasts.

There are manual video controls, too

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The manual video controls of the V10.  Credit: Florence Ion

It’s the manual video controls that really distinguishes the V10 from its competitors. They were especially handy while I was hiking up in Russian Gulch State Park over Thanksgiving break. The lighting in a dense redwood forest tends to change at every angle, so having the ability to adjust the exposure and ISO as I was filming video was particularly helpful—though I’ll admit I’m not very good at it.

The V10 also allows you to adjust individual volume controls, though the options are limited in some regard. You can adjust whether the rear or front microphones pick up sound, or turn up the decibels so that quiet voices can be heard. There’s also a Wind Noise Filter, though it doesn’t work particularly well. I tried it in front of my space heater and I could still hear the fan blowing in the background.

There’s also a Snap video mode, which enables you to make up to a 60-second photo collage to share to the Internet. I used it to make a quick video to share on Instagram. I was hoping it’d work a bit like HTC’s Zoe, in that it pulls from your existing library and concocts a music video of sorts, but it’s not. The other unfortunate downside is that there’s no easy editing trick to get all the videos strung together to make something fun.

Its dual front-facing cameras are actually useful

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Note 5 both boast 120-degree front-facing camera sensors. It’s great for bringing in a bunch of friends or family members for a group selfie, but it’s absolutely unnecessary when you’re just trying to take a picture on your own.

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On the left is an 80-degree selfie, and on the right is a 120-degree one. 

The V10’s dual front-facing cameras let you switch between 120- and 80-degrees, so you can switch between the individual selfie and the group selfie. It’s really nice to have that option.

 

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