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How good is the LG G4 camera? A real-world evaluation

JR Raphael | May 11, 2015
It's been a long time coming, but top-notch photography is finally making its way to Android phones.

And when you compare the G4 to our "real" camera standard, you can see how much of a difference there is in low-light capability from one device to the next.

RAW files

Last but not least, a quick look at the G4's Manual mode shooting and RAW image capabilities. The top photo was taken in the G4's Auto mode. The second is the same exact scene captured as a RAW file in the phone's Manual mode and with some intentionally aggressive post-capture processing.

The bottom image is not the kind of image you're going to get from the phone with ease, nor is it meant to look entirely natural — but it is an example of the types of transformations the camera's advanced functionality can enable, if you want to take the time to mess with it.

Bottom line

The LG G4 has a very capable camera; there's no question about that. It's just not entirely consistent. For users who take the time to tinker, even a little, the G4 can deliver some wonderful-looking photos. For folks just looking to point and shoot, though — arguably the majority of smartphone owners — it's going to be a crap-shoot as to whether the G4 comes through with a gorgeous image or a so-so snapshot on any given occasion.

To be fair, it's always possible that LG could refine its imaging software between now and the time the phone launches in the States; we've certainly seen that kind of thing happen before. I won't be doing a full review of the phone until the U.S.-specific models arrive (currently scheduled for late May to early June), so if anything does evolve with the camera setup in that time, I'll be sure to address that in my review and update this page accordingly.

 

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