The second half of 2017 just got more interesting with the release of new smartphones at IFA in Berlin.
One of those new phones that I think really stood out during IFA was the new LG V30, with its impressive camera as its main headliner. It looks set to be the smartphone to go for if a great camera is what you’re after.
Like the V20 it’s replacing, the V30 features a dual camera setup, the first a 13-megapixel regular camera, while the second is of the 120-degree ultra-wide shooter with a 16-megapixel sensor. But thsi ultra-wide lens rocks an f1.6 aperture, a first on any smartphone!
This means that the V30’s camera can handle low light environments very well, at least on the ultra-wide mode. The second camera’s aperture stops at f1.9.
A wider aperture also means it can produce natural creamy ‘bokeh’ (sharp objects on blurred background) without software trickery.
Some people might prefer an ultra-wide lens like on the V30’s over a telephoto lens as ultra-wide is great for taking group photos, landscapes, adventure and “gopro” style shots.
And LG just doesn’t stop there. The V30 includes a bevy of pro-level camera settings that should give users more creative control when composing a shot. The Manual mode lets users adjust white balance, ISO and shutter speed, and it also shows a histogram.
Of course, the V30 has an excellent auto mode which should produce gorgeous pictures in any situation, but having more control is a win especially for pro users.
The V30 also excels in video. The phone comes with LG’s new Cine Video mode that lets users add cinema-quality filters to their videos, from dramatic “summer blockbuster” to old-school “noir”.
Cine Video also has a “point zoom” feature. This lets users pick any part of the frame to focus on the V30 will keep that selected area centred when dragging the onscreen zoom slider.
The V30 is also a beautifully-crafted phone, borrowing the clean all-glass near-bezel-less design of LG’s G6, with the exception of a much larger 6-inch QHD OLED screen.
However, LG has opted not to include a secondary screen, which was a staple to the company’s V series. LG is really toning down on gimmicks this time around, focusing instead on improving features that truly matter, like the camera.