LG V40 ThinQ review: one phone, five cameras

We are expecting gradual improvement when evaluating smartphone cameras. Every year, smartphone cameras are slightly better than their predecessors, but the only way to make that decision is to make many two-sided comparisons. In most cases, buying a new phone every year may not notice that the camera is gradually improving.

LG's new $ 900 V40 ThinQ can be different. In addition to the standard cameras superior to the predecessors V30 and G7 ThinQ, the V40 also has two additional additional rearview cameras to provide a variety of visuals and visibility. Overall, the V40 has five cameras, three on the back and two on the front, giving the camera system a versatility not offered by other cameras. In addition to improving camera quality, this is an upgrade that you can actually capture with your phone camera.

Over the years, we've seen cell phones that use multiple camera systems. Sometimes they provide more information on topics such as Apple and Samsung setups. As with Huawei's P20 Pro, extra cameras may be used for obscure things like "extra detail". However, the V40's camera settings are unique. A standard camera for normal shooting, a super wide-angle camera for a wider view, and a telephoto camera at first in LG are closer to the subject. It's like having a camera bag full of lenses on your phone. Similarly, the front camera system has a standard lens and a wide-angle option to capture more in the frame.

That kind of flexibility is unique in the smartphone world and separates the V40 from the increasingly homogeneous telephony sector. “/>

Good performance

  • Multifunction camera system
  • Quick performance
  • Powerful battery life

Invalid
  • All glass designs are easily scratched
  • Camera is not as good as its competitors
  • LG is still slow due to software update
  • Except for new camera settings, the V40 will look very familiar. For anyone interested in the smartphone world this year, it has the same basic design and structure as the G7 with aluminum frame and front and rear glass panels. That means it's easy to scratch: My V40 review device already has some scratches on the rear window and only lasts about a week. LG is not alone here. Almost all of today's mobile phones seem to be easily scratched now, but they are still the result of all phones and are annoying.

    ] The V40's 6.4-inch screen is similar in size to Samsung's Notebook 9, but the notch on the top and small bezel on the bottom is Samsung The size of the V40 is slightly smaller than the bigger one. The phone itself is lighter than the main 9 or ounce of the iPhone XS Max, making it easier to carry around all day. Like Samsung, this screen is an OLED panel, so it boasts rich colors, deep blacks and excellent viewing angles. It is noticeably better than the OLED screen of the V30, and there is no complaint.

    The V40 will run the same Snapdragon 845 processor as all other Android flagships in 2018, and will provide 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space. Storage expansion, wireless charging, micro SD card slot for IP68 waterproof and dustproof, and 3.5mm headphone jack for audio. The V40's single speakers are like the G7's BoomBox system. When you put the phone on the table, it becomes surprisingly loud, full, and louder. The V40 also has the same haptic feedback as the G7, which is the best available in the Android world, and is as good as Apple's Taptic Engine on the iPhone. On the left is a dedicated button to launch Google Assistant. You can import or export this feature personally, but you can disable it if you care about buttons (unfortunately you can not remap to other features).


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    You have upgraded your capacity. This is a 3,300 mAh cell. Provides a reliable all day battery life in my use. It's not as mammoth as the battery in Note 9, but the V40 is much longer than the G7. I was able to see the screen between 5 to 6 hours of screen, which is usually customizable with this size mobile phone.

    Performance has also been improved in G7. The V40 uses the same processor, but the software is better tuned than the G7, so the interaction is smoother and faster. The extra bits in RAM help make your app last longer.

    LG's software interface is almost identical to the G7, but not as good as Google's Pixel devices, but LG is a few miles ahead of its location just a few years ago. The themes are easy to use, so you can make them look like a Pixel mobile phone where you can download themes from the Play Store. The bigger problem is that LG is still sluggish due to software updates. The V40 comes with the already outdated Android 8.1 Oreo at the time of release and is now being updated with Android 9 Pie software. This is despite the establishment of a special "software upgrade" earlier this year.


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    Taking all of them into consideration, let's actually compare the V40 with the others.

    The V40's rear camera offers a standard 12 megapixel camera with an optically stabilized f / 1.5 lens and a 78 degree field of view. It is lower resolution than the G7's 16 megapixel main camera, but it is 40% larger than the G7 and is combined with a slightly brighter lens to improve low-light performance.

    Next to the standard camera is a 16 megapixel super wide camera with 107 degrees f / 1.9 aperture lens. Capable of capturing a much wider scene than standard cameras on other smartphones with the same specifications as the G7's super wide cameras.

    Finally, there is a new telephoto camera with 12 megapixel resolution and 45 degrees. , f / 2.4 lens. As with telephoto cameras on other phones, the subject is more than twice as close as the main camera.

    All in all, the V40 offers more features than any other smartphone currently available. You can use standard snaps or move to a much wider range to close portraits with just tapping the screen. To make the best use of the three cameras, LG has built a smart function in its camera app. Long press on another zoom button will display a preview image of each lens's viewing angle, so you can easily see what other cameras can capture before taking a snapshot.

    There is also a mode called triple shot. You can view pictures from three cameras by pressing the shutter button once. So if you can not decide which camera to use, you can shoot all three.


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    But for the V40's camera, everything is not perfect. I think I will be disappointed with many things. At first, each camera has different specifications and lenses, so image quality can vary greatly between them. The main camera produces the best image, then super wide, then the telephoto is drawn. A small sensor in a telephoto camera and a low-illuminated, unstabilized lens (the higher the f value, the less light) means that it does not work indoors.

    Compared to the best phone cameras on the market, standard V40 cameras like Pixel 2, iPhone XS, or Note 9 are not good. Exaggerate the image to give it a rough feel and over-emphasize the color. It's not a bad camera at all, but if you put the best things side by side, the mistakes are quickly revealed.

    The Triple Shot mode also makes armrests more useful by reducing discomfort. More than anything. Instead of snapping all three cameras together at once, use a series of cameras ending in super wide to telephoto. This means that if you move the camera before the subject moves or finishes all three shots, you will have a blurred image or a chaotic configuration. It also creates stupid animations that stitch together three shots that take time to process and are not particularly useful. It is very difficult to shoot with the Triple Shot function. This is because it is difficult to predict what a telephoto camera will capture. Finally, this system does not seem to provide enough time for the telephoto camera to perform autofocus in triple shot mode. Therefore, if you use a lot of telephones, your retina becomes too dim.