LG V10 Camera Review

LG V10

 I came to know about LG V10 last December when I was looking for a phone with serious audio capability. When I saw its specs, my eyes nearly popped out of my head! This model sports a component well-known for its high-fidelity audio performance. (If you are an audiophile, you’d probably know about it. The component is called ESS 9018 or Sabre DAC, a chip that converts digital music to analog waveform so that our ears could hear them.) I’ve read many reviews and got convinced that this was the phone for me. So a few days after its release in Singapore, I “reserved” the beige version in the online shop of my telco and immediately collected it after work. I can say that the audio quality is really beyond my expectations.

LG V10

LG V10

LG V10 Rear Camera

LG V10 Rear Camera

You might be wondering why I’m talking about LG V10’s audio performance in my wife’s cooking blog. Well, because aside from its awesome audio, LG V10 gave me another pleasant surprise. Its rear camera is powerful and can really take great pictures, as these articles from greenbot.com and tomsguide.com attest. So if you like to dive into food photography or just to take casual shots of your everyday food, this phone’s camera can make your pictures crisp, colorful and exciting.

The phone sports a 16-megapixel rear camera, which has an aperture of F1.8 and focal length of 28mm (equivalent to 35mm). If you’re wondering what these numbers can do to your photos, an aperture size of F1.8 can help you get a shallow depth of field. These means that you can take shots with blurred background to isolate your subject.

Shot with Shallow Depth of Field

Shot taken with F1.8 to isolate the subject from its background.

Most of us are used to the convenience of “auto” mode offered by cameras. Most of the time, this feature works really well. But there are times when, to really capture the shot that you want, you’d need to have good control of your camera. And this is where LG V10 excels. Through its manual mode, it gives you the power to set most of the camera settings including the focus, ISO, shutter speed, exposure level compensation, and white balance. If you’re not familiar about these terms and wants to get the best of the camera’s manual mode, I suggest you watch this informative video from youtube.com or read this article from reddit.com.

Another awesome feature of LG V10’s is that it can save in RAW format. This is used by pros (and wannabes) because it gives them the flexibility to post-process their photos using professional tools such as Adobe Lightroom. With RAW format, you can change the exposure level, white balance, bring out shadows and turn down highlights. The downside is that RAW format consumes an awful lot of space.

To see the phone camera in action, I’m posting some of my unedited (resized to 25%) shots below. I took the pictures in manual mode and saved them as JPG (not RAW) to save memory.

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