LG G4 Review

September 29, 2015 | Amy Davies | |

Conclusion

Although many photographers will scoff at phone cameras, for many others, the decision about which new phone to buy will be at least influenced by the quality of the onboard camera.

For those that don't want a separate compact camera, but still want to be able to take very good photos when they don't have their DSLR or CSC with them, the LG G4 represents a good investment as its very capable of producing excellent shots. It's the best that is available on the market right now, with the possible exception of the Panasonic CM1. It certainly beats many of the lower end compact cameras, too.

While it's fantastic to have some manual control and raw format shooting, it's a little disappointing that you can't control the aperture - if you could, then it would be almost perfect as far as phone cameras go. Perhaps that is something LG can incorporate via a firmware upgrade later down the line.

The other problem you have with this phone is the handling. The large, flat, design makes it slightly unwieldy to use, and it's difficult to use one handed, something which many will want to be able to do. The design of the lens and the buttons on the back of the camera could also be better thought out too, as it's only too possible to obscure the lens, or press the wrong button.

Of course, the fact that the LG G4 uses the Android operating system, means that you can download a huge myriad of different photo taking and editing apps, which make it perhaps much more flexible than your average compact camera, allowing you to get really creative with what you can do with the G4. There's also the added bonus that you can upload directly to Instagram, Facebook et al without having to worry about connecting to wireless networks and so on.

It's also a little cheaper than some of the other comparable phones on the market, such as the iPhone 6, which for those who are not in the church of Apple, is good news.

Overall, image quality from the LG G4 is great, but there's just a couple of niggles about how you achieve your images - something which some may be alright with, while others will struggle to get on with.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 3.5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4
Value for money 4.5