While the LG G4 isn’t the first to have manual controls on its camera app, it may be the first to do so on a competent camera with an f/1.8 aperture – that means full user control over ISO, shutter speed, and white balance for each shot. I say “competent” on the strength of my having used and loved the LG G2 and LG G3 whose shots appear below.

LG G2 low light concert shot

Bamboo, LG G4, Concert Photography

Bamboo jumping about on stage at the Sony Silent Concert.

LG G3 evening indoor shot

LG G4, Low Light Photography, LG G3

Interior of Ramen Nagi, Greenbelt 3.

Except for resizing and water marking, the above two pics were not tampered with. I’ve uploaded them to Facebook and got accolades. It’s not me, I tell them, it’s the camera. Default auto setting. No filters, no adjustments, no ISO calibration – no manual control. And this is why I will be welcoming the LG G4 with open arms, like a happy child: even though it boasts of full manual mode, I’m sure auto mode will be more than just “fine”.

Check out the video and imagine the G4 as your travel camera phone.


On the G3’s default camera, you can’t change much; there are barely any settings to play with. LG reverses that in the G4. While PRO landscape shooters won’t be leaving their DSLRs or high end mirrorless cameras at home, the best camera, some say, is the one you have with you. (Besides, for most people, auto mode is the way to go.) I already am happy with the LG G3’s camera – I covered the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 using only the G3, so I’m looking forward to the G4’s improved HDR and low light shooting prowess.

The LG G4 launches on April 28.


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