Though the Samsung Galaxy S7 camera seems to be the best smartphone camera on the market right now according to most reviewers, we will put the spotlight on the LG G5. For basically idealistic motives because if the first modular smartphone turns out to be a huge flop, the idea of building devices of this kind could be buried entirely, which would be a shame in particular in regard to their ecological advantages.
Well, the LG G5 is far from being the game changer Project Ara could be one day. But offering an expansion slot is a small step into the right direction. And since the most talked about module is the LG Cam Plus, it is the perfect gadget-wanna-have for a blog about photography.
Getting Back That Good Old Feeling
Various crowdfunding projects have proven that there are many people around the world who are willing to invest money into gadgets that will make their smartphones more camera-like. From simple cases that fake the look to connected devices that offer optics, light etc.
Thus building something alike that perfectly fits your flagship device makes totally sense for a smartphone manufacturer. Indeed, LG is not the first company with that simple idea. Microsoft for example offered a handy camera grip for the Lumia 1020, a case with built-in battery and shutter.
The LG Cam Plus follows the same concept: by creating a bulge on the case, the user has better grip on the smartphone which re-creates the feeling of a point-and-click camera. The camera module offers a power button, a wheel for zooming, a shutter, a record button and it also comes with an extra 1.140 mAh battery.
The Genius Behind
While the – different concept, same idea – Sony DSC-QX devices are almost stand-alone cameras (except for lacking a screen), the LG Cam Plus doesn’t make much sense without its partner. Camera hardware (lens, light) and software are located within the LG G5. A circumstance that, at least in pre-production models, lead to a relative long reaction-time of the shutter.
Since we’re not talking about the LG G5 as a phone but as a camera, here are the main specs:
- 3 inch IPS LCD with 554ppi
- Android 6.0.1
- 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
- Snapdragon 820, Adreno 530
- Main camera: 16MP (f/1.8) – 2160p/30fps; front camera: 8MP (f/2) – 1080/30fps
- Features: optical image stabilisation, laser autofocus, led flash
- 2.800 mAh