It is well known that if you want the best camera on a smartphone, then you must get a LG G series or V series phone. LG’s phones consistently have perfect exposure, color accuracy, detail, and lens quality. LG uses real glass for the exterior lens element, while other brands use plastic. LG has been using two cameras on the backs of their phones for a while now, one normal wide angle, and one super wide angle, but the new V40 adds a telephoto lens to the back as well as a super wide on the front for a total of five cameras.
While telephoto allows you to zoom into your subject, it’s real benefit is the lack of distortion that is an inherent side effect of any wide-angle lens. This distortion causes vertical lines such as buildings to be slanted, and for faces to be exaggerated. For instance, since wide angle camera lenses exaggerate distances, noses become larger or longer in relation to the rest of the face and is never flattering. The telephoto lens on the V40 is only a mild telephoto, so there is a slight compression of distances, resulting in flattering and natural looking portraits. In addition, perspective angles in architecture are less exaggerated and more straight, as can be seen in the samples below.
The super-wide angle lens is ideal for landscape photography.
While the V40 does have full manual controls, I rarely use them as the combination of the phone’s perfect exposure and wide dynamic range of the sensors resulted in excellent images without the need for manipulation. Just take the photo and it will come out great, certainly better than any other phone on the market today. Having five lenses is not a gimmick, but rather gives you the right tool for any job.
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