161Picture High quality scoreUBER-G SCOREScoring/rating system nameIQImage-High quality based mostly scoring systemCAMERAMobile Excessive EndCategory based mostly on value2018-10System launch dateLG V40System model and identify

The LG V40 is LG’s present prime smartphone, because the V-Sequence is the high-end, technologically superior line of smartphones. As such, it was the primary to pack a triple-lens setup, providing a 2X optical zoom lens, and a 16mm Ultrawide lens along with the first digicam. Which means it has hardware assist for all 4 pillars of our Uber-G IQ cell digicam rating. How does it translate in precise picture high quality? Let’s discover out.

Study extra: what’s our Digicam IQ rating?

Key Digicam Specs and Uber-G Digicam HW Rating

Rear Digicam System (three cameras)Major: 26mm focal size, f/1.5 aperture, 12 Megapixel, OISZoom: 52mm, f/2.four aperture, 12 MegapixelUltrawide: 16mm, f/1.9, 16 Megapixel

The LG V40 was the primary cell digicam to introduce three focal lengths (16-26-52mm), making it probably the most versatile smartphone digicam system when it launched in October 2018.

To realize this inside an affordable invoice of fabric (BOM), LG has rigorously picked the digicam parts to attain a fragile stability between picture high quality, versatility, and value. As such, it achieves a comparatively excessive hardware rating:

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Picture High quality Evaluation

Essential: let’s make clear some terminology we’ll be utilizing:

“picture processing”: software program work that improves the picture information high quality“picture filtering”: software program work that modifications the type (aesthetic) of the photograph.context photograph: an awesome approximation of what we seeTogether with how darkish the scene truly isOnly to offer the context of the shot.

A notice concerning the Uber-G Digicam IQ Rating: our digicam scoring system relies on 4 “Pillars” or sub-scores that gives much-needed nuance: day, evening, zoom and ultrawide pictures.

Daylight Images: 173

Out of the field, the LG V40 does take pretty daylight footage that you’d be hard-pressed to criticize should you noticed them with none context. However since we’re right here to check the V40 digicam to the most effective on the market, let’s dig deeper!

The LG V40 tends to extend shade saturation and makes use of a great quantity of picture filtering to take away noise and enhance shade distinction. That’s very noticeable should you evaluate it with a extra natural-looking strategy like on the iPhone XS, which ranks greater in Daylight IQ. Be aware: the soleil shrined a bit via clouds within the XS pic, however the remarks are nonetheless appropriate.

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There may be some lack of element (tree trunks and leaves), and that occurs when filtering is utilized closely, and that is fairly noticeable in a cropped view, however much less so on social media.

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The LG V40 has an HDR mode that kicks in when wanted, however we discovered that the leap between HDR and non-HDR is a bit vast. Basically, the digicam does effectively, however the HDR mode is filtering -heavy as effectively. In actual fact, evidently mixing the 2 pictures would yield an ideal stability…

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The iPhone XS greatest represents what your eyes are . Proper now, we largely have a look at filtering from a data-preservation perspective and going a bit away from “Actuality” doesn’t change the rating a lot. However as a possible person, you possibly can determine should you just like the filtering “type” of the LG V40 or not as a result of there’s little you are able to do to alter it.

Low-Gentle Images: 172

In uniform low-light conditions, the LG V40 can do nice. For instance, these bottles are in a zero.5 LUX gentle surroundings. That is simply on the threshold of when your eyes can nonetheless appropriately understand colours. The context shot exhibits you the way darkish it’s, and naturally, smartphones will all brighten the scene at varied ranges.

Context Photograph: the zero.5LUX scene with pure colours and brightness

At a look, a comparability with the Google Pixel three doesn’t appear to yield lots of variations. The Pixel does a greater job at getting the colour hues proper, whereas the LG V40 is making issues considerably greener than they need to, nevertheless it’s not too far off the reservation.

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A more in-depth have a look at the cropped view exhibits that the LG V40 has a much less blocky noise sample and sharper particulars than Pixel three. That will be noticeable on a pill or a PC for instance.

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In a extra advanced low-light situation like a metropolis view that entails highlights, road lamps, and difficult publicity settings, the LG V40 is having extra difficulties. On this difficult metropolis shot, the LG V40 produces a picture that may be a bit unnaturally brilliant, whereas the Pixel three does a noticeably higher job at it, even when it’s nonetheless brighter than what your eyes understand.

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However while you look nearer, you possibly can see a sizeable distinction in picture high quality as the mix of sensor pixel-binning, over-exposure, and noise-reduction filtering takes a toll on each the colours and particulars of the photograph. Imagine us, low-end cameras would get killed in this type of scene, so it’s nonetheless fairly good, however we use it challenges confronted by this digicam.

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This beneath scene with a coloured tile artwork is a bit much less difficult, and that’s why there isn’t an entire lot of distinction at first look. The pixel is artificially boosting the saturation past what the pure shade hues are, however not excessively.

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Wanting nearer, you possibly can see that the Pixel three preserves much more particulars, and that’s most likely as a result of Pixel-Binning that LG is utilizing, buying and selling off sensor element (12MP -> 4MP -> 12MP) for greater gentle sensitivity. I’m undecided that binning was wanted on this specific scene, and arguably, the V40 might have taken a great image with out it.

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This sort of particulars will not be at all times important if you’re images on the cellphone, or sharing to social media. Nonetheless, it does play a task in making the LG V40 rating a bit decrease than the Google Pixel three with each nonetheless being high-end performers.

Zoom Images: 80

Many telephones have a 2X optical zoom, however that in itself doesn’t imply a lot by way of picture high quality, which is why the Uber-G IQ Zoom rating is so helpful. The LG V40 is within the Prime eight by way of zoom efficiency.

Our plus toys photograph is a superb illustration of the state of affairs as a result of lots of cameras will finally lose the furry texture, the define particulars (or have closely processed outlines). The LG V40 stand within the camp of cameras which have much less image-filtering, however extra noise. The iPhone XS is like that as an example. It exhibits extra pure particulars than the OnePlus 6T for instance.

Context shot, what the scene seems like when zoomed in

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It might not be shocking in many individuals prefered the 6T filtering impact. However, it’s outperformed by the Samsung Galaxy Be aware 9‘s 2X optical zoom lens, regardless of wanting superficially comparable on paper.

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Lastly, the Huawei Mate 20 Professional (and P20 Professional) stays the last word zoom (3X) cellphone at publication time, the photograph will communicate for itself. Discover how this digicam doesn’t want picture filtering. Taking a look at earlier footage, you possibly can inform how picture filtering can destroy unique particulars typically.

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The identical outcomes might be present in different scenes that include a mixture of natural particulars (candle, crops) and low particulars (drawings, prints). Once more, the outcomes are fairly easy to measure and interpret.

Context photograph (zoom)

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By the best way, you possibly can see how the Galaxy Be aware 9 makes use of picture processing to spotlight a number of the particulars and competes in opposition to the Mate 20 Professional’s use of uncooked digicam zoom energy. The Be aware 9 seems much less pure, however places up a excessive efficiency, for a 2X zoom.

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Ultrawide Images: 129

Because the model that launched Ultrawide (~16mm focal) pictures to the smartphone market, it’s fairly appropriate to see LG lead right here. At Ubergizmo, we now have advocated that Ultrawide is rather more helpful than a 2X zoom for the previous ~three years, and different tech consultants reminiscent of Ben Sin and plenty of extra would agree.

On the Ultrawide high-end, LG largely competes with itself (LG G7, LG V30) however its essential competitor is the Huawei Mate 20 Professional. Our assessments confirmed a few issues: First, the LG V40 Ultrawide digicam dominates in low-light conditions.

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Secondly, the Huawei Mate 20 Professional does etch a small win in a daylight state of affairs, primarily as a result of LG’s HDR algorithm isn’t performing as constantly as Huawei’s. You possibly can see this within the tree leaves, that are abnormally darkish.

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That is one thing that we now have seen often (and talked about) with current LG telephones. When you don’t know the context of the photograph, it’s possible you’ll not notice it. However from a picture high quality viewpoint, it issues. Happily for LG, it nonetheless wins total to finish up being the most effective Ultrawide digicam at publishing time.

Conclusion and Uber-G Digicam IQ Rating


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The LG V40 digicam system is a poster-child for versatility and might be probably the most underrated cell digicam available on the market. But, should you have a look at it objectively and fully, it is without doubt one of the strongest cell digicam techniques.

However because of sub-scores that make sense, you possibly can look past the worldwide rating to really perceive if the LG V40 is for you.


The underside-line is that should you don’t care about Ultrawide pictures, you might have higher choices. You possibly can see it clearly in our full Digicam IQ rating desk (comply with the hyperlink beneath). When you’ve got by no means had an Ultrawide photograph expertise, we encourage you to take a great have a look at it, as a result of it’s a incredible software to have.

Suggesting that a Panorama can change Ultrawide is nonsense as a result of ultrawide pictures work a lot better with dynamic scenes and seize immediately. There’s nothing prefer it, and that’s why it’s one in every of our 4 cell pictures “pillars.”

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Uber-G Digicam IQSub-scoresDay173Evening172Zoom80Ultrawide129

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