LG's next flagship smartphone, the, hasn't even been officially announced yet, but that's not stopping the company from touting one of the device's marquee features.
The upcoming smartphone will be able to take cinemagraphs, which are still photos with minor bits of repeated movement. Creating a cinemagraph normally requires the composition of a series of photographs or video and is a painstakingly detailed, long process. But with LG's Cine Shot, creating one takes a few seconds.
The result is a potentially eye-catching image, with just enough motion to warrant a second, longer look.
Cine Shot is one of the highlights of the camera system, which will play a starring role during the. LG is hoping the V40's five cameras, , will get consumers to give its products a chance. The company desperately needs some attention, with its smartphones failing to compete the crush against higher profile players such as Samsung, Apple and Huawei.
It remains to see how the overall phone fares, but Cine Shot at least adds a new tool in your photo repertoire.
It's not like Apple's live photos, where the entire photo moves for a few seconds.
Cine Shot is one of the shooting modes on the camera, similar to portrait or standard. You shoot a three-second video, and the phone brings up a static preview. Using your finger, you can "paint" the areas where you want to see motion, leaving the rest of the video static. For the photo above, I placed my finger down on the area around the record player, leaving everything else alone.
The wrong swipe of a finger can ruin the whole thing. That's an issue if you have particularly wide fingers, since the precision isn't that great. Just check out this image to the right.
Because I swiped only the inside of my face, only that part moves, leaving an unsettling image. I tried swiping further around my head, but little cars flew in and out my head. It didn't work.
These are minor nitpicks for a feature that could potentially yield some cool imagery.
The Cine Shot ends up as an MP4 video file, but you can convert that into an animated GIF.
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