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Get a better handle on photos with LG G5's Cam Plus (pictures)

LG's add-on accessory for the G5 takes aim at photo fans and offers some direct-access controls.

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The LG Cam Plus

Available after the G5 launches on April 1, the Cam Plus camera grip gives you a better handle and tactile controls when you want to use the phone's camera.

Editors' note: This piece was originally published on February 21, 2016, and has been updated with additional information.

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Physical keys to press

The accessory offers G5 photographers a tactile buttons. They include a toggle switch to launch the camera, a continuous dial wheel for zooming in and out of subjects, a shutter button and a video recording button.

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G5 camera specs

As for the phone's camera features, the handset has two rear-cameras (a 16-megapixel camera and a wide-angle 8-megapixel shooter), and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

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Taking off the bottom bezel

The bottom of the phone and the battery slide out for accessories; this is where you slide in the Cam Plus.

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Extra battery power

The G5 has a 2,800mAh internal battery, but the grip has its own power source that adds an additional 1,100mAh of juice.

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Getting a grip

The Cam Plus adds enough bulk to make gripping the phone more comfortable, but because it doesn't have a headphone jack, you wouldn't want to keep the accessory attached to the phone at all times.

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Adding a bit of heft

With the grip attached, the phone has a slight tilt while lying on a desk.

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Having a better handle

While you still can't grip it like a camera -- that would be resting your thumb on the screen -- it does add a measure of stability when shooting.

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Taking photos on the G5

A look at the camera app on the G5.

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All lined up

The different modular parts of the handset.

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Ideal for photography fans

With its 5.3-inch display the G5 is large, the Cam Plus makes taking pictures more comfortable. If you're not a photo enthusiast, though, you can still use the device's camera just fine without it. Click here for more information on the LG G5.

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