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LG V30's camera takes on Berlin

See how the camera on the new LG V30 performs in our Berlin test shoot.

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Andrew Lanxon headshot
Andrew Lanxon
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LG's new V30 is upon us and its camera is where the excitement lies. Like the G6 before it, the V30 has two lenses -- one of which is super wide-angle -- which allows for some neat creative compositions. A glass rather than plastic lens and wide f1.6 aperture also promise to make this one hell of a shooter. To find out how it handles, I took it for a spin around Berlin.

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First up, this outdoor canal scene. The phone has done a great job at balancing the exposure between the bright sky and darker shadows on the trees. Colours are accurate, too.

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Staying in the same spot but switching to the wide-angle mode, the phone has captured a huge view of the same scene, maintaining the good exposure balance.

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Colours are again rich, with an accurate white balance in this shot of the gates of Berlin's zoo.

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Switching to the wide-angle lens, it's easy to see how much more of the scene you can capture, without having to move at all. 

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A great exposure, rich colours and plenty of detail to be found -- an all-round solid image.

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Moving inside, the phone's wider aperture has let in plenty of light to properly capture this shot of bottles, despite the lower light indoors. 

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That wide aperture has also helped capture a bright shot in this very low-lit hotel entrance hall. There's little in the way of image noise and the fine details on the chandelier are crystal clear. 

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The wide-angle mode comes into its own here, capturing almost the entire hall.

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It can focus close up too, letting me get right up to these pretty flowers.

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There's a 5-megapixel camera on the front, which captured a bright and reasonably sharp selfie here. There's a lot of distortion at the left-hand side of the image however, which doesn't look good.

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The distortion is even more pronounced when you switch to the wide-angle selfie view. Make sure all your friends are in the middle if you don't want their faces to look a bit... off.

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This swan looks happy to be captured by the LG V30. I think.

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There are various creative modes on the phone, including this option to combine images taken with the front and rear cameras. Here, I took a selfie drinking a latte and also showed the cafe I was sitting in.

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The HDR mode works well on the phone, easily balancing this very bright sky and the shadowy grass in the foreground.

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Another trick to play with is the pop out mode, which takes an image with the zoom and wide-angle lenses to create the effect you see here.

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There's no simulated bokeh effect on the V30, but the wide aperture of the lens has still given a nice out-of-focus effect to the background behind these flowers.

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A lake, some lovely reflections, and a decent photo from the camera.

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