"Get a grip: Checking out the LG G5's Cam Plus"
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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
Get a grip: Checking out the LG G5's Cam Plus
This classic phone, the G5, has a powerful snap drag and 820 processor, two rear cameras and a unique design.
This design features a battery tha pulls out from the bottom vessel.
In addition to the benefit of being able to switch out your battery, this also allows you to attach other accessories to the handset.
There are only a couple of accessories from LG that you can use with the G5 in this way.
One of which is the Cam Plus.
The Cam Plus is basically a camera grip that has physical buttons you can use to control the camera.
There's a toggle button that launches the camera app, a zooming dial, a shutter button and a separate button for video recording.
Attaching the component is easy enough.
You just press the button on the left edge and pull out the chin.
Detaching the battery does take a bit of wrangling, but once you remove it, you hook it onto the grip and snap that back in.
The [UNKNOWN] does add bulk to the phone, so you wouldn't keep it on your G5 all day, but it makes it easier and more comfortable to hold while you're out taking photos.
The tactile buttons are also reminiscent of your typical point-and-shoot, though I found the toggle button too small to use comfortably, so I ended up just launching the camera from the touch screen anyway.
I imagine the Cam Plus for someone who's determined to get the most out of their G5 camera.
Who knows they'll take a ton of pictures and also want an excuse to use the handset's modular design.
As of yet, LG hasn't announced any pricing or availability for the Cam Plus or any of the G5's other accessories.
The phone itself will launch in early April though.
So look for these products after that date.
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