Even your iPhone 7 Plus friends will have camera envy with the V20’s quad-camera setup. LG introduced the world to dual cameras on the V20, with two front-facing shooters for even wider angle selfies, and the company isn’t one to shy away from its camera innovation. The V20 is the first phone on the market to ship with four cameras: two in the front and two in the rear.
LG’s dual camera array differs from Apple’s take on the iPhone 7 Plus. Whereas the iPhone’s rear cameras work together to let you zoom in for close-ups, LG’s secondary cameras go the opposite direction, allowing you to pan out for an even wider field of view.
On the back, you’ll have a 16-megapixel main camera with f/1.8 aperture and 29mm equivalent field of view alongside a secondary 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture and wide 12mm field of view. It’s unfortunate that the wider lens doesn’t capture images at the same high resolution as the main camera, but I appreciated the wider field of view when taking pictures of landscapes, architectures and large group shots.
In real life, portrait photographers will likely gravitate towards Apple’s setup, but for landscape shooters, the V20 may give you just the right perspective to become the next Ansel Adams.
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Under bright daylight, the LG V20's main 16-megapixel camera delivers, with fine details, good color saturation and images that don't appear too overly processed. Dynamic range is pretty good.
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Here, you see the same image as before, but using the ultra-wide angle lens, you can see more of the scene with this picture. On the first image, your eyes are drawn into the entrance of the pier, but the wider perspective tells a slightly different story as your eyes are drawn to the man whose back is towards the camera. With the ultra-wide lens, there is a slight fisheye effect as well, which is more noticeable on the edges of the photograph.
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Dynamic range with the main 16-megapixel rear camera is good, and the colors captured are vivid, but accurate. With 16 megapixels, you can easily crop into the shot to see the reflection of tree branches and leaves in the window towards the back.
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You don't get the same computational photography engine that allows you to get the same shallow depth of field with Portrait Mode on Apple's iPhone 7 Plus or the adjustable aperture mode on Huawei's Honor 8, but this macro shot of the apples show a slightly defocused background.
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The fisheye effect is more apparent in this image. The steel bar at the top is straight, but the ultra-wide 8-megapixel lens makes it appear rounded and curved at the left and right edges with its 135-degree field of view.
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Although the camera performs well outdoors with plenty of light, images captured indoors is a bit grainier with more noise. This is more noticeable when you crop in.
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Dynamic range is preserved in this shot as the V20 is able to capture details in the shadows of the brick building without overblowing the sky.
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The ultra-wide angle lens is perfect for landscape photography, architectural shots and tight city streets. However, I wish LG had used the same 16-megapixel sensor as the main rear camera. Details are lost when zooming in on the ultra-wide angle shots.
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Compared to Samsung's Galaxy S7 series, the camera on the V20 does a great job capturing accurate colors for the flowers and bringing out details in the shadows. However, highlights are blown out here with a less aggressive HDR mode, as the blue sky looks white in this image.
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Lit by natural light through an overhead skylight, this shot shows the strength of the V20's camera, capturing details, good dynamic range, bright colors. There's also a bit of subject matter isolation, with a slightly blurred background.