LG X Cam Review

The LG X Cam launches in the UK and comes from LG’s new ‘X’ series of smartphones, which bring premium features to the mid-range market. The X series includes the LG X Screen, which is now available in the UK.

 

LG X Cam’s premium feature

 

The premium feature that transfers over to the LG X Cam is the dual-camera, which we first discovered on the LG G5.

 

In this instance, LG pair up a 13MP camera with a standard 78 degree field of view and a 5MP camera that has a 120 degree wide angle field of view. When using the screen as a viewfinder it is possible to zoom in and out. Zooming out comes in very handy when shooting indoors, as you can only move so far back before you hit a wall, something that is common when trying to take a photo of a group of friends.

 

Dual camera

 

When the shutter is activated, two images are captured, one by each of these cameras. The two images can be used in a variety of artistic ways. The Pop-out Picture feature creates a picture in a frame view, while Lens Blur can be used to blur out the background.

 

The Tall and Wide Panorama feature also uses the two camera lenses and the result is a photo that can be panned from left to right as well as up and down.

 

The LG X Cam also has a high-resolution 8MP selfie camera and shooting is made easy with a hand gesture triggering a 3-second countdown timer.

 

LG X Cam design and features

 

The LG X Cam is unlikely to disappoint in both of these areas. The design includes a 5.2-inch Full HD display and the glass front bends at the top and bottom, to create a wedged-shaped look. At the edges this measures 5.2mm and this swells to only 6.9mm in the middle.

 

The LG X Cam has Google’s Android Marshmallow operating system pre-installed. The most useful features that Marshmallow brings are Google Maps for GPS navigation, Now on Tap (pop-up menu with links to what to do next based on the screen’s current content), Google Voice Search and access to the Play Store.

 

LG X Cam

 

The specifications on the LG X Cam fit at the higher end of the mid-range with an octa-core processor, 16GB memory, 4G, NFC and Wi-Fi. The 2,520mAh battery is pretty average for the mid-range of smartphones.

 

Final thoughts: The LG X Cam will bring out the photographer in you and at 118 grams, this is one of the lightest smartphones on the market, making it an ideal phone for replacing your compact digital camera.

 

Written by: Michael Brown

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