LG G8 ThinQ Review – A Phone With Many Gimmicks


LG G8 ThinQ Cameras:


The LG G8 ThinQ has a dual camera setup located at the back of the phone. The first camera is a 12MP camera with an f/1.5 aperture.


The second camera is a 16MP super-wide-angle camera with a 107-degree field of view and an f/1.9 aperture.


Both cameras work in conjunction with LG’s AI detection capabilities and they have optical image stabilization (OIS) to help you to take great photos.


The selfie camera located at the front of the phone is housed in the notch at the top of the display screen, it’s an 8MP camera with an f/1.7 aperture.


Next to the selfie camera, there is a Time of Flight (TOF) camera which is used for 3D imaging.


An infrared light is shot from the camera to the subject and it measures the amount of time it takes the light to make its way back to the camera.


This gives the TOF camera the ability to detect depth and distance. This works in a similar manner to Apple’s Face ID.


This can be used to enable the Bokeh effect on portrait photos and it can also be used for biometric security.


LG has a new Hand ID and Air Motion features which gives you the ability to unlock the phone and the ability to control certain features without touching it.


However, the learning curb is steep when using these features. It will take a bit of practice to become proficient when using them.


The cameras at the front and the back of the phone do a good job when taking photos. The dual camera setup at the back of the phone performs very well in a well-lit setting.


The images are sharp and the color accuracy is good. However, when taking photos in low light conditions there’s a little bit of noise.


LG added a new mode called Night View which will help you to take better photos in low light conditions.


This feature helps to improve the overall quality of the photos taken in a darker setting.


However, the Huawei P30 Pro and Google Pixel 3 have similar features that produce much better results.


The super-wide-angle camera takes good landscape photos in a well-lit setting. However, when taking photos in a darker setting there is a little bit of noise in the background.


The selfie camera performs well, it takes photos with rich and vibrant colors in a well-lit setting.


But when taking photos in a darker setting there is a little bit of background noise.


LG’s AI CAM is brilliant, it does a great job of accurately suggesting camera settings after recognizing common places and subjects in real time.


The camera performs well on the Auto setting. However, if you use the AI CAM it makes minor tweaks which enhances the overall photo quality.


There’s a Story Shot mode which gives you the ability to customize the backgrounds of your selfies with images in your gallery or with images taken simultaneously with the dual camera setup at the back of the phone.


I’m not a fan of this mode because I think it looks a bit unnatural and gimmicky. There’s a Makeup Pro mode which gives you the ability to change your physical features.


However, using this feature results in the photos looking unnatural and slightly distorted.


There’s also a Beauty Shot Mode which gives you the ability to modify your facial features on selfies.


There is a slider that allows you to adjust the effect. However, just like the last few modes that I mentioned this one doesn’t produce great photos.


The majority of smartphone users who use the LG G8 ThinQ will not use some of these modes because they do not produce good photos.


Nevertheless, the cameras on this phone are not bad, but if you’re looking for the best camera phone I would not recommend getting this phone.


LG G8 ThinQ Performance And Battery Life:


When opening multiple apps and multi-tasking the phone is very fast and responsive. If you enjoy gaming or watching videos this phone will work well for you because it will not slow down, there’s absolutely no lag.


The phone comes with a 3,500mAh battery, the battery will last for a little over one day of moderate use which should be good enough for most smartphone users.


The LG G8 ThinQ has wireless charging capabilities as well as quick charge capabilities via Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.


My Final Thought:


The smartphone competition is stiff, the LG G8 ThinQ is a good phone but it’s up against some great phones.


Some of the camera modes on this phone do not produce good photos. LG should have done more work in this area before adding these modes to the LG G8 ThinQ.


As I stated earlier, if you’re looking for a great camera phone you should not consider getting this phone.


Nevertheless, this phone is fast and responsive, the display screen is very attractive, and the audio quality great.


If you think the pros significantly outweigh the cons, then you should consider getting this phone.



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