49 reasons why the LG G4 is one of the best smartphone cameras around [Gallery]

We often publish our review with images taken by the device’s camera, but for larger launches, we don’t think it quite does the snaps or the camera any justice.

As is the case with the Huawei P8, LG marketed it’s LG G4 as a camera attached to a smartphone, more than a smartphone with a camera bolted to it. It makes sense too, because it’s easily within the top three best smartphone cameras to purchase right now.

I’m not going to say that it’s better than the Samsung Galaxy S6‘s snapper, which was brilliant on automatic mode and ghastly as everything else.

I’m not going to say it’s better at the Huawei Mate 7 for balancing out contrasts, or capturing vistas in bright light. What I will say is that this phone, more than any else perhaps only other than the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, made me want to snap pictures of everything, constantly.

But what really matters is your opinion. So, below is a selection of 49 of the best snaps taken by the camera, on a mixture of automatic mode and manual mode.

Oh, and don’t be afraid to download an use an image as a wallpaper should you fancy.

Read the full review here: LG G4 review: old world charm, new world chic

LG G4: its varied, storied portfolio
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First image snapped with the phone didn't inspire much.

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As you get to use the phone more and more, the more at ease with the camera settings and responses you become.

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Snapping macros or close ups is really where this thing shines.

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Food fotographers will love it as well, but the camera does require a fair bit of light.

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Adjusting shutter speed and ISO is an option, but goes only so far.

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Still, when you get snaps right on this device, you feel like a champion. This is using the device's manual mode focus setting.

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Colours never felt washed out in full sun, and rivals the S6 in many instances here.

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It really is one of the best lens/sensor combinations we've ever seen on a phone.

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Manual mode lets the user manually target specific elements in view. It's quite satisfying.

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This wouldn't quite be possible on automatic mode. It's rain droplets on a window pane, for the record.

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This was quite an experiment in adjusting the shutter speed to its lowest setting, while allowing enough light in as well.

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Back to more food images, It's easy taking wide snaps with this device too.

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Macros are just too fun. Seriously.

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Especially when the subjects in question are colourful.

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Some instances, the camera does wash out some colour, but on manual mode it can be adjusted.

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Flower photographers will love this device to death.

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A daisy blooming in Cape Town.

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A well timed shot, thanks to the camera's quick response times in most situations.

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Adjusting settings in manual mode allows the user to paint images with all sorts of moods.

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A gloomy day...

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...can be made into a bright one with just a white balance tweak.

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This was snapped in automatic mode.

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A group of felicia, snapped in manual mode.

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Sorrel snapped in manual mode as well.

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A picture of the Stellenbosch mountains, taken using manual mode.

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Some good ol' red, snapped using the manual mode settings.

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More manual mode fun, this time taken into the sun to prove a point.

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Generally, snapping images towards the light source isn't advised, but the camera doesn't panic.

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A ladybird that didn't quite want to sit still. Manual mode.

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An automatic mode shot.

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Fireworks given the bokeh treatment. It's one of the more entertaining things to do on the G4 with the focus settings.

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Bright scenes as night is as colourful as the day on this device.

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Moss taken outside the Gearburn office. Even the smallest things can be noticed under the lens.

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Looking across Cape Town's suburbs, using manual mode.

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Here the f/1.8 aperture comes in handy. A wider lens means better low light images.

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It's a pleasure using this device at night. The Cape Wheel, at the V&A Waterfront.

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The V&A Waterfront at night is easy captured in its vibrancy.

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Another shot snapped into the sun, but the phone has no problem adjusting the focus, thanks to the laser system.

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A little washed out, but still shows the phone's focusing prowess.

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More sorrel, snapped on manual mode.

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At the bottom of the Fish River canyon, snapped on manual mode.

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Another Fish River Canyon shot, using manual mode.

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The same shot, just slightly adjusted shutter speed and white balance.

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You'll have no problem taking landscape images with this device.

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A panoramic snap of the Fish River Canyon. The panoramic mode isn't quite as good as the Samsung Galaxy S6 or Sony Xperia Z3's.

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Another panorama of the Fish River Canyon.

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Pears ready to be sold outside Klawer, Western Cape. Snapped using manual mode.

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A Johannesburg sunset, snapped using manual mode.

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The camera doesn't quite like dusk. This is the V&A Marina, Cape Town.

Andy Walker, former editor


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