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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

LG V30 vs LG V30S ThinQ camera comparison

MWC 2018 is now over and it brought some new devices and also some.. improved devices. In the case of LG we got the latter type of phone - the LG V30S ThinQ and not the LG G7.

So to recap, what has the V30S

ThinQ improved in the LG V30 - well it comes in two new colors - New Moroccan Blue and New Platinum Grey (yes, New is part of the name) - a 2GB bump in RAM for a total of 6GB and more built-in storage - either 128GB or 256GB in total.



And finally, the LG V30S ThinQ added AI to the phone and, the focus of this article, AI to the camera. While technically the same camera hardware, the software is a bit different. We shot the LG V30 in Auto and the LG V30S ThinQ in AI Cam.

The difference between Auto on the old phone and AI Cam on the new one is that in Auto, the V30 will adjust shooting parameters for a correct exposure, while the V30S ThinQ will be able to recognize the scene and change more, like saturation for instance, if it decides you're capturing food.



Now let's get the technicalities out of the way. The LG V30S ThinQ (and the LG V30) have a 16MP main camera with 1um-sized pixels and an f/1.6 aperture and a 16MP f/1.9 fixed-focus camera with a 120-degree super wide angle snapper. The front camera is a 5MP unit with f/2.2 aperture and two field of view modes - a regular 82-degree and a wider 90-degree.

To preface the next page where all the samples are, we won't be getting overly technical with camera analysis. This isn't a review. But we have prepared a lot of camera samples for you guys to see and compare. Ok? Let's go.

2. Comparing the LG V30S ThinQ camera to the LG V30

We shot a bunch of samples while out and about in Barcelona. As you can see it wasn't the ideal weather for tourist photos, but it was great for photo comparisons. The overcast sky with specs of blue is always challenging for a camera to expose properly.

Although the cloud cover did act as a soft box of sorts - it diffuses the strong sun and provides soft and well dispersed light.

We've arranged photos by phone and then width - so the first row is from the LG V30S ThinQ and it consists of one main camera photo and another from the wide angle camera. The first photos, of the UNESCO World Heritage site Hospital de Sant Pau, show only minor differences between the AI Cam on the V30S and the regular Auto mode of the V30.

 

The second batch of photos show a difference of both exposure and white balance. Interestingly, the AI Cam on the LG V30S has gone for an underexposed image. Maybe it was trying to expose for the sky. Either way the new phone's image is worse here.

Below you'll see a number of comparison image where we really can't see any meaningful difference between the dual camera on the LG V30S ThinQ and the LG V30.

Next up is the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. It's the perfect scene to capture with the wide angle camera of the two LG's and it's the only scene in the day where there was sun. The only difference we can see between the two phones is only slight - white balance.

LG V30S - regular and wide
LG V30 - regular and wide

Next up we have a few images shot in lower light. Keep in mind that both cameras focused differently - the LG V30 decided to focus on the background - the entrance to the restaurant - whereas the LG V30S focused on the fries in the foreground.

LG V30S - low light - f/1.6, ISO 50, 1/40s - LG V30 vs. V30S ThinQ Camera review LG V30S - low light - f/1.9, ISO 100, 1/40s - LG V30 vs. V30S ThinQ Camera review
LG V30S - low light


LG V30 - low light - f/1.9, ISO 50, 1/33s - LG V30 vs. V30S ThinQ Camera review LG V30 - low light - f/1.9, ISO 50, 1/33s - LG V30 vs. V30S ThinQ Camera review
LG V30 - low light

Finally we come to the selfies. Unsurprisingly we don't see any notable difference between the two phones.

LG V30S selfie - normal and wide - f/2.2, ISO 50, 1/213s - LG V30 vs. V30S ThinQ Camera review LG V30S selfie - normal and wide - f/2.2, ISO 50, 1/250s - LG V30 vs. V30S ThinQ Camera review
LG V30S selfie - normal and wide


LG V30 selfie - normal and wide - f/2.2, ISO 50, 1/269s - LG V30 vs. V30S ThinQ Camera review LG V30 selfie - normal and wide - f/2.2, ISO 50, 1/274s - LG V30 vs. V30S ThinQ Camera review
LG V30 selfie - normal and wide LG V30S vs LG V30 - f/2.2, ISO 50, 1/120s - LG V30 vs. V30S ThinQ Camera review LG V30S vs LG V30 - f/2.2, ISO 50, 1/100s - LG V30 vs. V30S ThinQ Camera review
LG V30S vs LG V30

3. Conclusion

Unsurprisingly we didn't notice a big difference between the AI Cam of the LG V30S ThinQ and the Auto mode on the LG V30, and that's perfectly normal.

AI Cam can yield different (better?) results when shooting in specific situations (like at a dark restaurant or when capturing Flowers or Food). In any other case the Auto mode is perfectly fine and would produce nearly identical photos.



Another conclusion (and one we already knew) is that the LG V30 is still a great camera - one of the best at flagship level. And if you're a tourist, out and about, snapping pictures of tall cathedrals, the LG V30 is in a league of its own thanks to its 120-degree camera.

As we head back to HQ from the Mobile World Congress, we're carrying an LG V30s Thinq with us, and you can bet we'll be making a full review of it soon.

Stay tuned! Gsmarena.

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