It’s an interesting effect, and while it’s not the first smartphone to incorporate two cameras in the one — HTC’s One M8 gets that honour, if it is one — LG’s G5 is easily the more successful of the two experiments.
Simply jumping between the camera modes is easy, because you’ll have an icon at the top of the screen that lets you use the regular lens (one tree in a rectangle) or have the camera dissolve into the wide angle lens using the other icon (three trees in a rectangle).
As cool as the technology is, the cameras aren’t without fault. Both are capable of some excellent imagery, though the 16 megapixel standard camera is easily the better of the two.
Speed, however, isn’t necessarily on the side of the LG G5, because while it can take a shot quickly, it doesn’t always, and we actually struggled to capture images efficiently, with the camera often taking its time.
Interestingly, the hardware button that you can add using the camera module seemed to speed things up, if only a smidgeon.
Despite these speed issues, it is possible we’ll see some improvements as the firmware tightens up over time.
Get the images off the phone, though, and you’ll find some decent quality is to be found, and that’s really no shock.
Last year’s flagship effort in the G4 resulted in a solid camera with great low-light, and this year’s isn’t far off, with some decent images in dark conditions and some lovely contrasty daylight.
But those results come from the 16 megapixel standard angle camera, because that extra module — the 8 megapixel one sitting next to it with a wider angle lens — just doesn’t feel like it provides images that are good in comparison.
You’ll find you can get a wider shot, that’s true, but the quality is noticeably lower, with obviously softened details.
For the Instagram and Facebook generation, this won’t pose too much of a problem, so don’t worry so much, but if you do anything beyond it, the 8 megapixel camera seems like a half measure, making up the middle ground just to come across a little more special, and while that’s an interesting addition, it’s not enough to make the camera duo remarkable.