When the V40 ThinQ was launched again in October it wasn’t the primary triple-camera cellphone (that honor goes to the Huawei P20 Professional which mixes a most important digital camera with a tele and monochrome sensor), nevertheless it was the primary to supply three totally different focal lengths.

Since then extra triple-focal-length telephones have arrived on the scene, such because the Samsung Galaxy Word 9 and Huawei’s 2018 flagship, the Mate 20 Professional, however you are still taking a look at a reasonably unique checklist when you’re after focal size flexibility.

LG V40 ThinQ pattern gallery

The V40 ThinQ’s digital camera combines a main 27mm equiv. module, a super-wide-angle with 16mm equal focal size and a ‘tele’ lens that gives a 52mm equal focal size.

So does the triple-cam actually provide a noticeable benefit over a cellphone with one or two lenses? In my expertise utilizing the cellphone on a week-long climbing journey and some different events, I certainly discovered the added flexibility when it comes to focal size to be an actual profit.

Key specs:

  • Triple digital camera
  • 16MP Tremendous Broad (1/3.1″-type, F1.9 / 16mm equiv, no AF)
  • 12MP Normal (half of.6″-type F1.5 / 27mm equiv, OIS, dual-pixal PDAF)
  • 12MP Telephoto (1/3.4″-type F2.4 / 52mm equiv, OIS, PDAF)
  • Twin front-camera with 8MP Normal (1/4″-type F1.9 / 26mm equiv) and
    5MP Broad (1/5″-type F2.2 / 22mm equiv)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6.4-inch QHD+ OLED show (3120 x 1440 pixels)
  • 6GB RAM / 64GB or 128GB inside reminiscence / microSD slot
  • 3300mAh battery

Utilizing the V40 ThinQ is to not dissimilar to taking pictures with a DSLR and three prime lenses, however with out the majority. It’s potential to zoom to intermediate positions between the native focal lengths however picture high quality suffers as digital zoom is utilized and it is merely extra handy to faucet on the zoom icon of your selection than fear about pinch-zooming or utilizing the zoom slider.

However even when you stick to the native equal focal lengths – 16, 27 and 52mm – they provide the next stage of artistic freedom than we have ever seen on smartphones. On the press of a button you now have the power to fully modify the way in which a scene is captured.

The three photos under have been captured from the identical location, however the change in angle of view makes for very totally different picture outcomes between the three out there focal lengths.

Panorama shot, 16mm equal
Panorama shot, 27mm equal
Panorama shot, 52mm equal

The flexibility to decide on between focal lengths can also be very helpful when taking pictures portraits. Prior to now cell photographers needed to get used to being restricted to wide-angle portraits when taking pictures folks photos.

With gadgets just like the V40 ThinQ you now have the choice to go super-wide and seize much more of the background and the subject-surrounding surroundings, or use the cellphone’s tele-lens and produce one thing extra much like a ‘conventional’ portrait.

Sadly even on the LG’s longest focal size and comparatively quick topic distances there is not a lot bokeh to talk of, although, and the background remains to be virtually solely in focus.

The background-blurring Portrait Mode can produce good outcomes with excellent background-segmentation nevertheless it makes use of the primary digital camera’s 27mm equal focal size, so you’ll be able to’t mix the DSLR-like background blur with the digital camera’s longest focal size. That is a disgrace, since it might arguably be the lens most suited to portrait pictures.

Portrait, 16mm equal
Portrait, 52mm equal
Portrait, 27mm equal, Portrait Mode

In low mild the usefulness of the triple-cam is sadly a bit of extra restricted than in vivid situations. In low mild each the super-wide-angle and wide-angle present noise will increase and the degrees of element are diminished. That is solely actually noticeable when zooming in to a 100% view, nonetheless. Shade and publicity stay strong all the way down to very low mild ranges. The 27mm equiv digital camera, with its larger sensor and brighter aperture is the stronger possibility as the sunshine ranges drop.

The tele-lens however is totally deactivated in dim situations. As a substitute, the digital camera makes use of the primary sensor to seize the picture and applies digital zoom to maintain the publicity vivid sufficient and management noise to some extent. The ensuing photos present very low ranges of element.

The LG shouldn’t be the one gadget doing this – we have seen the identical conduct on the primary iPhones with tele-lens and another Android gadgets. It means nonetheless that low-light tele photographs are finest averted in case you are planning to view or show them at bigger sizes.

Evening Shot, 16mm equal
Evening shot, 27mm equal
Evening shot, tele setting (shot with 27mm equal digital camera and with digital zoom)

The totally different picture output sizes (16MP for the super-wide-angle, 12MP for the opposite two cameras) are barely uncommon however probably not an issue. The identical may be mentioned for the mounted focus of the super-wide-angle digital camera. With nearly limitless depth-of-field there is not actually a necessity for an autofocus system.

On all three cameras picture element seize is barely common and plenty of photos present fairly robust chromatic aberration however once more, these flaws are solely seen at bigger magnifications and most smartphone photos are by no means considered at full dimension. Aside from that there is not a lot to criticize concerning the V40 ThinQ’s triple-cam basic picture high quality. Shade and publicity are typically excellent in most taking pictures situations.


Did I like taking pictures with the LG V40 ThinQ triple-cam then? The reply is a powerful sure! The iPhone 7 Plus was my first tele-cam-equipped smartphone and I bear in mind how extremely helpful I discovered that longer lens whereas taking pictures on a vacationer journey to New York, regardless of its shortcomings in low mild.

The LG V40 ThinQ takes issues one step additional by including a super-wide-angle to the combination. Gone are the times of adverse choices between longer attain or a wider angle of view when shopping for a brand new smartphone. Now you’ll be able to have it multi function gadget that simply matches into your pocket, and in addition offers you the power to immediately edit and share.

Triple-cam-smartphones actually are the ultimate nail within the compact digital camera’s coffin

Is there nonetheless room for enchancment? After all there’s. The tele-lens might carry out higher in low mild and an excellent longer focal size can be good (the Huawei Mate 20 Professional already presents a 3x optical zoom) however the further artistic freedom supplied by the V40 ThinQ and comparable gadgets is already an enormous leap ahead when in comparison with typical single-lens smartphones.

If we nonetheless wanted one, triple-cam-smartphones actually are the ultimate nail within the compact digital camera’s coffin, and we may be fairly sure gadget producers will not cease right here. New {hardware} developments together with computational imaging strategies are more likely to result in even longer focal lengths and wider zoom ranges on smartphones within the very close to future.


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