Like the V10 and V20 before it, the new LG V30 is designed specifically for videographers who want to capture professional-quality video on the go.
The new V30 features dual rear cameras — one capturing a wide angle field of view of 120 degrees and the other capturing a more neutral 70-degree field of view. The standard angle camera uses a glass Crystal Clear lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.6 and optical image stabilization, promising improved color reproduction and better low-light performance. There is also a front facing camera with a maximum aperture of f/2.2
Perhaps more impressive than the lens, the phone’s primary camera is powered by a new 10-bit HDR sensor capable of capturing 1.07 billion colors — more than twice as many colors, LG claims, as the typical smartphone. The 10-bit sensor should also reduce dithering and improve shading and depth, giving your image more detail and clarity.
In addition, the new phone features both a fully manual mode and the LG-Cine Log profile along with built-in tools like Cine Effect color-grading presets that allow you to customize the look of you video without impacting image quality. In addition, the V30 includes a Point Zoom feature that lets you zoom in — without pinching — to any point in the frame while controlling the zoom speed.
All of this leads to a phone that can record 4K video at 30 frames per second and 720p video at up to 240 frame per second. Time-lapse video is also available, and you can edit your shots in-phone using LG’s Quick Video Editor or Snap Movie.
The V30’s bezel-less design complements its OLED FullVision display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The phone should also be able to withstand the rigors of daily use with its H-beam construction method — it meets U.S. military drop test standards and is rated dust and water resistant at the IP68 standard.
The LG V30 is available in two models: the 825-dollar LG V30 featuring 64GB of internal storage and the 930-dollar V30+ with 128GB of storage. Both support microSD cards up to 2TB and feature 4GB of RAM. For more information, visit lg.com.
As the saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you and the LG V30 promises fewer compromises between image quality and convenience. Congrats to the LG V30, our pick for the Best Smartphone of CES 2018.