LG has just announced the V40, it has FIVE cameras and even though we think it might be over kill, it could be the perfect smartphone. As an LG G7 & V30 user more than once I’ve thought to my self “I wish I had a telephoto lens to zoom in” but LG stayed firmly in my pocket because my use of the wide-angle lens outweighed my need to zoom in. On the V40 I no longer have to make that compromise and that might make the V40 the most versatile smartphone on the market in terms of photography.
The V40 has two additional rear cameras, which provide different perspectives and fields of view. In total, the V40 has five different cameras: three on the back, and two on the front, which give its camera system a level of versatility that other phones don’t offer.
The V40’s camera setup is unique: it has a standard camera for normal shots, a super wide-angle camera for capturing a wider field of view, and, in a first for LG, a telephoto camera to get closer to your subject.
The V40’s rear cameras are comprised of a standard 12-megapixel camera with an f/1.5 optically stabilized lens and a 78-degree field of view. It’s a lower resolution than the G7’s 16-megapixel main camera, but the pixels are 40 percent larger, which combines with the slightly brighter lens for better low light capability.
Next to the standard camera is a 16-megapixel super wide camera with a 107 degree, f/1.9 aperture lens. It has the same specs as the G7’s super wide camera, and lets you capture a much wider scene than the standard cameras on other smartphones.
Finally, there’s the new telephoto camera, which has 12-megapixels of resolution and a 45 degree, f/2.4 lens. Like the telephoto cameras on other phones, this gets you about two times closer to your subject compared to the main camera.
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The V40 gives you a more versatile camera than any other smartphone available right now. You can go from taking standard snaps, to ultra-wide vistas, to close up portraits in just a matter of taps on your screen. LG has built in some clever features to its camera app to make the most of the three cameras, as well. Long pressing on the different zoom buttons brings up a live thumbnail of each lens’ field of view, so you can easily see what the other cameras can capture before you take a snap.
There’s even a mode called Triple Shot that will take a picture from all three cameras in just one press of the shutter, so if you’re really indecisive about which camera to use, you can just shoot all three of them.
Triple Shot isn’t seamless, it doesn’t take all photos from each camera at once, it does them in succession, starting with the super wide and ending with the telephoto. That means if your subject moves or you move the camera before it’s done snapping all three shots, you’re going to have either a blurry image or messed-up composition. It also creates an animation stitching all three shots together that takes a while to process and isn’t particularly useful.
When looking at selfies, the standard front-facing camera has 8-megapixels and an 80-degree, f/1.9 lens. It’s the same as the camera on the G7 and is fine. Next to it is a new, wide-angle camera that has a 5-megapixel sensor and a 90-degree, f/2.2 lens. It’s only slightly wider than the standard camera, so you might be able to fit one more person in your group selfie using it. The two cameras also enable portrait blur and portrait lighting effects for selfies, but just like the rear cameras, these features are terrible.
Taking a look at the rest of the LG V40
The V40’s 6.4-inch screen is similar in size to Samsung’s Note 9, but the notch at the top and small bezel at the bottom give the V40 a slightly smaller footprint. It actually has a bigger screen in smaller dimensions than the Note 9 or iPhone XS Max.
The phone itself is also more than an ounce lighter than the Note 9 or iPhone XS Max, which makes it easier to hold all day long. Like the Samsung, this screen is an OLED panel, so it has rich colors, deep blacks, and excellent viewing angles. It’s noticeably better than the V30’s OLED screen.
LG has upgraded the battery capacity in the V40 — it’s a 3,300mAh
Snapdragon 845 processor as every other Android flagship in 2018, paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There’s a microSD card slot for storage expansion, wireless charging, IP68 water and dust resistance, and a 3.5mm headphone jack for audio. The V40’s single speaker is just like the G7’s BoomBox system: it’s shockingly loud and full and gets even louder when you place the phone down on a table. The V40 also has the same haptic feedback as the G7, which is the best you can get in the Android world and nearly as good as the Taptic Engine Apple uses in the iPhone. And there’s the dedicated button on the left side for launching the Google Assistant. Personally, I can take or leave this feature, but if the button bothers you, it is possible to disable it (but you can’t remap it to something else, unfortunately).
LG V40 specs
|LG V40 ThinQ|
|Display||6.4-inch OLED FullVision display
3,120 x 1,440 resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
19.5:9 aspect ratio
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
|Storage||64 or 128GB
MicroSD expansion up to 2TB
Main camera: 12MP sensor, ƒ/1.5 aperture, 78° field-of-view, 1.4µm pixel size, OIS, Dual PD autofocus
Super wide: 16MP sensor, ƒ/1.9 aperture, Crystal Clear Lens, 1µm pixel size, 107° field-of-view
Telephoto zoom: 12MP sensor, ƒ/2.4 aperture, 1µm pixel size, 45° field of viewFront
Standard: 8MP sensor, ƒ/1.9 aperture, 1.12µm pixel size, 80° field of view
Wide: 5MP sensor, ƒ/2.2, 1.12µm pixel size, 90° field of view
DTS:X 3D Surround Sound
32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC
3.5mm headphone jack
Audio Tuned by Meridian
Super Far Field Voice Recognition
Fast wireless charging
Quick Charge 4.0-compatible (ships with QC 3.0 charger)
Qi wireless charging
USB Type-C port
MIL-STD 810G certification
|Network||LTE-A 4 Band CA|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac
Bluetooth 5.0 BLE
|Software||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|Dimensions and weight||75.8 x 7.7 x 158.7mm
|Colors||New Aurora Black, New Platinum Gray, New Moroccan Blue, Carmine Red|