Last week, LG announced the LG V30 flagship smartphone at IFA 2017 that took place in Berlin. The smartphone comes with a dual-camera setup that LG advertised as the first ever camera setup on a smartphone with f/1.6 aperture. Now from a photography point of view, a lens with large aperture allows the sensor to widen and capture more light information when compared to others. However, recent reports suggest that the whole f/1.6 aperture based LG V30 camera might just be an exaggeration.
According to a few publications who have got their hands on the LG V30 smartphone, pictures shot on LG V30 shows varied information when pulled up in a device’s gallery, Google Photos app and the desktop in separate instances. According to the company’s LG V30 launch notes, the dual-camera setup utilizes a pair of 16-megapixel lenses with f/1.6 aperture and a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens with f/1.9 aperture. Currently, smartphones most commonly offer a camera setup with aperture values ranging between f/1.7 and f/2.0.
As per a report in 9to5Google based on EXIF data, photographs taken with the primary sensor, LG’s gallery app or Google Photos shows an aperture of f/1.7 in the picture information. While the wide-angle lens reports of f/2.0 on the phone contradicting what LG has been pushing for. However, the report outlines that, when the photos from primary and wide angle lens were opened on the desktop they report f/1.69 and f/1.99 aperture, respectively. Another publication, AndroidHeadlines report the same. ALSO READ: LG V30 hands-on and first impressions roundup: Here’s what previews say
The report attributes the difference in numbers to the fact that apps are currently not being updated to handle information coming from LG V30’s new camera hardware. Additionally, reports suggest that most of the LG V30 smartphones presently out in the wild are pre-production units. It is worth mentioning that these reports also speak of ‘excellent’ final photos coming from the smartphone so far. As of now, it is difficult to comment if LG has really been stretching the numbers to make it seem like a deal breaker. The LG V30 has not been announced in India yet, and the company is expected to globally release the device soon.