LG G5 SE review

South Korean LG is one of the few companies on the smartphone market who are not afraid to experiment in the upper price segment, in other words, constantly invent something new for their flagships. Usually the situation is reversed - companies try to keep top-end devices identical to each other for as long as possible from year to year, tightening up the characteristics and occasionally refreshing the design. Examples range from Apple, Samsung and HTC to the most glaring Sony, where the design of devices in the upper price range has hardly changed since the Xperia Z1, released in 2013.

For LG, flagships are a field of experimentation. In the LG G2 smartphone, the company tested a solution with control buttons located on the “back” of the case, and made the frames as thin as possible. The LG G3 took the path of increasing the screen diagonal for the flagship (5.5” versus 5.2” in the LG G2), redesigned the camera and decided to “play around” with the metallized plastic texture, giving the smartphone a more expensive look. The next flagship, the LG G4, was in many ways an improved version of the G3, but it completely changed in appearance: they abandoned metal-like plastic, invented replaceable covers made of genuine leather, and made a display slightly curved inside the case to protect it from damage when dropped. For my taste, in terms of design and ergonomics, the LG G4 was not a role model, otherwise it turned out to be comparable with competitors, but in one it was literally ahead of everyone - in photo quality. This smartphone still takes better photos in low light and at night (it's not about the speed of photographing, but about the quality), surpassing both the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Apple devices in this respect.

The next flagship - LG G5 - again became an object for experiments. The company again completely redesigned the design, moved some of the keys from the "back" to the ends, added a scanner, came up with a system of interchangeable modules and a slightly simplified version of the device - LG G5 SE on a simpler platform. The rest of the devices are identical. In this review, I will tell you about all the features of the LG G5 on the example of a simplified version - LG G5 SE. Let's go.

Design

LG G4 and LG G5 have practically no external resemblance, the company has once again "went through" the design. The smartphone turned out to be more strict and, at the same time, more simple and calm than its predecessor. For some, the lack of bright details is a plus. For some - a minus, it's a matter of personal preference.

The front panel with a protective glass curved at the top, a dual-camera module on the reverse side, as well as the bottom end with a system of interchangeable modules attract attention, but in general the new LG G5 looks simple. Perhaps this is the case when I have nothing special to write about the design, it is so simple here.

The smartphone is available in four colors: silver, gold, pink and gray. In any variation, these are shades of the indicated colors, the case remains approximately uniform and dim. This, again, will please someone, someone will not.

Body materials

There is an interesting feature associated with the materials in the LG G5 SE. The fact is that at all presentations and on the official website, the device is called a smartphone in a metal case. At the same time, when you pick up the device, the metal is not felt at all. Moreover, if the smartphone is accidentally scratched or dropped and chipped, then you will most likely see characteristic traces of peeled paint and plastic underneath on the back. And yet - the case is really made of metal.

I don't know why LG decided to use this solution, there is no visible benefit from it, but it is what it is. The base of the body in the LG G5 SE is made of aluminum, in particular, the entire "bath" in which the electronic filling is located, and the ribs. However, from the outside, the case is covered with a thick layer of plastic, on top of which a “metal-like” coating is applied. This explains the fact that if you take scissors and scrape along the lid, then, having erased the primary layer, you will most likely decide that the body is made of plastic. To get to the base of the metal, you need to literally open several layers of the cover.

Painted plastic over metal causes another problem (besides not feeling like you're holding an expensive device). Along the edge of the case there is a “chrome-like” color, and in these places the paint begins to peel off the fastest, so that after a month or two, gaps in the plastic will appear on the device. It's not too noticeable if you don't pay attention, but it's still annoying.

The front panel is Gorilla Glass 4, which is curved in a special way. Unlike the now fashionable 2.5D glass, in the LG G5 it curves at the top, creating a smooth platform for conveniently calling the notification curtain. When you need to open it, the finger does not cling to the end, but comfortably slides down. The solution turned out to be not only beautiful (like a simple glass with a 2.5D effect), but also useful from a practical point of view.

Assembly

There are almost no complaints about the assembly of the device. With the exception of the lower replacement element, designed to accommodate modules. When you take the device out of the box and just use it - no problem, the base module with the battery sits securely in its place, there is no play and so on. But judging by the samples of the LG G5 SE, which have been in use for more than one month, after some time and after frequent changes in modules, the mount can become loose. To paraphrase, maybe it will come loose, or maybe not, everything will depend on specific use cases, the frequency of module changes and other things.

Dimensions

In terms of size, the new LG G5 almost completely repeats last year's model. Due to the smooth curves and rounded edges, the device fits comfortably in the hand, it is comfortable to hold and use it. At the same time, calling a smartphone small, of course, will not work. With a diagonal of 5.3'', the device, to put it mildly, is not a champion in terms of size and is comparable to models where the diagonals are higher - 5.5''.

  • Apple iPhone 6S Plus (5.5'') - 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm, 192 grams
  • LG G5 (5.5'') - 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.3 mm, 156 grams
  • LG G4 (5.5'') - 148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm, 155 grams
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (5.5”) – 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm, 157 grams
  • HTC 10 (5.2'') - 145.9 x 71.9 x 9 mm, 161 grams

A year ago, I would have focused on the dimensions of a smartphone more seriously, but, in my opinion, now devices with a diagonal of 5.5” have become familiar and any model that fits in the dimensions of popular devices in this category is perceived normally.

Compared to Galaxy S7 Edge

Compared to Huawei P9

Compared to Xiaomi Mi5

Controls

Here I want to grumble a little. Experiments are good, but I think there should be some kind of limit, some things, points that, having been accepted once and promoted, should not be changed after a short period of time. Yes, I'm talking about controls, specifically the power and volume keys. It would seem a trifle, but I do not think so. With the LG G2 smartphone, the company began to promote the idea of ​​a key block on the back of the smartphone. Three buttons were located on the back of the device in the upper area, near the main camera. Unusual, but generally comfortable, and the company made the right accents, promoting this idea. Then there were LG G3 and LG G4, as well as intermediate models (like LG V10) with the same key layout logic.

And here comes the LG G5. The volume buttons are on the left edge, the power key is on the back and is combined with a fingerprint scanner. Is there any logic here, a general principle? To be honest, I don't see it. Yes, I personally quickly got used to that arrangement too, but the approach itself is confusing, because the entire block of buttons on the back of the device was a great idea.

There are three ways to unlock your smartphone (turn on the screen) - by pressing the power key on the back of the device, by double tapping on the display surface, or by touching the power button (fingerprint scanner on it). At the same time, the third method is convenient in that you do not need to press the power button (as in the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, for example, where you need to press the Home key), just tap it.

The scanner allows you to save up to five prints, it works quickly and accurately, I have not had any complaints about this element for a month of using the device (unlike the scanner in the Samsung Galaxy S Edge, which for some reason "stupid" for me).

Like other smartphones of the company, there is a gesture system:

  • Automatically answer a call when you hold your smartphone to your ear (even if a Bluetooth headset is connected to the device)
  • Muting the ringer volume when you pick up your smartphone from the surface of a table, shelf, or something else
  • Switching to silent mode during an incoming call when you flip your smartphone
  • Stop the alarm or set it to sound again when you flip your smartphone
  • Pause video playback when you flip your smartphone

Now about the location of elements and connectors. At the top end there is an infrared port, an additional microphone and a 3.5 mm mini-jack. On the bottom - USB Type-C, the main microphone and speaker.

On the front side, in the upper part, there is a speaker, light and proximity sensors, as well as a light indicator and an 8 MP front camera eye. The tray for two nanoSIM cards or one nanoSIM card and a memory card is located on the right edge.

Screen

The LG G5 has a 5.3'' IPS display (IPS Quantum). Display resolution - 2560x1440 pixels (554 ppi). According to the characteristics, the screen resembles that of the LG G4 - that is, good. There is a margin of brightness, viewing angles are maximum. Even if you tilt the screen diagonally, there will be absolutely no distortion of the picture in color or brightness. Automatic screen backlight sometimes works to save battery power, that is, it sets the backlight level below the one you want to see, but during the day its work is quite correct. The color temperature is set successfully, in my opinion, and among the shortcomings I will only note the inability to change it.

The screen is covered with Gorilla Glass 4 protective glass and has a high-quality oleophobic coating, so that the few prints and marks that appear on the display can be easily removed.

Like the flagships of Samsung, LG G5 supports Always-on technology, when some useful information is constantly displayed on the screen. In G5, you can display the time, date and string of new notifications (system), as well as some arbitrary signature.

Again, like Samsung, LG notes the extremely low power consumption of this thing, but, like Samsung, if battery life is important to you, it’s better to forget about Always-on. And although Samsung uses a more efficient AMOLED screen for this scenario, and here IPS, I turned off the option both there and there (in S7 Edge and G5 SE).

Camera

The LG G5 has two main cameras - one with a resolution of 16 MP, f / 1.8 aperture, a color spectrum sensor, a three-axis optical stabilization system (OIS) and a laser focusing system. The second is wide-angle, with a resolution of 8 MP and an aperture of f / 2.4.

The idea is that for the usual scenarios you use a 16-megapixel camera, but if you need to take a photo covering the maximum space (a general photo at a holiday, some beautiful landscape, etc.), switch to a wide-angle camera.< /p>

You might think that this is such a publicity stunt and in fact the cameras in the LG G5 do not differ too much in the shooting angle, but this is not so. The second camera is really wide-angle and allows you to get several times more information in the frame than the main one. Here's what it looks like in reality:

Основная камера (16 МП) Широкоугольная камера (8 МП)

The quality of the photo from the wide-angle camera is worse than from the main one, but it seems to me that it is quite sufficient for my tasks. You won't be able to use it all the time. Therefore, let's talk about the main camera.

Like the LG G4, the main camera module here is equipped with an optical stabilization system and laser focusing. The focusing speed in the G5 is about the same as the LG G4. The quality of the photo on the first firmware, to be honest, is not as high as I expected, although it is good in general. But now the company is preparing new firmware, and with each next camera it will improve, so we can expect progress in this regard.

Below is a small comparison of cameras in LG G4 and LG G5:

LG G4 LG G5

In my opinion, during the day, the devices shoot about the same, in low light conditions, the LG G4 looks stronger.

Now let's take a look at comparative examples of shots at night, there will already be three devices: LG G4, LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

LG G4 LG G5 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Here I would distribute the devices as follows: LG G4 gives the highest quality and closest to reality picture, I think that this smartphone is still out of competition when it comes to shooting at night, there are simply no better devices yet. In second place is the LG G5 - the picture is not as sharp and natural, but in general it is still close to what you actually see with your own eyes. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the latest - yes, the smartphone shoots instantly even at night, against its background both the LG G4 and the LG G5 focus forever, but the pictures themselves on the S7 Edge are too artificial: oversharpening, overexposed, everything looks completely different in the photographs, like really.

The LG G5 has added nice artistic filters (here they are called "films"):

Sample weather photos

Now briefly about the interface. Like the LG G4, there are three shooting modes (for both cameras): simple, basic and manual. The first one is simple, there are no elements or information on the screen at all, you just touch the screen at any point, and the smartphone takes a photo.

The second one is basic, showing all the settings. At the same time, you need to press the key to shoot, here you can also change various parameters, from the image resolution to the shooting mode.

Finally, the third and most important mode is manual. In this mode, you can shoot with automatic settings, but with the creation of two files at once: RAW (DNG extension) and JPEG, as well as in full manual mode. In the second case, you can adjust the white balance, exposure value (from +2 to -2), shutter speed (from 1/3200 to 30 seconds), ISO (from 50 to 3200) and adjust the focal length. In a word, this is a full-fledged manual mode, as detailed as it is now generally required in a smartphone camera.

Shooting with the LG G5 in manual mode is a different story. Even taking into account the fact that the first firmware does not reveal the potential of the camera (I'm sure this will be fixed in the future), the manual mode allows you to take cool shots in a variety of situations and conditions. Perhaps someday I will make a separate material with sample shots on the LG G5 SE in manual mode.

When comparing cameras in LG G4 and LG G5, the main difference comes down to the appearance of an additional wide-angle module. There are slight differences in automatic mode, but in general, in good conditions, the G4 and G5 give comparable results. At night, the G4 still shoots better, but I hope that this point will be corrected in future firmware and the G5 will become better.

Video. Maximum recording quality - UltraHD (3840x2160 pixels), standard - FullHD (1920x1080) , in addition to recording at 30 or 60 fps, there is recording at up to 120 fps. In movie recording mode, tracking autofocus works. The quality of the recorded video is good, however, you can check out the sample videos yourself.

Front camera. The front camera with a resolution of 8 MP and f/2.0 aperture allows you to take good shots, but nothing more. To be honest, I expected a lot more from the front camera in the LG G5. As in its time and from the camera in the G4. During the day on a sunny day, the quality can be called acceptable, when conditions worsen or in the dark, photos turn into “soap” with very noticeable post-processing.

LG G4 LG G5

Work offline

The LG G5 SE has a removable 2800 mAh Li-Ion battery, slightly weaker than that used in the LG G3 and G4.

My sample LG G5 SE worked on average until the evening, being completely discharged by 17-18 hours under heavy load (for example, my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge lives up to about 20 hours in this mode, but I still have to use an external battery ). Difference in operating time under normal conditions

LG G5 SE review

South Korean LG is one of the few companies on the smartphone market who are not afraid to experiment in the upper price segment, in other words, constantly invent something new for their flagships. Usually the situation is reversed - companies try to keep top-end devices identical to each other for as long as possible from year to year, tightening up the characteristics and occasionally refreshing the design. Examples range from Apple, Samsung and HTC to the most glaring Sony, where the design of devices in the upper price range has hardly changed since the Xperia Z1, released in 2013.

For LG, flagships are a field of experimentation. In the LG G2 smartphone, the company tested a solution with control buttons located on the “back” of the case, and made the frames as thin as possible. The LG G3 took the path of increasing the screen diagonal for the flagship (5.5” versus 5.2” in the LG G2), redesigned the camera and decided to “play around” with the metallized plastic texture, giving the smartphone a more expensive look. The next flagship, the LG G4, was in many ways an improved version of the G3, but it completely changed in appearance: they abandoned metal-like plastic, invented replaceable covers made of genuine leather, and made a display slightly curved inside the case to protect it from damage when dropped. For my taste, in terms of design and ergonomics, the LG G4 was not a role model, otherwise it turned out to be comparable with competitors, but in one it was literally ahead of everyone - in photo quality. This smartphone still takes better photos in low light and at night (it's not about the speed of photographing, but about the quality), surpassing both the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Apple devices in this respect.

The next flagship - LG G5 - again became an object for experiments. The company again completely redesigned the design, moved some of the keys from the "back" to the ends, added a scanner, came up with a system of interchangeable modules and a slightly simplified version of the device - LG G5 SE on a simpler platform. The rest of the devices are identical. In this review, I will tell you about all the features of the LG G5 on the example of a simplified version - LG G5 SE. Let's go.

Design

LG G4 and LG G5 have practically no external resemblance, the company has once again "went through" the design. The smartphone turned out to be more strict and, at the same time, more simple and calm than its predecessor. For some, the lack of bright details is a plus. For some - a minus, it's a matter of personal preference.

The front panel with a protective glass curved at the top, a dual-camera module on the reverse side, as well as the bottom end with a system of interchangeable modules attract attention, but in general the new LG G5 looks simple. Perhaps this is the case when I don’t have much to write about the design, it’s so simple here.

The smartphone is available in four colors: silver, gold, pink and gray. In any variation, these are shades of the indicated colors, the case remains approximately uniform and dim. This, again, will please someone, someone will not.

Body materials

There is an interesting feature associated with the materials in the LG G5 SE. The fact is that at all presentations and on the official website, the device is called a smartphone in a metal case. At the same time, when you pick up the device, the metal is not felt at all. Moreover, if the smartphone is accidentally scratched or dropped and chipped, then you will most likely see characteristic traces of peeled paint and plastic underneath on the back. And yet - the case is really made of metal.

I don't know why LG decided to use this solution, there is no visible benefit from it, but it is what it is. The base of the body in the LG G5 SE is made of aluminum, in particular, the entire "bath" in which the electronic filling is located, and the ribs. However, from the outside, the case is covered with a thick layer of plastic, on top of which a “metal-like” coating is applied. This explains the fact that if you take scissors and scrape along the lid, then, having erased the primary layer, you will most likely decide that the body is made of plastic. To get to the base of the metal, you need to literally open several layers of the cover.

Painted plastic over metal causes another problem (besides not feeling like you're holding an expensive device). Along the edge of the case there is a “chrome-like” color, and in these places the paint begins to peel off the fastest, so that after a month or two, gaps in the plastic will appear on the device. It's not too noticeable if you don't pay attention, but it's still annoying.

The front panel is Gorilla Glass 4, which is curved in a special way. Unlike the now fashionable 2.5D glass, in the LG G5 it curves at the top, creating a smooth platform for conveniently calling the notification curtain. When you need to open it, the finger does not cling to the end, but comfortably slides down. The solution turned out to be not only beautiful (like a simple glass with a 2.5D effect), but also useful from a practical point of view.

Assembly

There are almost no complaints about the assembly of the device. With the exception of the lower replacement element, designed to accommodate modules. When you take the device out of the box and just use it - no problem, the base module with the battery sits securely in its place, there is no play and so on. But judging by the samples of the LG G5 SE, which have been in use for more than one month, after some time and after frequent changes in modules, the mount can become loose. To paraphrase, maybe it will come loose, or maybe not, everything will depend on specific use cases, the frequency of module changes and other things.

Dimensions

In terms of size, the new LG G5 almost completely repeats last year's model. Due to smooth curves and rounded edges, the device fits comfortably in the hand, it is comfortable to hold and use it. At the same time, calling a smartphone small, of course, will not work. With a diagonal of 5.3'', the device, to put it mildly, is not a champion in terms of size and is comparable to models where the diagonals are higher - 5.5''.

  • Apple iPhone 6S Plus (5.5'') - 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm, 192 grams
  • LG G5 (5.5'') - 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.3 mm, 156 grams
  • LG G4 (5.5'') - 148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm, 155 grams
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (5.5”) – 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm, 157 grams
  • HTC 10 (5.2'') - 145.9 x 71.9 x 9 mm, 161 grams

A year ago, I would have focused on the dimensions of a smartphone more seriously, but, in my opinion, now devices with a diagonal of 5.5” have become familiar and any model that fits in the dimensions of popular devices in this category is perceived normally.

Compared to Galaxy S7 Edge

Compared to Huawei P9

Compared to Xiaomi Mi5

Controls

Here I want to grumble a little. Experiments are good, but I think there should be some kind of limit, some things, points that, having been accepted once and promoted, should not be changed after a short period of time. Yes, I'm talking about controls, specifically the power and volume keys. It would seem a trifle, but I do not think so. With the LG G2 smartphone, the company began to promote the idea of ​​a key block on the back of the smartphone. Three buttons were located on the back of the device in the upper area, near the main camera. Unusual, but generally comfortable, and the company made the right accents, promoting this idea. Then there were LG G3 and LG G4, as well as intermediate models (like LG V10) with the same key layout logic.

And here comes the LG G5. The volume buttons are on the left edge, the power key is on the back and is combined with a fingerprint scanner. Is there any logic here, a general principle? To be honest, I don't see it. Yes, I personally quickly got used to that arrangement too, but the approach itself is confusing, because the whole block of buttons on the back of the device was a great idea.

There are three ways to unlock your smartphone (turn on the screen) - by pressing the power key on the back of the device, by double tapping on the display surface, or by touching the power button (fingerprint scanner on it). At the same time, the third method is convenient in that you do not need to press the power button (as in the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, for example, where you need to press the Home key), just tap it.

The scanner allows you to save up to five prints, it works quickly and accurately, I have not had any complaints about this element for a month of using the device (unlike the scanner in the Samsung Galaxy S Edge, which for some reason "stupid" for me).

Like other smartphones of the company, there is a gesture system:

  • Automatically answer a call when you hold your smartphone to your ear (even if a Bluetooth headset is connected to the device)
  • Muting the ringer volume when you pick up your smartphone from the surface of a table, shelf, or something else
  • Switching to silent mode during an incoming call when you flip your smartphone
  • Stop the alarm or set it to sound again when you flip your smartphone
  • Pause video playback when you flip your smartphone

Now about the location of elements and connectors. At the top end there is an infrared port, an additional microphone and a 3.5 mm mini-jack. On the bottom - USB Type-C, the main microphone and speaker.

On the front side, in the upper part, there is a speaker, light and proximity sensors, as well as a light indicator and an 8 MP front camera eye. The tray for two nanoSIM cards or one nanoSIM card and a memory card is located on the right edge.

Screen

The LG G5 has a 5.3'' IPS display (IPS Quantum). Display resolution - 2560x1440 pixels (554 ppi). According to the characteristics, the screen resembles that of the LG G4 - that is, good. There is a margin of brightness, viewing angles are maximum. Even if you tilt the screen diagonally, there will be absolutely no distortion of the picture in color or brightness. Automatic screen backlight sometimes works to save battery power, that is, it sets the backlight level below the one you want to see, but during the day its work is quite correct. The color temperature is set successfully, in my opinion, and among the shortcomings I will only note the inability to change it.

The screen is covered with Gorilla Glass 4 protective glass and has a high-quality oleophobic coating, so that the few prints and marks that appear on the display can be easily removed.

Like the flagships of Samsung, LG G5 supports Always-on technology, when some useful information is constantly displayed on the screen. In G5, you can display the time, date and string of new notifications (system), as well as some arbitrary signature.

Again, like Samsung, LG notes the extremely low power consumption of this thing, but, like Samsung, if battery life is important to you, it’s better to forget about Always-on. And although Samsung uses a more efficient AMOLED screen for this scenario, and here IPS, I turned off the option both there and there (in S7 Edge and G5 SE).

Camera

The LG G5 has two main cameras - one with a resolution of 16 MP, f / 1.8 aperture, a color spectrum sensor, a three-axis optical stabilization system (OIS) and a laser focusing system. The second is wide-angle, with a resolution of 8 MP and an aperture of f / 2.4.

The idea is that for the usual scenarios you use a 16-megapixel camera, but if you need to take a photo covering the maximum space (a general photo at a holiday, some beautiful landscape, etc.), switch to a wide-angle camera.< /p>

You might think that this is such a publicity stunt and in fact the cameras in the LG G5 do not differ too much in the shooting angle, but this is not so. The second camera is really wide-angle and allows you to get several times more information in the frame than the main one. Here's what it looks like in reality:

Основная камера (16 МП) Широкоугольная камера (8 МП)

The quality of the photo from the wide-angle camera is worse than from the main one, but it seems to me that it is quite sufficient for my tasks. You won't be able to use it all the time. Therefore, let's talk about the main camera.

Like the LG G4, the main camera module here is equipped with an optical stabilization system and laser focusing. The focusing speed in the G5 is about the same as the LG G4. The quality of the photo on the first firmware, to be honest, is not as high as I expected, although it is good in general. But now the company is preparing new firmware, and with each next camera it will improve, so we can expect progress in this regard.

Below is a small comparison of cameras in LG G4 and LG G5:

LG G4 LG G5

In my opinion, during the day, the devices shoot about the same, in low light conditions, the LG G4 looks stronger.

Now let's take a look at comparative examples of shots at night, there will already be three devices: LG G4, LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

LG G4 LG G5 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Here I would distribute the devices as follows: LG G4 gives the highest quality and closest to reality picture, I think that this smartphone is still out of competition when it comes to shooting at night, there are simply no better devices yet. In second place is the LG G5 - the picture is not as sharp and natural, but in general it is still close to what you actually see with your own eyes. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the latest - yes, the smartphone shoots instantly even at night, against its background both the LG G4 and the LG G5 focus forever, but the pictures themselves on the S7 Edge are too artificial: oversharpening, overexposed, everything looks completely different in the photographs, like really.

The LG G5 has added nice artistic filters (here they are called "films"):

Sample weather photos

Now briefly about the interface. Like the LG G4, there are three shooting modes (for both cameras): simple, basic and manual. The first one is simple, there are no elements or information on the screen at all, you just touch the screen at any point, and the smartphone takes a photo.

The second one is basic, showing all the settings. In this case, you need to press the key to shoot, here you can also change various parameters, from the image resolution to the shooting mode.

Finally, the third and most important mode is manual. In this mode, you can shoot with automatic settings, but with the creation of two files at once: RAW (DNG extension) and JPEG, as well as in full manual mode. In the second case, you can adjust the white balance, exposure value (from +2 to -2), shutter speed (from 1/3200 to 30 seconds), ISO (from 50 to 3200) and adjust the focal length. In a word, this is a full-fledged manual mode, as detailed as it is now generally required in a smartphone camera.

Shooting with the LG G5 in manual mode is a different story. Even taking into account the fact that the first firmware does not reveal the potential of the camera (I'm sure this will be fixed in the future), the manual mode allows you to take cool shots in a variety of situations and conditions. Maybe someday I will make a separate material with examples of shots on the LG G5 SE in manual mode.

Comparing the cameras in LG G4 and LG G5, the main difference comes down to the appearance of an additional wide-angle module. There are slight differences in automatic mode, but in general, in good conditions, the G4 and G5 give comparable results. At night, the G4 still shoots better, but I hope that this point will be corrected in future firmware and the G5 will become better.

Video. Maximum recording quality - UltraHD (3840x2160 pixels), standard - FullHD (1920x1080) , in addition to recording at 30 or 60 fps, there is recording at up to 120 fps. In movie recording mode, tracking autofocus works. The quality of the recorded video is good, however, you can check out the sample videos yourself.

Front camera. The front camera with a resolution of 8 MP and f/2.0 aperture allows you to take good shots, but nothing more. To be honest, I expected a lot more from the front camera in the LG G5. As in its time and from the camera in the G4. During the day on a sunny day, the quality can be called acceptable, when conditions worsen or in the dark, photos turn into “soap” with very noticeable post-processing.

LG G4 LG G5

Offline work

The LG G5 SE has a removable 2800 mAh Li-Ion battery, slightly weaker than that used in the LG G3 and G4.

My sample LG G5 SE worked on average until the evening, being completely discharged by 17-18 hours under heavy load (for example, my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge lives up to about 20 hours in this mode, but I still have to use an external battery ). Difference in operating time under normal conditions

LG G5 SE review

South Korean LG is one of the few companies on the smartphone market who are not afraid to experiment in the upper price segment, in other words, constantly invent something new for their flagships. Usually the situation is reversed - companies try to keep top-end devices identical to each other for as long as possible from year to year, tightening up the characteristics and occasionally refreshing the design. Examples range from Apple, Samsung and HTC to the most glaring Sony, where the design of devices in the upper price range has hardly changed since the Xperia Z1, released in 2013.

For LG, flagships are a field of experimentation. In the LG G2 smartphone, the company tested a solution with control buttons located on the “back” of the case, and made the frames as thin as possible. The LG G3 took the path of increasing the screen diagonal for the flagship (5.5” versus 5.2” in the LG G2), redesigned the camera and decided to “play around” with the metallized plastic texture, giving the smartphone a more expensive look. The next flagship, the LG G4, was in many ways an improved version of the G3, but it completely changed in appearance: they abandoned metal-like plastic, invented replaceable covers made of genuine leather, and made a display slightly curved inside the case to protect it from damage when dropped. For my taste, in terms of design and ergonomics, the LG G4 was not a role model, otherwise it turned out to be comparable with competitors, but in one it was literally ahead of everyone - in photo quality. This smartphone still takes better photos in low light and at night (it's not about the speed of photographing, but about the quality), surpassing both the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Apple devices in this respect.

The next flagship - LG G5 - again became an object for experiments. The company again completely redesigned the design, moved some of the keys from the "back" to the ends, added a scanner, came up with a system of interchangeable modules and a slightly simplified version of the device - LG G5 SE on a simpler platform. The rest of the devices are identical. In this review, I will tell you about all the features of the LG G5 on the example of a simplified version - LG G5 SE. Let's go.

Design

LG G4 and LG G5 have practically no external resemblance, the company has once again "went through" the design. The smartphone turned out to be more strict and, at the same time, more simple and calm than its predecessor. For some, the lack of bright details is a plus. For some - a minus, it's a matter of personal preference.

The front panel with a protective glass curved at the top, a dual-camera module on the reverse side, as well as the bottom end with a system of interchangeable modules attract attention, but in general the new LG G5 looks simple. Perhaps this is the case when I don’t have much to write about the design, it’s so simple here.

The smartphone is available in four colors: silver, gold, pink and gray. In any variation, these are shades of the indicated colors, the case remains approximately uniform and dim. This, again, will please someone, someone will not.

Body materials

There is an interesting feature associated with the materials in the LG G5 SE. The fact is that at all presentations and on the official website, the device is called a smartphone in a metal case. At the same time, when you pick up the device, the metal is not felt at all. Moreover, if the smartphone is accidentally scratched or dropped and chipped, then you will most likely see characteristic traces of peeled paint and plastic underneath on the back. And yet - the case is really made of metal.

I don't know why LG decided to use this solution, there is no visible benefit from it, but it is what it is. The base of the body in the LG G5 SE is made of aluminum, in particular, the entire "bath" in which the electronic filling is located, and the ribs. However, from the outside, the case is covered with a thick layer of plastic, on top of which a “metal-like” coating is applied. This explains the fact that if you take scissors and scrape along the lid, then, having erased the primary layer, you will most likely decide that the body is made of plastic. To get to the base of the metal, you need to literally open several layers of the cover.

Painted plastic over metal causes another problem (besides not feeling like you're holding an expensive device). Along the edge of the case there is a “chrome-like” color, and in these places the paint begins to peel off the fastest, so that after a month or two, gaps in the plastic will appear on the device. It's not too noticeable if you don't pay attention, but it's still annoying.

The front panel is Gorilla Glass 4, which is curved in a special way. Unlike the now fashionable 2.5D glass, in the LG G5 it curves at the top, creating a smooth platform for conveniently calling the notification curtain. When you need to open it, the finger does not cling to the end, but comfortably slides down. The solution turned out to be not only beautiful (like a simple glass with a 2.5D effect), but also useful from a practical point of view.

Assembly

There are almost no complaints about the assembly of the device. With the exception of the lower replacement element, designed to accommodate modules. When you take the device out of the box and just use it - no problem, the base module with the battery sits securely in its place, there is no play and so on. But judging by the samples of the LG G5 SE, which have been in use for more than one month, after some time and after frequent changes in modules, the mount can become loose. To paraphrase, maybe it will come loose, or maybe not, everything will depend on specific use cases, the frequency of module changes and other things.

Dimensions

In terms of size, the new LG G5 almost completely repeats last year's model. Due to smooth curves and rounded edges, the device fits comfortably in the hand, it is comfortable to hold and use it. At the same time, calling a smartphone small, of course, will not work. With a diagonal of 5.3'', the device, to put it mildly, is not a champion in terms of size and is comparable to models where the diagonals are higher - 5.5''.

  • Apple iPhone 6S Plus (5.5'') - 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm, 192 grams
  • LG G5 (5.5'') - 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.3 mm, 156 grams
  • LG G4 (5.5'') - 148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm, 155 grams
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (5.5”) – 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm, 157 grams
  • HTC 10 (5.2'') - 145.9 x 71.9 x 9 mm, 161 grams

A year ago, I would have focused on the dimensions of a smartphone more seriously, but, in my opinion, now devices with a diagonal of 5.5” have become familiar and any model that fits in the dimensions of popular devices in this category is perceived normally.

Compared to Galaxy S7 Edge

Compared to Huawei P9

Compared to Xiaomi Mi5

Controls

Here I want to grumble a little. Experiments are good, but I think there should be some kind of limit, some things, points that, having been accepted once and promoted, should not be changed after a short period of time. Yes, I'm talking about controls, specifically the power and volume keys. It would seem a trifle, but I do not think so. With the LG G2 smartphone, the company began to promote the idea of ​​a key block on the back of the smartphone. Three buttons were located on the back of the device in the upper area, near the main camera. Unusual, but generally comfortable, and the company made the right accents, promoting this idea. Then there were LG G3 and LG G4, as well as intermediate models (like LG V10) with the same key layout logic.

And here comes the LG G5. The volume buttons are on the left edge, the power key is on the back and is combined with a fingerprint scanner. Is there any logic here, a general principle? To be honest, I don't see it. Yes, I personally quickly got used to that arrangement too, but the approach itself is confusing, because the whole block of buttons on the back of the device was a great idea.

There are three ways to unlock your smartphone (turn on the screen) - by pressing the power key on the back of the device, by double tapping on the display surface, or by touching the power button (fingerprint scanner on it). At the same time, the third method is convenient in that you do not need to press the power button (as in the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, for example, where you need to press the Home key), just tap it.

The scanner allows you to save up to five prints, it works quickly and accurately, I have not had any complaints about this element for a month of using the device (unlike the scanner in the Samsung Galaxy S Edge, which for some reason "stupid" for me).

Like other smartphones of the company, there is a gesture system:

  • Automatically answer a call when you hold your smartphone to your ear (even if a Bluetooth headset is connected to the device)
  • Muting the ringer volume when you pick up your smartphone from the surface of a table, shelf, or something else
  • Switching to silent mode during an incoming call when you flip your smartphone
  • Stop the alarm or set it to sound again when you flip your smartphone
  • Pause video playback when you flip your smartphone

Now about the location of elements and connectors. At the top end there is an infrared port, an additional microphone and a 3.5 mm mini-jack. On the bottom - USB Type-C, the main microphone and speaker.

On the front side, in the upper part, there is a speaker, light and proximity sensors, as well as a light indicator and an 8 MP front camera eye. The tray for two nanoSIM cards or one nanoSIM card and a memory card is located on the right edge.

Screen

The LG G5 has a 5.3'' IPS display (IPS Quantum). Display resolution - 2560x1440 pixels (554 ppi). According to the characteristics, the screen resembles that in the LG G4 - that is, good. There is a margin of brightness, viewing angles are maximum. Even if you tilt the screen diagonally, there will be absolutely no distortion of the picture in color or brightness. Automatic screen backlight sometimes works to save battery power, that is, it sets the backlight level below the one you want to see, but during the day its work is quite correct. The color temperature is set successfully, in my opinion, and among the shortcomings I will only note the inability to change it.

The screen is covered with Gorilla Glass 4 protective glass and has a high-quality oleophobic coating, so that the few prints and marks that appear on the display can be easily removed.

Like the flagships of Samsung, LG G5 supports Always-on technology, when some useful information is constantly displayed on the screen. In G5, you can display the time, date and string of new notifications (system), as well as some arbitrary signature.

Again, like Samsung, LG notes the extremely low power consumption of this thing, but, like Samsung, if battery life is important to you, it’s better to forget about Always-on. And although Samsung uses a more efficient AMOLED screen for this scenario, and here IPS, I turned off the option both there and there (in S7 Edge and G5 SE).

Camera

The LG G5 has two main cameras - one with a resolution of 16 MP, f / 1.8 aperture, a color spectrum sensor, a three-axis optical stabilization system (OIS) and a laser focusing system. The second is wide-angle, with a resolution of 8 MP and an aperture of f / 2.4.

The idea is that for the usual scenarios you use a 16-megapixel camera, but if you need to take a photo covering the maximum space (a general photo at a holiday, some beautiful landscape, etc.), switch to a wide-angle camera.< /p>

You might think that this is such a publicity stunt and in fact the cameras in the LG G5 do not differ too much in the shooting angle, but this is not so. The second camera is really wide-angle and allows you to get several times more information in the frame than the main one. Here's what it looks like in reality:

Основная камера (16 МП) Широкоугольная камера (8 МП)

The quality of the photo from the wide-angle camera is worse than from the main one, but it seems to me that it is quite sufficient for my tasks. You won't be able to use it all the time. Therefore, let's talk about the main camera.

Like the LG G4, the main camera module here is equipped with an optical stabilization system and laser focusing. The focusing speed in the G5 is about the same as the LG G4. The quality of the photo on the first firmware, to be honest, is not as high as I expected, although it is good in general. But now the company is preparing new firmware, and with each next camera it will improve, so we can expect progress in this regard.

Below is a small comparison of cameras in LG G4 and LG G5:

LG G4 LG G5

In my opinion, during the day, the devices shoot about the same, in low light conditions, the LG G4 looks stronger.

Now let's take a look at comparative examples of shots at night, there will already be three devices: LG G4, LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

LG G4 LG G5 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Here I would distribute the devices as follows: LG G4 gives the highest quality and closest to reality picture, I think that this smartphone is still out of competition when it comes to shooting at night, there are simply no better devices yet. In second place is the LG G5 - the picture is not as sharp and natural, but in general it is still close to what you actually see with your own eyes. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the latest - yes, the smartphone shoots instantly even at night, against its background both the LG G4 and the LG G5 focus forever, but the pictures themselves on the S7 Edge are too artificial: oversharpening, overexposed, everything looks completely different in the photographs, like really.

The LG G5 has added nice artistic filters (here they are called "films"):

Sample weather photos

Now briefly about the interface. Like the LG G4, there are three shooting modes (for both cameras): simple, basic and manual. The first one is simple, there are no elements or information on the screen at all, you just touch the screen at any point, and the smartphone takes a photo.

The second one is basic, showing all the settings. In this case, you need to press the key to shoot, here you can also change various parameters, from the image resolution to the shooting mode.

Finally, the third and most important mode is manual. In this mode, you can shoot with automatic settings, but with the creation of two files at once: RAW (DNG extension) and JPEG, as well as in full manual mode. In the second case, you can adjust the white balance, exposure value (from +2 to -2), shutter speed (from 1/3200 to 30 seconds), ISO (from 50 to 3200) and adjust the focal length. In a word, this is a full-fledged manual mode, as detailed as it is now generally required in a smartphone camera.

Shooting with the LG G5 in manual mode is a different story. Even taking into account the fact that the first firmware does not reveal the potential of the camera (I'm sure this will be fixed in the future), the manual mode allows you to take cool shots in a variety of situations and conditions. Perhaps someday I will make a separate material with sample shots on the LG G5 SE in manual mode.

When comparing cameras in LG G4 and LG G5, the main difference comes down to the appearance of an additional wide-angle module. There are slight differences in automatic mode, but in general, in good conditions, the G4 and G5 give comparable results. At night, the G4 still shoots better, but I hope that this point will be corrected in future firmware and the G5 will become better.

Video. Maximum recording quality - UltraHD (3840x2160 pixels), standard - FullHD (1920x1080) , in addition to recording at 30 or 60 fps, there is recording at up to 120 fps. In movie recording mode, tracking autofocus works. The quality of the recorded video is good, however, you can check out the sample videos yourself.

Front camera. The front camera with a resolution of 8 MP and f/2.0 aperture allows you to take good shots, but nothing more. To be honest, I expected a lot more from the front camera in the LG G5. As in its time and from the camera in the G4. During the day on a sunny day, the quality can be called acceptable, when conditions worsen or in the dark, photos turn into “soap” with very noticeable post-processing.

LG G4 LG G5

Work offline

The LG G5 SE has a removable 2800 mAh Li-Ion battery, slightly weaker than that used in the LG G3 and G4.

My sample LG G5 SE worked on average until the evening, being completely discharged by 17-18 hours under heavy load (for example, my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge lives up to about 20 hours in this mode, but I still have to use an external battery ). Difference in operating time under normal conditions

LG G5 SE review

South Korean LG is one of the few companies on the smartphone market who are not afraid to experiment in the upper price segment, in other words, constantly invent something new for their flagships. Usually the situation is reversed - companies try to keep top-end devices identical to each other for as long as possible from year to year, tightening up the characteristics and occasionally refreshing the design. Examples range from Apple, Samsung and HTC to the most glaring Sony, where the design of devices in the upper price range has hardly changed since the Xperia Z1, released in 2013.

For LG, flagships are a field of experimentation. In the LG G2 smartphone, the company tested a solution with control buttons located on the “back” of the case, and made the frames as thin as possible. The LG G3 took the path of increasing the screen diagonal for the flagship (5.5” versus 5.2” in the LG G2), redesigned the camera and decided to “play around” with the metallized plastic texture, giving the smartphone a more expensive look. The next flagship, the LG G4, was in many ways an improved version of the G3, but it completely changed in appearance: they abandoned metal-like plastic, invented replaceable covers made of genuine leather, and made a display slightly curved inside the case to protect it from damage when dropped. For my taste, in terms of design and ergonomics, the LG G4 was not a role model, otherwise it turned out to be comparable with competitors, but in one it was literally ahead of everyone - in photo quality. This smartphone still takes better photos in low light and at night (it's not about the speed of photographing, but about the quality), surpassing both the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Apple devices in this respect.

The next flagship - LG G5 - again became an object for experiments. The company again completely redesigned the design, moved some of the keys from the "back" to the ends, added a scanner, came up with a system of interchangeable modules and a slightly simplified version of the device - LG G5 SE on a simpler platform. The rest of the devices are identical. In this review, I will tell you about all the features of the LG G5 on the example of a simplified version - LG G5 SE. Let's go.

Design

LG G4 and LG G5 have practically no external resemblance, the company has once again "went through" the design. The smartphone turned out to be more strict and, at the same time, more simple and calm than its predecessor. For some, the lack of bright details is a plus. For some - a minus, it's a matter of personal preference.

The front panel with a protective glass curved at the top, a dual-camera module on the reverse side, as well as the bottom end with a system of interchangeable modules attract attention, but in general the new LG G5 looks simple. Perhaps this is the case when I don’t have much to write about the design, it’s so simple here.

The smartphone is available in four colors: silver, gold, pink and gray. In any variation, these are shades of the indicated colors, the case remains approximately uniform and dim. This, again, will please someone, someone will not.

Body materials

There is an interesting feature associated with the materials in the LG G5 SE. The fact is that at all presentations and on the official website the device is called a smartphone in a metal case. At the same time, when you pick up the device, the metal is not felt at all. Moreover, if the smartphone is accidentally scratched or dropped and chipped, then you will most likely see characteristic traces of peeled paint and plastic underneath on the back. And yet - the case is really made of metal.

I don't know why LG decided to use this solution, there is no visible benefit from it, but it is what it is. The base of the body in the LG G5 SE is made of aluminum, in particular, the entire "bath" in which the electronic filling is located, and the ribs. However, from the outside, the case is covered with a thick layer of plastic, on top of which a “metal-like” coating is applied. This explains the fact that if you take scissors and scrape along the lid, then, having erased the primary layer, you will most likely decide that the body is made of plastic. To get to the base of the metal, you need to literally open several layers of the cover.

Painted plastic over metal causes another problem (besides not feeling like you're holding an expensive device). Along the edge of the case there is a “chrome-like” color, and in these places the paint begins to peel off the fastest, so that after a month or two, gaps in the plastic will appear on the device. It's not too noticeable if you don't pay attention, but it's still annoying.

The front panel is Gorilla Glass 4, which is curved in a special way. Unlike the now fashionable 2.5D glass, in the LG G5 it curves at the top, creating a smooth platform for conveniently calling the notification curtain. When you need to open it, the finger does not cling to the end, but comfortably slides down. The solution turned out to be not only beautiful (like a simple glass with a 2.5D effect), but also useful from a practical point of view.

Assembly

There are almost no complaints about the assembly of the device. With the exception of the lower replacement element, designed to accommodate modules. When you take the device out of the box and just use it - no problem, the base module with the battery sits securely in its place, there is no play and so on. But judging by the samples of the LG G5 SE, which have been in use for more than one month, after some time and after frequent changes in modules, the mount can become loose. To paraphrase, maybe it will come loose, or maybe not, everything will depend on specific use cases, the frequency of module changes and other things.

Dimensions

In terms of size, the new LG G5 almost completely repeats last year's model. Due to smooth curves and rounded edges, the device fits comfortably in the hand, it is comfortable to hold and use it. At the same time, calling a smartphone small, of course, will not work. With a diagonal of 5.3'', the device, to put it mildly, is not a champion in terms of size and is comparable to models where the diagonals are higher - 5.5''.

  • Apple iPhone 6S Plus (5.5'') - 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm, 192 grams
  • LG G5 (5.5'') - 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.3 mm, 156 grams
  • LG G4 (5.5'') - 148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm, 155 grams
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (5.5”) - 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm, 157 grams
  • HTC 10 (5.2'') - 145.9 x 71.9 x 9 mm, 161 grams

A year ago, I would have focused on the dimensions of a smartphone more seriously, but, in my opinion, now devices with a diagonal of 5.5” have become familiar and any model that fits in the dimensions of popular devices in this category is perceived normally.

Compared to Galaxy S7 Edge

Compared to Huawei P9

Compared to Xiaomi Mi5

Controls

Here I want to grumble a little. Experiments are good, but I think there should be some kind of limit, some things, points that, having been accepted once and promoted, should not be changed after a short period of time. Yes, I'm talking about controls, specifically the power and volume keys. It would seem a trifle, but I do not think so. With the LG G2 smartphone, the company began to promote the idea of ​​a key block on the back of the smartphone. Three buttons were located on the back of the device in the upper area, near the main camera. Unusual, but generally comfortable, and the company made the right accents, promoting this idea. Then there were LG G3 and LG G4, as well as intermediate models (like LG V10) with the same key layout logic.

And here comes the LG G5. The volume buttons are on the left edge, the power key is on the back and is combined with a fingerprint scanner. Is there any logic here, a general principle? To be honest, I don't see it. Yes, I personally quickly got used to that arrangement too, but the approach itself is confusing, because the whole block of buttons on the back of the device was a great idea.

There are three ways to unlock your smartphone (turn on the screen) - by pressing the power key on the back of the device, by double tapping on the display surface, or by touching the power button (fingerprint scanner on it). At the same time, the third method is convenient in that you do not need to press the power button (as in the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, for example, where you need to press the Home key), just tap it.

The scanner allows you to save up to five prints, it works quickly and accurately, I have not had any complaints about this element for a month of using the device (unlike the scanner in the Samsung Galaxy S Edge, which for some reason "stupid" for me).

Like other smartphones of the company, there is a gesture system:

  • Automatically answer a call when you hold your smartphone to your ear (even if a Bluetooth headset is connected to the device)
  • Muting the ringer volume when you pick up your smartphone from the surface of a table, shelf, or something else
  • Switching to silent mode during an incoming call when you flip your smartphone
  • Stop the alarm or set it to sound again when you flip your smartphone
  • Pause video playback when you flip your smartphone

Now about the location of elements and connectors. At the top end there is an infrared port, an additional microphone and a 3.5 mm mini-jack. On the bottom - USB Type-C, the main microphone and speaker.

On the front side, in the upper part, there is a speaker, light and proximity sensors, as well as a light indicator and an 8 MP front camera eye. The tray for two nanoSIM cards or one nanoSIM card and a memory card is located on the right edge.

Screen

The LG G5 has a 5.3'' IPS display (IPS Quantum). Display resolution - 2560x1440 pixels (554 ppi). According to the characteristics, the screen resembles that of the LG G4 - that is, good. There is a margin of brightness, viewing angles are maximum. Even if you tilt the screen diagonally, there will be absolutely no distortion of the picture in color or brightness. Automatic screen backlight sometimes works to save battery power, that is, it sets the backlight level below the one you want to see, but during the day its work is quite correct. The color temperature is set successfully, in my opinion, and among the shortcomings I will only note the inability to change it.

The screen is covered with Gorilla Glass 4 protective glass and has a high-quality oleophobic coating, so that the few prints and marks that appear on the display can be easily removed.

Like the flagships of Samsung, LG G5 supports Always-on technology, when some useful information is constantly displayed on the screen. In G5, you can display the time, date and string of new notifications (system), as well as some arbitrary signature.

Again, like Samsung, LG notes the extremely low power consumption of this thing, but, like Samsung, if battery life is important to you, it’s better to forget about Always-on. And although Samsung uses a more efficient AMOLED screen for this scenario, and here IPS, I turned off the option both there and there (in S7 Edge and G5 SE).

Camera

The LG G5 has two main cameras - one with a resolution of 16 MP, f / 1.8 aperture, a color spectrum sensor, a three-axis optical stabilization system (OIS) and a laser focusing system. The second is wide-angle, with a resolution of 8 MP and an aperture of f / 2.4.

The idea is that for the usual scenarios you use a 16-megapixel camera, but if you need to take a photo covering the maximum space (a general photo at a holiday, some beautiful landscape, etc.), switch to a wide-angle camera.< /p>

You might think that this is such a publicity stunt and in fact the cameras in the LG G5 do not differ too much in the shooting angle, but this is not so. The second camera is really wide-angle and allows you to get several times more information in the frame than the main one. Here's what it looks like in reality:

Main camera (16 MP) Wide-angle camera (8 MP)

The quality of the photo from the wide-angle camera is worse than from the main one, but it seems to me that it is quite sufficient for my tasks. You won't be able to use it all the time. Therefore, let's talk about the main camera.

Like the LG G4, the main camera module here is equipped with an optical stabilization system and laser focusing. The focusing speed in the G5 is about the same as the LG G4. The quality of the photo on the first firmware, to be honest, is not as high as I expected, although it is good in general. But now the company is preparing new firmware, and with each next camera it will improve, so we can expect progress in this regard.

Below is a small comparison of cameras in LG G4 and LG G5:

LG G4 LG G5

In my opinion, during the day, the devices shoot about the same, in low light conditions, the LG G4 looks stronger.

Now let's take a look at comparative examples of shots at night, there will already be three devices: LG G4, LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

LG G4 LG G5 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Here I would distribute the devices as follows: LG G4 gives the highest quality and closest to reality picture, I think that this smartphone is still out of competition when it comes to shooting at night, there are simply no better devices yet. In second place is the LG G5 - the picture is not as sharp and natural, but in general it is still close to what you actually see with your own eyes. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the latest - yes, the smartphone shoots instantly even at night, against its background both the LG G4 and the LG G5 focus forever, but the pictures themselves on the S7 Edge are too artificial: oversharpening, overexposed, everything looks completely different in the photographs, like really.

The LG G5 has added nice artistic filters (here they are called "films"):

Examples of photos in good weather

Now briefly about the interface. Like the LG G4, there are three shooting modes (for both cameras): simple, basic and manual. The first one is simple, there are no elements or information on the screen at all, you just touch the screen at any point, and the smartphone takes a photo.

The second one is basic, showing all the settings. In this case, you need to press the key to shoot, here you can also change various parameters, from the image resolution to the shooting mode.

Finally, the third and most important mode is manual. In this mode, you can shoot with automatic settings, but with the creation of two files at once: RAW (DNG extension) and JPEG, as well as in full manual mode. In the second case, you can adjust the white balance, exposure value (from +2 to -2), shutter speed (from 1/3200 to 30 seconds), ISO (from 50 to 3200) and adjust the focal length. In a word, this is a full-fledged manual mode, as detailed as it is now generally required in a smartphone camera.

Shooting with the LG G5 in manual mode is a different story. Even taking into account the fact that the first firmware does not reveal the potential of the camera (I'm sure this will be fixed in the future), the manual mode allows you to take cool shots in a variety of situations and conditions. Perhaps someday I will make a separate material with sample shots on the LG G5 SE in manual mode.

When comparing cameras in LG G4 and LG G5, the main difference comes down to the appearance of an additional wide-angle module. There are slight differences in automatic mode, but in general, in good conditions, the G4 and G5 give comparable results. At night, the G4 still shoots better, but I hope that this point will be corrected in future firmware and the G5 will become better.

Video. Maximum recording quality - UltraHD (3840x2160 pixels), standard - FullHD (1920x1080) Sneakers Og, in addition to recording at 30 or 60 frames per second, there is a recording at up to 120 fps. In movie recording mode, tracking autofocus works. The quality of the recorded video is good, however, you can check out the sample videos yourself.

Video . Maximum recording quality - UltraHD (3840x2160 pixels), standard - FullHD (1920x1080) Sneakers Og Sneakers Og , in addition to recording at 30 or 60 fps, there is recording at up to 120 fps. In movie recording mode, tracking autofocus works. The quality of the recorded video is good, however, you can check out the sample videos yourself.

Front camera. The front camera with a resolution of 8 MP and f/2.0 aperture allows you to take good shots, but nothing more. To be honest, I expected a lot more from the front camera in the LG G5. As in its time and from the camera in the G4. During the day on a sunny day, the quality can be called acceptable, when conditions worsen or in the dark, photos turn into “soap” with very noticeable post-processing.

LG G4 LG G5

Work offline

The LG G5 SE has a removable 2800 mAh Li-Ion battery, slightly weaker than that used in the LG G3 and G4.

My sample LG G5 SE worked on average until the evening, being completely discharged by 17-18 hours under heavy load (for example, my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge lives up to about 20 hours in this mode, but I still have to use an external battery ). Difference in operating time under normal conditions