Whether you're an aspiring videographer or professional filmmaker, the LG V30 is a great tool to have
Mobile filmmakers rejoice, the LG V30 is the new videography tool you never knew you’d need. The iPhone 8 and Samsung Note 8 have both paved the way for smartphone filmmaking but the surprise candidate for the best of the lot is LG’s new V30 thanks to its whole range of features on its camera.
Straight off the bat, LG’s new phone shows its intent with the Korean company opting to go with a glass lens making them the first smartphone to do so. A glass lens gives video and stills a much clearer picture, instantly giving users a better choice for filming but can be a little expensive.
As seen with their own G6, LG have opted to go with a dual camera system allowing users to choose between a 16 megapixel telephoto camera set at a f/1.6 aperture. Being fitted with OIS or Optical Image Stabilisation, the camera is designed to work well in all lights, across the slower shutter speeds.
This is complimented by a second wide-angled lens with a f/1.9 aperture, giving it a slightly greater depth of field. Unfortunately this doesn’t have OIS but unless you’re shooting in complete darkness the wide aperture will do a decent job at capturing what’s in front of you.
It does have a 120-degree field of view, making it a good choice if you’re looking for some varied shooting and encompassing landscapes.
LG have also equipped the phone with a ‘Point Zoom’ tool that allows videographers to select a point on the screen for the camera to focus on before zooming. Why is this handy? One of the hardest things phone camera’s do is trying to guess what you’re doing before you do it, particularly when zooming in.
Camera’s sometimes struggle to focus on the thing you want focussed as you zoom so by telling the camera what you want to focus on before you start the zoom will save you multiple shots. This is particularly handy if you want to zoom in while keeping focus on an item that’s off centre.
Files can also be saved in Cine Log format, meaning that videographers will have more room to adjust colour profiles after exporting them to their computers.
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