Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

LG G7 Review - Camera Review


LG G7 –  Camera

On paper, LG appears to have made improvements to the rear camera, loading it with dual Sony IMX351 sensors. Specifically, you’ll find 16-megapixel, f/1.6 (OIS) 77-degree main unit and a 16-megapixel f/f1.9, 107-degree secondary sensor on the phone’s rear.


The main sensor is on a par with the unit that features in the V30S, but the wide-angle sensor has a higher megapixel count, wider aperture and field of view than its predecessor’s 13-megapixel secondary sensor.

The finest thing about the camera is that wide-angle sensor. It’s easily the best use of a secondary sensor and far more worthwhile as a zoom or monochrome camera. The photos captured with the wide-angle camera are varied, with it opening up many more shooting options. Landscape shots look great, as do photos taken in stadiums and the like. You do lose some of the low-light quality with this secondary sensor, but I’m still glad of its inclusion.

The photos with the regular ‘main’ 16-megapixel camera are decent: detailed, nicely coloured and with good dynamic range. It’s just a shame that there isn’t a massive jump between this and last year’s G6 and V30. The main issue seems to be exposure: photos are often too bright and the auto-HDR mode doesn’t do much to improve matters.

Low-light photos are mostly okay thanks to the wide f/1.6 aperture, and there’s a dedicated night mode that increases the pixel size by reducing the photos to 4 megapixels.

Related: Best smartphones

River view with a bridge and buildings in the background.

Food vendors selling at a busy market stall.

Sometimes exposure is a bit off, even when it uses HDR

Busy market scene with people and a food stall.Busy indoor market scene with various food stalls and shoppers. Busy indoor market scene with various food stalls and shoppers.

Urban landscape photo showcasing camera's color and detail capture.

The wide-angle lens is great

Cityscape photo showing a river and modern buildings in the background.

Landscape shots are good

Riverfront architecture captured with a camera in overcast weather.

It looks much better with AI turned off

River scene with a bridge and buildings in overcast weather.Photograph of a bridge over a river with buildings in the background.

With AI turned on, the colours are off

It’s the AI features that really disappoint, however. Tap the AI Cam option and the camera is supposed to adapt to your environment and intelligently alter the photo. This isn’t a new concept – Huawei has honed its AI features to the point where they make snaps better – but I really don’t like LG’s implementation.

When you enter ‘AI Cam’ and start pointing the phone at something, words will begin to fade in and out over the image. Now, supposedly these words should relate to what you’re looking at, but this didn’t always prove to be the case. I pointed it at a person sitting at a desk, for example, and it churned out words such as ‘beach’, ‘musical instrument’, ‘wine’. Getting these basic things wrong doesn’t offer much hope for the changes the AI system will make to photos.

These boil down to upping the brightness and contrast, while often completely throwing colours off. It turned blues to green and in general left pictures looking worse than before the changes were applied.

The front-facing camera has finally been boosted to 8-megapixels and is noticeably better than the unit on both the G6 or V30. Video recording remains excellent: footage can be captured up to 4K 30fps (no 60fps here) and there are plenty of video-editing modes available too.


Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2003, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.

Trusted Reviews Logo

Sign up to our newsletter

Get the best of Trusted Reviews delivered right to your inbox.

This is a test error message with some extra words