I’ve been salivating over the prospect of LG’s impending new flagship, the V30 for some time now. The LG G6 has been one of my favourite phones this year, but I’ve always preferred the direction the company has had with its V series. The V20 did pretty good video, but it was in the audio department where its superlative audiophile quad DAC really shined.
It looks like the V30 – due to be fully revealed at IFA Berlin at the end of this month – is going to do for photography and video capture what the V20 did for audio.
According to a press release from LG, the company is giving its UX a great big overhaul – and with that, come some big changes to its camera. In manual mode, users will be able to select from a range of portfolio shots and apply their metadata presets.
It’s called Graphy, and it’ll help users learn the ins and outs of manual modes by seeing how things like white balance, shutter speed, aperture and ISO affect the composition of shots.
“Graphy, which can be accessed in the camera’s Manual Mode, gives any shutterbug professional quality photography capabilities. With Graphy, users can choose from among a portfolio of professional shots, each with a different style and mood or they can download photos taken by professionals from the Graphy website or mobile app and apply those metadata presets – such as white balance, shutter speed, aperture and ISO – to photos taken with the V30.
Different shooting modes such as auto, grid shot, snap shot and match shot are conveniently grouped under one menu for ease of selection.”
The phone will also include a quick video editor – which includes a gif maker. We already told you that the device would use a Plastic OLED screen and carry over the FullVision 2:1 ratio display from the LG G6.
LG’s also confirmed the rumours that the V20’s second screen wouldn’t return. Instead, there’s a new semi-transparent floating bar to take its place.
“The Second Screen in the LG V20 has evolved to become Floating Bar on the V30. The semi-transparent Floating Bar allows for quick access to frequently used functions and can be dragged completely off the FullVision display when not needed.”
As with other new flagships, the V30 will have facial and voice recognition.
“Using Face Recognition, the V30 can be unlocked instantaneously using the front facing camera even when the phone’s display is off. And there is no need to press the power button first, unlike on other phones. Voice Recognition uses a combination of the user’s voice and self-generated keywords (ideally three to five syllables combined) to unlock the V30 without the need to press a button or swipe the screen. It is supported by Qualcomm Aqstic voice UI technology for always-on, always-listening capabilities that requires very little battery power.”
We’ll see more of the phone at the end of this month.
Last Updated: August 14, 2017