Smartphone cameras are always improving, but upping the pixels can only do so much for your photos. LG has taken things a step further adding a new manual mode that allows you to change white balance, ISO, manual focus, shutter speed and general exposure.
Though with all of these options and settings, the average user may disregard the entire manual mode. Users may want to just keep things easy with the auto modes and simple capture functions. While those are easy to use, manual mode is where you will get the most bang for your clicks.
Don’t be afraid of manual mode on your LG G4 Camera. Instead, embrace it and learn more about taking the perfect shot.
1. Manual Mode Isn’t For…
Most Android smartphones have cameras that are meant to be point and shoot cameras. This means that when there is something going on like baby’s first steps or the ever popular “selfie” your phone can take a pretty good shot; without messing with the settings. These cameras are called point and shoot cameras, but for those moments when you have the time to play with settings and framing a shot you will be better off with a DSLR.
The LG G4 camera has brought the DSLR experience to the smartphone, giving you more options when you need them.
2. Standing Still
The LG G4 camera is great at taking true to life images all on its own, but with manual mode you can get a little artsy with your photos. Manual Mode is perfect for taking great nature shots, or portrait photos of family and friends. You can even make that #Foodie photo stand out more, or make the city skyline look like it is straight out of the movies.
The trick is knowing exactly what each function does because the new LG G4 camera will show you in real time what the image will look like as you mess with the settings.
ISO is simply described as the amount of light that the camera will allow into the photo. If you think of the camera lens as a human eye, the ISO is the pupil. All the settings here are on a scale, so the higher the number, the more light is let in, the lower the number the less light. A couple of things to note here is that the more light let into the photo, the more “noise” will appear in the photo; grainy.
On the other side, higher ISO means you could change the shutter speed to a faster rate, meaning better action shots. You’ll want a higher ISO when indoors as well.
4. White Balance
While this may sound like something very similar to ISO, it’s not. Instead, white balance is like the temperature of a photo. You’ll want to use this in specific lighting situations.
The goal is to match the setting to the lighting of the real world. The scale works in degrees of Kelvin where natural sunlight measures at 5,500K and a white fluorescent light is 4,200K. Luckily, the LG G4 shows the scale in Kelvin, meaning when you’re outdoors in natural sunlight, you will want to change the setting closer to 5,500K to match natural sunlight.
If this is all too much for you, don’t worry, the LG G4 has an auto setting for each function that works really well.
5. Shutter Speed
Shutter speed is exactly what it sounds like, and controls how long the shutter is open. Since we are not talking an old school camera, the “shutter” on a digital camera is the sensor. The scale here that you can choose from is measured in seconds, or fractions of a second. If looking at your settings on the LG G4, you will see -1/500 which is 1/500th of a second that the sensor is “open”. This setting is the most fun and most scary function of a manual camera. The longer the shutter is open, the more blur you’ll get due to shaky hands, but also more natural light. To avoid blur, use a tripod. The faster the shutter speed, the better “freeze frame” you’ll get. You’ll want faster speeds for action shots like capturing a swimming stroke at a swim meet or a run through the Diamond Celebration.
There are so many more features to the LG G4 camera, but they don’t require too much explaining.
- Manual focus mode allows you to change the focus; though you’d be hard-pressed to do a better job than auto here.
- Auto-Exposure Lock will let you lock in your settings once you’ve got them the way you want.
- Exposure Compensation changes how bright or dark a photo will be and you can see these changes in real-time.
- While auto mode might be best for most situations, you may want to get artsy.
- If you’re on a trip to the beach, you may want to use Auto-Exposure Lock and lock in your settings for daylight and action shots. Same if you’re going to an indoor birthday party.