The smartphone ensures a great sound – not only does it have stereo speakers (the speaker on the lower edge and above the display), but it can boast with the DTS-X 3D technology and the cooperation with the Meridian company as well.
Unfortunately, the manufacturer did not use the Boombox speakers and instead installed the Hi-Fi Quad DAC system (which is a quad, 32-bit converter and earphones amplifier from the ESS Sabre series), which other smartphones from the G or V series could boast. For those who care about the best quality of music through earphones, this is a big disadvantage. However, for most users the quality of sound will be more than enough – it is loud and has a great sound.
There is of course a 3.5 mm minijack. In the set, along with the phone, LG provides a good quality earphones. For playing music we can use the Google app or preinstalled Music player. There is no FM radio in LG G8s.
Photos and video
The manufacturer equipped the G8s ThinQ model in a triple camera, which consist of these elements:
- standard camera - 12MP, f/1.8, PDAF, OSI)
- telephoto lens (12MP, f/2.6, PDAF, OIS, 1,8x)
- wide angle (13MP, f/2.4, FF, 136 degrees)
The camera works fast and ably, it catches the focus instantly and the photography results are definitely pleasing. It perfectly represents colours, provides photos with a good dynamics and with a minimum integration from the software. The only thing that can be sometimes noticeable is a bit too high contrast in some photos. Fortunately this is an exception rather than a rule. The camera does not work that great in less favourable lighting, which mostly results in a loss of details (especially while taking photos with the wide-angle lens).
Basically the set of cameras in LG G8s is a set worthy of flagships, maybe not on the level of the best models offered by Huawei or Samsung, but it is still in the top. What is more, the Korean manufacturer underlines that LG G8sreached the first place in the VCX ranking (https://vcx-forum.org/score). In a more popular DxOMark, G8s did not have its debut yet, but its older brother, LG G8 ThinQ, achieved a nice score of 96 points. Of course cameras in both models are not identical - G8 ThinQ has brighter cameras, and its wide-angle module has a higher resolution.
Photos from the main camera are great, with natural colours and a high level of details. Zoom comes in handy in many situation, but I enjoy the work of the wide-angle camera the most.
In order to see how a captured photo will look like from each of these cameras, we just need to hold the icon on the screen a bit longer, and we can see the preview from standard, telephoto and wide angle lenses. Though a more intuitive markings of particular modes would have been nice – the wide-angle lens icon is obvious, but icons of standard and zoom lenses look almost identical. There is a Triple Shot mode as well, in which the camera will take something similar to series, using each camera in sequence.
And here are photos taken in different lighting conditions. All of photos below and above can be seen in the full resolution in the gallery:
The camera app is enhanced when it comes to modes and it ensures numerous functions for taking photos and recording videos. Among available modes we have auto mode, mode with an AI support, manual, portrait, studio and many more, available in the additional menu. From the level of the main panel there are colour modes, while built in QLens or Google Lens (we can choose) can recognize objects in photos and are responsible for virtual shopping and scanning QR codes. What is more, we have HDR that works in the auto mode. The maximum resolution of photos is 12 MP (4032x3024 pixels) and UHD 60 frames per second (3849x2160 pixels) when it comes to videos.
An 8-megapixel camera with an f/1.9 brightness and HDR is responsible for selfies. There is a ToF module (Time-of-Flight), which provides a bokeh effect and the infrared sensor responsible for the facial unlocking function. And what about the photos quality? It is decent, but it does not stand out among other flagships or even middle-shelf models. The maximum resolution of this camera is 8 MP (3264x2448 pixels) and FHD when it comes to videos (1920x1080 pixels).
The quality of recorded videos is definitely an advantage. LG G8s can record videos in the 4K quality with 60 frames per second. However, due to the work of the stabilization or the possibility to use Tracking focus, it is best to remain with Full HD. During the recording we can switch between lenses. Here are video recording results: