The external speaker is a single one and it is placed on the lower edge. It is average in quality and not too loud. The quality is better when we are not using the full volume scale, but it is still flat and it lacks lower tones. The smartphone shows its power only after plugging in earphones - there is a 3.5 mm jack. Q7 has on board a DTS:X surround system, which ensures the 7.1 sound effects on earphones. And in this form it works much better.
For playing music LG has preinstalled its own player – it is aesthetical one, with a basic functionality and with the possibility of sorting songs. There is an FM radio as well.
Photos and video
Usually when I am asked to help choose a new phone, two basic criteria have the biggest meaning: the price and the camera. A few months after the launch the price of LG Q7 is on a reasonable level, but how does it look like when it comes to the camera? It does not offer neither a large matrix nor a bright lens or an optical image stabilization – the camera has an f/2.2 aperture, 13 megapixels and a LED flash.
And how does it translate to the quality of photos? The camera works well in a good, daylight lighting, with indoors photos we must put more effort (and still it is difficult to achieve satisfactory results), and for photos taken during the night it is best not to use it at all. It resembles what smartphones from the lower or medium-lower shelf represent. And it is easy to notice where the manufacturer was trying to decrease the production cost.
The camera is rather friendly in usage, it provides many work modes – including an automatic HDR. Other modes are:
- Match shot – here we use the main and the front camera. Photos are either taken at the same time or one after another,
- Guide shot – here one shot is used as a pattern for taking another one,
- Snap shot,
- Grid shot – connecting a few photos in a collage,
- Flash Jump-cut – for creating GIFs.
Besides these mode we can use colour filters and set the lighting. Those who are looking for more advanced possibilities of influencing the photo’s parameters have nothing to look for. We cannot forget about another function – QLens. Thanks to this we can search in web stores for objects that we are pointing the lens at, it can recognize them and it can scan QR codes as well. It works with Amazon and Pinterest. This might not be the most popular thing, but in the time of AI system – this is a developmental feature. Though at this moment we can achieve better results using Google Lens – QLens has still some work to do. And here are photography results:
At the front there is an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 lens that uses Fixed Focus and lighting the shot with the display. Photos taken with it are acceptable, though it is sometimes difficult to focus with it. There are of course beautifying modes, though in comparison with the competition the functionality of the app is not particularly enhanced.
We can record videos in the maximum resolution of FullHD with 30 frames per second. Unfortunately, there is no form of an image stabilization, which translates to the quality of recordings.