Use Manual Camera mode on LG G4

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The LG G4 16-megapixel camera and the technology that accompanies it is not something that you can see every day. I am talking about an F1.8 aperture lens, a Color Spectrum Sensor system which is capable to achieve greater color accuracy than what it was previously possible, an enhanced level of optical image stabilization and to take things even further, LG even offers an advanced manual mode that offers more features and controls than any other smartphone available.

Many modern Android cameras can actually take a pretty good picture automatically and LG G4 is no exception to that. All you have to do is to point the camera at your subject and tap the shutter button in order to get the photo that you want. But by switching to manual mode you can open up a world of possibilities.

The Manual control on the LG G4 works just like the manual controls on an expensive DSLR camera and it is strongly recommended for use when you want to take a picture of something or someone who isn’t going to move or change the position. To be more precise, all you have to do is to tap the icon in the upper left and choose manual mode and this opens up ways to change:

ISO settings: ISO is the sensitivity of the image sensor to light. The higher the number, the more sensitive the sensor, so it allows faster shutter speeds. However, this also means more noise you introduce into the finished photo, so use a higher ISO setting for indoor events or to freeze motion with a fast shutter;

Shutter speed: There is no mystery that the slower the shutter speed, the more blur you end up getting from camera shake. On the contrary, the longer the shutter is open, the brighter your picture will be. So, keep in mind that fast shutter speeds will “freeze” motion and do not hesitate to use a tripod mount when you use slow shutter speeds to keep an image in focus which can be hard on a large smartphone as your LG G4;

Manual focus: For the best results, all you have to do is to slide the slider up (towards the mountain) for far focus, and down (towards the flower) for close-ups;

Auto-exposure lock: It is up to you to lock this option if you want complete manual control. And don’t worry; with it unlocked, the camera software can make adjustments only based on the image processing logic;

Exposure compensation: This setting changes how bright or dark the picture really is, so don’t hesitate to use it;

Aperture: This is nothing else than the size of the lens opening. The larger the hole, the more light that is let in when you tap the shutter button. On the LG G4, the aperture is fixed at f/1.8 so you can’t do any real adjustment, but do not worry as long as this is actually the ideal number to work with in most settings on a small-sensor camera.

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Mike Blass