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LG V60 ThinQ: Do not purchase LG's US$800 smartphone for its cameras

LG V60 ThinQ: Do not purchase LG's US$800 smartphone for its cameras. (Image source: LG)
LG V60 ThinQ: Do not purchase LG's US$800 smartphone for its cameras. (Image source: LG)
The LG V60 ThinQ has impressive hardware on paper, including a 6.8-inch OLED panel and a Snapdragon 865 SoC. However, its 64 MP primary camera sensor has been found wanting, with noisy images and a general lack of detail a theme of LG's US$800 smartphone.
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LG announced the V60 ThinQ in February, with the device being one of the first to feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 chipset. LG also included a 5,000 mAh battery and 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, a staple of the company's V-series. The V60 ThinQ has a 1080p display, which is quite low-resolution by modern flagship standards. 1080p displays should yield better battery life than their 1440p or 2160p counterparts, so it is not all bad news on that front.

However, the V60 ThinQ has been found wanting by DxOMark with its camera performance. LG included a 64 MP primary camera sensor in the V60 ThinQ, which has a 0.8 µm pixel size and support OIS. The camera uses 4-in-1 pixel binning to theoretically deliver crisper-looking shots than at 64 MP, but DxOMark was unimpressed. According to the website, the main camera in the V60 ThinQ suffers from "noise in all lighting conditions" and a "lack of detail in long-range zoom shots".

Additionally, the device struggles in night shots, although it performs well in daylight conditions. Overall, it would seem that LG has included a mid-range camera sensor in the V60 ThinQ for some reason, as the device can only match older flagships like the Galaxy S9 Plus or Pixel 2. In the view of DxOMark, the V60 ThinQ has comparable camera performance to the Pixel 3a and Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro, which is somewhat surprising. DxOMark only tests smartphone cameras using their automatic modes, so the V60 ThinQ may well perform better if you switch to its manual mode. Nonetheless, one should expect better camera performance than a Pixel 3a or Redmi K20 Pro for US$800.

DxOMark does not think much of the cameras in the LG V60 ThinQ. (Image source: DxOMark)
DxOMark does not think much of the cameras in the LG V60 ThinQ. (Image source: DxOMark)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-07-24 (Update: 2020-07-24)