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Solved: The mystery of the LG V30 camera aperture

LG claims that the V30 has the largest aperture in a smartphone camera. (Source: LG)
LG claims that the V30 has the largest aperture in a smartphone camera. (Source: LG)
The LG V30 has captured a lot of interest since its official reveal. Among its many features, LG claims it has the world's largest aperture in a smartphone camera to date at f/1.6. But is all as it seems?

The LG V30 is justifiably receiving a lot of praise. It is arguably the most beautiful design to come from the company while it is also undeniably a multi-media powerhouse. One of the areas where it has been singled out for special praise is for its camera optics particularly with regard to its video shooting capabilities. Although LG has claimed that the LG V30 features the largest aperture on a smartphone to date at f/1.6, early testers of the device have noted that the metadata from photos has indicated the camera has a slightly smaller f/1.7 aperture.

As a major selling point, it certainly caused some consternation among reviewers and potential customers of the device. Was LG deliberately misleading us into thinking that it’s smartphone might be theoretically better in low light situations than the competition and, if so, why? The company has now released a statement intended to clear up the situation and indeed confirm that the V30 does feature a camera with an f/1.6 aperture.

Before unveiling a new product, LG Electronics safeguards confidential and proprietary device information by masking the true values of important product specifications. Some preproduction preview sample devices recently distributed featured non-final software, which maintained masked information with regard to aperture. The LG V30 features an f/1.6 aperture camera and glass lens, an industry leading innovation.

It seems plausible enough to us, but don’t be surprised to see people tearing down the device just to take a physical measurement of the V30’s aperture just to be sure.


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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2017-09- 9 (Update: 2017-09- 9)