❤ LG V20: How to deal with basic camera manual mode
The LG V20 is the best multimedia smartphone in LG’s lineup of smartphones that cater to the needs of creators like photographers and videographers. However, if you are just an average user, here’s a guide on how to do manual on an LG V20.
Launching the Camera app
Great photos are usually the result of one being at the right place at the right time. Having quick access to a camera also helps. That’s why the LG V20 has a shortcut for launching the camera from stand-by – you double-press on the volume down button to launch it. The option is found in Settings > General > Shortcut Keys, but you should have that enabled by default. What’s not enabled is the option to take a photo instantly after triggering the shortcut, so enable that if you find it useful.
Burst Mode for fast moving subjects
Burst mode is useful for taking photos of fast-paced action, such as sports events, but I’d also recommend using it while taking group shots to ensure you have a photo where nobody blinked. It can also be used for shooting awe-inspiring images of moments frozen in time – the splashes of rain drops falling on the ground, for example, or a flock of birds taking flight. (Just a reminder, the V20 is NOT water-resistant.)
HDR or High Dynamic Range
HDR, as some of you may know, takes multiple images at different exposures and combines them to produce a single high dynamics range photo. In other words, dark areas in the image aren’t overly dark and light areas aren’t overly bright. Most of the time, I have the HDR mode set to Auto, and it seems to work pretty well.
Aperture to gather more light in dark situations
The main camera on the LG V20 boasts a wide, F1.8 aperture, which allows a lot of light to hit the sensor. This optical property also creates a shallow depth of field effect, most noticeable when taking close-ups. What this means is that objects in focus look nice and sharp, while those behind or in front of that point are blurry. You won’t be able to achieve the bokeh you’d get out of an expensive camera, but you might be able to put more emphasis on your subject if you try using the effect to your advantage. Remember that the closer you get, the greater the background blur you’ll be able to achieve.
Wide angle shots for tight spaces and wide scenes
The secondary camera on the V20’s back takes super wide-angle photos. This lets it fit a lot more into the frame compared to the regular camera, which makes it great for shooting grand monuments, picturesque sceneries, large groups of people, or any scene where moving further away to fit more isn’t an option.
But there’s a good reason why you don’t want to use the wide-angle camera all the time. Firstly, there’s some noticeable distortion, meaning that photos have that GoPro-like fish-eye look. Secondly, the camera is technically inferior to the main one, so it can’t capture low light images as clearly. There’s no image stabilization or autofocus either.
That aside, the wide-angle camera comes in handy when you want to capture a scene from a different perspective. It is not only nice having in tricky situations. It can also serve as a creative tool – one that will surely make your photos stand out on Facebook or Instagram.
In our Android Phone Guide, we rank the best Android phones for most people. We recognize that those phones, while good for most people, are not the best for all people. As a companion to the Best Android Phones, we’ve rounded up the Android Phones with the Best Battery Life. If you need a big battery to get through the day, these are the phones for you.
Note: These phones have been ranked by battery capacity, but that is not the only factor we considered for being included in the list.
The Huawei Mate 9 is huge, both in physical size and battery capacity. It has a gigantic 6-inch 1080p display to go along with the 4000 mAh battery. The display is super bright and gorgeous, and the battery life is exceptional. Huawei also includes a fingerprint scanner on the back sitting beneath a dual Leica setup, plus it comes with Android Nougat.
The Zenfone 3 Max has one of the biggest batteries available in a smartphone. All that battery makes for a hefty device, but it’s surprisingly thin. Just think of it like a permanent battery case. The Zenfone 3 Max also has a 16MP camera with laser focus, 720p display, 3Gb of RAM, and the Snapdragon 430 processor.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge takes the solid foundation built by the standard Galaxy S7 and improves upon it in a few important ways. Battery life is the main improvement. If you want the Galaxy S7, you should absolutely spend the extra money on the Edge model. You’ll thank yourself when you enjoy the all-day battery life.
The Moto Z Force’s 3,600mAh battery combined with top notch battery optimization means the device lasts long enough to keep you connected throughout a busy day. The device also has all the makings of a flagship, including an insane 21-megapixel camera, Snapdragon 820 chipset, and more. Those improvements over the Moto Z’s 2,600mAh battery pack makes it worth considering.
BlackBerry’s KEYone doesn’t have a whole lot of bells and whistles, but perhaps that’s to its benefit. Its 3,505 mAh pack combines with the power-sipping (and amazingly efficient) Snapdragon 625 chipset to provide battery life that should get any busy person through a day or two. Add that iconic BlackBerry keyboard and this is a BlackBerry fanatic’s dream come true.
Samsung took a hit on the chin with their 2016 smartphones in regards to battery life, but they’ve once again found a way to fit big batteries in a pocktable form factor. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is sporting a roomy 3,500mAh battery that help you achieve a full day of battery life with above moderate usage. Combine that with all the other great qualities — including a gorgeous Infinity Display — and you can feel comfortable with this one.
The Pixel XL has plenty of room inside its 3,450mAh battery pack to make it onto this list, and with the optimizations Google has made to Android — both in general and in their Pixel-specific tweaks — it’s one of the most impressive devices on the market in terms of longevity. Add even more quality traits in allmost every other area and this is once to consider if you need an all day beast.
The Nexus 6P is Huawei’s first attempt at a Nexus device, and they knocked it out of the park. This is the first time a Nexus can truly claim the title of best Android phone. It has an excellent camera, beautiful, big display, and a charming design. If you don’t mind big phones, this is the one to get.
The battery in LG’s latest phone benefits from improved engineering prowess. LG was able to fit a bigger battery in it than its predecessors despite having a similar overall profile. That, combined with a beautiful display, solid hardware, and efficient software make it a long-lasting contender.
The V20 sports a roomy battery pack to make sure it lasts all day. It also employs neat tricks like the use of always-on display and a secondary ticker display to keep you from having to turn your phone on every time a notification comes in, something that surprisedly does wonders for battery life.
Battery: 3200 mAh
Great dual camera
There are plenty of Android phones that offer great battery life. We only have so much room in our list, but there are a few extra devices you should consider. Here are five phones that just missed the top ten.