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LG V40 ThinQ gets update ahead of release: Expect plenty of camera tweaks

The new update delivers plenty of camera-related improvements, but will it fix the disappointing telephoto snapper?

Published onOctober 9, 2018

LG V40 ThinQ in hand showing back of phone
  • The LG V40 ThinQ has received a system update ahead of its release to market.
  • The new update improves low-light photos, AI Camera shots, and auto-focus performance.
  • The V40’s Achilles Heel seems to be telephoto shots, but there’s no word if the update improves this camera.

The LG V40 ThinQ is the first major smartphone to offer five cameras, featuring three on the back and two on the front. Photo quality isn’t perfect though, but it looks like the Korean company has a solution of sorts.

The flagship has received a new system update that delivers a host of camera improvements, according to Droid-Life. So what kind of tweaks should you expect from the OTA?

The update is meant to improve low-light photo quality, low-light HDR shots, and image quality when using the AI Camera option. It also delivers better auto-focus functionality and improved white balance/brightness in outdoor situations.

A screenshot from Droid-Life, showing an update for the LG V40.

It’s unclear whether the update targets all the cameras or specific shooters only. Hopefully it enables better results from the 2x telephoto camera in particular. In his LG V40 review, David Imel said the telephoto snapper was “quite a let-down.”

“Using optical zoom vs digital should theoretically keep the photo nice and sharp, but it seemed much noisier and muddier than the other cameras and just felt like digital zoom,” David noted.

One big reason not to buy the LG V40 right now
LG V40 ThinQ screen

The likes of Engadget and The Verge have also criticized results from the telephoto shooter. Both outlets said that using the Triple Shot mode often results in blurry images from the zoom-enabled camera.

It’s not all bad for LG‘s camera experience, as David praised the wide-angle camera and sheer number of options available in LG’s camera app. Nevertheless, we’re glad to see the company trying to improve matters — hopefully this isn’t a once-off camera update.

Would you buy the LG V40? Let us know in the comments section!

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