I took this photo below yesterday on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. It is a panoramic shot inside Foggintor Quarry, Dartmoor.
This got me thinking about the LG G5 camera setup with one normal 16mp lens and the other a 8mp wide angled lens.
(I will have the LG G5 to compare with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge very shortly, and I will have initially the LG Cam and LG HiFi DAC modules to review.)
Quite simply why bother with the wide angled lens. Firstly it’s only 8mp and secondly its f stop is f/2.4 so photos will appear darker. If you flip over to the panoramic mode you can create a high resolution wide view shot without much effort.
The LG V10 and LG G4 took fantastic panoramic shots so this really makes me wonder if the second 8mp a flaw in the design and a waste of time?
Personally, I am in two minds and will reserve judgment until I have had time to test the setup accordingly. My thoughts at the moment are that a wide angled lens takes away the fiddling or sweeping the phone slowly across the screen and level while taking a panoramic and then waiting for the number of photos to be stitched. With a fixed lens you will see before you take the shot what you have captured and might produce some more dramatic looking results. Another bonus is the ability to not have to step back to capture everything in the frame. Sometimes you can’t step back.
Stay tuned for some more coverage.