I’m not a very good photographer, but I know enough to have learned that the best pictures often come from the most expensive cameras. Most people write off phone cameras and say they will never be as good as your average point-and-shoot models, but LG is looking to change that perception with their latest Optimus 2X device.
The Optimus 2X features an 8 megapixel camera on the rear that can record 1080p video and a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front for video calls. Consider me your average Joe because I can’t tell you much else about the camera technicals.
Check out the video below for a quick walkthrough of the default camera app that ships with the Optimus 2X. Keep in mind this is the international version of the phone, so you might see a different camera app when this phone hits the U.S in a couple of months.
This weekend I took the Optimus 2X to the driving range to see how the camera performed. The default camera app is just loaded with options, but I found it takes great photos with just the default settings. I played around with the continuous shot mode, panorama shot, macro mode, and a few others. You can find the results below or head over to Flickr to see them at full resolution.
I also filmed a couple quick video clips to see how the 1080p looked. Below you will find a sample 1080p video I recorded with the Optimus 2X. Make sure you visit YouTube to upsize the video to the full 1080p resolution. It was an overcast day so this video doesn’t look spectacular, but I will say it was one of the clearest videos I’ve recorded on a phone and played back on my HDTV.
Overall, I would say the LG Optimus 2X offers the best camera of any Android smartphone I have used. We still need to do a lot more testing, but my initial impressions are very positive. I suck at taking good pictures, but the Optimus 2X produced some surprising results that I think are comparable to your average point-and-shoot camera.
I’ll be carrying the Optimus 2X as I travel to Mountain View this week and Barcelona next month, so be on the lookout for more camera samples coming soon. Post your questions in the comments and I’ll do my best to get you an answer.