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    15 August 2016

    Vodacom

    Review: LG X Cam

    LG's push into the mid-range market continues with the launch of the new X Cam smartphone.

    As the name suggests, the dual camera on the new LG X Cam is the phone's standout feature. This helps the X Cam stand out from the middle market by offering something a little more interesting than a standard cameraphone.

    Features and OS

    The LG X Cam comes with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. You get the Capture+ tool for sketching on your desktop, as well as LG's suite of management tools for keeping the X Cam running smoothly and free of clutter.

    While the majority of the specs for the LG X Cam are mid- to low-range – 1.1GHz Octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM – it does have an impressive 1080p 5.2-inch display. The viewing angles are sharp and the screen is still visibly strong with bright light shining directly on it. There is only 16GB of internal storage, though, which might not be enough for some.

    Performance and battery life

    The LG X Cam's processor delivers good performance. You can play the latest games at a decent frame rate and other apps run fine. Web browsing is a smooth experience, although 5GHz WiFi is not supported.

    Battery life is about average for a mid-range mobile. You can make it through a full day of regular use without charging and just under five hours of playback if you plan on streaming videos non-stop.

    Camera

    A 13-megapixel camera with LED flash juts slightly out from the back of the X Screen, and there is also a 5MP wide-angle lens next to it. The extra sensor can be used to add some depth to your shots and make things a little wider, although switching between modes is slow and autofocus takes a while to lock on to targets. The camera captures plenty of detail and images look bright and detailed when blown up on a larger screen, but harsh or dim lighting can cause over-saturation and high contrast. You can also shoot Full HD video on the rear camera with the same high quality but with similar lighting issues.

    Verdict

    The LG X Cam looks to have one of the best cameras in the mid-range smartphone market. While the phone itself is decidedly mid-range, photography enthusiasts may be willing to overlook this in favour of its high-quality image capture. 

    Vodacom