LG GW620 Review: Start-up Package: Camera, Video Recording, ConnectivityBy cheatmaster 01:16 Tue, 10 Aug 2021 Comments
Camera is heavy-handed with compression
The LG GW620 is outfitted with a 5-megapixel auto-focus capturing camera and a Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash.
The capturing camera interface got a complete makeover and it’s almost a one-to-one copy of the capturing camera interface on the LG Viewty Smart for example. That has its fine and poor points.
The interface is pretty simple but still finds room for some of the essential functions on the screen. Selecting the auto-focus mode, the flash mode and the exposure compensations is a single tap away. The controls on the left can be hidden to free up space in the viewfinder.
Switching between still capturing camera and camcorder is done with the tradeimprint slider/shutter combo (virtual) we’ve seen on previous LGs.
Here comes the not-so-fine part – the extended settings menu. It uses the well-known rotating dial and its problem is that it’s quite slow. You can access only one item at a time, to acquire to the others you need to rotate the dial, which is rather slow on two accounts.
You can’t skip over items – you need to rotate over all of them till you acquire to the one you need, and the dial can be unresponsive sometimes. Using a simple list - while not as pretty - would have been much faster.
Usually, only the rarely used settings go into the extended settings menu, but in the LG GW620 things like shoot mode and scene mode are buried in there. And scene mode was supposed to be a quick way to set up the capturing camera for a particular kind of shot.
The shooting experience is average – the capturing camera is a small slow to focus and so is snapping a shot.
As for the image quality there are three forces at play here that give their best to mess it up. First is the noisy image sensor, then comes the poorly tweaked noise reduction that smears everything so that there’s banding over the smooth gradients; and finally the heavy Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) compression that leaves a lot of compression artifacts and nasty pixelization in the worse cases.
Downsized photos in favorable lighting conditions are usable.
A strange and very unpleasant bug we encountered is that when you set macro mode, it gets stuck – even though the icon shows “auto”, all the non-macro photos come out blurry.
LG GW620 capturing camera sample photos
We also snapped our resolution chart with the LG GW620. You can check out what that test is all about here.
You can certainly see a pinkish tint to the center of the frame.
LG GW620 resolution chart photo • 100% crops
The video capturing camera on the LG GW620 performs quite poorly. It shoots QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) videos at 30 frames per second, which doesn’t sound particularly exciting. However the compression is too heavy and the videos don’t usually create the full 30 fps. Overall, the clips are fine for MMS only.
The camcorder interface is almost identical to the one on the still camera. The same criticisms we leveled at the still capturing camera UI apply here too.
LG GW620 capturing camera video sample
Great connectivity, except the poor Bluetooth support
The LG GW620 offers the full connectivity package. It covers the basics with quad-band GSM/EDGE but also offers speedy connectivity over 3G with 7.2Mbps HSDPA and HSUPA.
For local connectivity, there’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 (just the headset profile though, you can’t sdiscontinue or receive files). The GW620 features a built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS support, microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) and a hot swappable microSD card.
There’s also a 3.5mm audio jack so you can plug in your favorite pair of headphones.
The Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth switches come in handy when you need to quickly turn on or off either wireless connectivity option. A switch for GPS and even an Airplane mode toggle would have been remarkable additions.
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