Latest LG G4 teaser promises new camera with f/1.8 aperture

The LG G4 is to come with an f/1.8 aperture. Photo: LG

The LG G4 is to come with an f/1.8 aperture. Photo: LG

LG is set to announce its new G4 at the end of this month, and it has been busy teasing its arrival since it issued invites to its press event.

The South Korean company’s latest video focuses on the handset’s brand new camera sensor, which is to boast an f/1.8 aperture that should result in significantly better photos in low light.

Of course, LG isn’t giving too much away just yet, so specifics are fairly light right now; we don’t yet know the exact specifications of the G4’s camera sensor. But we do know it will have an f/1.8 aperture, and that’s pretty special for a smartphone.

In comparison, most of today’s flagships — including the iPhone 6, which has one of the best smartphone cameras on the market — have an f/2.2 aperture. Some have an f/2.4 aperture, while more modern flagships boast an f/2.0 aperture.

In simple terms, the smaller the number, the wider the aperture. And the wider the aperture, the more light can pass through the lens and into the camera sensor. This results in better photos in almost every situation, but it’s even more important in low light environments.

A wider aperture alone isn’t enough to guarantee better photos in low light, however, so LG will have to deliver a camera sensor that can match it. But it certainly seems — based on this teaser — that the G4’s camera will be a selling point.

Recent rumors have promised the device will have a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, and likely LG’s laser auto-focus technology along with it. We’ll find out for certain what LG has up its sleeve on April 28 when the G4 makes its debut.