So my grey market LG G6 is already back on its way to Amazon, but before I packed it up I took it with me on an early morning walk through downtown Toronto’s Graffiti Alley. As luck would have it I also had with me a OnePlus 5.
The big difference between the two is that the LG’s second camera has a fixed focus wide angle lens, while the OnePlus has a telephoto one. For anyone trying to decide which secondary focal length would be more useful, I’m hoping that this quick visual guide will help.
Reference photo of the first subject, taken with the OnePlus 5. Neither LG nor OnePlus seem especially interested in publishing focal length equivalents on their respective spec pages, but other sources cite this primary shooter at the equivalent of 28mm.
The OnePlus 5’s telephoto lens, apparently a 36mm equivalent.
And the LG G6’s wide angle lens. No focal length is available; LG will only say that it has a 125-degree angle of view.
Our second subject and a new addition to Graffiti Alley, taken with the G6. Focal length is similar to OnePlus, at an equivalent of 29mm.
Back to the 5’s telephoto lens, with a really aggressive depth of field software effect—notice how the hair on the right side is out of focus, despite the subject being shot straight on…
And the G6’s wide angle lens. No, that Amazon box doesn’t belong to me.
Our third and final subject, captured with the primary lens on the OnePlus 5.
OnePlus 5 telephoto lens.
And the wide angle lens on the G6, with bonus photographer cameo!
Though this wasn’t meant to be a test of image quality per se, feel free to compare these samples with other graffiti walks I’ve done with other phones. The photos confirm my personal preference for a second, wide angle lens over a telephoto one. I think the fisheye effect is much more striking than fake software bokeh. What do you think?