We're still a few weeks out from LG's leather-clad G4 unveiling, but the company is just so excited it could burst. Or so I assume—LG keeps announcing pieces of the G4 so everyone will talk about it. So, let's just give them what they want and talk about this new 16MP camera module with its super-wide f/1.8 aperture.
The module is being manufactured by LG Innotek. The wider aperture allows it to take in 80% more light than the camera on the G3, which was surprisingly excellent. That means it should be better in low-light and able to capture movement faster and with less blurring. It also has optical image stabilization to combat hand shakes.
In addition to the rear camera, LG also mentioned the front-facing camera module destined for use in the G4. It's an 8MP sensor with a new thinner IR filter. Expect more details on April 28th.
LG Innotek Develops Its Widest Aperture Camera Module
LG Innotek Brings Brighter and Clearer Solutions to Smartphones
Seoul, Korea, Apr. 09, 2015 – LG Innotek, a leading global components and materials manufacturer, announced the development of a groundbreaking 16MP camera module with an aperture of f/1.8, making it LG Innotek’s widest aperture camera developed for a smartphone. The advanced camera module began mass production at LG Innotek’s plant this week and will be unveiled to consumers for the first time in the LG G4 later this month.
The advanced design of the camera module means that it receives 80 percent more light than in the highly praised camera found on the LG G3. More light means better looking images in low light environments and less blur when shooting action and fast moving objects. Large apertures on smartphone cameras has been challenging to develop due to the complexity and size of developing modules that must fit in the very limited space of today’s smartphones.
Furthermore, in response to the explosive growth of selfies, LG Innotek developed an 8MP front-facing camera module, its highest resolution for a front camera to date. This high resolution module’s ultra-thin IR filter keeps infrared light from entering the camera lens, giving images taken with the front camera more natural and accurate colors. The 0.11mm thin filter is roughly half the thickness of competing IR filters.
“At LG Innotek, we are constantly working to ensure that the cameras we develop allow users to capture and preserve the moments that are most special to them,” said Ung-beom Lee, CEO of LG Innotek. “We are extremely excited to see our technology in LG’s next flagship smartphone because we believe that the power, precision and operability of our camera module will clearly make an impression on consumers.”