LG G5: Plug-Ins and Accessories in the Test

The LG G5 can be extended by extension modules to practical functions. We have tested the plug-ins and other accessories.

  1. LG G5: plug-ins and accessories in the test
  2. LG G5: clip-on modules HiFi plus and cam plus

Smartphones need to be very good beyond the 600-euro mark. This high requirement met the LG G5, as in the connect-Test you can read.

Individuality to connect

Even more beautiful that the G5 has to offer something very special: the “Magic”Slot. The variable module facilitates the exchange of the yellow latch and paving also with optional clip-on modules tuning activities door. In our practice test, we took two plug and play modules for the G5 under the magnifying glass.

The camera housing extension and the USB D/A converter for more sound fun while listening to music were part of the game. More innovations in the field of accessories, such as LGs first Virtual-Reality-(VR)-Brille, to give additional impetus to the idea of the adaptable phone. The LG produces the right 360-degree photos and videos that are all around make the whole environment, 360 cam. With the ability to create complete recordings, get creative, surprising a new techno playground – as exhilarating distortion effects there are included.

See and hear (almost) everything

But how does merely the handy video / photo stick it? It includes front and rear a 13 megapixel camera eye. The associated 180-degree wide angle lenses ensure the all-round perspective. And also the sound recordings is about: three microphones capture 5.1 surround sound. In addition to the practical tripod are ports in the stand area of the solid plastic housing: through the USB 2.0 (type C) contact to export recorded content or fueled the built-in 1200 mAh battery. The mandatory required micro-SD card slot is also behind a small flap.

Phone and cam: A good team

By just pushing the button on the 360 cam and the recording is created. Who would like to use the whole range of possibilities, needs a Smartphone Android (since 5.0) or iOS base (from iPhone 5 s) and the LG 360 cam app. On the G5, the connecting via Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-FI (802.11 b / g / n) in the 2.4 GHz band from the start ran away smoothly. The phone will be on the remote control. Also the mobile app offers typical camera settings – complemented by options such as a 180/360 degree-switch.

Decent image quality

A JPEG photo will let the 360 cam up to 16 Megapixel. Videos draws the all-round camera in MP4 format (H. 264) with a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1280 pixels (30 fps). Small drawback: until a movie recording starts, ever one or two second can pass. 360-degree test shots created in daylight they liked quite. Colors were shown of course. In the center of the image convinced also that sharpness down but significantly decreased to the edges. Indoors, the missing photo / video light. The noise rose sharply in darker environment. Overall, the quality of the recordings but went right.

Photo / video exhibition

Details back into the background once you marveled at the “shooting” and look around in all directions during playback. Photo capable of 360-degree – / video player together with the appropriate codec is required. The Gallery of the 360 cam app allows touch-driven tours in the spherical images already on the phone. When playing via VR goggles, you can choose to like in real life with simple head movements. LG provides the 360 cam Viewer to download for Mac and Windows computers. Until a complete recording is ready to go after the call, you must be patient somewhat. Turn the shots at perspective change settled then in all directions without juddering.

HiFi audio engine plus

None other than the Danish Hi-Fi and TV specialists bang & Olufsen was in the development of HiFi audio engine plus (AFD-1200) Pate. A 32-bit digital-analog converter (DAC) and headphone amplifier inside the flat box. High change estimate HiRes audio formats with advanced 24-bit resolution and higher sampling rates (96, 192 kHz etc.) are supported. Who wants to listen to Classic FM on the G5, must renounce sound tuning and Dodge on the standard headphone jack.

Solo on the go

Via USB cable, other devices like Android phones or Windows laptops find connection. Regardless of the operating mode and the music examples, the Sonic gain was audible. The playback via the USB-DAC was dissolved when compared to the standard output of the G5 of somewhat louder also spatial, finer and more dynamic, consistently more Verve. There were more shine in the heights and pressure fuller bass as an encore. Who already has headphones audiophile, can come sound even further with the Hi-Fi-plus module forward.

Photo module cam plus

The G5 has a lot to offer the mobile photographer with two main cameras and convincing image quality. The clip-on engine cam plus (CBG-700) to completely turn into a veritable compact LGs flagship phone. Do not: while supplies the plastic handle the keys to launch the camera app and video recordings as well as a two-stage, slightly spongy photo release. The smooth-running dial for the digital zoom is but something ill-placed at the corner.

Compared with an ergonomic camera the G5 with construction on the haptic remains only a compromise. About 55 grams interfere in the typical Smartphone Usage excess weight and the off-center focus necessarily. Good: The camera handle includes an extra battery with 1200 mAh.

Virtual reality goggles 360 VR

LGs lightweight virtual reality goggles 360 VR (LG-R100) is connected via USB cable to the G5 and contains two 4.77 cm-IPS-LCD displays with each 960 x 720 pixels. Differently than the plastic bracket the lens distance and the nose bracket can be individually adjusted. Difficult the diopter compensation when Visual impairment: as both lenses are adjusted separately, it is necessary the VR goggles at the matching take off more frequently. In total, the 360 VR offers a safe, quite comfortable grip. However light makes involuntarily the VR glasses side and from below the converter between the real and the virtual world. With a fully closed frame, the illusionary experience would be more intense.

Playback of the 360-degree content, which provides, for example, the 360 cam, request the battery in the G5. The journey ends is about 1.5 hours. The G5 has the AC adapter used the USB port that is claimed by the VR goggles. The presentation lacked sharpness. Individual image points were identified. Still, It has something, if you can look around by head movements in virtual landscapes. Unfortunately, the ticket in the VR world in this case is a relatively expensive fun.

Conclusion: The right direction

Some LG lapel modules and accessories show good approaches (360 cam, HiFi plus). But there is still need for improvement (cam plus and VR glasses). The modular concept itself is always trag – and future-proof. It will be interesting to see what Add-ons LG for the “Magic”Slot will in future put out of the hat.

 

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