LG G5 Camera and Video Settings Guide: Using Different Camera Modes, Controls, Options, and Functions

One of the most impressive features of the LG G5 smartphone is its camera. The #LG #G5 is packed in a dual-camera setup which features one 16MP with 78 degree field of view alongside and an 8MP with a massive 175 degree field of view lens. It also sports an 8MP front camera. Read on and learn how to make the most out of the impressive camera app features entrenched into the new LG G5 handset.


This post will walk you through a series of steps in configuring camera and video settings including camera app modes and controls management on the new LG G5 smartphone. Learn how to use each of the LG G5’s highlighted camera features and how to configure each of the camera app settings and options according to your preferences through this content.

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LG G5 Camera App Main Screen Menu Items and Controls

The LG G5 smartphone features a Cam Plus module that adds physical controls to the camera app. When you launch the phone’s camera application, you will be prompted with a viewfinder or camera main screen consisting a number of menu icons and controls you can use to view your subject or access more options and camera settings. Among the default items on the camera’s viewfinder screen are icons for Menu, Flash, Swap camera, Mode, Settings, Gallery, Record Video, Capture Photo, and Exit functions. Simply tap the item you want to activate or use. Here’s what each of these icons do when activated:

  • Flash icon – sets the camera flash to On, Off, or Auto.
  • Swap camera icon – allows you to switch between the rear and front camera lens. To switch between cameras, just tap the Swap camera icon on the camera screen, or drag the screen in any direction.
  • Settings icon – lets you adjust different camera and video settings according to your preferences.
  • Mode icon – used to change or set the camera mode from the default to other modes such as Auto, Popout, Multi-view, Snap, Panorama, Slomo, and Time-lapse.

LG G5 Camera Modes and their Functions

  • Auto – the Auto mode is used to automatically focus on a subject while taking a picture or recording a video. It’s the default camera mode.
  • Popout – Popout mode is used when taking photos or recording videos using the wide-angle camera and the rear camera simultaneously.
  • Multi-view – as the name implies, the Multi-view mode is used to view multiple scenes collectively in a single photo.
  • Snap – this mode is used for stitching short video clips to create your own video.
  • Panorama – this mode allows you to create a wide photo of a panoramic view. To capture a panorama view, just hold the phone vertically, press the shutter once to begin and then slowly sweep the camera across the scene.
  • Slo-mo – this mode is used when creating a video in which everything moves more slowly than normal.
  • Time-lapse – it’s a mode that allows you to create a video in which everything moves more quickly than normal.

How to take photos and record videos on LG G5

The LG G5 camera will let you pictures or record videos in high-resolution. Photos and videos are generally saved to your phone’s memory but can also be stored to the SD card given you have an SD card installed on your device. Pictures are saved in JPEG formats while videos as MPEG4.

The following steps will let you take high-resolution pictures with the LG G5 camera:

  1. Tap the Home key to get started.
  2. Tap the Camera icon.
  3. Frame or focus your subject on the screen.
  4. When everything is set just tap the capture or take picture icon to capture the photo and then automatically saves it to the Gallery folder.

The following steps will let you record high-quality videos with your LG G5 camera:

  1. Tap the Home key.
  2. Tap the Camera icon to open the camera app.
  3. To begin recording the video, tap the Camera-Video icon. You can see the length of the video you are recording on the upper-right of the screen.

Note: You can also take pictures while recording a video. Just tap the Take Photo icon while recording video.

  1. To pause the video recording, tap the Pause Video icon (parallel line). To resume the recording, tap the Record Video icon (red circle)
  2. To stop the video recording, tap the Stop recording icon (square).

How to Switch to Dual Camera on LG G5

The LG G5 smartphone sports a dual camera feature that allows you to take photos by using either the general or wide-angle lens. To do this, open the camera app and then pinch or spread your two fingers on the camera screen to switch between the general and wide-angle camera.


  • Pinching your fingers enables the wide-angle camera.
  • Spreading your fingers enables the general camera.
  • Another way to switch between the general and wide-angle camera is by tapping on either the general camera icon or wide camera icon.
  • When the camera is set to wide-angle lens, you can photos of a range that is wider than the actual field of vision. It’s a useful feature when you take a photo or record a video of a landscape or wide area from a narrow area.

How to switch between camera modes on your LG G5

Your phone has several camera modes to choose from. Each of your phone’s camera modes is represented by an icon found on the camera app’s main screen.

Using the LG G5 Camera in Simple Mode

  • To use this mode, open the camera app. On the camera app’s main screen, tap the Menu icon represented by a vertical-dot image. Next, tap the simple mode icon represented with a rectangle. Focus or frame your subject and then tap on the screen.

Using the LG G5 Camera in Manual Mode

  • Your phone comes with a variety of advanced features that will let you create photos featuring professional touch. For example, adjust the white balance, brightness, ISO, focus, shutter speed and other options manually or set them according to your preferences. Here’s how:
    • Launch the camera app.
    • From the camera screen, tap the Menu icon (three-vertical dots).
    • Tap the Manual Mode icon.
    • Tap the Capture photo icon.
    • Tap the appropriate icon to manually adjust or set white balance, focus, brightness, and exposure level of the picture.

How to Save Images in RAW file format

You can also specify or select a file format you want for your photos. For example, if you want to compensate the images of photos, you can save them in RAW file format. When a picture is taken, a DNG file is created along with the JPEG file. The DNG file is a file format that saves data in an uncompressed high resolution format, which means a bigger file size or larger data. You can adjust these files through the camera’s manual mode.

  • To save photos in RAW file format, enable Manual Mode and then tap the JPG icon to enable or activate RAW JPG. With RAW JPG enabled, the images are saved as JPEG and DNG These images will appear as JPEG files in the Gallery folder with DNG icon shown on the pictures.

Deleting photos from the Gallery will also delete the DNG files. If you want to delete the JPEG and DNG files separately, you can connect your phone to a computer and delete photos via File Manager.

How to take Burst Shots of Photos on LG G5

Your phone’s camera app also comes with burst shot feature, allowing you to take continuous shots of photos that would result to moving pictures. Here’s how to take burst shots on your LG G5:

  • Open the Camera app.
  • On the camera’s main screen, tap and hold the Capture photo While this icon is held down, continuous shots are taken at a fast speed.

The maximum number of continuous photos that can be taken in burst shots is up to 30.

Different Ways to take Selfies on your LG G5

With the front camera, you can view your face on screen and take selfies whenever and wherever you want. You can also change how selfies are taken by configuring camera options when using the front camera of your phone. There are different ways to take selfie shots on your phone. Among the available options include the following:

  • Gesture Shot – allows you to take selfies using gestures. To do so, just show your palm to the front camera and then clench your fist. Wait for three seconds and your phone will be taken. Alternatively, you can just clench your fist and then open it towards the front camera. Be sure to keep your palm and fist within the reference line so that the camera can detect them.

Important Note: In order to use this option, you need to activate or enable gesture shot under camera options beforehand.

  • Interval Shot – allows you to take continuous selfies. To do so, tap and hold the Capture photo icon while using the front camera or show your palm to the camera, and then clench your fist twice quickly. There will be four photos taken at a three second interval. Again, you need to enable Gesture Shot under Camera options for you to use interval shot.
  • Auto-Selfies – with the LG G5’s face detection feature, you can take selfies in an easier and more convenient manner. Just set your device for its front camera to automatically detect your face and take a selfie when you look at the screen. You will see the frame turns white when the front camera detects your face. The frame turns blue if you stop moving, and the front camera takes a photo.

Here’s how to activate the auto-selfie function on your phone:

  • Open the Camera
  • Tap the Camera settings icon.
  • Tap the Gesture Shot icon until the capture face icon appears.
  • Gesture View – this function allows you to automatically check the captured photo after taking it using the front camera lens quickly without tapping on the screen. Here’s how to use it:
    • Tap the Home key.
    • Tap Camera.
    • Take a photo with the front camera lens.

After taking the picture, bring your phone close to your face. You will then see the captured photo shown on screen.

How to View Photos and Videos on your LG G5

You can view photos and videos you’ve taken with your phone’s camera, downloaded, or copied onto your SD card or phone memory through the Gallery app.

Follow these steps to access all photos and videos from your phone’s Gallery:

  • Tap the Home key.
  • Tap Gallery to open the album list.
  • Tap an album you want to view. For example, tap Camera to show the list of photos and videos for the Camera album.
  • To select another album, tap the Back icon to return to the Albums tab, and then choose a different album to view.
  • To view the picture or video, tap on the image.
  • You can view a picture or video in full screen by tapping on an opened picture or playing video.
  • To edit the picture or video, touch and hold an image (when viewing photos and videos) to open a selection menu then select an option you want.
  • To zoom in or out on a picture, tap the screen twice or pinch the screen.

Using Timeline View and Memories View

You can also sort photos and videos in the Gallery app using timeline view or memories view.

  • Timeline view sorts and shows photos in chronological order to see at a glance. You can sort photos by Year, Month, and Day.
  • Memories view on the other hand, automatically sorts and shows the memories albums depending on the region and time details of the saved photos.

How to Edit Pictures on your LG G5

You can do some basic editing functions while viewing pictures in the Gallery application such as rotate, crop, or delete the selected picture.

To rotate and save a picture, follow these steps:

  • Tap the Home key.
  • Tap Gallery to open the Gallery app.
  • Tap an album to view photos and videos.
  • Tap the picture you want to rotate.
  • Tap the Gallery option (three-vertical dots).
  • Tap Rotate, and then select either Rotate left or Rotate right.
  • Save your changes.

To crop a picture, follow these steps:

  • Tap the Home key.
  • Tap Gallery.
  • Tap an album to open it.
  • Tap the picture you want to crop.
  • Tap the Gallery option (three-vertical dots).
  • Select Crop.
  • When the crop box appears on the picture, touch and hold the edge of the box to adjust its size. To resize the crop box, drag your finger inward or outward when directional arrows appear. To move the crop box to the area of the picture you want to crop, just drag the crop box to the size and position you want.
  • Tap OK to apply the changes you’ve made to the picture. The cropped picture will be saved in the same album as a copy while the original picture remains the same.

How to Share Photos and Videos on your LG G5

You can also share photos and videos from your phone through the Gallery application. You can share photos or videos through email, MMS, Bluetooth, social media, or other sharing apps. You can also share your videos on YouTube. Here’s how it’s done:

  • Tap the Home key.
  • Tap Gallery.
  • Tap to open an album.
  • Tap the picture or video you want to share.
  • Tap the Share icon.
  • When prompted with the Share via menu, tap to select the sharing method you prefer. For example, tap Email or Gmail to send the picture or video as file attachment to your email.
  • Follow the onscreen prompts to complete the process.

To share or upload your videos to YouTube, you must create a YouTube account and sign it to that account on your phone beforehand. After that, follow the aforesaid steps and select YouTube from the given sharing methods. If prompted to enter more details such as description and tags, do so then select a privacy option and upload your video.

More Tips while taking pictures and recording videos with your LG G5

  • Always keep the lens clean and free from fingerprints and smudges as these can prevent the capturing of clear still images and videos. If necessary, wipe the lens with a soft cloth before you start taking pictures or recording a video.
  • Also avoid exposing the lens to direct sunlight for longer periods. Prolonged exposure of the lens to direct sunlight may result to discoloration of the color filter and thereby affecting the image color and quality.
  • To prevent potential eyesight damage, never shine the flash close to your eyes or do not look directly at the flash when shining it.
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Harold has been in the tech industry since 2008 when he started out as a tech support for companies like Time Warner, Comcast and Tracfone. He’s been troubleshooting phones when the smartphone industry started booming. During his tenure as a tech support, he’s already been writing for various tech blogs and doing some freelance SEO. In 2012, he joined a small team of bloggers to write for The Droid Guy, and he has been with the company ever since. Today, he doesn’t only write tutorials and troubleshooting pieces but also shoots and edits videos for The Droid Guy channel while trading stocks on the side.

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