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It’s a shame LG has left the smartphone industry as the company has always had a reputation for trying new and quirky things. This was especially true in the camera space as it debuted features such as ultra-wide cameras, manual video modes and flexible triple rear cameras.
However, there is one underrated LG camera feature that deserves some love and should be copied by other smartphone companies. We are talking about LG’s Graphy functionality.
A more approachable manual mode
Ever seen a great photo and wondered what camera settings were used to capture it? That’s the premise of LG’s Graphy feature, introduced in 2017, that lets you easily copy the exact camera settings from a specific photo.
All you had to do was launch the LG camera app, go into manual mode, then choose the Graphy button to apply the settings from one of several photos/templates. There was also a “plus” icon, which allows you to add specific snaps from the Graphy app to your camera app as a template.
LG’s Graphy was a simpler manual mode that copied settings from existing photos.
While you couldn’t use your own images, the Graphy app still had plenty of photos from different photographers. These photos include daytime cityscapes, moody indoor scenes, neon-lit environments, and more.
Settings applied from a Graphy template ranged from white balance to ISO, exposure and shutter speed. Check out some examples below that show the difference between different templates.
This is far from a perfect solution, as you still need to fine-tune the settings for your particular scene. Nevertheless, the Graphy approach was a great way to learn how to use a phone’s manual mode. For what it’s worth, I didn’t adjust the settings in the sample photos above.
Using Graphy today
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Unfortunately for smartphone photography enthusiasts, LG’s Graphy feature is now a shadow of its former self when using phones like the LG V60. It’s unclear when this happened, but Graphy integration has been severely hampered here.
Simply put, you can’t add new Graphy photos/templates to your camera app when in fact the Graphy app itself is broken. More specifically, the app only shows a limited number of photos and you can’t tap them to view or apply the relevant settings.
We’d love to see other smartphone brands integrate LG’s original Graphy functionality into their manual modes.
You can still use 16 pre-installed templates in the V60’s camera app (e.g. night sky, cafe, daytime landscape), but new templates are the lifeblood of a feature like this. If there’s any consolation, LG’s manual mode still offers setup tips, much like camera apps from other OEMs. So you can try out one of these default templates and adjust the settings from here.
We’d love to see Google, Samsung, Xiaomi, Motorola and others offer their own Graphy-esque feature as it was a really innovative way to learn and use manual camera modes. It also made for a refreshing change from the AI mode we see on many modern phones these days.
There’s still room for improvements in the future, such as the ability to use your own photos and export or import more settings so you can share them with other photographers. So I hope another OEM picks up the Graphy baton in the future.Comments
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