LG Enlighten VS700 review

Curious what kind of smartphone you can get for no money down these days? The LG Enlighten is the poster child for low budgets.

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LG Enlighten

We'd like to say that video recording showed a significant improvement over still images on the LG Enlighten, but sadly that's not the case. Nor should it be, because the 3.2MP sensor can only handle video resolutions up to 640x480 – yes, there are still modern smartphones that record this lowly resolution, but 320x240 or 176x144 are also available if you really want to pixelate your memories.

LG Enlighten

Videos are recorded using the 3GPP format, fairly common among lower and mid-range Android handsets. This helps make videos recorded with the handset more MMS ready, but certainly does nothing for image quality.

Sure enough, videos recorded on the LG Enlighten suffer from even worse noise and grain as still images. However, videos seemed to have a higher contrast level even in darker scenes, which helps mask some of the compression artifacts inherent with 3GPP.

LG Enlighten

Since there's no onboard LED flash, there's also no light when the Enlighten is switched into video recording mode. The camera software does include a fairly weak 3x video zoom and the same scene modes used with photos: Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night and Sunset.

By default, the LG Enlighten opts for Auto Review, a feature that stops shooting after each photo is taken, giving you the option to share an image, set it as contact icon/wallpaper or rename it. Thankfully, this can be turned off, otherwise you'll need to tap the "New" button each time you want to shoot another photo or video.

LG Enlighten

Finally, we had no problem porting sample videos over to the Mac, as the LG Enlighten mounts as a mass storage device just like every other pre-Android 3.0 device. We just didn't have much incentive to share them, since they weren't that great to begin with.