Keeping the in-built camera selection to the skeletal minimum required to simply tick the box on the consumer analysed specs sheet, the LG Optimus L3's 3-megapixel camera is again a disappointment with no flash in tow to help rescue the highly pixelated end products.

While shooting indoors under virtually any circumstances is a sure-fire recipe for low-quality, heavily grained and poorly colour managed images, take the handset outside into natural lighting and the camera is capable of a few small surprises.

LG Optimus L3 review

Although you wouldn't know it viewing captured shots on the handset's display, transferred to a PC and shots in natural lighting conditions are surprisingly good with crisp edges and a well rounded colour pallet a world away from its indoor snapped counterparts.

LG Optimus L3 review

Despite offering a selection of environment-based shooting options, the choice of sports, portrait and landscape capture modes appear to make virtually no difference to the results with only the digital zoom having a noticeable, degrading effect, on shots.

LG Optimus L3 review

Far from the snappiest snapper to feature in an entry-level smartphone, the LG Optimus L3's camera can prove a little slow off the mark at times, with the intermittent shutter speed paired with an extremely slow boot up time to ensure that fleeting moment you want to capture is often missed.

Unlike many of its higher end rivals and a select few of its entry-level compatriots, the L3 is a single camera affair with no forward-facing snapper featuring to provide improved video calling functionality.

LG Optimus L3 review
Indoors the L3's camera stuggles to produce a decent image

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LG Optimus L3 review
There is poor colour balance and results are grainy when inside

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LG Optimus L3 review
Outside the camera fares better, but the sky is white here

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LG Optimus L3 review
Proof that when outside, in reasonable natural light pictures can be ok

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