LG Optimus L5 review

LG's mid-range Android phone

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The LG Optimus L5 is equipped with rather standard camera fare: only 5MP around the back and no secondary camera on the front for video calls and self-portraits.

To be fair, its sister phone, the LG Optimus L7 carries only as many megapixels too, but it does come with a front-facing camera for video chatting.

LG Optimus L5 review

The LG Optimus L5 has an LED flash and autofocus function though, and offers a few different modes to play around with in the app, including portrait, landscape, sunset and night.

You can also edit the ISO and white balance settings and toggle the flash on and off from a dedicated icon in the menu.

All of the following sample images were shot in the highest resolution possible - that is, 2560 x 1920.

LG Optimus L5 review
Indoors, evening: normal mode

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Indoors, evening, normal mode with white balance altered

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When shooting in normal mode it's possible to toggle (via the cog icon in the top-left corner) certain settings to compensate for blue or yellow tones (whichever is your preference).

The above images were taken in normal (auto) mode without changing any settings and normal with toggled white balance, respectively. They're a little grainy, but perfectly acceptable quality for uploading to a social network or passing through a filtering app.

When messing around with ISO, white balance and other settings, the end effect will display automatically on the screen without having to snap the image first, which is handy.

LG Optimus L5 review
Outdoors, night: auto mode with flash

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Night mode

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These two images were taken in auto mode with flash and night mode. The light still appears flared in both images but night mode lights up the surrounding area sufficiently to reduce the pixelation a little. The end result is, however, more washed out than the former.

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Attempted macro shot

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There isn't a dedicated macro setting, but there is autofocus. It didn't result in any massively obvious macro-style shot, but there is a little blurring in the background.

Even taken without a flash, the whites are overblown and the colours aren't very saturated.

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Outdoor, daylight, landscape mode

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It was a crisp and sunny day when this image was taken, and it's hard to say whether it's the inadequate camera or the inadequate display we were using to set up our photos that washes out the blue from the sky here. The colours don't appear very true to life.

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Sunset mode

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While Sunset mode did capture the colours of the sunset rather accurately, it sadly threw everything else into shadow and created an evening silhouette. Changing to auto shooting mode produced an identical image.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory2 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
SAR Value0.90 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOptimus L5
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time10 Hour
Product ModelE610
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)125 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density144 ppi
Height2895.6 mm
Width1701.8 mm
Depth243.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time900 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameOptimus L5 E610 Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineOptimus L5
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberLGE610.AGBRBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
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