Camera

The LG Optimus L3 2 has a paltry 3.15MP camera on the back and no front facing camera. There's no flash either and you can't tap to focus, so its photo taking capabilities are somewhat limited. It's also worse than the 5MP snappers on the HTC Desire C and the Huawei Ascend G330.

Within the camera app there are a few different settings that are alterable. You can drop the quality down to 1MP - though doing so leads to pretty much unusable photos.

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You can also change the white balance, ISO or scene mode (with choices such as night mode, sports mode and landscape), add a colour effect or a timer or change the shutter sound. It's a decent set of options really for such a basic camera.

The one other feature worth a mention is 'cheese shutter', which if enabled will cause the camera to take a picture whenever someone says 'cheese' (or 'smile', 'whiskey', 'kimchi' or 'LG'). It's a bit gimmicky and in most cases isn't very useful.

The one potential exception to that is if the person operating the camera wants to be in the photo too, in which case you could roughly set up your shot then get into position and say the magic word. But given how poor the lens itself is we can't see many people bothering.

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Sports mode doesn't do much to reduce the blur on fast moving objects

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The LG Optimus L3 2 really struggles with close-ups

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It's possible to get some reasonable shots, but they're always a bit muddy

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Indoor shots are very noisy

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Landscapes lack much detail, particularly in the background

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Night shots are similarly noisy, even with Night mode on

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Sepia is one of a handful of colour effects offered by the camera

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Video

The LG Optimus L3 II can only shoot VGA or lower video, but it at least manages to shoot it at 30fps.

It doesn't have the same wide ranging set of options as the stills camera, instead limiting you to lowering the video quality to MMS size, adding a colour effect, turning the microphone off or changing the white balance, but that's still more options than it might have offered.