LG Optimus Black review

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With a video recording capability of 720p HD (30fps) we expected a little more from the LG Optimus Black. When filming, the focus would judder around, making for horrible playback. Plus, there's no ability to zoom while filming.

LG optimus black

When zoomed in even a little way, the video is horribly pixelated and blurred. Sure, the colours were rendered decently true to life, but that's the only good thing we have to say about this video camera.

Settings to tweak include: video size (HD, TV, VGA, QVGA or QCIF), white balance and colour effect (not just black and white or sepia but several cartoonish options, if those are your thing). Interestingly you can also mute the microphone when filming, should you wish.