LG V30 Teardown – Best Cell Phone Camera Hardware Ever?!

LG V30 Teardown – Best Cell Phone Camera Hardware Ever?!

[Helicopter landing] LG brought me to New York City to tear down
their brand new LG V30, the camera hardware in this thing could quit possibly be the best
in the world at the moment. Before I take a look at the inside, let’s
see what the footage looks like from the outside. [Music] [Intro] The coolest thing about this phone, in my
opinion, is the camera. The hardware underneath the little glass lens
is pretty amazing, and I’ll explain why. But first we have to get to it. This pre-production version of the LG V30
is a super sleek looking phone. It has the metal body, bezel-less OLED display,
and the full curved Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and the back. One cool thing with the curve, though, is
that the glass is curved – but not so much the display. I find that when using my curved Galaxy S8
without a case, the palm of my hand causes phantom touches to the screen since it wraps
around the edge of the phone. But the LG V30 screen is all in the front,
not wrapping around the edge, so hopefully it won’t have that same phantom touch issue. Getting inside the phone is pretty straight
forward. The LG V30 is ip68 water-resistant. One step above the ip67 water-resistant rating
of the iPhone 7. I always enjoy pointing that out. Heat is our best friend during the glass removal. Warming up the phone until it’s just barely
too hot to touch. And then using a large suction cup to lift
up and decrease the tension on the surface of the glass so I can slip my thin metal pry
tool between the edge and the metal frame of the phone, slicing through the adhesive
all the way around the underside of that glass layer. This adhesive is the type that hardens again
when it’s cooled down. So about every 30 or 40 seconds I’ll warm
it back up with my heat gun and keep on cutting. It is glass so I’m being careful not to flex
it too much or cut too deep inside. Once the glass gets pulled off, there are
fragile ribbon cables underneath – mainly the wireless charging and the cable that goes
to the fingerprint scanner/power button – which is conveniently located in the center of the
back panel instead of up right next to the camera lens. These little golden circles right next to
the power button just rest up against the motherboard to do all the communicating. From here we can see all the inside of the
exterior camera lens. This is actually made from Gorilla Glass 4,
which lowers it’s potential for being scratched or damaged compared to just regular glass,
so that’s good. Our goal here though is to see the guts of
the camera unit, so let’s go deeper inside the phone. There are 7 non-proprietary Philips head screws
on the top half of the phone. Glad LG doesn’t try to complicate things. Then there are three more screws that hold
down the loudspeaker to the bottom of the phone near the charging port. I’ll lift off the wireless charging. It’s got those same golden contact pads for
the power transfer that we saw with the power button. With a lot of restaurants and vehicles adding
more wireless charging stations lately, I’m glad that LG has included it in their design. Phones with useful features are the best kinds
of phones. I’ll disconnect the battery and then reach
down and pull up the loudspeaker. This little guy has the same water-resistant
screen that we saw with the recent iPhones and the water-resistant Samsung phones. There are a few more ribbon cables keeping
us from accessing that camera. I’ll just start unsnapping those like little
Legos. The front facing selfie camera is up there
at the top, and the regular camera wraps around through the back side of the motherboard. Then down here at the bottom we have the screen
ribbon cable and the charging port ribbon. The motherboard will come away from the phone
body at this point if you remember to remove the SIM card tray. I left mine in place as an example for what
not to do, of course. The SIM and the expandable memory tray are
out of the phone. I can finally lift away the motherboard from
the aluminum mid-frame and look at all these golden contact pads. This is a repair guy’s dream. A totally modular phone. Less plugs and connections mean a more simple
and modular design to work with. I’m definitely a fan of that. We have a headphone jack up in the top left
hand corner. That deserves a thumbs up all by itself. Then the circular vibration motor is right
below that, with it’s golden contact pads. And then we have the earpiece and one small
microphone up here at the top. One super cool things about this phone is
that the earpiece turns into a receiver or a microphone during loud events, like at a
concert. I’ll explain more about this after we find
the third microphone in just a second. And then here’s the front facing camera that’s
also at the top of the phone. Right below that we have the golden contact
pads for the volume buttons. Also embedded in this solid slab of milled
aluminum is the copper heat pipe. We took a thermal imaging camera to the heat
pipe inside the LG G6, and it actually does a pretty good job of wicking away heat from
the processor. And finally we get our first look at the two
rear cameras on the back of the phone. The standard camera is 16 megapixels, and
the wide angle camera is 13 megapixels. Both held in place by separate ribbon cables. The wide angle camera is pretty cool all by
itself,but the standard camera could very well have the best cell phone camera hardware
on the market right now. I’ll show you why as we tear it down. First of all, it does have OIS, that optical
image stabilization that not every camera has. It also has electronic image stabilization
to keep photos and videos extra crisp. There is to optical stabilization on the wide
angle camera lens, but that’s a different ball game anyway. Popping off the metal housing for the camera
reveals my favorite part – the 10-bit image sensor. This means that the LG V30 can capture over
1 billion colors. And the special cine video mode can output
videos with up to two hundred and eleven percent more colors than you can with the average
smartphone. These colors help improve contrast and definition
of the image. I’m a camera guy. I use my cellphone camera quite a bit, so
I’m pretty excited about this big step up in extra camera power. Most computer screens these days can’t even
display 10-bits of color yet, so this camera is really leading the futuristic curve. But even if your computer monitor only displays
8-bits of color, all the different shading that 10-bits can pick up will still enhance
the dynamic range on your 8-bit monitor, so it’s still a good thing either way. In order to fully utilize this 10-bit sensor
though, we need light. And the more light we have, the better the
sensor can capture an image. To help facilitate the light entering onto
this sensor, there is an F/1.6 aperture camera lens inside this plastic housing – also
a world’s first on a cell phone. Due to the shape of the lens, there’s more
light hitting the sensor on the LG V30 than any other cellphone on the market. The hardware is pretty intriguing, and judging
by my initial helicopter ride, the software looks like it’s keeping up so far. It was around this point that I realized I
was not going to be able to put this back together in one piece. Since I am at LG though, I hope they have
the backup replacement around here somewhere. Now that I’m finally through the plastic,
look at all these different lenses inside the housing. It’s pretty incredible how much development
goes into such a small component. LG has used glass instead of plastic for the
main lens inside this module. Using glass instead of plastic improves image
clarity and starts bridging the gap between DSLR and smartphone cameras. Before coming out to New York to see this
phone, I chopped open a real Canon DSLR camera lens so I can see if the lenses were even
remotely similar when placed side-by-side. And while the Canon lens is significantly
larger, both camera lenses have the same basic construction with all the different layers
inside stacked on top of each other – pretty impressive. After looking around I did find a replacement
camera lens that fits inside the LG V30. Hopefully nobody notices what I did to the
first one. Down at the bottom of the phone we have pretty
much the cutest little charging port that I’ve ever seen. There are 2 screws holding down the USB-C
port, which is also connected to the third microphone inside this phone. Let’s talk about that earpiece mic again real
quick. So let’s say you’re one of those people at
a concert with your phone up in the air. Instead of your tiny little microphones recording
the loud audio, the LG V30 earpiece turns into a microphone with anything above 120
decibels, like a rock concert, which means you actually get decent audio recording because
the diaphragm of the earpiece is so much larger than those tiny little microphones. It’s a pretty sweet little trick, plus the
integrated quad deck allows quality playback of the audio you just recorded. That’s pretty cool all by itself. The charging port has a huge thick orange
rubber ring around the tip to help keep liquid out. The non-removable 3300 milliamp hour battery
is next on my removal list. There are no magic pull tabs below this battery,
but the adhesive is not destructive like we saw on the BlackBerry Key One. With a little bit of force the battery pops
up and out on it’s own. Still no dogs allowed though. You might have noticed the extremely small
bezels on the 6 inch OLED screen of the LG V30. This was mastered in part by having the display
driver IC flip around under the display and wrap up inside the phone. You can kind of see it from this angle here. Removing the display from the metal mid frame
would destroy it and I can only assume that LG wants their phone back in one piece. I only attempt screen replacements if the
display is already totaled. Speaking of getting the phone back in one
piece, cross your fingers that it turns back on after I reassemble it. The cute little charging port and bottom microphone
go back into the frame making sure that the rubber ring is still surrounding the port
to help keep the water out. Every bit of water-resistance helps. I’ll make sure that the screen ribbon is folded
down and out of the way before dropping the battery back in place. There’s still plenty of sticky adhesive on
the frame so I’m just going to reuse it. The motherboard gets tucked back into the
phone, making sure none of the ribbon cables are caught underneath it. And after plugging in the screen ribbon and
the charging port ribbon, I can set the loud speaker back on top of the motherboard and
get those three Phillips head screws back in place. And the last thing to plug in is the battery. The wireless charging can go on top of the
motherboard. It has little black plastic clasps that fit
into the metal frame, and then of course, the additional 7 Philips head screws to hold
it all down tight. And finally the aesthetically pleasing back
glass panel gets re-adhered over all the components. I’ll definitely be doing my durability test
as soon as I get my hands on a retail version of this phone. And it looks like a clear back panel is also
a real possibility. It’ll be interesting to see how this phone
handles during my durability test. If it’s anything like the LG G6 though, it
will probably do just fine. I’m pretty impressed with this phone. If the software matches the hardware, this
might be the first time LG gets me to switch over from Samsung. Thanks again LG for letting me review your
phone from the inside. The camera hardware is pretty impressive. Come hang out with me on Twitter and Instagram
and I’ll keep you updated when I get the retail version of the LG V30 for my durability test. Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you around.


  • Euphoric Nik

    March 1, 2019

    Beautiful 😶😶

  • crazytekkie1

    March 2, 2019

    Great detailed teardown without a bunch of um's or slow talking like some other reviewers do. Right to the point in every way. Nice job!

  • vidit

    March 8, 2019

    Dogs not allowed they say

  • Josué González

    March 10, 2019

    Subscribed ! Very different video. Cheers from San Juan, PR.

  • Val Luckloa

    March 10, 2019

    Can lg phone memory be increased

  • MaPeDe

    March 12, 2019

    it's not a IP68 capable anymore

  • Sexy Me

    March 13, 2019

    They just need a BIGGER CMOS then

  • Jerome W

    March 16, 2019

    Can you do a re teardown

  • amit soni

    March 17, 2019

    I always enjoy pointing that out – great work Agent 47

  • Steve Silver

    March 21, 2019

    haha no dogs allowed! 🙂

  • Yoki Rustam

    March 21, 2019

    Niat bget ini haha

  • TheTopTechnology

    March 21, 2019

    I wish all your tear downs were this thorough but alas It would cost more money for the modules

  • Rodi Lahadi

    March 21, 2019

    Thank You

  • Nichanki Myrchiang

    March 25, 2019

    Wooowwww i like your video big 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  • Name Less

    March 26, 2019

    SPONSERED VIDEO BY LG:Please do not attempt to disassemble your phone

  • Evil Minds

    March 26, 2019

    Zach should film movies he can film and edit like a boss


    March 29, 2019

    The best video!

  • The Vian

    March 31, 2019


  • zurc palacios

    April 5, 2019

    Just bought the v30 a week ago its great!

  • Pinionszki

    April 6, 2019

    Poco or V30? Which has better camera?

  • TTG A

    April 7, 2019

    모라는 거야

  • tele plan

    April 8, 2019

    is this phone still worth to buy right now?

  • Esaron

    April 13, 2019

    "LG brought me to NYC to tear down their new smartphone, I'm totally going to give an honest review".

  • Myles Hanson

    April 20, 2019

    Wow that camera is great! Too bad you're doomed to use LG's horrid android modifications and software that will never use that camera to its full potential. Yay.

  • Adam Cwalina

    April 21, 2019

    And look so cool

  • Ron Paligutan

    April 21, 2019

    V30 is such a classic❤

  • Suman Chatterjee

    April 22, 2019

    Guys HTC U ULTRA & LG V30; still the best mobile camera; far better than iphone 2019 series & samsung S9/S10 series.

  • Justin Fay

    April 23, 2019

    watching on my v30

  • Zaid Khan

    April 24, 2019

    Mobile phones are proud to have you

  • Dieter Liesens

    April 25, 2019

    I own an LG V30 and it is still a top smartphone in 2019 (with a snapdragon 835, IP68, QHD OLED, a beast of a camera, …) and you can now even get it under 400 euros, really the money worth .

  • Aaron La Rue

    April 26, 2019

    Looks very nice


    April 27, 2019

    The last phone from LG with a 12mm ultra wide camera…. 😣😣
    All subsequent models are 16mm
    That's why I'm still using my V20 for video recording. Once you are used to a 12mm lens you can't use nothing else

  • Nimthemrei Luikham

    April 27, 2019

    Can't d3cide between V30+ or G7 ThinQ! Could you help?

  • Time-Lapser PRO

    April 30, 2019

    Surprised he didn't drop test it while he was up there.

  • Panzerkampfwagen

    April 30, 2019

    You didn't make v30 transparent

  • Keith Douglas

    May 1, 2019

    All good and well until you realise that LG never updates their software.

  • Cozmos God

    May 2, 2019

    It sucks you had to go easy on LG since they sponsored you

  • Cholo Miranda

    May 3, 2019

    Just curious, can you install the v30 camera module into the v20? Looks like the same overall size and config.

  • TheChosenOne

    May 4, 2019

    I thought the cameras were bad but then i noticed my phone only shows 720p

  • elipsorange

    May 6, 2019

    Hey JRE, I'm on a LGV30+ and it's one of the best phones I've used. Been with Samsung for over 10 years and switching to LG has been very interesting experience. Thanks for the teardown of this phone.

  • Aryan Mamgain

    May 8, 2019

    Can u do teardown of redmi note 7 pro

  • Jenson Thomas

    May 11, 2019


  • heretic124

    May 11, 2019

    Watching this after teardown of G8 makes me wanna shake my head and look disappointingly at LG. HTC is basically gone from the market and I fear LG will follow within 3 years from now. The way they're handling their phones now inspires zero confidence in me.

  • Android 94

    May 14, 2019

    О чём Джери здесь говорит? 🤔

  • AllYourBase

    May 22, 2019

    just realized. these tiny cellphone cameras mean that spy camera's can be a real problem. Also why are surveillance camera's so huge with often lame quality when cellphone cameras are so small, use little power and have good image quality? Should be able to have a tiny tiny 1080p 60 fps surveillance camera easy.

  • JS hooked to fish

    May 25, 2019

    what an awsome phone

  • Nithin s pillai

    May 25, 2019

    Please give me this phone

  • Elyas Talha

    May 31, 2019

    Oh Gosh! You are brutal 🙁

  • Robi Parvez

    June 2, 2019

    yeah, praise lg coz they just brought you by helicopter..biased AF

  • ffw112 yt

    June 3, 2019

    Can you teardown a LG k10 2017?

  • Matteo Amoroso

    June 3, 2019

    But the selfie cam is trash

  • Gülsüm Yılmaz

    June 8, 2019

    selfie camera is so bad dont you know that
    other features so good yes but selfie camera is important i want to buy reason v35 but not to in turkey ( my english is bad so sorry )
    do you still recommend v30 ?

  • Gülsüm Yılmaz

    June 8, 2019

    someone answer me please this telephone selfie camera is bad do you still recommend
    people useing question you

  • Ali Raza

    June 12, 2019

    Hey Jerry please teardown v40 thinq

  • Floris Kuipers

    June 15, 2019

    So how about that v40 and v50?

  • Vanrithy Sok

    June 16, 2019

    It's 17th June 2019. It's time to buy LG V30 lol. It's $200 now while flagship is over $800.

  • Paidiparthy Satya Sri Krishna Phani Prasad

    June 20, 2019

    Hi Anna
    From Hyderbad India

  • Wong Chan vui

    June 21, 2019

    Rich man

  • Michael Malong

    June 23, 2019

    Im stuck with it and still great with it hahaha

  • Zoya Spencer

    June 25, 2019

    That back looks exactly like my new g8.

  • Aveek kumar Sharma

    June 25, 2019

    1:45 What will you say if Apple sponsors your video? What will you point out?😁😁😁😏😏

  • Nabil

    June 26, 2019

    Cant I change the front camera module? Because that's the only thing which made this phone flop.

  • Leonel Quintin Jn Baptiste

    June 27, 2019

    hey Jerry i couldn't help but wonder why you haven't made an LG v40 ThinQ durability test?

  • John Michael B. Aguilar

    June 28, 2019

    I love to watch you work your magic tru all those cellphone. Dang love this show

  • Stamatis Loukas

    June 29, 2019

    I can find this phone brand new out of the box at the price of 280€. Do you think it's worth it?, considering its almost 2 years old? Or should I consider buying a newer mid range phone? And if yes which one do you suggest buying?

  • Animex

    July 2, 2019

    Who’s watching on a LG V30? I am

  • Jan Newbould

    July 4, 2019

    Shows how far behind the fruit company is falling …

  • Traplicious Music

    July 4, 2019

    0:25 Bob the builder, Bob the builder

  • Mircea-George Mihai

    July 6, 2019

    So the angency wasted a lot a time and invested a lot of money on you, and yet here u are killing phones instead of ppl. Shame on you, agent 47!

  • erwin verzo

    July 8, 2019

    I’m no fan of LG’s software.kinda disappointed on their cookie phones before.

  • Adam Kirchner-Jacobsen

    July 8, 2019

    just waiting for the ip69 rating

  • GrößteMafia SindDeutscheUnternehmen

    July 8, 2019

    how did he get cameralenses in one piece again?

  • Mobile- On

    July 9, 2019

    Jerryrig some thing to say my one hearing aid name in phonak v30 up

  • ZKP

    July 11, 2019

    When youre watching this on your LG v30

  • BlackWhite Ghost

    July 13, 2019

    I have lg g pro 2…until now

  • Rojar Vijay

    July 14, 2019

    Do adhesive necessary to refix the glass back panel?

  • Wester Jester

    July 16, 2019

    Very cool but solid battery. Nah.

  • Wester Jester

    July 16, 2019

    Maxview max 1 is awesome.

  • RACE A.T

    July 24, 2019

    Great video👍

  • Farid Sadikhov

    July 28, 2019

    Still no dogs allowed 😂😂😂👍

  • Mac Junky

    July 30, 2019

    LG is the most underrated major smart phone company in the world. They consistently make very good smartphones that just don't get bought as much as they should.

  • harinder singhal

    July 31, 2019

    Jarry the destroyer….lol…

  • Hemambara kumar

    July 31, 2019

    Love you r work bro 😂😂😂😂 how ever camera was RIP….

  • ano nymity

    August 1, 2019

    I got a v30 last year and its the worst camera I've ever seen. I dont beleive those videos are really off this phone. Also LG locked the bootloader down so it's nigh impossoble to root.

  • Daniel

    August 3, 2019


    On the film which is a model lg v30 H930 or h931 or h932 In the LG v30 h930 for replacement is a wide-screen camera, but I do not know what model is specific in my phone On your movie is a kilter wide-screen has a symbol on the tape A642A 18 or 1B Is this my version LGV30 G930 have to be made with the same symbol if I can put on symbol A642A 13 or A642A 29

  • PM Cuber

    August 3, 2019

    I didnt even hear for this phone until now

  • Aeja Vatthews

    August 10, 2019

    What's the intro song

  • Craig Sheppard

    August 10, 2019

    Strange to say this but my Note 4 takes better video than the lgv30, oh and I own both.

  • AnimeKidBus[Inc]

    August 13, 2019

    less than 2 years later you can get that phone for 100$ on ebay

  • Fahrenheit Gaming

    August 14, 2019

    Watching on a V30

  • BlahMmm Blah

    August 17, 2019


    Idk why but in my head I pictured him dropping the phone off of the plane. Then I imagined him saying at the camera man and pilot: "Oh, I dro . . . I dropped it. Ca . . . can you land the plane?

    lands the plane and searches for it for another 10 minutes

    scratches head and ask

    "Can one of you guys call it, maybe we'll hear it?"

  • BlahMmm Blah

    August 17, 2019


    Thought for a second he was going to drop the phone off of the plane as a added extreme durability test. Lol

  • Thành nguyễn Đức

    August 28, 2019

    best phone

  • FR Crafts

    August 31, 2019

    When the OIS enables you to go on a helicopter

  • me and my charlie

    September 1, 2019

    Zach you scratch at a level 9 with deeper grooves at a level 10

  • Manosha Cooray

    September 4, 2019

    I like the interior design so simple and nice

  • 10p6

    September 6, 2019

    Interesting how two years on they ignore your battery comments.

  • claustrophilia

    September 7, 2019

    This was my favorite way to be advertised a smartphone, ever! I love knowing what the shell is made of, plus what you can say about the quality / durability of the components inside. 😏 I was recently googling for android phones that are reasonably powerful + that are glass-backed (since I want as good of a bluetooth connection as possible and I heard that case material matters) 😇

  • A man of culture

    September 7, 2019

    Me : damn he messed up that camera like hell, he's crazy-

    shows a huge half sliced dslr camera lens

    Me : WTF?!

  • Arjan Singh Batra

    September 10, 2019

    Sponsored videos are so very much different!


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