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LG Optimus L7 review

Can LG's top L-style handset produce substance and style?

The LG Optimus L7 comes with a pretty middle of the road 5MP, which puts it on par with the HTC One V, although the Orange San Diego does rock an 8MP snapper.

There's a single LED flash round the back next to the 5MP sensor, plus a front facing VGA camera if you need to capture some cheeky self portraits, or just need a quick vanity check.

LG Optimus L7 review

The camera app can be accessed from the lock screen, if you've set it as one of the available apps in the settings menu, although there's no physical shutter key for instant access and easy snapping.

The camera app takes a good four to five seconds to load up, carrying on the trend of a slow operating handset, which means an instant snap is out of the question.

When you're in the camera app you'll find a relatively decent array of settings to play with, with five scene modes; portrait, landscape, sports, sunset and night as well as exposure, ISO and white balance options.

There are just three colour effects here, which will disappoint some who are used to a few more, with mono, sepia and negative on offer.

Auto focus is available and so too is tap to focus, in case the subject you're shooting isn't in the centre of your view finder.

A digital zoom is also included, but as with most phones, picture quality quickly deteriorates the more you zoom in.

As well as the on screen shutter button, you can also use the volume rocker switch (both up and down) to take pictures – making it a lot easier to snap.

If you want to get fancy then you can also choose to take panorama shots, however we found the Optimus L7 wasn't all the great at stitching together the images - leaving obvious joins in our photo.

There's also continuous shot mode which will snap six images in quick succession - handy if you want to capture moving targets - although the L7 can be a little slow to focus.

LG Optimus L7 review
Outside areas with good lighting allow for good images

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Up closer, the Optimus L7 still does well, but images are grainy when enlarged

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Inside, well lit areas also favour the Optimus L7

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Images are slightly more grainy when lighting quality reduces

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The L7 struggles with variable lighting conditions

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Full zoom produces some very pixelated images

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Grainy is the name of the game underground as well

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The panorama mode isn't great when it comes to stitching images

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOptimus L7 L
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time6 Hour
Product ModelP700
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)121 g
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
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 Density217 ppi
Height127.5 mm
Width69 mm
Depth8.7 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesL
Battery Standby Time550 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameOptimus L7 P700 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineOptimus L7
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number556361901
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
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