Best Camera for Travel? LG G4 Phone!


Sunrise at Diplomat Resort & Spa, Photo Credit: Lisa Niver, LG G4

People often ask me about my travel photos. “What do you use to take those great pictures?” they ask. I carry one camera around the world, my LG G4 phone. I can highly recommend it for many reasons.

The LG G4 uses Google play for buying android apps which is very easy to use. Sign into the phone with your Google ID and synch easily with Gmail and Google Calendar.  This phone uses a 3,000 mAh battery which can be removed. I carry a second battery when I am traveling and I never run out of power. I can always charge one battery on a small external power bank.

I use a Trident cyclops case and have added a camera strap so that the phone is more secure when I am taking photos over the side of a boat or on the edge of a mountain. I have accidentally dropped the phone while in the case and never had a problem. The photo below was shot from my 17th story hotel room window at sunrise in Jerusalem and honestly I nearly dropped the phone! Thank goodness for the camera strap around my wrist! To see LG G4 video of the same sunrise: click here.

Sunrise in Jerusalem, Israel October 2015 Shot on LG G4
Sunrise in Jerusalem, Israel October 2015 Shot on LG G4

I have traveled with many groups of travel writers, photographers and videographers this year; everyone has been impressed with the quality of the photos from this incredible phone camera. They are impressed with the large screen which at  5.5-inches is bigger than the Galaxy S5.  The camera has a 16 megapixel f1.8 camera lens with optical image stabilization and laser autofocus. The front sensor is 8 megapixel so you can take amazing selfie photos. The manual mode will allow you to shoot like a professional with the option to  fine tune each exposure with advanced controls usually seen only on DSLR cameras. Capture your moment with high quality RAW files,  adjust your images exposure +/- 2 stops, use ISO 50 to 2700 to suit the environment or your style. The color spectrum sensor detects white balance levels from 2400 to 7400 Kelvin. Adjust the shutter speed as slow as 30seconds to as fast as 1/6000 for fast-action shots or leave it on automatically and let it do its magic!

When I traveled in St. Kitts with two other travel writers, they carried between them 3 phones, 2 DSLR cameras, and 3 Go-Pros. After our trip, I made six videos about our time together. After I shared photos from the trip in my article for USA Today, one of the other writers said, “You did all that with your phone?” She was impressed with the quality of all of my photos and videos.

In September 2015, I was invited to speak on a panel at the Western Regional Marketing Conference for Fairmont Hotels at the Fairmont Miramar. There was some disbelief that the LG phone could have a better camera than the iPhone. So I took a photo with my LG G4 and with Michelle’s iPhone. Everyone wanted an LG G4 after this set of photos!

fairmont nov iphone photofairmont photo LG G$

In August 2015, Digital Trends said: “The LG G4 is the best smartphone of 2015, and its camera is so good that it often outperforms the iPhone 6 Plus.” I have to agree!

All the buttons are on the back of the phone, so turning it on or changing the volume happens from the back. If you want to play music without headphones, I would bring an external speaker.

Let me know any questions you want answered about the LG G4, for me it is essential to my traveling, photography, video and writing. See more of my videos on my YouTube channel or on my website. Thank you! Lisa Niver

LG G4 Specs

5.5-inch 2560 × 1440 Quantum-HD Display

6-core Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM

32GB internal storage (Micro-SD expansion up to 128GB)

16 megapixel f1.8 camera with OIS+, laser auto-focus, 8 megapixel front camera

Android 5.1 Lollipop

WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G LTE, FM Radio Antenna, and Infrared laser for remote

3,000 mAh battery with wireless charging

Genuine leather in 6 different colors

VIDEO: Sunrise in Jerusalem

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.

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