First Look: LG Optimus 3D – 3D Recording & Conversion

By on September 7, 2011
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Need to see it to believe it.

The LG Optimus 3D is technically speaking launched in the UAE, but it’s not really out in the market for everyone to buy, yet. What I’ll be looking at over the next few weeks are some of the key features of the Optimus 3D so that you fine folks can get an idea of how good and/or useful these features are to you. So today I’ll be looking at the recording capabilities of the LG Optimus 3D and 2D to 3D conversion.

First off I just need to mention that the LG Optimus 3D has a 4.3” 480×800 WVGA stereoscopic LCD screen capable of displaying 16 million colors. It also has two 5mp autofocus cameras with LED flash capable of recording 1080p@30fps in 2D mode, and 720p@30fps in 3D.

With that technicality out of the way, let me get straight to the recording capabilities of the Optimus 3D. The camera UI is fairly straightforward with most of the important options up front. Choosing from 2D to 3D, adjusting the 3D depth slider and 3D autofocusing is a matter of 1 or 2 touches at most.

The Optimus 3D records all videos in standard MP4 format, with 1080p videos being encoded at a bitrate of around 8mbps while 720p videos (both 2D and 3D) are recorded at around 6mbps.

Both 1080p and 720p videos look good on the screen, but you can make out minor differences when hooked up to a TV or high-resolution monitor. Playing back 3D recordings was also pretty good, but the videos looked really impressive on a 3D enabled TV or monitor. The 3D effect, while not as good as some high-end dedicated cameras, was very decent for a phone with just 5MP cameras.

You can look at the sample videos on YouTube below to get a sense of how well the LG Optimus 3D records videos. First off, is a normal 1080p recording of Sheikh Zayed road taken through the Business Bay Metro station.

Next up is a similar recording, but in 3D. Remember to make the appropriate settings in your monitor or TV to view the 3D video properly.

Now moving onto the playback capabilities of the Optimus 3D, I was genuinely surprised at how well movies and HD content looked on the screen. Because of its rather large 4.3”screen, movies and TV shows looked amazing, especially considering that the LG Optimus 3D can playback MKV files as well!

This is one of the very few phones on the market that is capable of playing mkv files, with added support for subtitles as well. One of the videos I tested on the Optimus 3D was an episode of House, which was recoded in 720p. The video was bright and looked crisp on the screen. As soon as I hit the small dedicated ‘3D Mode’ button on the right hand side (or on the top when I rotated the phone), the video was immediately converted to 3D after a second’s pause and the screen going black.

The first thing I noticed from the 2D to 3D conversion was how quickly everything was handled by the Optimus 3D, and not once did I feel any slow down or choppiness in the video playback. The second thing was how impressive the 3D conversion was. It looked as impressive as the conversion done on modern 3D HDTVs, so I noticed decent depth of field effects, with the opening credits of House especially standing out. Everyone I’ve showed off the 3D effects to have come out impressed with how good and smooth the 2D to 3D conversion was.

Speaking of showing off, the video I played through the mini-HDMI adapter on the side of the Optimus 3D worked perfectly fine, with the only additional on my part being the selection of 1080p output through HDMI in the Android’s Settings menu. DLNA sharing was simply a matter of enabling the settings in the Wireless & Network settings menu with smooth playback on our HDTV.

LG’s own blog also has info and more community features, so check it out. Stay tuned as next week I’ll be looking at 3D games and other apps for the LG Optimus 3D.


From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

  • Siddharth Bhatia

    Hey this is awesome!I’m looking to upgrade… might go for this one.

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