Ive never really followed smartphone camera developments, but I stumbled upon an LG G4 commercial highlighting a f1.8 aperture lens, and the ability to adjust shutter speeds. I did some research into it and in addition to "laser AF" (whatever that means), apparently you can control ISO as well, and even extract RAW files!
Haven't seen any smart device with these native capabilities, except maybe a Samsung Galaxy camera phone which is essentially a P&S camera first and a smartphone second. The G4 is appealing to me in that it's a smartphone first and a P&S with full manual setting second. This I hope can be a practical camera that you can take with you anywhere and be able to use on a whim, post to websites or social media immediately without any silly wifi file transfer process, all while minimizing your load and looking as discrete as possible.
What are your thoughts? Are these just over hyped gimmick features for a smartphone, or are camera phones that much closer to the standalone camera?
Here's a comparison vid to a 5D2. Not a good comparison, I think because manual mode wasn't used to show its full capabilities, but a nice watch nonetheless.