Vivo V5’s camera works best under bright light

Vivo’s new smartphone packs in a 13-megapixel camera that has more to offer in brighter conditions


Vivo V5 is one of the few phones that actually has a higher megapixel front camera than rear camera
Vivo V5 is one of the few phones that actually has a higher megapixel front camera than rear camera

Vivo V5, priced at Rs 17,980, is one of the few phones that actually has a higher megapixel front camera than rear camera—the opposite is true in most smartphones. While the 20-megapixel camera on the front can take crisp looking selfies in most conditions, it is the 13-megapixel camera on the rear that is likely to get used even more.

Equipped with Sony’s IMX 376 sensor, the camera offers features such as phase detection auto focus, face detection, voice shutter, panorama, HDR, night mode and professional mode which allows user to adjust white balance, ISO, colour saturation manually. The camera app interface looks neat and easy to use. To access the shooting modes and filters, there are separate buttons placed along the side panel. The live filters allows user to compare the end results side by side before taking the picture. This is the first camera app which provides the option to add a pre-selected set of text over an image. The camera is fast, supports tap to focus and has LED flash to light up low light shots.

Landscape bright light

The camera can take wide angle shots as one can see in this landscape image. The colours look a bit inconsistent, especially the colour in the building that looks a bit yellowish instead of white. The camera impresses with its detailing, though. Picture looks sharp even on bigger screen and we had no problem reading text or getting finer details.

Closeup bright light

Colours look a lot better in close-up shots. In this case, the various colours in the image standout distinctly from each other. The image also reflects the camera’s ability to capture finer details. One can see the water droplets on the flower petals, even though the petals are not very bright. It has been able to get the focus right on most of the flower, and hasn’t tried to blur the background completely.

Closeup Low-light

The camera has a low light mode, but doesn’t really add much to the image quality except lighting up a few darker areas. Objects with brighter colours and less shiny surface have been captured very well compared to objects with lighter colours. In this low-light shot captured under white bulb, the colours are easily distinguishable despite the noise in the image.

Landscape Low-light

This is a shot of an open air metro station. The camera can be seen struggling here. Not only the image looks blurry but even the colours are not easily distinguishable from each other. Clearly, the camera works best in daylight and has not been able to reproduce the same clarity and sharpness it did in the first image.

Closeup Food

The camera’s ability to capture colours in close-ups and detailing makes it ideal for foodies active on Instagram and Facebook. In this case, the spices on the fries have been captured brilliantly, even though the shot was taken under artificial white light. The camera has managed to focus on a major portion of the image and not a section of it.

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