Smartphones are evolving every single day as the manufacturers are trying to make their devices better to keep up with the growing technological needs of the consumers. Back in the days when smartphones were initially making their way into the lives of people, they were not nearly as close to what we have right now in our hands. They have evolved in every possible way you can think of like display technology, battery, the processor inside them, etc. One of the most relevant feature to consider here is the camera. Cameras on smartphones have gotten so much better now as compared to what we had about 4-5 years ago. We have seen smartphones with 2MP rear facing cameras and 0.2MP(VGA) front-facing cameras as well in the past but now the story to be told is something very different.
Today if you are in the market for a smartphone with best cameras, then you have so many offerings which will give you near DSLR quality images which are more than enough for an ordinary person who is willing to simply pointing the camera at the subject and shoot. Even the front facing cameras have gotten so much better. There are smartphones out there in the market with better cameras on the front rather than the rear camera as well. In a way, it can be said that the focus has now completely shifted to the front facing cameras from the rear facing camera which is also dubbed as “Primary camera.” The smartphone manufacturers are not to be blamed here, and as a matter of fact, no one needs to be blamed since it is just a trend that people are falling for. We are living in an era where instead of taking photos of people, food, and places around you to create beautiful memories, taking self-portrait a.k.a selfies is given much more importance as it holds more value in social media.
While this is not a bad phenomenon by any means but it is worth acknowledging. And hence the smartphone manufacturers getting onboard to provide a valuable piece of technology to go with this trend. Focusing more on the cameras rather than the smartphone also makes senses in certain scenarios. The various smartphones that are available right now in the market in comparison to what we had earlier are also very different. Nowadays, the focus has completely shifted to front facing cameras to cater the needs of consumers. For instance, a lot of Chinese smartphone manufacturers have are now coming up with smartphones having a better front facing cameras, which was not the case earlier. This clearly shows how manufacturers are ready to offer exactly what people wants. This also shows how the focus has shifted from internal hardware to camera, to shoot pictures of the person in the outside world and that too upto a point where the front-facing camera is called “Selfie camera” instead of a secondary camera and has become a USP of a smartphone.
Talking about people’s growing selfie obsession let’s take a moment and talk about the smartphone which we are testing right now, which is the Vivo V5 Plus. Before we talk anything about this smartphone and it’s camera capabilities, it is definitely worth noting that it has one of the best smartphone cameras out there if not the best, for taking selfies with. The Vivo V5 Plus is the latest smartphone from Vivo which they have just launched here in India a couple of weeks back. The highlights of this smartphone are the cameras, in fact, the front facing cameras. Yes, you read it right, it is mentioned cameras with a ’s’ since the smartphone has a dual camera setup on the front. The Vivo V5 Plus sports a 20MP + 8MP setup on the front which should allow you to take some stunning selfies. The 20MP sensor is the Sony IMX376 sensor that is responsible for the stunning quality whereas the other 8MP sensor adjusts the depth-of-field information.
Both the cameras work together to fetch you some awesome selfies with a bokeh effect as well, where the background will be completely blurred out keeping your face on focus. This effect makes the images resemble from that of a DSLR camera. The camera interface is also pleasingly simple with no complicated options to fiddle with. Once you open the camera app and get into the selfie mode by tapping the camera switch icon, you will be greeted with a couple of simple options to choose from. The very first option which you will see on the top is called Bokeh mode, which as mentioned earlier will blur your background to give a nice feel to the image. Other than that you have a “Face Beauty” mode as well which needs no introduction by any means. Tap on the options and make add buffing effect, make your skin tone fairer or brightness to your image as a whole to make you look flawless for those Instagram selfies.
There is also a front-facing flash which is not something you get on every smartphone out there. The front facing flash should allow you to take selfies even when it is pitch black in your surroundings. The flash manages to stay true to your skin tone and nicely balances the color. You can check out the images below to give you a better idea of what exactly this smartphone camera is capable of capturing. Even the rear-facing camera or the primary camera as you would refer is also quite good on this smartphone. The Vivo V5 Plus has a 16MP rear-facing the camera with a f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and a LED Flash. As mentioned earlier, you can check out the camera samples to find out the camera capabilities of this camera. But long story short, this is one those smartphones which promise to get you the best selfies than in any given condition so that you always stay on top of your selfie game on social media.
Talking about the hardware that is powering the Vivo V5 Plus internally, it comes with a 5.5″ display with an FHD resolution on the front. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 2.0GHz octa-core processor which is coupled with 4GB of RAM. It also has a couple of other features which are worth noting like Hi-Fi music which is basically a custom made AK4376 chip to deliver great music. On the software of side things, it is running FunTouch 3.0 OS which is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Overall, if you are in the market for a selfie-centric smartphone with good all round performance, then the Vivo V5 Plus is a steal.