A second look at the Vivo V23 5G camera

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There is no doubt that with a Sunshine Gold variant that changes color in addition to the usual black, the Vivo V23 5G is a compelling choice for those of us dealing with a smartphone as part of our OOTD [outfit of the day]as we deduce in our opinion on the said model of the V23 series.

But what about those looking for the camera prowess of a handset? Could the V23 5G be for them? Today we will talk more about the ability of the phone to create content or capture memories.

Vlog and blog in style

One of the main attractions of the Vivo V23 is its vlogging capabilities, with the company touting its latest V-series model as a smartphone designed for content creators and vloggers who use the selfie camera as often as the rear-facing one. . And the company definitely backs up that hardware claim.

On the back is a 64-megapixel primary camera capable of delivering a clean 2x zoom in most situations. This camera sits alongside an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter and a 2-megapixel tertiary unit for macro shots. Flip the device over and you’ll find two front cameras – a main camera with a 50-megapixel sensor and another 8-megapixel camera with an ultra-wide lens.

It’s been a while since we last saw a non-Pro V series phone with a dual-camera setup on the front. Both the standard V20 and V21 have a single 44-megapixel sensor for taking selfies. And while it’s not bad at all, getting a dedicated secondary camera for group shots and more demanding scenarios is always a welcome feature on a smartphone, especially if said handset is designed to shoot video.

There’s even more room for others (selfie with Stars style applied)
Vivo V23 5G sample image by Revu Philippines Group Selfies
There, group selfies! The first photo is taken in automatic mode, while the others have different styles applied

There’s another notable selfie trick here, and it’s definitely one of our favorite things about this model. There’s a front-facing dual flash on opposite sides of the top bezel that helps you take brighter, more even low-light selfies. You can use them with Long livePortrait style options to produce stylish selfies without the need for external lighting.

Vivo V23 5G sample photo by Revu Philippines - dual flash selfie at Globe Tower
Front-facing dual flash (1x and ultrawide)

You can use the front-facing dual flash with Vivo’s portrait style options – seen in this screen recording – to produce stylish selfies without the need for external lighting

And yes, the Vivo V23 5G generally delivers crisp, natural photos both outdoors and under artificial lights indoors. It also brings a night mode suitable for selfies. But unless you absolutely need to shoot in an extremely dark environment, you probably don’t, as you can see below. Vivo’s pixel binning technology should be enough to gather the data needed to make your image bright and crisp when the lighting is less than ideal.

Vivo V23 5G sample image by Revu Philippines-selfie night mode at Globe Tower
Night mode enabled (1x and ultrawide)
Vivo V23 5G sample image by Revu Philippines - auto selfie mode at Globe Tower
Auto mode on (1x and ultrawide)

More sample selfies (mixed, some with styles applied). Click on a thumbnail to launch the gallery

Vivo’s useful Steadiface video mode from the V20 Pro returns. This feature tracks your face while shooting video and stabilizes your shot based on the movement of your face, reducing motion blur. This makes the device an even more attractive choice for vloggers talking on camera, as it will allow them to walk or move while shooting. Check out the video below, where we compare a clip taken with Steadiface enabled with one where we turned the feature off.

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We already included many sample photos taken with the Vivo V23 5G’s rear camera system in the review we published in February. But we would like to share more photos here, because we want to point out that two months later, we still stand by what we said before: that the smartphone takes “good to great photos and videos in a variety of conditions”. Indeed, our thoughts on this haven’t changed after spending more time with our review unit.

Starting with daylight performance, the V23 captures detailed images with vibrant colors, decent highlights and satisfying dynamic range at its price point. Super Macro mode is also usable, and we like that the V23 allows you to take an image close to the lens without losing focus.

Taken with the rear camera. Click on a thumbnail to launch the gallery

We like the portrait shots from the main sensor, as they don’t look overly processed after shooting. Edge detection is also accurate and precise, even in low light conditions. In the images below, you can see that the phone has done a fantastic job of identifying the subject and the background and making the former stand out while the rest of the scene is slightly blurred.

Vivo V23 5G sample image by Revu Philippines - children's portraits or bokeh photos
Portraits (day and night)

Should you try Vivo’s latest camera phone?

Priced at P27,999 (around $535) in the Philippines, the Vivo V23 5G is a good mid-range choice for users looking for a unique 5G phone that’s convenient to use and responsive. It’s not the fastest or most durable model in its class, as we noted in our review, but it doesn’t fall behind the competition either. That said, consider the V23 primarily for its imaging performance and vlogging capabilities, as those are the areas where it shines the most. Otherwise, there are cheaper and faster models to consider in 2022.

Vivo V23 5G Review & Price & Specs via Revu Philippines
Consider the Vivo V23 5G primarily for its imaging performance and vlogging capabilities, as those are the areas where it shines the most.

Where to buy the Vivo V23 5G online

Vivo V23 5G Specifications

  • 6.44-inch AMOLED display, FHD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh rate
  • MediaTek Dimensity 920 octa-core 6nm processor with 5G
  • Mali-G68 MC4 GPU
  • 12 GB RAM
  • 256 GB of storage
  • 64-megapixel primary, 8-megapixel ultra-wide and 2-megapixel macro triple rear cameras
  • Dual 50-megapixel and 8-megapixel main ultra-wide front cameras
  • Optical fingerprint reader under the screen
  • 4,200 mAh battery with 44-watt USB-C charging
  • Funtouch OS 12 based on Android 11
  • Color options: Sunshine Gold and Stardust Black

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Alora Uy Guerrero and Ramon ‘Monch’ Lopez combine 32 years of experience in the publishing industry, having worked at Yahoo, T3/Techie, TV5, Mega, GadgetMatch and Gadgets. This website is their passion project.

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