Lenovo Vibe Shot mobile review
Lenovo has been majorly focusing on budget smartphones in the Indian market but that doesn’t stop the company from introducing premium devices under the Vibe range from time to time. The company’s new Vibe Shot is a camera-focused phone which was showcased during this year’s Mobile World Congress. The phone is even designed in a manner similar to make it look like a point and shoot. Is the Vibe Shot a capable smartphone? We try to find out in our review…
Looks like a camera!
To highlight the focus on the camera capabilities of the phone, the company has made the back of the Vibe Shot look similar to a compact camera. In landscape mode, it looks and feels like a point and shoot camera with a strip that appears like brushed metal placed vertically at the back featuring the camera lens, IR focus sensor and triple LED flash, gives it a unique camera-smartphone hybrid look.
It’s interesting to note that it’s not metal and in fact the back panel is comprises of Gorilla Glass 3. The red coloured metal frame runs all around the edges and lends the phone a premium look. The red chamfered edges also look good. The right edge (just above the metal strip) features four metal keys including the volume rocker, power switch, a camera shutter button and a toggle switch to switch between Smart and Pro camera modes.
It even has a lanyard slot at the other edge so you never miss your compact camera. The 3.5mm headset jack sits at the top while the micro-USB port is at the bottom. A dual-sim tray is placed at the left edge towards the top while the microSD card tray is towards the bottom of the same edge.
At 145 gram and 7.3mm of thickness, the phone feels light weight but has a good grip nonetheless and doesn’t feel flimsy.The phone sports an infrared auto-focus sensor which as per the company, is twice as fast as normal autofocus. It supports 1080p video capture. The device also sports an 8MP front-facing camera for selfies.
The Camera app comes with a plethora of features including auto and pro modes with the former offering smart composition that allows users to get optimal distance or level for a better portrait, landscape and gourmet photo. The Pro mode offers granular settings for white balance, focal length, shutter speed, ISO and aperture.
The Vibe Shot smartphone has a 5-inch full-HD (1080x1920p) IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. We found the display to be bright and vibrant with wide viewing angles though sunlight legibility could have been better (the display is slightly reflective). Touch response was great and we did not encounter any issues while interacting with the phone’s screen.
The 16MP camera is the real hero of the phone. The six-piece module lens camera features a 16:9 BSI sensor and tricolour flash along with Optical Image Stabilization. According to Lenovo, the photo luminosity adjusts automatically based on the ambient light conditions, and optical image stabilization reduces blur and keeps photos sharp even in low-light conditions.
While shooting outdoors in the sun, the camera app detected and switched automatically to the HDR mode. The camera also has a bokeh mode feature and certain creative modes that offer light trail effects usually captured with long exposure shots.
The pictures shot with the phone looked really good with excellent detail and rich colours. Even low-light results were great thanks to optimal image stabilization. The IR autofocus helped in getting the focus right swiftly.The selfie camera also takes good quality photos and you can of course soften the facial features to make yourself look good. The Vibe Shot can record 1080p video and the quality of the videos captured with the phone was satisfactory.
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