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ZTE Blade V - Cameras and Video Recording

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams



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ZTE Blade V – Cameras

The ZTE Blade V has two cameras, a 5-megapixel sensor on the rear and a VGA camera on the front. Phones this cheap often leave out the front camera, and the LED flash that accompanies the rear sensor.

Early signs are good, but it all falls apart as soon as you start using the thing. Given evenly-lit scenes with no intense light sources, the Blade V can produce some reasonable shots. However, give it anything more challenging and it simply can’t cope.

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Exposure judgement is very poor, causing bright areas to bleed into darker ones unless you force the Blade V to expose images based on the brightest part of the image. This is not something you do naturally – touch focusing encourages you to tap on the subject, not the sky.

Focusing is also a little slow, and shutter lag varies from being slight to seriously bad – a couple of seconds at the worst.

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Zoomed-in - Purple fringing is a real problem with the Blade V camera

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Light bleed can at times be horrendous

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This image is severely overexposed - a common effect with the Blade V

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However, try hard enough and the Blade V can produce reasonable shots

The front camera too is poor. Any images appear heavily processed to the extent that they look as though they’ve been put through a Photoshop filter, and there’s significant halo’ing around light sources.

That the flash suggests the Blade V is well equipped is a bit of a red herring. Low-light performance without the flash is extremely poor, and in counter-intuitive fashion, the Night mode actually prohibits the use of the flash.

The single-LED does so its job to an extent, but its performance too is poor, again thanks to the fundamental issues with the camera itself. Exposure levels in flash shots are all over the place, and as the LED is not used as a focusing aid, getting a firm focus in poor lighting is anything but guaranteed. ZTE Blade V

More overexposure is evident when using the flash

There are many worse cameras out there at the price, but the ZTE Blade V is bettered by similar-spec, higher-price rivals from better-known names. These are mobiles the phone wants to appear to be a serious lower-cost rival too. Outside of Android, the Lumia 520 and Lumia 620 offer more reliable cameras at a similar price.

ZTE Blade V – Camera App

As well as offering generally poor camera image quality, the ZTE Blade V’s camera app is pretty bare. There are few additional modes, and limited creative filters.

You do get Panorama, and there are some sliders within the settings menu that let you control exposure, brightness, contrast and so on, but you don’t get HDR or a burst mode. HDR could help with the exposure issues of the camera. However, we think it might be too sluggish to be useful given the performance of the camera when shooting single pics.

ZTE Blade V – Video Recording

The ZTE Blade V’s video recording tops out at 480p – significantly less detailed than ‘baseline’ 720p HD. Image quality in videos isn’t great and there’s significant motion noise, but it doesn’t appear to suffer from the odd exposure ‘light bleed’ effect anywhere near as much as stills.

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February 5, 2014, 8:02 pm

Did anyone buy it? I would like to know if the camera rumors are right. Thank you:)


February 11, 2014, 8:27 am

Blade V is only for Virgin Mobiles, is it please?
Or can anyone just buy to use in any Mobile Courier in any country? (I'm from Singapore) If then where can i buy it Online please? (I can not find any without Virgin Contract.. on either Amazon or Ebay)

Please kindly reply. I'm so interested in this one.
Thank you.

rob davies

March 24, 2014, 9:12 pm

I bought it, yes the camera is not the best, it seems to me the auto exposure doesnt read the light conditions properly ? sometimes turns white into yellow. sometimes under/over exposes . you can manualy adjust it but it takes so long the subject has gone !! the screen, battery life,phone and text performance is very good. internal memory is barely adequate some apps.can be transfered to mic/sd card but a lot cant. They havnt written user manual yet !!! im still altering settings trying to work it out !!

Nathan Berry

October 29, 2014, 12:54 pm

hi want to know can use internet for free on this phone whant use it in pub wifi or al college with out paying anything

Nathan Berry

October 29, 2014, 1:00 pm

hi can ask you about the internet on phone can put in other internet conction on phone go on internert for free

rob davies

October 29, 2014, 4:30 pm

Not sure what you mean? I use internet on zte a lot but not free😞

Nathan Berry

October 29, 2014, 9:08 pm

tnxs i mean like in coffiee shop wifi think call it hotspots want know if use coffiee shop internet for free tnxs for your help:]

rob davies

October 29, 2014, 9:30 pm

Yes, no problem, I use zte in bar's hotspots here. It just tell you 'wireless network available'

Nathan Berry

October 29, 2014, 9:45 pm

thank you rob for your help :]

rob davies

October 30, 2014, 12:41 am

mind you i think the 'moto G' is a better phone for the money now !!

Nathan Berry

October 30, 2014, 8:41 pm

tnxs but my parents bought this phone for chirstmas dont know anything about phone tnxs for your help

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