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Vodafone Smart V8 Review - Camera Review


Vodafone Smart V8 – Camera

Vodafone Smart V8

The 16-megapixel sensor on the Smart V8 is seriously good for the money. In bright conditions it can take some excellent photos. It has quite a wide angle, which means you can cram a lot into your shots. In ideal lighting, it’s very good – although it struggles with any kind of range. Try to shoot from the shade of some trees out into a field, or similar, and either your trees will be under-exposed, or your field blown out. It takes careful composition to get things right.

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The buildings in the background are a little over-exposed, while the bus and people are too dark – but it’s not a complete write-off

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Shady shots are generally quite good

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It’s possible to achieve a bokeh effect if you get close enough to your subject

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Sometimes, the light will work with you and produce moody shots

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Without HDR, this shot is horribly blown-out in its lighter areas

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Even with HDR, lighting problems remain, but it’s much better

You can cheat by using HDR Mode, but this slows down the shooting process and you’ll need to keep your hands pretty still. But it does a good job.

In low light things are less impressive, but not awful. There’s some noise in low-light images, although it’s often quite well disguised with some clever processing.

The front-facing camera is excellent, offering up natural skin tones – although, again, brightly lit backgrounds do tend to get lost.

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