We take the V15 Pro’s cameras for a spin at one of the country’s most beautiful beaches
vivo recently whisked us away to Boracay to try out their V15 Pro, taking photos of the island paradise. The V15 Pro certainly has the tools to capture the white sands of Boracay, sporting a pop-up module that houses a 32-megapixel front camera, as well as a triple rear camera module that contains a 48-megapixel f/1.8 Samsung GM1 main camera, 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide angle camera, and a 5-megapixel f/2.4 depth sensor.
Our timing couldn’t have been better – the rehabilitation of one of the most famous beaches in the world was recently completed, giving us the perfect opportunity to capture the true beauty of the island.
We started our photographic journey with the V15 Pro’s 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, which came particularly useful in capturing Boracay’s broad white sand beachfront and trademark sunset views. It’s one of the better ultra-wide-angle cameras in the mid-range market, as parallax distortion is kept at a minimum, and produces a decent amount of detail and dynamic range even in tricky lighting situations.
You can use the ultra-wide angle camera for videos as well, which proved to be very useful for us during the trip.
The V15 Pro’s 48-megapixel main camera is a solid performer as well. Like the ultra-wide angle camera, the main camera produced good dynamic range and detail in both daylight and lowlight situations. The only thing we didn’t like was the over-aggressive AI feature that processes the photos, as there were times that photos came out overprocessed.
By default, the V15 Pro’s main camera outputs 12-megapixel photos just like other phones equipped with a 48-megapixel sensor. However, if megapixels are your thing, you can opt to shoot in 48-megapixel mode at the expense of losing detail and dynamic range.
The V15 Pro’s Night mode has improved over the V11’s night mode as well: the V15 Pro’s implementation takes more detailed photos and has less image noise. In addition, you only need a 2-second handheld exposure to take a shot, compared to 4-seconds with the V11’s Night mode. Don’t expect ultra-wide angle shots though, as night mode is limited to the V15 Pro’s main camera.
Finally, the V15 Pro’s 32-megapixel pop-up front camera continues vivo’s tradition of taking “perfect selfies”. Even when we were heavily backlit, the V15 Pro managed to balance exposure, avoiding selfies that look heavily processed using HDR.
We’re still working on our full review but as far as the cameras are concerned, the V15 Pro definitely takes great photos, and has a varied toolset when it comes to taking photos.
You can check out a quick video recap of our trip below:
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