Lenovo Vibe Shot Camera Quality

Compared to Samsung Galaxy S6

The Lenovo Vibe Shot was launched during MWC back in March 2015. It wasn’t until October 2015 that the phone actually became available. I recently purchased the device and wanted to give a brief comparison on it’s camera quality.

Since the Vibe Shot is being marketed as a camera-centric smartphone (rather than a camera-phone such as a Lumia 1020 or Galaxy K zoom) the camera quality is likely one of the main deciding factors for selecting the device over the competition. The Vibe Shot is actually an upper mid-range device with very common specs for 2015:

  • Snapdragon 615
  • 3GB Ram, 32GB Memory, SD card support
  • 5″, 1080p display
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • metal frame with Gorilla Glass 3 front and back covers
  • 16 Mpx main camera in 16:9 format with OIS
  • 8 Mpx front facing camera

However, since Lenovo is marketing the device primarily for it’s camera I decided to test it against one of the best in the in the industry, the Samsung Galaxy S6.

The below samples were taken within seconds from each other in full automatic mode.

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Samsung Galaxy S6

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Lenovo Vibe Shot

The colours of the S6 come out punchier but the Vibe Shot produces true-to-live colours. The white balance on the Vibe Shot is much more accurate whereas the S6 favours a blueish white balance. Overall there isn’t much difference when looking at the photos in full size.

Only when looking at a 100% crop of the image can you see that the S6 images retain more detail than the Lenovo Vibe Shot.

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Samsung Galaxy S6

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Lenovo Vibe Shot

Overall the images from the Lenovo Vibe Shot are very good and only upon closer inspection does the Galaxy S6 pull ahead. But in most viewing scenarios which will be either on the phone screen itself or shared on Social Media there is hardly any difference to be noticed.

Given that the Lenovo Vibe Shot is over 120 Euros cheaper than the Galaxy S6 this is quite a remarkable camera performance. Add to that the premium design and build quality, 3GB Ram and overall performance, you have yourself a pretty good buy.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Here are some more photos taken with the Lenovo Vibe Shot

The Phablet To Rule Them All

IFA 2014 is over and saw some major phone announcements. Just as in the previous years, Samsung used the stage in Berlin to announce the updated version of the Galaxy Note, the phone/tablet to create an entirely new category, the phablet.

While the Note 4 turns out to be an evolutionary step from the Note 3 with just the right amount of changes and upgrades to keep us gadget geeks excited, Samsung surprised everyone with the Galaxy Note Edge. The verdict is still out if the Edge screen and navigation is more of a gimmick or a tool but you have to give credit to Samsung to at least trying out something new.

But some other manufacturers announced their phablets as well. Huawei released the Ascend Mate 7. Maybe it used the 7 to signify that it’s only been 7 months since the Ascend Mate 2 was released. The all metal chassis, Emotion UI 3.0 and fingerprint scanner scream premium and high-end.

Alcatel launched the OneTouch Hero 2 adding a metal back-panel and a 1080p screen. It’s predecessor is heading the screen-to-size ratio table. Let’s see how the new phablets will fare.

While not announced at IFA, Lenovo had the Vibe Z2 Pro on display that was released a couple of weeks ago. Lenovo used IFA to announce the X2 and Z2, however the Vibe Z2 Pro clearly is the top-end device of the Chinese manufacturer.

Let me know which of the phablets you think is the one to rule them all by voting for your favorite tablet launched in 2014.

I have updated the post to include the iPhone 6 Plus after it’s release.