"Could the Lenovo Vibe Shot be the camera phone you've been waiting for? Check out the image samples to find out"
While there are various features potential customers look for in a smartphone, there's one that remains more or less constant across the board – a good camera. And while several manufacturers advertise their smartphones being photography-oriented, we know from experience that not all deliver the kind of image quality they promise. One of the most recent entrants into the 'camera smartphone' category is the Lenovo Vibe Shot (first impressions). The affordable flagship has even been designed to resemble a digicam – just glance at the image above if you don't believe us. And if that wasn't enough, you'll also find a dedicated switch to toggle between Auto and Pro modes, plus a physical shutter button. Coming to the specifics, the Vibe Shot features a 16MP OIS camera with a 6-element lens, BSI sensor, infrared autofocus (which the company claims is 2X faster than regular autofocus), plus a tricolour LED flash. At the front, it's equipped with an 8MP shooter. Apart from a full Auto mode assisted by a Smart Composition tool, the camera app features a dedicated Pro mode with access to all the usual manual controls. Additionally, the Pro mode gives you access to various effects like Panorama, Art Nightscape, Artistic HDR, Blur Background, Wide Selfie and Golden Years. While we'll tell you more about the special features in the camera app in our full review, for now let's take a look at some photos captured across various shooting conditions to assess how the Vibe Shot fares in real life.
Our selfie subject today is a puppy, and the front camera didn't let us down on this one. The noise levels are low and the image evenly exposed, although the subject isn't as sharply in focus as we would have liked.