Selfie centered smartphones are on the rise, and the adoption has been stunningly overwhelming. On top of the selfie smartphones game, especially in the mid-rangers, is Vivo with many different offerings that have had good success in the last year or two. We recently reviewed the Vivo V5s and believed it’s one of the best selfie phones you can get at its price range.
Taking a selfie may look like as simple as throwing a pout and clicking away, but given that most of these pictures you take are going to be shared on the social media and may be saved for a life long memory, the pictures need to be well done. The challenge with selfie is that most likely you would be taking it in a single hand, trying to figure out the angle and in a quick time too. We have been doing selfies ourselves since some time now and here are the top tips we think are very useful to get a picture that you won’t regret! After all, it’s not easy to gather a group for a retake, aye!
If you’re the one taking the selfie, if possible, get onto a ground that is slightly higher to give yourself that little more elevation to increase the coverage. It is also better and much easier for you or the group you’re trying to shoot to look up rather than looking down, in which case, they would have to figure out a way to have their heads pop out in the picture!
And while you’re at it, it doesn’t help if the phone is heavy with a portion of your palm and couple of fingers managing it. Phones like Vivo V5s are slim and have rounded edges that are soft on your palm, making it easier for taking that selfie.
Be the center of attraction!
More often than not, you end up taking a picture of more than just yourself – Groupie as it has come to be known as. But you often end up shunting yourself to the corner to ensure everyone is covered. And even if you did, there are times when that one person gets mad at you as their face got chopped at the edge! Things would’ve been way better if there was a panorama mode for groupies. Ok, consider that wish has been granted! Vivo V5s comes with a special mode that lets you pan left and right as you take a groupie and guess what, you can be at the center of the picture yourself! And this one works like a charm, and even if your hands shook a bit, there is a little bit of post processing that negates it. Of course, a selfie stick can do the trick too, but this mode saves you from that stretched arm and a stick ruining the photograph.
Beat the darkness
Dinner meets, post office hangouts, Friday evening unwinding – we do land into these now and then, and we do want to end the meetings and huddles with little memory. While the challenges on the primary camera for low light photography are still a reality in most of the phones, that problem is multifold on the front cameras. Even if the cameras were better than the primary, lack of light could be a bummer. Vivo V5s comes with a LED for the front camera, but it ensures it doesn’t blow your faces out with a heap of light. It showers a softer tone of light good enough to bring out the faces in the low light to ensure the captures are good. Noise levels too are kept in control. But the lights in the background at times get blown up but using the phone for a while; you can master to control it as well.
Touch Up A Bit
More often than not, you’re likely to use a filter before posting the selfies out there on social media, just to add that extra spark to some effect. And at times, there are some blemishes you’d want to take care of. There are tons of apps out there that help clear out things you may not want to, but most of them over do it or throw in a lot of ads. Vivo 5s’ camera app comes with a beautification mode that gives you good control of how much “artificial” effect you want to add. Taking it to the maximum might make you look like a Barbie doll which may not look good always unless you want to troll someone for fun.
Crisp and Sharp
Selfies are not just about the focus on the faces, but just the primary camera, the rest of the parameters such as the white balance, dynamic range, etc. have to be spot on to ensure the faces fit well into the rest of the background. Ensure that the source of light, be it the sun or any artificial source such a pole light or such is always in front of you. And selfies usually are used as display pictures for social media such as WhatsApp or Facebook and hence cropping them shouldn’t make you lose the sharpness. Vivo V5s has a 20MP camera that takes crisps images with a very good dynamic range. Zooming onto the picture to multiple levels too has the sharpness retained which is really good.
Clicking it up
Selfies are taken in a well planned moment or many times in the spur of the moment, say when you see your favorite comedian or a sportsman pass by in a café! You never know when you get that moment you want to take a selfie. And there are fewer chances for a retake as asking for it can be embarrassing too. Quick focusing, smooth and fast processing, crisp images that make you happy is what a good selfie camera is on the phone, and it shouldn’t involve too much of science for an average user.
Keeping it simple and something that delivers images in a manner that you expect – this is what we believe the Vivo V5s does right and hence making it one of the best phones for selfies in its category. If that is the top priority you have while buying a phone, we have no hesitation in recommending it as long as you read our full review too to know how it performs in other departments too! For now, we sign off while you pout and grin for a “say cheese” moment.