This year, I decided that traveling would be a priority. In between work and different projects, however, it becomes hard to sneak away from the metro and sneak in out-of-town trips.

The solution? Find beautiful beaches accessible from the city at a moment’s notice!

Puerto Galera is one such beach town. Known for its nightlife and beautiful beaches, Galera is located in Mindoro — an island at the southwest portion of Luzon. A boat or a ferry from Batangas City will bring you to the island’s sunny shores.

I brought the Moto M and Vivo V5 Lite on a quick trip to Mindoro, and these are the beautiful views captured through their lenses.

Personally, camera specs mean so little to me. What’s important is how the actual photos turned out. I put the two phones to the test.

White Beach

While Puerto Galera is home to 32 beaches; one of the most famous ones is White Beach. The stretch of fine white sand is the perfect spot to laze around on hot summer days.

In this ideal shooting scenario, there is not much difference between the Vivo V5 Lite’s 13-megapixel camera and Moto M’s 6-megapixel camera. There are, however, visible color differences. The Vivo V5 Lite’s photos seem more saturated compared to the Moto M’s cooler palette — it’s as if the Vivo camera has an automatic Clarendon filter.

Vivo’s V5 Lite has a 16-megapixel selfie camera while the Moto M has an 8-megapixel selfie cam. More importantly though, both have beautification mode (!!).

Both phones also have an HDR shooting mode (which, I am told, just means that the cameras should be able to capture more details from bright and dark areas even under extreme lighting conditions). Proud to report, the function does seem to work well.

Getting around

Puerto Galera is home to many hotels and dining establishments. You will never run out of places to dine in and eat at here. It’s also very easy to explore the town as tricycles and jeepneys are available everywhere.

The Vivo camera obviously did better in our jeep shoot, but both didn’t do so well under the weird lighting conditions.

Time for a close up! The Vivo camera seems to take brighter photos, but this washed out some of the detail.

Don’t forget to grab fresh fruit shakes by the beach! This is the HDR mode at work. The Moto M’s camera took photos which are more true to life. Vivo’s color settings (I call it “automatic filter”) make for a prettier photo, though.

The nightlife

Evenings at Puerto Galera are not quiet. The steady influx of tourists make for a great nightlife, and it isn’t uncommon to find people drinking by the beach come night time.

Sunsets by the beach make for a great background. Both phone cameras didn’t do justice to this view.

There are also countless events in Puerto Galera. One of them is the annual Malasimbo Art and Music Festival which is a treat for your senses. Plus, it’s literally held atop a mountain.

(Note that the lights at the venue were blinking the whole time, so that may account for the darker Moto M photo.)

Nighttime photography is always a struggle with phone cameras, but I was impressed with the photos the two phones came up with.

Verdict

In terms of picture quality, there was not much noticeable difference between the two as observed by my untrained eyes.

For Instagram #TravelGoals posts, these two phones can and will certainly deliver. The camera differences lie in the colors of the photos produced. The Moto M churns more authentic photos in a cooler palette, while the Vivo V5 Lite’s photos are more warm and saturated.

I was impressed by how the two phones performed, overall. Vacations usually present less than ideal shooting circumstances (especially by the beach or on a mountain, at night!) but the two phones were able to bring home memories from the trip through beautiful photos.


24 Hours is a series on GadgetMatch.com where we showcase our travels through a smartphone camera’s perspective. It’s also a documented guide on things to see and do in a city in case you happen to plan a trip there.

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