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Honor 10 Lite vs OPPO F9 vs Vivo V11: Selfie Shootout

Which phone takes the best selfies?

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Most of the newly released phones lately don’t just have great rear shooters; they are also equipped with quality front cameras. This only means one thing: They can take good selfies. However, which phone is the best selfie taker?

In this comparison, we’re pitting the new Honor 10 Lite against the OPPO F9 and the Vivo V11.

The Honor 10 Lite is equipped with a 24-megapixel front camera with beautification features and AI scene detection. Both the OPPO F9 and Vivo V11, on the other hand, have 25-megapixel selfie snappers with AI beauty mode.

Without further ado, let’s begin the comparison:

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Let’s start with the first set of photos. These were taken without any smoothening or bokeh processing. These are as natural as their selfies can get. Taken inside a well-lit room, the phones had enough light to take a clear photo.

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For the second set, we went to the balcony to check how the phones would fare in low-light. The flash setting was on auto to let the phones decide how they should take a low-light selfie. Unsurprisingly, the phones fired up their screen to act as the flash.

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All three phones can take portrait-like selfies by applying artificial blur to the background. This set of photos was taken indoors with plenty of light coming in and bokeh mode turned on.

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For the final set of selfies, we had bokeh and beauty mode turned on. Both the OPPO F9 and Vivo V11 were set to use AI to determine the level of beauty effect necessary. Meanwhile, the Honor 10 Lite was set to Level 3 (out of 10) to match the smoothening effect of the other two phones. To make it trickier, the photos were taken inside a busy cafe.

That ends our selfie comparison using the Honor 10 Lite, OPPO F9, and Vivo V11. Each phone delivers different results in every scenario. Which of the selfies do you like most?

The Honor 10 Lite is officially arriving in the Philippines on January 22. Starting January 26, the phone will be available in all Honor authorized shops and dealers. Also, you may catch the Honor roadshow happening on January 26 in SM North EDSA where the Honor 10 Lite will be on sale and bundled with exciting freebies! For more information about the Honor 10 Lite, visit www.hihonor.com/ph or follow Honor Philippines Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HonorPhilippines.


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Honor Philippines.

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vivo V25 vs V23 5G: Camera Shootout

Are there even significant improvements?

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vivo V25

It hasn’t even been a year but vivo has already revealed the successor to the V23 5G that was launched earlier this 2022. But is it actually worth upgrading to the new vivo V25? Or should you save yourself some money and buy the older V23 5G instead?

vivo V25

Don’t let that new camera bump with bigger circular cutouts on the vivo V25 fool you. On paper, the cameras are close to one another but the V25 has the advantage of having a slightly wider aperture and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) that the V23 5G doesn’t have.

vivo V25 vivo V23 5G
Wide 64MP f/1.79
PDAF, OIS + EIS
64MP f/1.89
PDAF, EIS
Ultra-WIde 8MP 120º f/2.2
Macro 2MP f/2.4
Selfie 50MP f/2.0 wide

 

50MP f/2.0 wide
8MP f/2.28 ultra-wide
+ Dual-tone Spotlight

The sad news though is that, vivo has decided to remove the extra ultra-wide selfie camera and dual flash system on the new V25.

vivo V23 with the Dual-tone Spotlight Flash feature

But how do these phones perform side-by-side knowing the new V25 also has a slightly less-powerful MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset over V23 5G’s Dimensity 920? Are there enough convincing differences or is the older model actually better? Feed yourself some photo sample comparisons below.

Daylight

In any given circumstance, a valuable Android midranger should take at least a decent photo with natural light around — thus me taking lesser photos to compare.
Still, your judgment matters.

#1A (Ultra-wide)

vivo V25

#1B (Wide)

vivo V25

#2

#3A (Wide)

#3B (Zoom)

Food

Taking food shots (mostly with indoor lighting) is a better way to test which phone camera is capable of producing the better image output with the right amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness, temperature, as well as Dynamic Range.

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*Left photo was taken multiple times with the focus tapped on the baked roll. Lens coating was also cleaned several times but still resulted to the same output.

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Night Mode

Low-light photos can either make or break the capabilities of a smartphone’s camera.
While it’s a mixed bag of outputs, it still depends on the user if Night Mode photos are important in a midranger or not.

#13A (Wide)

#13B (Ultra-wide)

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vivo V25

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vivo V25

BONUS: Low-Light Selfie

For users who love taking selfies even in the dark, both phones can take fill-in flash (using the display) to brighten up your faces.

Without Flash

vivo V25

However, the ultra-wide selfie and Dual-tone Spotlight feature were removed completely from the vivo V25. You just have to guess and pick which is which.

With Flash (Aura Fill, Dual-Tone Dual Spotlight Flash)

vivo V25

Results

No more confusions, the results are consistent all throughout the board:

Photo A — vivo V23 5G

Photo B — vivo V25

Conclusion

vivo V25

While it’s barely a big camera quality improvement, the vivo V25 has rendered some of the scenes quite well such as in Photos 1A, 11, and 12 which the V23 5G failed to display at least an acceptable output. Other times, the vivo V23 5G delivered better results like in Photos 1B, 2, 3A, 4, and 13A. Those images delivered overall better photos with a sufficient amount of HDR (High Dynamic Range) and AWB (Auto White Balance).

Overall, the V25 produced better images with decent amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness. The newer model also has some slight edge on focusing and making shots brighter and more stable at night.

vivo V25

While only two selfies were provided, the V23 5G obviously has the edge — especially with its extra selfie lens and dual-flash feature.

vivo V25

If you’re coming from the V23 5G, you don’t need to upgrade to the vivo V25. Period. But, if you’re looking for a phone to replace your old vivo smartphone (or pretty much any old budget phone or midranger for that matter), buying the V25 won’t hurt.

vivo V25

Unless you’re looking for a used unit, a brand new vivo V23 5G is being sold at PhP 27,999. Whereas, a brand new V25 retails at a cheaper PhP 23,999 price tag.

vivo V25

Imho, choosing the V23 5G over the V25 is advantageous for some reasons: a more premium-looking design with metallic sides, slightly faster chipset, and the extra selfie camera.

vivo V25

But realizing how more capable the cameras of the V25 are, you can also choose it for its bigger battery and brighter display. Also, the OIS feature is very handy if you love taking photos in action or at night or just record stable-free videos without worrying about warping and jitters. At the end of the day, you should know what you value the most in buying a new smartphone.

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vivo V25 is a Night Portrait Master

Taking photos to the next level with the vivo V23 5G

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iPhone 14 Pro Max vs 13 Pro Max vs S22 Ultra: Camera Shootout

A Very Different Camera Test

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The iPhone 14 Pro Max finally has an upgraded camera system — highlighted by its 48MP main camera sensor.

But does it really take better photos vs the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra?

Find out in our photo-walk style camera shootout with the pro-photographer and Apple’s #ShotoniPhone Macro Challenge Global Winner Tom Reeves.

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iQOO 9T vs vivo X80 Pro: Camera Shootout

Smartphone camera clash between the parent company and its sub-brand

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iQOO 9T vivo X80 Pro

The vivo X80 Pro continues to be the company’s champ especially in the camera department. Paired with a very capable four-camera setup, it’s a smartphone you’ll want to take with you if you’re into serious mobile photography.

On the other hand, the iQOO 9T is also a flagship phone you might not have heard ever. It has a better chipset, faster wired charging support, and a flat display over its vivo counterpart. Albeit, the camera performance is what intrigued me — especially since the camera layout is very similar to each another (they also have the same vivo V1+ dedicated imaging chip).

iQOO 9T vivo X80 Pro

BTW to those unaware, iQOO is vivo’s sub-brand. But even if both of these phones came from the same parent company, we still wanted to do a two-way camera battle. This is also for you to know if the cameras perform differently — and if the ZEISS partnership has any significance over iQOO’s regular lens coating and processing.

Disclaimer: All samples were taken in Auto Mode (except for Night and Portrait Mode). Photos were collaged, resized, and labeled for faster loading and preview. No other manipulations were applied.

Ultra-wide

These phones have similar yet different ultra-wide cameras. While both lenses have an aperture of f/2.2, there’s actually a big gap between the megapixel count — vivo’s X80 Pro features a 48MP shooter with a 114º Field of View (FoV). On the contrary, the iQOO 9T only has 120º 13MP super wide-angle camera. Is there any breakthrough in output though?

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iQOO 9T vivo X80 Pro

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iQOO 9T vivo X80 Pro

Wide

Unlike the ultra-wide cameras, both the vivo X80 Pro and iQOO 9T are equipped with 50MP shooters. But there’s a catch: The iQOO 9T uses a Samsung GN5 sensor similar to that of the Galaxy S22 and S22+ series. Meanwhile, the X80 Pro has a custom-made Samsung GNV sensor exclusive to vivo’s X80 line. Lens diaphragms are also far alike: f/1.88 vs f/1.57 respectively — but you’ll still be the judge.

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iQOO 9T vivo X80 Pro

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iQOO 9T vivo X80 Pro

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Telephoto Zoom

The vivo X80 Pro and iQOO 9T may have a similar 12MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom (f/1.85 and f/1.98 lens opening respectively), but the X80 Pro still has the clear advantage of having Gimbal OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). It also has an extra 8MP periscope telephoto lens for 5x optical zoom (and farther 60x digital zoom over 9T’s 30x). However, can you tell which phone is which in the samples below?

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Night Mode

Daytime shots are one thing. But it’s also crucial to know if these phones can capture a subject or scenery well even when there’s hardly any natural light available.

#19 (Ultra-wide)

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iQOO 9T vivo X80 Pro

#28 (2x zoom)

#29 (5x zoom)

iQOO 9T vivo X80 Pro

#30 (2x zoom)

iQOO 9T vivo X80 Pro

BONUS

Portrait Mode

Unlike the iQOO 9T, vivo’s X80 Pro has the ZEISS perks. That includes the ability to shoot like you are using ZEISS’ classic lenses (such as Biotar, Distagon, Planar, and Sonnar) in Portrait Mode.

iQOO 9T vivo X80 Pro

Selfie

The iQOO 9T has a 16MP front camera while the vivo X80 Pro has a bigger 32MP selfie shooter. Similar enough, both phones have an f/2.45 lens opening.

Results

Some of you may have noticed but the results are consistent across the board:

Photo A – vivo X80 Pro

Photo B – iQOO 9T

Conclusion

If you have read our previous camera shootouts featuring the vivo X80 Pro, you might have already observed the nitty-gritty of the images above. The X80 Pro produced images that are overall cooler and less vibrant. That’s of course, over a course of software updates that vivo gave the X80 Pro over time.

iQOO 9T vivo X80 Pro

Although admittedly some samples looked similar (that you can barely tell which phone is which), the iQOO 9T still has an overall warmer and more saturated output than the vivo X80 Pro.

iQOO 9T vivo X80 Pro

When it comes to zoomed shots, the vivo X80 Pro had an obvious advantage (especially in low-light scenarios) with its gimbal OIS support in the 2x zoom lens (less shaky images) and an extra 8MP periscope telephoto lens (clearer at 5x zoom). Still, the post-processing and AI algorithm of both phones are consistent all throughout with the iQOO 9T standing out more — warm and vibrant — which might have enticed more readers.

Shockingly, the X80 Pro displayed different results when photos are taken in night mode. If we’ll count, 10 out of 12 samples taken with the vivo were far warmer compared to the iQOO. While it comes to personal preferences (where I like warmer shots more), some of the images taken with the 9T are more color-accurate.

Generally speaking, you can’t go wrong any of these flagship smartphones. The biggest dealbreaker has got to be the amount you’re willing to spend for a flagship-grade smartphone camera.

With a difference of INR 30,000 (roughly US$ 375 / S$ 522 / ₱21,066) — the vivo X80 Pro having a discounted Indian SRP of INR 79,999 while the iQOO 9T now being sold at INR 49,999 — you can choose the latter minus all the bells and whistles of the X80 Pro.

Now if you’ll ask my personal take, I would still choose the X80 Pro because of these factors: wider FoV, an extra periscope telephoto lens, gimbal OIS, and the ever-fancy ZEISS partnership extras including the T* lens coating, Natural Color processing, Cinematic Mode when shooting videos, and the mimic of its lenses through Portrait Mode.

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vivo X80 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro Max: Camera Shootout

vivo X80 Pro vs Huawei P50 Pro: Camera Shootout

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