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

It’s not always about camera hardware

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The vivo V23 5G is one among 2022’s latest midrange smartphone offerings — well at least in several countries like India and the Philippines.

Some of you might remember the phone’s quick unboxing with some #PhotoDump. This time, we’re only focusing on the vivo V23 5G’s camera capabilities and how its software magic can do more than just relying solely on its less-exciting camera hardware.

Going beyond camera hardware

As a refresher, the vivo V23 5G has a total of five cameras with three in the back:

  • 64MP f/1.9 wide (main)
  • 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide
  • 2MP f/2.4 macro

And two selfie cameras: a 50MP f/2.0 wide and a wider 8MP f/2.3 ultra-wide lens.

Admit it or not, the vivo V23 5G doesn’t have the best cameras in any midranger right now. If I’ll list down, one of you (or more) would probably argue that there are better midrange offerings with better cameras of the same price tag.

UWA | Wide | 2x

With a certain amount of light, the lens will start showing flares and glares — which is actually a pretty-looking effect just like how it did on my cat.

When the sun sets and everything gets dark outside, the night mode actually helps.

Night Mode OFF | ON

But most of the time, it just amplifies the highlights and shadows a little bit.

Night Mode OFF | ON

The story doesn’t end here. In fact, night mode shots can still look better — more on that after you read this section.

Night Mode OFF | ON

The subtle photo processing adjustments also occur in food. Some of you might already look contented with how the vivo V23 5G produced these lasagna photos.

AI OFF | ON

When turned on, its AI feature can automatically detect if a subject is a food, pet, scenery, sunset, and more — just like most Android smartphones do nowadays.

AI OFF | ON

But sometimes, the AI doesn’t do its job to make the photos stand out — such as these ice cream photos.

And even in subjects that don’t have food in it, I think the vivo V23 5G could produce better shots than the usual.

This is where its brilliant camera software enters the scene. Its host of camera software features offer more than meets the eye.

Using photo filters isn’t a crime

Don’t listen to #NoFilter apologists. Your shots, your rules! Even if a lot of people brag about their shots being taken “without filters”, there’s already some post-processing algorithm happening in the background the moment you click the shutter button.

And speaking as a multimedia creative, professionals do tend to play with colors for a lot of photographs and video output. So no, you’re never alone in applying filters on your shots.

See your life to the fullest

The term ‘vivo’ in Latin means “within the living”. And the better way to actually make the most out of your daytime shots is to slap on some filters curated by the vivo team.

Daylight photos shot with the vivo V23 5G with HDR and AI turned look fine on most occasions, but just in case you’ll own one and you want to go the extra mile, the in-app filters will make them a lot better.

Original | Night Breeze

While I’m not the biggest fan of oversaturated photos, you just need to make some photos livelier.

Original | Night Breeze

Honestly, the vivo V23 5G took blander photos than what I see in reality. Thankfully, the Night Breeze filter I often use does the trick in making the shots true to life.

Original | Night Breeze

The filters may vary depending on your taste. Some filters are inclined towards saturation and contrast boosting, others are subtle with some adjustments in overall tint and temperature.

Original | Night Breeze

Luckily, these built-in camera filters are here to save the day. And yes, they work in ultra-wide angle mode, too!

Regardless of what subject or object you shoot, the filters will look good. It’s just a matter of preference which you will use.

Warmer and more saturated ones, or the faded and less saturated filter, it’s all up to your creative freedom to choose.

Can you even imagine a dramatic shot get even more dramatic just because of these camera bonuses?

If you don’t like the “too colorful” processing vibe of the vivo V23 5G itself, there are filters that could (somehow) patch things up such as desaturated and faded out filters.

But in other aspects, the darker and cooler filters bring justice to the subject.

And in some situations, tinkering with these filters add drama to your boring day-to-day photos (since some of you crave for that anyway).

Food for the hungry eyes

We love taking food photos. Whether that may be flat-lays, angled shots, or just the typical focused ones with some depth segmentation happening in the background. But the first thing that worried me is how the vivo V23 5G lacks a 2x lens since its more flexible to take food photos for your Gram.

My go-to filter for most of my food shots taken with the vivo V23 5G is the Macarons filter since if brings out better shadows and tones down the saturation.

Original | Macarons

While it brings down some of the needed highlights, I still prefer this filter over the original one that favors contrast more.

Original | Macarons | Night Breeze

Even in this spicy 짜장면 (jjajangmyeon) I ate, the filtered one (using my other fave) looks something I would directly post on my social media. Even the color of the 소주 (soju) is favorable in my opinion.

Original | Night Breeze

That said, there are still other filters you can play around with.

My favorite filter doesn’t do well on this halo-halo so I had to peek and select other options in the filter list.

And in this late night indoor shot of the tempura and tonkotsu, the original one looked too dark for my taste.

But with the existence of vivo V23 5G’s camera filters, one of them brings out the better food photo that you can directly post in your socials.

The better night mode

While regular night mode does the trick of making night-time photos brighter, filters actually do take part in making such shots more appealing and convincing (sometimes even exceptional).

Unlike filters in the regular photo mode, shooting with night mode brings you a different set of filters to choose from.

From filters such as Cyberpunk to silver and orange, most of these filters will look good as long as you have the right exposure, framing, and environment.

Some even complement the architecture or scenery itself. Take these Venetian-styled buildings and bridge as a reference.

Or if that’s not enough, here are some retro-looking interior decor without and with vivo’s in-app filters.

These night mode shots actually looked better when I tried choosing a filter over the original shot.

Not only did the filters add more color, it also gave the extra “oompfh” I’m looking for shots that the regular HDR, AI, and Night Mode processing of the vivo V23 5G failed to achieve.

And just like in the day, these filters also look nice in the dark via its ultra-wide lens.

In your next café or restaurant visit with a lot of neon signs on it, the vivo V23 5G’s built-in camera filters saves that extra energy you’ll use for manual photo adjustments.

Open that hidden treasure chest

I’m not saying you should open the treasure chest with THAT gold that’s been missing for decades 👀. There are a lot of users who simply don’t take full advantage of the extended features of a camera app. And if you’re a new V23 5G user, don’t hesitate to try them out instead of leaving them alone.

Other than the regular portrait, photo, video, and night modes, there are several more hidden under “More” tab. Those modes include:

  • High Resolution taken in full 64 megapixels
  • Panorama for that scenic wide-long views
  • Live Photo which captures both stills and a super-short clip
  • Slo-mo for well, you’ve guessed it
  • Time-lapse for that artsy rundown of a long video recording
  • Pro mode for those who dare (I’m not talking about you, ROG)
  • AR stickers for Gen Zs (or maybe boomers) who want to look cute(r)
  • Documents, well no-brainer
  • Double exposure for conjoining the base photo with an opaque image preset by vivo; and
  • Dual view for simultaneous recording via the front and rear cameras

These AR stickers a la Snapchat and SNOW are too cute for my liking. If you’re a fan, more can be downloaded right through the camera mode itself.

I even tried taking a “double-exposure” shot but I guess there’s a better use for that in a different scenario.

Two front cameras for many uses

Other than the color-changing glass back of the vivo V23 5G, its dual front cameras with both a wide and ultra-wide lenses are what makes the vivo V23 5G stand out from the rest of the crowd. Forget bringing that ring light! There’s also a dual Spotlight flash — which is also another first in this phone.

For OOTDs (and maybe TikToks?)

These were the first few samples I’ve taken with the ultra-wide front camera of the vivo V23 5G just right after I received it.

With that wider selfie lens plus turning on the timer and putting it on a stable tripod (or any other surface), this handy-dandy feature is very useful for those who want to see their full OOTD look without ever worrying about framing that most users do when using rear cameras.

This is beneficial for bloggers (or influencers) who flaunt their latest look or even for those who sell their garments online. Moreover, this wider view is an advantage for those who shoot a lot of TikTok dance trends — just don’t ask me about the video quality as I don’t use one 🥴.

For pandemic groufies

Wide (1x) vs Ultra-wide (0.6x)

Bulky monopods no more! If you’re tasked to take a selfie and you have a short hand (like my friend), you might have a hard time taking groufies.

But thanks to the extra ultra-wide lens of the vivo V23 5G, you’ll get better photo souvenirs with your friends.

And in tight spaces like a small car interior, having the option to switch between these two selfie cameras helps a lot.

The new selfie expert?

If you’re one among those aging tech nerds like yours truly, you’d know that the tagline belongs to OPPO. But upon testing — even if I’m not the biggest selfie expert in this team (that title probably goes to either of the two MJs — one from New York and one from the Philippines), the vivo V23 5G actually takes some good selfies with the right amount of beauty effects and filters applied.

Just like how you’ve seen it in groufies, taking a selfie between ultra-wide (0.6x) and wide (1x) lenses are noticeable.

UWA | Wide Front

It took some guts to actually take cringe-y selfie samples like these at 3AM.

Flash OFF | Aura | Spotlight

Another one of the same pose but this time, it shows how bad the selfie is without opening the fill-in and dual Spotlight flash modes of the vivo V23 5G.

Flash OFF | Aura | Spotlight

Beauty filters and effects are preferential. I just tried comparing three beautified selfies against one without it.

Beauty / Flash OFF | Beauty ON | Aura | Spotlight

And if the smoothing effect doesn’t look clear enough, here’s a closer look.

Using beauty mode shouldn’t be frowned upon. Not only does it show the right amount of skin texture, the skin also isn’t as smeared the way other Android phones do it.

Too much software magic? No problem!

Just in case you do and you properly know what’s good for the eyes (well tbh you should still learn and understand the basics first before you break ’em), give the built-in adjustment settings in vivo’s Albums (Gallery) app a try.

In my experience, adjusting was a total breeze. I have access to most of the stuff I play around with like exposure, contrast, temperature, highlights, shadows, and more. If you don’t know how to tinker around, the Auto-Enhance might come in handy but it might not work most of the time.

There are photo filters that can be applied as well so if you’re not satisfied with the first filter you have, you have the ability to change it afterwards.

Not for everyone — but good for anyone

If you’re a budding enthusiast with a keen eye on photography or a casual user who just wants to take a lot of photos but has a limited budget, the V23 5G should be in your radar.

Its built-in filters, camera modes, plus the in-app adjustments you’ll find in its Albums (or Gallery) app are some of the reasons why the vivo V23 5G can still take social media photos that are worthy to post.

And in all honesty, the vivo V23 5G cameras aren’t the worst. We’re just surrounded with a lot of smartphones lately that take the best-in-class phonetography experience. But with the existence of these software novelties, I think it’s time for people to make full use of them that would totally make phone shots a lot better than what’s taken straight out of the camera app.

SEE ALSO: vivo V23 5G: A lost Android soul in an iPhone’s body?

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Apple M2 MacBook Pro Unboxing and Review

More Important Than You Think!

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During WWDC 2022, Apple announced the newest 2022 M2 MacBook Air with a major redesign — making it the instant star of the show.

But for others, the M2 MacBook Pro is what they’re aiming for.

It might still be the same with its classic aluminum unibody design, 13.3″ Retina Display, and a Touch Bar from 2016 — but inside it’s even more powerful.

Also equipped with the new generation of Apple’s Silicon Chip dubbed ‘M2’, it surely knows how to make professionals drool.

But is it worth the money? Or should you just get the M2 MacBook Air instead?

Or what about getting the more expensive 14-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 Pro chip?

Watch our unboxing and full review on the M2 MacBook Pro now to find out more!

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The best gifts for any father figure in your life

Celebrate those who became a ‘daddy’ to you

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Father’s Day can be quite celebratory if your family’s complete. For those struggling with an absent or problematic father, the holiday can be gloomy, most especially if you didn’t have any father growing up.

But the holiday wasn’t meant for fathers alone. Surely, there are father figures around you while you were growing up. Whether it’s your uncle, a mentor, or simply anyone who you look up to.

For the times they have guided you in this world, it’s only right to celebrate them in any way you can. Father’s Day or not, here are timeless gifts your father figures deserve to have, most of which are stuff they didn’t know they needed.

Hand tools

For when things break at home, our father figures are always there to the rescue. Give them a gift that will make their hands happy as they do the work for the people they love.

Take a trusted brand like the Bosch GSB 13 RE. Shop here.

Dash camera

Give the gift of peace of mind while on the road. A dash camera can be helpful to review incidents happening on the road, especially against corrupt road officers.

Shop a reliable camera like the Xiaomi Mi Dashcam 1S for their vehicles!

Blue-light blocking glasses

Help them maintain a clear vision through these stylish, blue-light-blocking eyeglasses from Shigetsu. They’re cheap, yet they’re effective in blocking radiation and UV rays.

Protect the eyes and get blue-light blocking glasses like the CHIBA RadPro Eyewear.

Set of underwear

Comfort is key when it’s something related to our bodies. Forget the usual cotton underwear, keep them cool with a quick-drying fabric that’s perfect for their on-the-go lifestyle. Trust us, they probably haven’t bought any set of underwear ever since they got one a few Christmases ago.

Get Huga’s Tech Series underwear.

Flashlight

We still don’t know the reason, but every dad seems to love and own a flashlight. Perhaps, it’s a boy scout thing. We’ll probably know when we become dads someday.

Pick this Forclaz Torch from Decathlon!

Massage gun

Forget massage parlors and spas. Break up those muscle knots and help them relax through an accessible massager that they can bring and store anywhere.

The Xiaomi Fascia Mini Gun Massager may be small, but it packs in power. Shop here.

Vape

For those trying to stop buying a pack of cigarettes, vaping might be the next best alternative. Get them a subtle, plug-and-play stick like the RELX Infinity.

Shop here.

Key holder

Say goodbye to those bulky keychains! The KeySmart Flex can hold up to eight keys so your father figures can easily organize their essentials.

It’s the perfect present for any occasion: Father’s Day, Birthday, Christmas, or just whenever you feel like it! Shop here.

Footwear

Oh, you can never go wrong with Birkenstock. That timeless design? Its cult-lovin’ comfort factor? And a super skin-friendly material? Your father figures will love wearing the Birkenstock Arizona Birko, for sure!

Get it here.

Belt

Ah, belts. An essential to any man’s wardrobe. If you haven’t noticed, some of your father figure’s belts have shown their wear and tear. Some needed replacing, but it’s not their priority.

Give them a sturdy, versatile belt like the Pierre Cardin Cow Leather Belt that they can wear for any occasion with its timeless yet modern design. Shop here.

RFID wallet

Give the gift of protection with a wallet that’s not just stylish, but also keeps their cards safe and secure.

Get the Herschel Andy RFID here.

Electric shaver

Help them put their best self forward and give them an electric shaver to help them trim or shave their facial hair. Here in GadgetMatch, we believe that men should be as invested in grooming themselves just as much as women religiously do their beauty regimens.

Get the Philips Electric Shaver PQ206/18.

Wireless earbuds

For when they want to listen to music without being held back, give them the gift of liberty through a pair of wireless earbuds.

The UGREEN HiTune X6 has active-noise cancellation features that will certainly help them block off the noise so they can enjoy a bit of alone time in their little world. Shop here.

Bluetooth speaker

Let them bring the party wherever they go. The Soundcore Mini 3 by Anker is so compact, that it can be tugged along into the bathroom, hanging by the bags, or just basically everywhere you want it to be.

It’s small, but it’s loud — kind of like a chihuahua. Shop here.

In-Ear headphones — JBL C50HI in-Ear Headphones with Mic

Yes, we know. There are the old-school types who clearly don’t want to let go of wired earphones. And even if they prefer what’s familiar, they deserve something that allows them to enjoy their preference and the music they want to listen to.

Get reliable in-ear headphones like the JBL C50HI.

Smartwatch — Huawei Watch GT 3  Pro

Move over, analog watches. It’s time for stylish, smart timepieces to take over. With a smartwatch, your father figures can get a glimpse of their health.

Hopefully, they can move and change their lifestyle to make sure they live longer to see you grow into the person you want to be. Get the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro here.

Gaming accessory

For gamer dads, a wired controller and cooler in one can deliver a console-like experience. Let them get serious in their mobile gaming.

Get the GameSir X3.

Computer accessory

Sometimes, all we need is space. Either from people or through storage. For our dads, it’s the latter. Give them the space they need, so they can always be cool and chill.

Shop the Seagate FireCuda 530 SSD.

Water Bottle — Klean Kanteen 320z TKWide

Drink your water, babes! And urge your daddies to do so. Klean Kanteen’s vacuum insulated water bottle is perfect for sports, hydration, and for the outdoors. Shop here.

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Lenovo Yoga 9i: Luxe entertainment notebook

Is this the best entertainment notebook so far?

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Lenovo Yoga 9i

Laptops aren’t made for work alone. Nowadays, these portable machines allow us to pursue what we want in life.

For the most part, most people just want to relax in their bed, watching films on their notebooks. But not all laptops are made equal, and some of them don’t bring an exquisite experience when it comes to entertainment.

The exception? The Lenovo Yoga 9i.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

Coated in champagne-like luxury

The Lenovo Yoga 9i carries its lineup’s signature design — a versatile 360-degree form factor.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

With the oatmeal colorway, the machine looks like it’s painted in champagne giving that luxe, polished vibe with its new Comfort Edge design with rounded and smooth edges. It speaks premium in the way it was finished.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

Despite being light and thin, the Yoga 9i didn’t forsake ports. On the left, you can find a USB-A port and two (2) Thunderbolt 4 ports.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

On the right, there’s an extra Type-C port situated between a 3.5mm audio jack and the power button.

Convenient functions designed for you

Lenovo Yoga 9i

The way the Yoga 9i was designed, it was meant to make the user experience convenient. The space’s bigger with its edge-to-edge keyboard and larger trackpad.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

One-click function keys are put in place to make the experience seamless and smooth. And with Windows 11, you can bring balance to your device. Organize windows, optimize screen space, and maximize your productivity with just a snap.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

It has a Full-HD IR camera supported by Lenovo’s AI Engine+ that lets the user enhance camera effects to improve personal appearance, as well as to detect the presence so the face is easily recognized.

There’s also full control when it comes to privacy and security. With the TrueBlock privacy shutter, you can cover the webcam lens directly by sliding the tab to the left.

An exquisite portable cinema

The Yoga 9i prides itself on having a PureSight OLED touchscreen. The display delivers vibrant imagery that lets you enjoy a cinematic appeal even when watching on a laptop.

It also supports Dolby Vision, making films such as Don’t Look Up look fantastic when played on the screen.

Lay it flat

With a rotating soundbar hinge, you can lay the Yoga 9i flat on a surface.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

It’s an ideal form factor when presenting or sharing your screen with anyone, without having to move your laptop all the time.

That familiar, rotating soundbar

Lenovo Yoga 9i

The Yoga lineup is prominently known for its rotating hinge, but this time around, Lenovo revamped it. The Yoga 9i carries the world’s first Bowers & Wilkins rotating soundbar, with quad speakers and Dolby Atmos.

Since its speakers face outwards, no matter what form factor you choose — the sound is always clear and immersive.

Tent or tablet?

For an enveloping experience, the tent mode lets the tablet stand on its own while giving you uninterrupted playback.

But if Tent mode isn’t your thing, you can fold the laptop and turn it into a tablet. There’s a stylus for simpler navigation, and its lightweight design makes it easy for you to carry the device.

An exquisite performance

The Lenovo Yoga 9i, despite having a thin and light design, delivers when it comes to performance. With an Intel Core i7-1260P CPU, Windows 11, a 16GB DDR5 RAM, and a 1TB SSD, you can ensure seamless everyday use.

It also lasts up to 14 hours — enough to do a full shift at work and a few hours for leisure.

Is the Lenovo Yoga 9i your GadgetMatch?

Lenovo Yoga 9i

The Lenovo Yoga 9i delivers what you expect out of a premium, versatile notebook. It performs whether you use it as a regular laptop, in tent mode, or as a tablet.

It provides average performance for everyday users, but when it comes to entertainment experience — it’s gold-class. Combine the vivid, exquisite display together with its immersive and impressive sound quality, along with its convertible form factor and you’ll get a one-of-a-kind entertainment machine.

The Lenovo Yoga 9i retails for PhP 109,999.


Experience the latest generation of Yoga devices powered by 12th Generation Intel Core processors and Windows 11. Get it from Yoga Stores at SM North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia or at Lenovo Exclusive Stores and authorized resellers nationwide. Follow Legion Philippines on Facebook and Instagram for more updates.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Lenovo Philippines.

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