If you have been keeping up with the phones that we have on review then you will know that I took delivery of a Lenovo Vibe X3 last week, after a week of use I really impressed with the camera, so though I would share some samples.
Lenovo launched the Lenovo Vibe X3 in China last month and as soon as I saw it I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one to test out the front facing speakers, Dolby Atmos and of course the rear 21 mega-pixel camera.
Lenovo Vibe X3 Camera
The main camera on the Lenovo Vibe X3 is a 21 mega-pixel unit. Lenovo don’t state the model of the sensor on their website, but Chinese tech sites say that it is the Sony IMX230. The sensor gets a 6 stack lens, PDAF (Phase detection auto focus), and F2.0 aperture. There’s also a dual tone dual LED flash too.
Lenovo Vibe X3 Camera App
The camera app on the Lenovo Vibe X3 is called ‘Snapit’ and it has a ton of great features. Opening the camera up for the first time and the app will automatically set itself in to ‘Smart Mode’.
The idea of “Smart Mode” basically reads the available light and the scene to automatically set itself up to take the best photo. It does a good job and most I’ve left it on only switching to specific camera features now and then to really make the most of the camera.
If you don’t want to use the smart mode just hit the yellow ‘s’ and a regular ‘auto’ mode will activate. Above the smart mode icon is the button to switch to the front 8 mega-pixel camera, the top left is where the flash control is, and in the bottom left is another menu for further features.
From here you can switch to Pro mode and take manual control of every camera setting. There is a Panorama mode, which does what it says on the tin. Below are the other features with short descriptions.
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With this model on you get to choose City Scape, Moving People, Stage and Indoor Low Light. I found that with any of these settings the camera really hunts for every available ounce of light and in some instances will create a really noisy photo. But play around with it and you can get some really nice night shots with it.
Basically this is a suped up version of regular HDR wth special options for Automobile, Portrait, Still Life and City. Use this in the right scenario and you will be blown away with the photos that you can take.
Get up close to something in the foreground and the camera with take a photo of it first then a second photo of the background. Once done you can then set how much blur you want in the background with a slider and save it.
This is actually more like a wide photo selfie. If you can’t get everyone in a selfie you can use this option to first take a center photo then add a little extra on the left an right to get everyone in the image.
Fast Motion/ Slow Motion
Fast and slow video.
Lenovo Vibe X3 Photos Samples
Lenovo Vibe X3 Camera Conclusion
So far so good I am really impressed with the camera on the Lenovo Vibe X3. It’s fast offers great clarity and there are a ton of features to play about with to get the perfect photos.
My only issue with the Lenovo Vibe X3 so far is that I’ve still not got Google Services working on the phone yet, so I can’t really use it as my everyday phone properly yet but I do intent to try over the Christmas Holiday and enjoy this camera.