The Vivo V27 5G is a great lower-end mid-range Android smartphone with excellent cameras for night shots and video. Performance is decent enough that you can game with it, and its light weight and thin frame make it really comfortable to carry and use. However, it doesn't come with higher-end features such as wireless charging or a longer optical zoom.
- MediaTek Dimensity 7200 octa-core processor
- Rear 50MP, 8MP wide-angle, 2MP macro, 50MP front camera
- 6.78-inch FHD+ AMOLED display
- 12GB RAM and 256GB storage
The V27 rear camera bump isn't as pronounced as other phones, such as the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max. While it still slightly protrudes from the back, the V27's slimness is the first thing that most people will likely notice. It also helps that the rear has a glass panel that catches the eye and looks marbly. I do like the design, and think it's pretty great for a mid-range phone. The curved edges of the phone help sell a premium look, too.
The main selling point of the Vivo V27 are its rear cameras, and they feature a 50MP, an 8MP ultra-wide, and a 2MP macro. They do a good job, with clean and crisp images. Night shots are excellent, especially when taken with the main camera, and are usually well-exposed with lots of detail. Low-light video is also excellent, and the phone has plenty of dynamic range and colors even if it feels dim. Light sources are not over-exposed, too. However, I do note that this doesn't quite extend to the ultra-wide camera, as photos and videos are much darker for night shots.
One thing I did not like though, is the portrait mode shots at night. Shots looked too fake, with the subject looking like a cut-out. Even adjusting the bokeh didn't help. This wasn't that bad in daytime shots, though. The MediaTek Dimensity 7200 is a pretty good mid-range chip, I had no issues playing Marvel Snap (High settings) or Honkai: Star Rail on Medium settings. Day-to-day use is also smooth. Battery life is also good, with the phone lasting 13hr 55min in our standard video loop test. It also lasts a day of use easily.
At S$699, the Vivo V27 5G is a pretty decent mid-range phone that won't break the bank. Camera performance is also good, though as mentioned, its portrait mode isn't as impressive as claimed at night. But it will take great low-light videos and pictures. Get it from Shopee or Lazada.
Note: Review unit provided by Vivo.
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