Today let’s discuss a review of the Vivo V27 5G, a smartphone that truly excels in the camera department. As a midrange offering from the V series, Vivo doesn’t disappoint when it comes to photography and videography capabilities.
Starting with the rather interesting unboxing experience. The Vivo V27 comes in a sleek grey silver box, and inside, you’ll find all the essentials: a 66W power brick, a type-C charging cable, a transparent back case, a sim ejector tool, a user guide, and of course, the phone itself. Oh, and did I mention it already has a pre-applied screen protector? Nice touch, Vivo!
Now, moving on to the design. The V27 is a real stunner. It boasts a color-changing panel made of Fluorite AG Glass. My Magic Blue unit goes from a light blue hue to a deep dark teal, and let me tell you, it’s mesmerizing! The phone is impressively light and slim, measuring just 7.36 millimeters. In fact, it’s the thinnest phone Vivo has ever made. The combination of glass on the front and back, along with the dual curve design and frosted anti-glare finish, gives it a premium look and feel. Plus, the slim bezels and curved sides make it easy to handle, which is always a plus.
Speaking of the front, we’ve got a gorgeous 6.78-inch OLED screen with a slight curve at 60 degrees. The slim bezels make the display really immersive. It’s got a 1080 by 2400 pixel resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, 1300 nits brightness, P3 wide color gamut, and HDR10+ support. Basically, it’s a treat for your eyes, and the Widevine L1 certification ensures you can enjoy high-quality shows and movies without a hitch.
Now, let’s talk selfies. The V27 features a 50MP selfie camera housed in a center punch hole. The screen also houses an earpiece at the top bezel, and at the bottom, you’ll find the under-display fingerprint reader, which works like a charm. On the right side, there’s the power button and volume rockers.
At the bottom, we’ve got the type-C charging port, sim slot, and microphone and speaker grille. And don’t worry, there’s a secondary microphone at the top too.
Now that we’ve covered the design, let’s move on to performance. The V27 runs on Android 13 and FunTouch OS 13 out of the box. FunTouch OS comes with neat customization features like the always-on display and the nano player music widget, which I find quite handy.
Under the hood, the V27 is powered by the Dimensity 7200 chipset, coupled with 8GB of RAM and a generous 256GB of storage. Plus, there’s an additional 8GB of virtual RAM. This combination makes multitasking a breeze, and gaming is a smooth experience, even at the highest graphics settings. The phone even has a game boost mode for a more immersive gaming session. And thanks to the Ultra Large Vapor Chamber Bionic Cooling System, the phone stays cool even during intense gaming sessions.
In the battery department, this handset doesn’t disapoint as well. The V27 is equipped with a 4600mAh battery that holds up really well. With heavy multitasking, you can go through a full day and still have some charge left at night. For moderate use, the phone can easily sustain you for almost two days. Plus, the fast charging capabilities are impressive. You can fully charge the phone in less than an hour, and just 15 minutes will get you up to 50%. No more waiting around for hours!
Now, let’s talk about the star of the show: the cameras. The V27 sports the same camera setup as its Pro sibling. On the front, we have a 50MP selfie camera with autofocus, ensuring your selfies are always on point. The rear cameras consist of a 50MP Sony IMX766V primary lens with OIS, an 8MP ultrawide lens, and a 2MP macro sensor. Oh, and don’t forget the AURA Light setup on the camera island that creates a soft lighting effect for low-light portraits. It’s like having your own personal lighting crew!
One thing worth noting is that the primary lens was co-developed by vivo and Sony. This collaboration has resulted in a sensor that offers a 59% increase in photosensitive area and a 104% increase in single-pixel size area. In simpler terms, it means your photos will be incredibly detailed and vibrant.
When it comes to video recording, both the front and rear cameras can shoot in 4K at 30FPS and 1080P at 60FPS. Plus, there’s support for portrait video at 1080p 24fps. The camera app also offers various modes to play around with, including 24 vlog modes with templates for food, travel, night, and sports. And if you’re into that cinematic vibe, there are movie LUTs (look-up tables) that give your videos a film tone, ranging from nostalgia to retro, classic, mute, autumn, and more.
Now, let’s get to the juicy part—the camera performance. The videos shot with the V27 are top-notch. Thanks to the hybrid stabilization on all three cameras, your footage will be well-stabilized, whether you’re shooting during the day or at night. The videos come out smooth, detailed, with vivid colors, sharpness, brightness, and clarity. The dynamic range and contrast are also really impressive.
All these video features are a dream come true for content creators. But the camera doesn’t disappoint when it comes to photography either. The V27 packs quite the punch, whether you’re shooting in daylight or low-light scenarios. Even the selfies turn out fantastic, with excellent blur and edge detection in portrait shots.
The ultrawide mode also captures shots with great detail, sharpness, and contrast. The dynamic range is on point, the colors are well-saturated, and the white balance is decent. Simply put, you’ll love taking pictures with this phone.
And when it comes to lowlight photography, the Vivo V27 shines. The shots come out with excellent details, exposure, white balance, vivid colors, and shadows. It’s like having a mini professional camera in your pocket.
Oh, and don’t forget about the XDR photo support on the phone’s screen. It allows HDR photos to be displayed vividly and realistically. Your shots will truly come to life!
To wrap it all up, the Vivo V27 is not only a top-tier camera smartphone, but it also offers a bright and stunning display, a premium stylish design with its color-changing back, fast charging capabilities, and solid battery life. The software and hardware combination deliver excellent performance that even outperforms its rivals.
In my opinion, the Vivo V27 is worth every penny, especially if you’re a content creator looking for an impressive camera performance. So, go ahead and treat yourself to this fantastic device!
If you’re interested, the Vivo V27 5G is available for Ksh 52,999, while the V27e starts at Ksh 37,999. You can find them at official retail stores nationwide and select ecommerce platforms.
So, what are you waiting for? Capture those precious moments with the Vivo V27 5G and unleash your creativity!