Lava Pixel V2: Blowing Hot, Blowing Cold
Supriya Joshi tests the Lava Pixel V2 to see if it really is smartphone photography redefined.
Lava Mobiles’ marketing strategy lately has been to push for the Pixel series as real pathbreaking imaging devices. For the latest Pixel V2, they signed up fashion photographer Subi Samuel to sell us the camera features the device offers. But just like any product, it’s best to keep your reservations until you see it for yourself.
Next in Line
A follow-up to the Lava Pixel V1, the V2 features a 13MP rear camera with 1.4-micron pixel size, an aperture of f/2, 5p Largan lens and Blue Glass filter with dual-LED flash. It also features an 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.4 aperture, 4p lens and LED flash as well. The company has packed in an endless amount of shooting modes and filters into the phone, some of them including Multi angle view, Intelligent Mode, Bokeh and Panorama.
Not so Pleasing Results
For a cameraphone that promises the moon, the performance of the Pixel V2 was underwhelming, at best. In bright light, the image quality passes muster, but it gets progressively worse as the light levels reduce. This, despite there being a dedicated Night Pro mode, which promises to produce clear shots in low light conditions. Smudging and smearing of details are clearly visible and aggressive noise reduction coupled with compression artifacts make for some very unpleasant low-light images.
The front camera does not perform much better, but the Wide Selfie is an interesting mode to use. It stitches together three consecutively shot images to form one wide angle photograph. An extremely outrageous Beauty Mode also exists as a camera function, which can make you look like a weird ghostlike alien. The timelapse feature is quite nifty, though, where you can set your cellphone to shoot at intervals ranging from 1sec–10sec.
Should You Buy it?
Ultimately, where the Lava Pixel V2 went wrong is that it promised too many features that it is just not capable of delivering. The MRP of Rs. 9499 is tempting, indeed, as it is overall not a bad cellphone. The 5-inch 720 x 1280 pixels screen renders colours beautifully, and the 2500mAh battery is good enough to last a day of non-continuous shooting. But for a discerning cellphone photographer, the Pixel V2 just does not make the cut. There are far too many cameraphones available today which can perform much better and even at a lesser price. Which is a shame, because the V2 is aimed specifically at cellphone photographers.
|AT A GLANCE|
|SPECIFICATIONS||13MP rear and 8MP front camera, 16GB built-in memory (expandable up to 32GB), 1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor, 2GB RAM, Rs. 9499|
|WHAT WE LIKE||Some fun modes|
|WHAT WE DISLIKE||Poor camera performance|
|WHY BUY IT||If you are on a budget and looking for a competent cellphone, the Pixel V2 is a good choice. But for its imaging capabilities, it is a miss.|
|CAMERA FEATURES||13MP dual LED flash, lots of shooting modes and filters||18/25|
|IMAGE QUALITY||Very poor low light performance||15/30|
|VIDEO QUALITY||Average video at Full HD 1080p at 30fps||11/25|
|HANDLING||Simple and straighforward UI||13/15|
|SPEED & RESPONSIVENESS||Fast AF with no shutter lag||13/15|