[highlight color=#336699 ]Camera[/highlight]
The ZTE Blade V7 Lite has the same 13 megapixel rear sensor found in its bigger brother, however it lacks phase detection autofocus. There’s also no optical image stabilisation, though shots don’t feel quite as shaky when compared to similar handsets. Focusing was generally really good, with even our macro shot pulling out a fair amount of detail.
Our test images showed a decent performer that managed to perform satisfactory under most conditions, though there was still a few areas that still could be improved. There’s plenty of colour and vibrancy in the images which helps them to look exciting, though it can border on overkill with subtle information lost as a result. Likewise, images with a stark contrast between light and dark also showed missing detail in the shadow areas.
It performed surprisingly well in our low-light shot, with the mascot coming through well. It was able to pick up a small amount of colour information and even some detail, though image noise and artefacts were clearly visible.
The 8 megapixel front camera sounds good on paper but unfortunately takes very washed out, dull images. While detail was generally okay, it made our faces look pretty unflattering and pale. The inclusion of a front lamp is something we always like to see, as it helps to illuminate video calls when things get a little dark.
The camera application on the ZTE Blade V7 Lite is very impressive, featuring a plethora of controls at your disposal ranging from ISO to white balance. All of these are neatly arranged along the bottom for easy access, which makes a nice change from other manufacturers who tend to hide them in busy menus. There’s also other controls for focus modes and grids, which will all appeal to the professional photographers out there.
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