At the rear, this V23 opts for a configuration that is now quite common. So we are entitled to a wide angle of 64 Mpx whose lens opens at f/1.9, an ultra wide angle of 8 Mpx (f/2.2) and a macroscopic sensor of 2 Mpx (f/2.4).
A set similar to that of the recent Oppo Find X5 Lite, which is equipped with quite similar sensors.
Main module: 64 megapixels, f/1.9, eq. 24mm
The 64 Mpx module uses the technology of the pixel binding, which can merge pixels (here by four) to capture more light and provide greater sharpness. The phone therefore supplies snapshots in 16 megapixels by default.
The two smartphones opt for a rather different treatment. The V23 accentuates the contrast to deliver a clearly legible scene (see map). But we lose precision against the Find X5 Lite, which offers more detail and a slightly more saturated overall colorimetry, which flatters the eye. The patterns are clearly visible on the two shots, but the Vivo’s lacks a bit of sharpness. On the other hand, it does well on the edge, which is not visible in this part of the photo.
At night the situation is quite similar. This V23 transcribes the scene quite well, but the Find X5 Lite offers a little more detail (see the two portraits) and slightly brighter colors. The exposure is also better managed and the patterns slightly sharper. However, the difference is not clear.
64 MP mode
It is possible to force full definition in the settings. As usual, we isolated an area of the same size on each of the shots. You can see the difference in definition.
In good conditions, the full-definition display is interesting and you can enjoy a sharper and more detailed image. In the dark, on the other hand, the result is much less convincing than with the pixel binding activated. The sharpness is much less than in the standard mode. As you will understand, we recommend this mode during the day, even if the recordings inevitably weigh more heavily on the (generous) storage of this V23.
Ultra wide-angle module: 8 megapixels, f/2.2, eq. 16mm
At first glance it is clear that this second sensor does not have the same ambitions. In fact it is very disappointing. A hazy haze fell over the scene and the level of detail dropped sharply. We can still distinguish the main elements, but the algorithm fails to force the contrast to bring out each object more clearly and make the whole thing really usable. In addition, the distortion on the edge areas of the image is very pronounced. The Find X5 Lite is far from excelling in exercise, but the results are still more readable.
Few smartphones master this exercise at night. Unsurprisingly, this V23 struggles and the low exposure prevents it from recovering enough detail. The result is final.
Front and video module
The V23’s main sensor allows shooting in 4K and Full HD at 30 fps. The result is quite good and benefits from a natural finish. There are always some issues with highlights management, but this is often the case in this price segment. Electronic stabilization is quite effective on both modules.
This Vivo V23 stands out for the presence of a dual photo sensor on the front. There is a 50 Mpx main module coupled with an 8 Mpx ultra wide angle. As with the previous version, they are assisted by two LED spots in the upper part of the screen. These make it possible to capture superior quality selfies in any situation. We decided to run them through our test scene in a special lab article.