With the upcoming launch of Lenovo’s Vibe S1 we decided to put the S1’s camera through its paces and see what the camera on this mid-ranger is capable of and whether it is worth your money.

Lenovo Vibe S1 Pictures

Camera Hardware

Let’s start with the on-paper hardware- the Vibe S1 has a 13 MP primary camera that can shoot 4128 x 3096 pixel pictures. The camera is also equipped with phase detection autofocus and a dual-tone LED flash. The marquee feature in the camera story is the front facing camera(s). The Vibe S1 house two front facing cameras(and 8 MP and another 2 MP) that help capture details of the subject better than a single shooter since the secondary(2 MP) camera allows the phone to focus precisely on the subject. While the 8 MP sensor focuses on the subject, the second camera, capable of variable focus,  captures objects around the subject to accurately judge the depth of field resulting in a sharper picture.

Camera Software


The camera software is fairly straightforward on the Vibe S1. Menus are neatly tucked away in easily accessible and understandable icons. The UI carries a neutral hue to the elements. A nifty addition in the selfie mode is that the phone allows you to switch between a standard selfie mode and a mode that allows you to add effects to your selfie. These effects include blurring the background in an image(to give the illusion of a clearer view of the subject) or simply create a cut-out of the subject and superimpose it on another image.

Camera Samples

Camera Performance

The Vibe S1’s camera performed well in the sample images we shot and can easily pass off as a well-rounded performer for its class. Colour reproduction was accurate on both cameras and the camera never struggled to attain a sharp focus. The front facing camera performed exceptionally well by capturing copious amounts of light and capturing the subject’s features appropriately. The added blur and cut-out features work on-point but its use after the initial hustle settles is questionable.


We think the Lenovo Vibe S1 is a great performer for its price-range and you can undoubtedly not go wrong with the cameras on this phone. If cameras mean a great deal to you on a smartphone, the Vibe S1 is sure not to disappoint you.

Key SpecsLenovo Vibe S1
Display5 inches
Screen ResolutionFHD (1920 x 1080)
Operating SystemAndroid Lollipop 5.0
Processor 1.7 GHz Qcta-Core
ChipsetMediatek MT6752
Memory3 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 32 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, upto 128 GB via microSD
Primary Camera13 MP with dual LED flash
Secondary Camera8 MP and 2 MP
Battery 2500 mAh
Fingerprint SensorNo
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual Hybrid SIM
Weight137 gms
Price INR 15,999


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