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Vivo V9 Camera Review: Best selfie smartphone?

The Vivo V9 was released recently in India as a selfie-centric smartphone which comes with a 24MP front-facing camera. The Vivo V9 sports a dual camera setup at the back and the fingerprint sensor is also at the back because it has an almost bezel-less design on the front. The smartphone is focused on the selfie camera and Vivo has used AI to enhance the pictures.

Here, we are testing the camera of the Vivo V9 to find out if the smartphone is worth the money.

Vivo V9 Camera Specifications

The Vivo V9 comes with a dual camera setup at the rear which consists of a 16MP primary sensor and a 5MP secondary sensor. The primary sensor has a f/2.0 aperture size and dual LED flash. The rear camera is capable of shooting 4K videos at 30 fps. The front-facing camera is a 24MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture and is capable of shooting 1080p videos.

Vivo V9

The camera app is quite simple and looks exactly similar to the basic camera app which Vivo uses in most of its smartphones, making it easier to focus on capturing photos. The app opens to the auto capture picture mode where all the options are visible and you can swipe to change the capture mode to video mode, face beauty and more. There is also a live photo mode which captures a little clip with the picture and a Portrait mode for Bokeh effect pictures.

Vivo V9 Camera Performance


Vivo V9 comes with an AI built into the system to help you to capture the best pictures, irrespective of how the lighting condition is. The V9 comes with lots of features in the camera app which you can switch according to the conditions. The rear camera takes good pictures in daylight with good contrast and colors.

Artificial and Low light

The pictures we took in low and artificial light also turned out good, the colors and the details turned into the same way as the pictures taken in daylight condition. The low and artificial light pictures show no visible grains and are similar to images which we took in some different lighting conditions.

Selfie performance

The Vivo V9 is a selfie-centric camera smartphone and comes with a 24MP front-facing shooter. While it lacks a front-facing LED flash because of the notch which Vivo has added, the device comes with a display flash feature. The front-facing camera captures some great selfies using different modes and AI technologies. The selfies are well lit and the background blurring works perfectly, you can see how Vivo’s AI tech helps to recognize the background from the subject to add a bokeh effect in the pictures.

The smartphone also has a Group Selfie mode which enables you to capture a wide selfie so everyone can fit into one selfie picture. The Group Selfie capture works kind of like the panorama mode but the picture shows no sticking mark, it looks like one wide picture with every friend in it.

As mentioned earlier, the Vivo V9 lacks a selfie flash but Vivo has added a display flash mechanism which allows the display to act as a flash when taking selfies in low light conditions. There are no visible grains in the selfies even when we disable the display flash. All in all, the AI technology shines through in this segment.


The Vivo V9 can capture 4K UHD videos using the rear camera but it lacks stabilization of any kind. The videos come out good when it comes to details but the autofocus in the camera is slow and it takes some time to focus and refocus at the subject near it when it is out of the viewfinder. The front-facing camera is capable of capturing 1080p videos with the same quality as the videos captured from the rear camera.


The Vivo V9 is a great smartphone especially if you are into taking selfies using your smartphone. The rear camera is also great but when it comes to details in the picture, there are lots of smartphones in the same price range which can capture images similar to the Vivo V9.

More specifically, the Vivo V9 managed to impress us in terms of both the selfie camera experience as well as the dual rear cameras. Vivo’s inclusion of AI technology for capturing great photos in any light condition is also a big plus point. Features like 4K video recording at 30fps, Portrait mode also make the rear camera one of the best in this price segment.

The front facing 24MP camera also helps the Vivo V9 in scoring more points in the camera department when compared to other phones in this price range. Features like Portrait mode, group selfies work really well regardless of the lighting conditions. The camera app is also very easy to use, allowing you to capture photos and videos in a breeze.

If you are looking for an excellent selfie camera experience, the Vivo V9 is one of the best options in the market right now, all things considered.


Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.