Blackview OSCAL S60 Pro Got Upgraded with an IR Night Vision Camera
As an up-and-coming tech brand committed to trend-setting mainstream and rugged smartphones, OSCAL has never let its buyers down, instead kept surprising everyone each time it introduces a new handset and this time too with the S60 Pro with an IR night vision camera, only this one not a new handset but an upgraded version of its previous standard rugged phone, the S60 Pro. Joined by the night vision camera, S60 Pro will only become more ideal for rugged phone lovers who know only too well how supportive a night vision camera can be in different outdoor scenarios at night.
But with only the night vision camera, S60 Pro may feel a bit unconfident to compete in the crowded and cut-throat rugged segment. Luckily, the S60 Pro camera module is packed with more outstanding features. Those, together with the night vision camera are quite worth a look. So this article will mainly focus on the camera side of S60 Pro and here are what have been observed.
8MP IR Night Vision Rear Camera
According to OSCAL Europe marketing director, the upgraded S60 Pro boasts an 8MP rear night vision camera (Sony® IMX219) relying on two IR emitters. Like most night vision cameras, this one is going to aid users in seeing things clearly at night in low-lit environments or even complete darkness like in daytime, only everything being black and white in the camera frame. For those who clock out late at night, they may need the night vision camera to help them detect any possible danger on their way home, like stalkers, rogues or obstacles which they could trip on especially in a dark alley. While for outdoor adventurers, the night vision allows them to observe wildlife without turning on a flashlight to scare it off. Also, they can rely on S60 Pro to find their lost teammates or find the way back to the campsite. When it comes to use indoors, S60 Pro is just as versatile as outdoors. When one wants to find hiding pets, lost keys under the bed, or hidden pinhole cameras in a hotel, S60 Pro will only do the top job.
8MP Front Camera : Beauty Mode + Mono Mode
S60 Pro is shipped with an 8MP front camera with a Sony® IMX219 sensor featuring f2.4 aperture. Photos clicked by the 8MP camera during the day comes out sharp and crisp with ample of details and excellent dynamic range. Even under challenging low-lit scenarios, it manages to capture more light than ordinary mid-range rugged phones, producing images with decent saturation and little noise. When speaking of a front camera, many care about how well this 8 MP camera can do in selfies. To put it fairly, it outshines most of its competitors, delivering portraits with consistent skin tone and accurate color rendition. By the way, there is the Beauty Mode with which you can do pretty interesting things to your selfie like enlarging eyes, whitening skin or slimming face. Also there is the Mono Mode that allows you to share creative snapshots of ultimate black and white to social media.
13 MP Rear Camera: Pro Mode+Autofocus
Backed by a Sony® IMX258 sensor, S60 Pro’s 13MP rear camera features f2.0 aperture. Pictures from this camera are fairly bright and vivid with on-point details, particularly in well-lit scenarios, and are high-res enough to be cropped down if necessary too. Another highlight of the 13 MP camera is its autofocus that enables users to produce snapshots that accentuate the important object and slightly blur the rest. Furthermore, even at 3x optical zoom, images still retain color, sharpness and depth. But in the case of 4x, photos can look a little unsatisfactory.
For professional photographers or shutterbugs, they may not be satisfied with only the default settings of the 13 MP camera. If so, just toggle on the Pro Mode, with which users are allowed to adjust the white balance, ISO, exposure compensation, focus or shutter speed as they prefer. For example, one can change the point of focus at will if what autofocus offers is not ideal enough. Tuning those camera settings, one can spice up routine life with interesting snapshots. For instance, one can set the camera with a slow 30 second shutter speed to shoot a photograph of the car light trails image and share it to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to showcase your creative photography skill.
As for video recording, both cameras support HD (1280×720) and FHD (1920×1080) videos. The video quality is fairly zingy, delivering color matching real-world subjects. The two cameras are able to hold their own for low-light video-shooting, particularly with steady hands.
Compared with cameras of common mid-range rugged smartphones, OSCAL S60 Pro stands up solidly against the latest offerings from other brands, especially when its price point is taken into account. If the OSCAL S60 Pro with night vision camera is eventually sold at its rumored price, 109$, then it would never be too exaggerated to say the smartphone is too-good-to-miss, which is even more obvious if one compares S60 Pro with other night-vision mid-rangers that will cost at least about 200$. More importantly, it is said that there are chances to get extra perks on the first day of its launch. Those who are interested can now visit the OSCAL official website to learn more information.
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