London Fashion Week Photographer Kit- An Alcatel 3V review
London Fashion week AW19 was definitely…different. This season quite a lot of the on-schedule shows were at different venues rather than the main BFC space. I had to be very organised to balance show timings, submitting show pictures to my Editor at Vrai Magazine throughout the day, as well as upload to my own social channels. I worked! And I walked. My photography toolkit of course is my Canon camera ( I also tested the Sony A7 III but more on that later!) and various Canon lenses for the catwalks and presentations. This season I had the chance to use the Alcatel 3V phone, available from Carphone Warehouse. I was sent the handset for review and put some of the features to the test over the week.
I tend to Wi-Fi my footage from the camera directly to my phone using NFC, so the first thing I need to know for any phone is the storage, and the 16GB capacity is great for storing plenty of pictures and videos. The 12MP rear camera was pretty impressive, and images looked pin sharp on the 6-inch HD screen. Check out the Molly Goddard show (above) which was filmed solely on the Alcatel. Aside from the occasional jumpy auto-focus, the camera held up well, the finished video is such a high quality considering the price point. I didn’t get the chance to have a full play with the camera settings but looking forward to having a go with the night mode which allows for light painting, and portrait mode which has great depth of field ( lovely bokeh) with the f stop going as low as f.1.0
I appreciated the large screen when editing pictures on VSCO and I am an android girl so I am not used to Face Recognition to unlock the phone and a handy Fingerprint Scanner. I used this scanner more because it was quicker to unlock to film and post the finales, but please take into account, the message does alert that your fingerprint may be less secure than a strong pattern or pin. Overall the phone had a good battery life, made even better with the different battery saver power modes. It all comes down to what you need in a phone, this definitely ticks a lot of boxes, especially if you were in the market for an android phone that has more iPhone features, without the hefty price tag.