Vivo X60 Pro+ Camera Review: The Strength and Weakness

Vivo X60 Pro+ Camera Review

Following the official launch of the Vivo X60 series on December 29th last year, the X60 Pro+, the oversized cup of the X60 series, was also officially unveiled on 21st January. As an imaging flagship that also focuses on imaging quality, the Vivo X60 Pro+ has an all-around improvement over the X60 and X60 Pro. In terms of processor, X60 Pro+ is the first in the world to be equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip with a 5nm process, which is a breakthrough and comprehensive improvement in performance, 5G, photography, AI, and gaming. Today we brought Vivo X60 Pro+ camera review: pross and cons.

Vivo X60 Pro+ Official Trailer


As a professional imaging flagship, X60 Pro+ is still equipped with Vivo Zeiss joint imaging system, the imaging standard meets the stringent optical standards of Zeiss, the dual main photography image system takes into account the large base and the second generation of the micro cloud platform, night shooting, and stability at the same time.

Meanwhile, with its outstanding optical imaging quality, the Vivo X60 Pro+ will be showcased at the Zeiss Optical Museum in Germany, alongside 175 years of the world’s finest optical technology, instruments, and equipment, for every visitor to the Zeiss Optical Museum to learn more about the history and mysteries of optics and the changes it has brought to our lives. In the more than 100 years of its existence, the Zeiss Museum of Optics showcases the revolutionary milestones achieved by Zeiss through outstanding research during the 800 years of human exploration in the field of optics.

In the Zeiss Museum of Optics, users will see for themselves the microscopes used by Nobel laureates for their research, stories about Zeiss and smartphone photography, the cameras used by Hollywood filmmakers, and the stories behind the world’s great photographs. In addition to this, there are, for example, telescopes and microscopes from the 17th century, the glasses of the Austrian emperor, and the latest smartphone microchips made with Zeiss technology.

Ultra-sensitive and ultra-clear dual master photography image system; Big bottom sensor and micro cloud stage at the same time.

Full of power, Vivo X60 Pro+ Camera gives you great image satisfaction; the dual main camera is so bold and good, you must try it!

First, let’s take a look at the Vivo X60 Pro+ Camera Specifications

Compared to the previous generation of Vivo’s imaging flagship X50 Pro+, the most critical hardware upgrade of the X60 Pro+ is of course that ultra wide-angle camera, which has been upgraded in a big leap from the previous 13-megapixel S5K3L6 to Vivo’s second-generation 48-megapixel micro cloud stage with 2.5cm super macro capability – knowing that on the X60 and X60 Pro, this is their main camera.

This change should confirm the possibility that multiple primes may be adopted by more and more flagship models after the gain of the oversized sensor decreases significantly, and this makes the rear module of the Vivo X60 Pro+ look exceptionally vibrant: the GN1 primes are already large, and the micro cloud table is even more so, and with the second generation cloud stage design, it really sells itself, especially with the large volume of the micro cloud table hovering at the top of the module, which is so recognizable.

Although wide-angle ultra-wide-angle dual main camera configuration has been used before models, such as Huawei Mate and P series, OPPO Find X2 Pro, and a plus 8 Pro, all using this approach, but the X60 Pro+ at once on the second generation of micro cloud table move, no less than the weight of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ on that free-form film lens, and the latter’s ultra-wide-angle equivalent focal length also 14mm, compared to the X60 Pro+ 14mm no less.

Another change is in the 5x periscope telephoto. From the 13-megapixel Samsung S5K3M5 on the X50 Pro+, it changed to the 8-megapixel OmniVision OV08A10, and the aperture value was reduced from f/3.0 to f/3.4, the same as its own little brother, the X60 Pro. This is a downgrade in terms of parameters, but in real-world photography, this telephoto head can bring another small surprise, which is left for the sample session later. 32MP portrait camera is not much change is unexpected, after all, since it first appeared on the Vivo X30 series at the end of 2019, after more than a year, it has become almost the most well-tuned and iconic lens of Vivo.

But the biggest difference is the red “T” logo, the presence of which means that the imaging system uses one of the most core technologies of Vivo’s imaging partner Zeiss. The T coating, which appeared in 1935 and the T multilayer coating process in 1972, is the secret of Zeiss optical products, where the T* multilayer coating is one of the top three lens coating technologies recognized by the industry, which can play an important role in providing light transmission of the lens, forming a unique imaging style of the lens, and suppressing lens reflection glare ghosting.

However, the Zeiss T* coating on traditional glass lenses uses a high-temperature vacuum vapor deposition process, and the high-temperature environment in which it works is beyond the capability of the resin lenses widely used in cell phones. Therefore, Vivo and Zeiss jointly developed a new ALD coating process using spin coating, which eventually achieved the effect and standard of Zeiss T* coating. For this purpose, both parties also carried out the development of new coating equipment.

The last thing to mention is the platform used in the Vivo X60 Pro+ – Qualcomm’s annual flagship Snapdragon 888, which makes the X60 Pro+’s imaging flagship status more worthy of its name. The Snapdragon 888’s powerful tri-core ISP and AI Engine 6.0 give the X60 Pro+’s imaging system a strong arithmetic guarantee. However, computational photography can be endlessly demanding in terms of arithmetic power. During real-world photography, the X60 Pro+ presents an obvious arithmetic process when imaging complex scenes, especially with light and shadow clutter, but the final imaging performance and image quality can be satisfactory.

Vivo X60 Pro+ Camera Review: Great Image Satisfaction

Well, the parameter discussion session is over, let’s take a look at the actual camera samples of Vivo X60 Pro+. Unfortunately, the weather in the location has been very bad lately, so outdoor shooting is impossible. But no matter, indoor shooting will be a test for the phone’s ability to image in dark light, metering, and white balance judgment in a complex light. (Note: All photos in this article are straight out, no adjustments were made).

The X60 Pro+’s color reproduction is very accurate under complex indoor lighting, and the highlight overflow is very well suppressed under such a large light ratio. What’s more, the image quality is equally robust at both wide and ultra-wide angles, and there is no visually detectable degradation of image quality when switching to ultra-wide as there has been in the past – the dual primes are quite capable of doing just that.

The X60 Pro+’s tolerance performance is also reassuring. Although Vivo has a pretty impressive SuperHDR backlighting algorithm, the SuperHDR under the auto setting is not activated in the second staircase kind of scene, but the whole photo ends up restoring the scene faithfully.

The most enjoyable aspect of the X60 Pro+ is the color. When the first photo was taken outside was presented on the phone screen, the rich but not overly exaggerated color palette was quite pleasing, and I was a bit surprised. And this performance is the whole process, for example, the red gear, red iron gate photo is I intentionally shot, because the bright color toward the tuning of the model when shooting this kind of theme, easy to appear color overflow, but these two photos of the red part of the details are all retained.

It was explained at the press conference that this color tuning is called “Memory Color” and is a result of a full understanding of consumer preferences, which is why it is so appealing to people – not excluding the fact that some people may find it too bright, which is similar to the sound quality of headphones, subjective opinions that cannot be absolutely unified.

Another tuning of Vivo X60 Pro+, which may not be clearly perceived by ordinary consumers, but which will make photography veterans applaud, is the sense of oiliness of the image, which is the “German taste” that many people hang on the mouth. For example, the paint on the iron railing, the light, and shadow of beer bottle caps and glass bottles, the metal parts and reflective positions in the cab of motorcycles and tractors, their light and shadow texture are particularly oily, rich in detail, and natural transition, which is inseparable from the powerful noise reduction capability of the phone itself. If the noise reduction algorithm smears too much, it will make these transitions become blurred and lose sharpness.

The “Liu Wen filter” and “Xiao Quan filter” are already signature features of Vivo’s cell phone imaging system, and they work very well. In the photo of the machine, the physical bokeh advantage of the 1/1.3-inch large base is fully reflected.

Of course, the large base + imaging style tuning + close up shooting is a natural advantage in magnifying the allure of food, and the foreground-background bokeh + large base focal plane is very evident in this photo.

The X60 Pro+’s macro is also surprising and interesting. The first photo marked “190” was taken with the phone’s macro mode, while the next two photos were taken with the phone’s 5x periscope telephoto. This time, the 48-megapixel IMX598 super-wide-angle module is in charge of the imaging, but it maintains the 5x telephoto view, giving the impression of a closer shot and a more “hundred micro” feeling. This IMX598 upgrade at the ultra-wide end brings great benefits to the entire imaging system, not just for ultra-wide angle shooting.

Of course, the Vivo X60 Pro+ imaging system still has a weakness:

5x telephoto, my experience is mainly in the color performance, compared to the other three lenses is obviously a little lighter, the image quality also has a significant gap, aperture small, low pixel shortage is obvious, but the focus and other aspects of the performance is no problem. It’s just that according to many surveys of cell phone manufacturers’ user habits, the percentage of super-telephoto use is in the single digits, so it’s understandable that the X60 series is making such considerations on this module.

At the end

The imaging hardware of the Vivo X60 Pro+ can be said to be stacked to the limit, but what is more crucial than the hardware is the algorithm tuning, and the cooperation with Zeiss, the improvement of the lens quality makes the image quality also benefit a lot. This time Vivo finally gave the X60 Pro+ a Z-axis linear motor, ending the history of the X series that is always “buzzing”. It is not easy. Think about it again, with this kind of hardware, it can still maintain a weight of about 190 grams. The problem of a single speaker should be acceptable.

Source: Xinchao Electronics Xu Lin, Featured Image: Those things in the machine circle

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