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Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G Camera review: Great all-rounder with solid video experience

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The Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G marks the top of the line in the Chinese manufacturer’s X60 flagship smartphone line. Specifications include a 6.56-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 120 Hz refresh rate, the latest Snapdragon 888 chipset with 12 GB + 3 GB virtual RAM, and a 4200 mAh battery with fast 55W wired charging.

The camera has been co-engineered with the legendary optics company Zeiss and packs four sensors on the rear, including a 50 MP main camera, a 48 MP ultra-wide, and two tele-lens modules. The tele options include a 50 mm-equivalent portrait lens and a 125 mm-equivalent periscope-style lens for longer zoom shots.

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 50 MP 1/1.3-inch GN1 sensor, 23 mm-equivalent f/1.57-aperture lens
  • Ultra-wide: 48 MP ultra-wide gimbal camera; 114° field-of-view, 14 mm-equivalent f/2.2-aperture lens
  • Tele 1: 32 MP sensor, 50 mm-equivalent f/2.08 lens
  • Tele 2: 8 MP sensor, 125 mm-equivalent f/3.4-aperture lens
  • 4320p/30 fps, 2160p/60 fps, 1080p/60 fps video
  • VIS 5-axis video stabilization, HDR 10+ video recording

About DXOMARK Camera tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone camera reviews, DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate over 3000 test images and more than 2.5 hours of video both in controlled lab environments and in natural indoor and outdoor scenes, using the camera’s default settings. This article is designed to highlight the most important results of our testing. For more information about the DXOMARK Camera test protocol, click here. More details on how we score smartphone cameras are available here.

Test summary


Vivo X60 Pro+
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131
photo
84
zoom
110
video

Pros

  • Good detail in photos and videos
  • Wide dynamic range in most photos
  • Accurate white balance in most photos and videos
  • Video target exposure mostly accurate
  • Well-controlled artifacts and very little corner softness on ultra-wide camera

Cons

  • Exposure instabilities in photo and video mode
  • Visible noise in many photos and videos
  • Some autofocus failures, especially in low-light photos
  • Multiple artifacts visible in photos and videos

With an overall score of 128, the Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G just makes it into the current top ten in our DXOMARK Camera ranking, only a few points behind such heavy hitters as the Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ at 139 and Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra at 133.

The Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G delivers accurate exposures with wide dynamic range, neutral white balance, and pleasant color rendering in many images.

The Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G camera captures excellent pictures in a wide range of lighting conditions; good exposure, wide dynamic range, accurate white balance, and high detail are all note-worthy attributes. Its Photo score of 131 is very good, but some problems with exposure instability, visible noise, and autofocus failures prevented it from scoring higher.

In the Zoom department, the dual tele-modules (together with an ultra-wide) ensured that the Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G achieved a solid 84. While tele-lens shots are very acceptable at all distances, the X60 Pro+ 5G’s tele score of 107 isn’t quite as good as previous dual-telephoto lens devices we’ve tested, such as the Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ and the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, due to a lack of detail at long range as well as quite significant autofocus and exposure instabilities.

The Photo and Zoom issues mentioned above also prevented the Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G from scoring higher than its predecessor, the Vivo X50 Pro+.

With a Video score of 110, the device offers a very good experience when shooting movies. Great detail in outdoor and indoor movies and nice color rendering with accurate white balance ensures that most videos really pop. Noise gets a little high in low-light conditions, but if you seek out some fairly decent lighting, you’ll be impressed with the Vivo’s video capabilities.

Below you can find a detailed analysis and image samples for all Photo, Zoom, and Video sub-attributes, as well as comparisons with two of the Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G’s competitors, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ and the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra.

Photo

The Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G achieves a Photo score of 131. In this section, we take a closer look at each sub-attribute and compare image quality against competitors.

Exposure and Contrast

Vivo X60 Pro+

105

111

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (111)

In these tests we analyze target exposure, contrast, and dynamic range, including repeatability across a series of images. Tests are undertaken in a wide range of light conditions, including backlit scenes and low light down to 1 lux. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G’s exposure performance in a backlit indoor scene compared to the competition.

Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, highlights and shadows both well exposed
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, highlight clipping in the background
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, highlight clipping in the background

Color

Vivo X60 Pro+

101

106

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (106)

In these tests we analyze color rendering, skin tones, white balance, and color shading, including repeatability across a series of images. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G’s color performance in low light compared to the competition.

Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, accurate white balance and skin tones
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, accurate white balance and skin tones
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, slightly inaccurate color rendering

Autofocus

Vivo X60 Pro+

84

109

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (109)

In these tests we analyze autofocus accuracy and shooting time, including repeatability, in the lab. We test focus failures, depth of field, and tracking of moving subjects using perceptual analysis of real-life images.

This graph shows the Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G’s autofocus performance when handheld in the lab at a light level of 20 lux.

Autofocus performance handheld in low-light (20 lux) conditions: the Vivo device has slower focusing time than its competitors, along with variations in focusing speeds and some inaccuracies.

Texture

Vivo X60 Pro+

101

111

Xiaomi Mi 11
Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 (111)

In these tests we analyze texture on faces and objects, including objects in motion, in a range of light conditions, using several lab test setups and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G’s texture performance in outdoor light compared to the competition.

Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, outdoor scene
Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, crop: well-preserved detail
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, outdoor scene
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, crop: slightly better detail
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, outdoor scene
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, crop: slightly better detail

Noise

Vivo X60 Pro+

82

99

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (99)

In these tests we analyze noise on faces and objects, including objects in motion, in a range of light conditions, using several lab test setups and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G’s noise performance in low light compared to the competition.

Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, low light noise
Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, noticeable noise
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, low light noise
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, very low noise levels
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, low light noise
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, slightly lower noise than Vivo

Bokeh

Vivo X60 Pro+

70

80

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (80)

For these tests we switch to the camera’s bokeh or portrait mode and analyze depth estimation, bokeh shape, blur gradient, and repeatability, as well as all other general image quality attributes mentioned above. The score is derived from perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G’s bokeh simulation in daylight compared to the competition.

Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, good depth estimation but abrupt blur transition
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, some depth estimation errors, smooth blur transition
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, some depth estimation errors, smooth blur transition

Night

Vivo X60 Pro+

67

82

Huawei Mate 40 Pro+
Best: Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ (82)

In these tests we shoot a selection of images in pitch-black darkness as well as with city lights in the background providing some illumination. We shoot sample images with the camera at default settings in both flash-auto and flash-off modes. We analyze all image quality attributes but we pay particular attention to exposure, autofocus, and color. We do not test night modes that have to be activated manually.

These samples show the Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G’s night performance in flash-off mode compared to the competition.

Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, flash-off: good exposure with wide dynamic range and only a little visible noise
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, flash-off: slightly darker exposure, good dynamic range
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, flash-off: highlight clipping

Artifacts

Vivo X60 Pro+

62

75

Google Pixel 4
Best: Google Pixel 4 (75)

In these tests we check images for optical artifacts such as vignetting, flare, lens softness in the corner, distortion, and chromatic aberrations, as well as for processing artifacts such as ghosting and fusion errors, hue shift, and ringing.

This sample shows ringing, color fringing, and color quantization artifacts in an outdoor image.

Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, artifacts
Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, crop: ringing and color fringing

Preview

Vivo X60 Pro+

49

77

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (77)

In these tests we analyze the image quality of the preview image and the differences between preview images and captured images, particularly in terms of exposure, dynamic range, and bokeh effect. We also check the smoothness of the field-of-view changes on the preview image when zooming with both buttons or when using the pinch-zoom gesture.

These samples show the Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G’s preview performance in an indoor setting.

Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, preview: bokeh effect not activated
Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, capture: the effect is rendered on the final image

Zoom

The Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G achieves a Zoom score of 84. The Zoom score includes the tele and wide sub-scores. In this section, we take a closer look at how these sub-scores were achieved and compare zoom image quality against competitors.

Wide

Vivo X60 Pro+

50

57

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (57)

In these tests we analyze the performance of the ultra-wide camera at several focal lengths from 12 to 20 mm. We look at all image quality attributes, but we pay particular attention to such artifacts as chromatic aberrations, lens softness, and distortion.

These samples show the performance of the Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G’s ultra-wide camera in daylight conditions compared to the competition.

Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, ultra-wide: good detail with color fringing visible
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, ultra-wide: better detail, some fringing
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, ultra-wide: better detail, no fringing

Tele

Vivo X60 Pro+

107

140

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (140)

In these tests we analyze all image quality attributes at focal lengths from approximately 40 to 300 mm, paying particular attention to texture and detail. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Vivo X60 Pro+ 5’’s and its competitors’ tele performance at a long-range zoom setting.

Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, long-range zoom
Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, crop: good exposure and dynamic range, but detail is low
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, long-range zoom
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, crop: slight underexposure but better detail
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, long-range zoom
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, crop: good subject exposure and detail, highlight clipping in the background

Video

The Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G achieves a Video score of 110. A device’s overall Video score is derived from its performance and results across a range of attributes in the same way as the Photo score. In this section, we take a closer look at these sub-scores and compare video image quality against competitors.

In our Video tests we analyze the same image quality attributes as for still images, such as exposure, color, texture or noise, but we also include such temporal aspects as speed, and smoothness and stability of exposure, white balance and autofocus transitions.

NOTE: The sample video clips in this section are best viewed at 4K resolution

Exposure and Contrast

Vivo X60 Pro+

90

103

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (103)

These video stills show the Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G’s video exposure in low light compared to the competition.

Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, accurate target exposure in low light
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, underexposure on subject
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, underexposure on subject

Color

Vivo X60 Pro+

101

105

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (105)

These video stills show the Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G’s video color in outdoor light compared to the competition.

Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G video, fairly accurate white balance
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ video, fairly accurate white balance
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra video, slight pink cast

Autofocus

Vivo X60 Pro+

89

108

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (108)

These sample clips show the Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G’s video autofocus performance indoors compared to the competition.

Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G video, focus on background
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ video, good focus on subject
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra video, focus on background

Texture

Vivo X60 Pro+

90

97

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (97)

These sample clips show the Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G’s texture performance in indoor conditions compared to the competition.

Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G video, good detail
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ video, loss of fine detail
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra video, good detail

Noise

Vivo X60 Pro+

87

105

Huawei Mate 40 Pro
Best: Huawei Mate 40 Pro (105)

This graph shows the Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G’s video spatial noise performance under different lighting conditions in the lab compared to the competition.

Video spatial noise comparison: noise is visible in low light

Artifacts

Vivo X60 Pro+

81

94

Oppo Find X2 Pro
Best: Oppo Find X2 Pro (94)

For video artifacts, we check for the same kinds of artifacts mentioned in the Photo section, along with such video-specific artifacts as frame rate variation in different light conditions, judder effect, and moving artifacts (artifacts such as aliasing, color quantization, and flare can often be more intrusive when moving than in a still image).

This video shows a hue shift near saturation in the background.

Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G video, hue shift artifacts in the background (close to clipped areas around the lamp)

Stabilization

Vivo X60 Pro+

101

102

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (102)

In these tests we analyze residual motion when handholding the camera during recording, as well as when walking and running with the camera. We also look for stabilization artifacts such as jello effect, sharpness differences between frames, and frame shift (abrupt changes of framing).

This sample clip shows the Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G’s video stabilization in outdoor conditions compared to the competition.

Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G video, effective stabilization with little residual motion
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ video, some residual motion

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra video, some residual motion


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