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Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos) Camera review: Good photos outdoors and indoors

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The Vivo’s X60 Pro 5G with Exynos 1080 chipset is a model exclusively for the Chinese market and differs from the Snapdragon-powered international version not only in terms of chipset but also in the camera, as Chinese consumers get a dual-tele setup instead of a single tele.

Basic specs include a 6.56-inch 120 Hz AMOLED display, a 4200 mAh battery with fast 33W charging, and 256 GB storage with 12 GB RAM. Like the X60 Pro+ variant, the X60 Pro 5G (Exynos) is quad-camera device, with dual tele-lenses and an ultra-wide complementing the main camera. Sensor and lens specs differ between the two models, however. That, combined with the change in chipset and image processing pipeline, should make for an interesting comparison between the two devices.

Let’s find out where the Vivo X60 Pro 5G ranks in our database of smartphone image quality.

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 48 MP 1/2.0-inch sensor with 0.8µm pixels, 26 mm-equivalent f/1.5-aperture lens, PDAF, OIS
  • Ultra-wide: 13 MP sensor, 120° field of view, 16 mm-equivalent f/2.2-aperture lens
  • Tele 1: 13 MP 1/2.8-inch sensor with 0.8µm pixels, 50 mm-equivalent f/2.5 lens (2x optical), PDAF
  • Tele 2: 8 MP 1/4-inch sensor, periscope-style 125 mm-equivalent f/3.4-aperture lens (5x optical), PDAF, OIS
  • 2160p/30 fps, 1080p/60 fps video with gyro-EIS

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 5G (Exynos)
118
camera
123
photo
72
zoom
100
video

Pros

  • Pleasant color with accurate white balance and pleasant skin tones in most photos and videos
  • Accurate exposure with wide dynamic range in outdoor and indoor photos and videos
  • Well-controlled noise in outdoor and indoor photos
  • Good detail in long-range zoom photos

Cons

  • Generally slow autofocus for photos, some failures in low light
  • Visible autofocus instabilities when shooting videos
  • Low level of detail in all photos
  • Noise is visible in low-light photos
  • Low detail in close- and medium-range zoom photos
  • Video exposure instabilities, especially indoors and in low light
  • Ineffective video stabilization, residual motion, and frame shifts

With an overall score of 118, the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos) falls just outside the top 20 among all smartphones we’ve tested, but ranks in 7th place for Premium devices in the DXOMARK Camera database. By comparison, the Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G currently ranks 11th overall at 128.

The Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos) generally delivers good white balance with pleasant skin tones, accurate target exposures, and wide dynamic range when shooting outdoor and indoor scenes. This image also shows some mild flare.

The Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos) camera captures excellent pictures in both outdoor and indoor conditions, with generally good HDR rendering and nice colors. Its Photo score puts it in the top ten for the Premium segment, but some weaknesses in low-light conditions especially prevented it from scoring higher.

In the Zoom department, the dual tele-modules (together with an ultra-wide) help the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos) reach a score of 72. This is a good score for the Premium segment, but fairly low detail in ultra-wide and close-range zoom shots were evident in our testing. Detail is better at longer focal lengths, and overall the Vivo X60 Pro 5G is a favorable option for tele shots compared to other Premium options that don’t feature a tele lens, such as the Xiaomi Mi 11.

With a Video score of 100, the device is some ways behind similarly priced smartphones, dropping to 11th place in our Premium segment ranking. Generally, pleasant color rendering with nice skin tones and high levels of detail when shooting movies in good lighting conditions are the Vivo X60 Pro 5G’s main strengths. Video exposure and autofocus instabilities, as well as ineffective stabilization and fairly high noise hold the device back, however.

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

Photo

The Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos) achieves a Photo score of 123. In this section, we take a closer look at each sub-attribute and compare image quality against competitors.

Exposure and Contrast

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)

101

109

Huawei Mate 40 Pro+
Best: Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ (109)

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 (Exynos)’s exposure performance in a backlit outdoor scene.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos), accurate target exposure with wide dynamic range; instabilities can occur, however.
Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, accurate target exposure with wide dynamic range
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, accurate target exposure with wide dynamic range

Color

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)

100

105

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

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 (Exynos)’s color performance in an indoor scene.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos), nice color rendering, natural skin tones, good white balance
Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, nice color rendering, natural skin tones, good white balance
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, nice color rendering, natural skin tones, good white balance

Autofocus

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)

74

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 (Exynos)’s autofocus performance when handheld in the lab at a light level of 1000 lux.

Autofocus performance handheld in bright light (1000 lux): The Vivo X60 Pro 5G’s (Exynos) autofocus is generally accurate but with slightly slow and inconsistent capture times.

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

Autofocus performance handheld in low light (5 lux): The difference to the comparison devices is more evident in low light, with slower capture times and lower autofocus accuracy.

Texture

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)

93

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.

This graph shows the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)’s texture performance from the DXOMARK Camera test chart shot in the lab under different lighting conditions.

Detail preservation is lower in all lighting conditions on the Vivo X60 Pro 5G compared to our reference devices.

Noise

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)

78

99

Huawei P40 Pro
Best: Huawei P40 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.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos), low-light noise
Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos), crop: visible luminance and chromatic noise
Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, low-light noise
Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, crop: lower noise
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, low-light noise
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, crop: lower noise

Bokeh

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)

65

75

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (75)

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 (Exynos)’s bokeh simulation in an indoor scene.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos), depth estimation errors are often visible.
Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, depth estimation is slightly improved.
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, good depth estimation

Night

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)

60

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 (Exynos)’s night performance in flash-off mode.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos), flash-off: accurate target exposure with low detail and few artifacts
Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, flash-off: better detail
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, flash-off: better detail

Artifacts

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)

63

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 ghosting artifacts in an outdoor image.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos), artifacts
Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos), crop: ghosting is visible in some challenging HDR scenes

Preview

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)

47

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 (Exynos)’s preview performance in an outdoor setting using portrait mode.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos), preview: preview in bokeh mode
Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos), capture: noticeable differences in exposure and bokeh effect

Zoom

The Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos) achieves a Zoom score of 72. 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 5G (Exynos)

41

54

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (54)

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 (Exynos)’s ultra-wide camera in daylight conditions.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos), ultra-wide
Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos), crop: fringing and low levels of detail
Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, ultra-wide
Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, crop: well-controlled color fringing around edges
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, ultra-wide
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, crop: well-controlled color fringing around edges

Tele

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)

93

133

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra
Best: Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra (133)

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 5G (Exynos)’s tele performance at a medium-range zoom setting.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos), medium-range zoom
Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos), crop: poor HDR, acceptable detail
Vivo X60 Pro+, medium-range zoom
Vivo X60 Pro+, crop: improved exposure and detail
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, long-range zoom
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, crop: low target exposure, good detail

Video

The Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos) achieves a Video score of 100. 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 5G (Exynos)

90

103

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (103)

These video stills show the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)’s video exposure in an indoor setting.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos), visible exposure instabilities
Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, more stable exposure
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, more stable exposure

Color

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)

96

105

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

These video stills show the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)’s video color under indoor lighting.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos), video still: pleasant color rendering and skin tones
Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G, video still: pleasant color
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, video still: pleasant color

Autofocus

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)

71

105

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

These sample clips show the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)’s video autofocus performance outdoors.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos) video: focus instabilities often occur
Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G video: accurate focus on subject
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ video: accurate focus on subject

Texture

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)

77

97

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

This graph shows the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)’s video texture performance under different light levels in the lab.

Fairly high levels of detail in lab measurements, but the texture score is negatively impacted by scene integrity artifacts (moving textures) and focus issues in real-life scenes.

Noise

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)

81

105

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

This graph shows the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)’s video temporal noise performance under different light levels in the lab.

Video temporal noise comparison (higher value means more noise): higher levels of noise compared to our reference devices

Artifacts

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)

74

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 graph shows the ringing artifact profile for the Vivo X60 Pro 5G.

Ringing artifacts are visible when capturing video in bright light conditions.

Stabilization

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)

87

102

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

These sample clips show the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)’s video stabilization in outdoor conditions.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos) video: ineffective stabilization with jello artifacts visible
Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G video: effective stabilization, well-controlled artifacts

Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ video: effective stabilization, well-controlled artifacts

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