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The Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) is the global release of this device and differs from the China-only Exynos version not only in the chipset but also in the photography specifications, with only a single tele-lens included on the Snapdragon model versus two teles on the model for the Chinese market.

The handset features the Snapdragon 870 chipset with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage, runs Android 11, and boasts a 4200 mAh battery with 33W flash charging. The display is a large 6.56-inch FHD+ AMOLED with a 120 Hz refresh rate.

Aside from dropping the second tele-lens, the camera is the same as in the Exynos version. Co-engineered with Zeiss, the primary camera is built around a 48 MP Quad Bayer sensor (12 MP output) with a f/1.48-aperture lens. Both zoom cameras utilize 13 MP sensors, with a f/2.46-aperture lens on the tele and a f/2.2-aperture lens on the ultra-wide.

Let’s see how the device performed in our DXOMARK Camera tests.

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: 13 MP 1/2.8-inch sensor with 0.8µm pixels, 50 mm-equivalent f/2.5 lens (2x optical), PDAF
  • Video: 2160p at 30 fps, 1080p at 30/60 fps (1080p at 30 fps tested)

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 (Snapdragon)
120
camera
127
photo
72
zoom
100
video

Pros

  • Wide dynamic range in all photos
  • Good detail in all photos
  • Generally accurate photo and video autofocus
  • High detail in outdoor ultra-wide photos
  • Accurate target exposure in outdoor and indoor videos
  • Pleasant color in most videos
  • Well-controlled noise in most videos

Cons

  • Exposure instabilities, especially in outdoor photos
  • Inaccurate exposure and color rendering on deep skin tones in photos
  • Visible noise in low-light photos
  • Low detail in most tele photos and all videos
  • Limited dynamic range in videos
  • White balance instabilities in low-light videos
  • Hue shift artifacts visible in many videos

With an overall score of 120, the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) secures a position in the upper ranks of the Premium segment (devices priced between $600 – $799). You you can expect similar global image quality as the Google Pixel 5 and Xiaomi Mi 11 (both at 120), and the Vivo is only a couple of points shy of the top-ranked Premium Apple iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini smartphones at 122.

The Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) captures accurate target exposure with wide dynamic range and pleasant color. Detail is also well preserved while keeping noise to a minimum, and good depth of field ensures both subjects are in sharp focus.

The Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) also manages to improve on the score we recorded for the Exynos version by two points, thanks to slightly enhanced autofocus performance. Otherwise image quality is very similar between the two, and perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) is just as good for long-range zoom shots despite not having a 5x tele-lens.

The Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) also beats the score of the Oppo Find X3 Neo by 5 points primarily due to better overall exposure, with wide dynamic range and vivid color rendering. The Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) is close overall to the performance of Xiaomi’s Mi 11; however, the Xiaomi device offers an improved texture-to-noise tradeoff, rendering more detailed images with less noise compared to the Vivo.

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 (Snapdragon)’s competitors, the Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Exynos) and the Xiaomi Mi 11.

Photo

The Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) achieves a Photo score of 127. 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 (Snapdragon)

101

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 (Snapdragon)’s exposure performance in a high-contrast scene.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), wide dynamic range with good shadow and highlight detail
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Exynos), less dynamic range with some highlight clipping
Xiaomi Mi 11, limited dynamic range with significant highlight clipping

Color

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

100

107

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (107)

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 (Snapdragon)’s color performance in an outdoor setting.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), accurate white balance and pleasant color rendering
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Exynos), accurate white balance with slightly dull color rendering
Xiaomi Mi 11, accurate white balance and pleasant color rendering

Autofocus

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

97

109

Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders
Best: Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders (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 (Snapdragon)’s autofocus performance in the lab, handheld at a light level of 20 lux and a brightness range of 7 EV.

In challenging simulated lighting conditions the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) is often sharper, but levels of acutance (sharpness) are more inconsistent between shots and autofocusing speeds are slower.

Texture

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

95

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 (Snapdragon)’s texture performance in the lab.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), handheld at 300 lux
Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), crop: good detail rendering
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Exynos), handheld at 300 lux
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G, crop: good detail rendering
Xiaomi Mi 11, handheld at 300 lux
Xiaomi Mi 11, crop: excellent detail

Noise

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

70

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 (Snapdragon)’s noise performance in low light.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), low-light scene
Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), crop: visible noise
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Exynos), low-light scene
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Exynos), crop: very visible noise
Xiaomi Mi 11, low-light scene
Xiaomi Mi 11, crop: well-controlled noise

Bokeh

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

65

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 (Snapdragon)’s bokeh simulation tested in the lab.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), bokeh mode
Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), crop: nicely contrasted and circular spotlights
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Exynos), bokeh mode
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Exynos), crop: nicely contrasted and circular spotlights
Xiaomi Mi 11, bokeh mode
Xiaomi Mi 11, crop: disappointing spotlights

Night

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

56

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

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), flash-off: good target exposure with wide dynamic range
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Exynos), flash-off: good target exposure with limited dynamic range
Xiaomi Mi 11, flash-off: good target exposure with wide dynamic range

Artifacts

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

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 corners, distortion, and chromatic aberrations, as well as for processing artifacts such as ghosting and fusion errors, hue shift, and ringing.

This sample shows color fringing artifacts in a high-contrast image.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), artifacts
Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), crop: color fringing, fusion artifacts on the face

Preview

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

47

80

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (80)

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 in the preview image when zooming with both buttons or when using the pinch-zoom gesture.

These samples show the differences in the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)’s bokeh rendering between the preview and the final image when in portrait mode.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), preview: bokeh simulation is only partially visible in portrait mode
Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), capture: bokeh simulation is rendered in the final image

Zoom

The Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) 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 the competitors.

Wide

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

42

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 (Snapdragon)’s ultra-wide camera under low-light conditions.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), ultra-wide
Vivo X50 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), crop: fine details are lost but noise is well-controlled.
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Exynos), ultra-wide with a greater field of view
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Exynos), crop: good detail with a little more noise
Xiaomi Mi 11, ultra-wide
Xiaomi Mi 11, crop: fine details are lost and noise is slightly visible.

Tele

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

92

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 5G (Snapdragon)’s tele performance in the lab at 100 lux using a close-range zoom setting.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), close-range zoom, 100 lux
Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), crop: good detail
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Exynos), close-range zoom, 100 lux
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Exynos), crop: lower detail
Xiaomi Mi 11, close-range zoom, 100 lux
Xiaomi Mi 11, crop: lower detail

Video

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

NOTE: The sample video clips in this section are best viewed at the highest resolution available. 

The Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) 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.

Exposure and Contrast

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

97

118

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (118)

These sample clips show the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)’s video exposure performance in outdoor lighting conditions.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), stable target exposure

Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Exynos), stable target exposure

Xiaomi Mi 11, exposure instabilities in the sky

Color

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

97

105

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

These sample clips show the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)’s video color in low-light conditions.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), white balance instabilities

Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Exynos), more stable white balance

Xiaomi Mi 11, more stable white balance

Autofocus

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

88

109

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (109)

These sample clips show the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)’s video autofocus tracking performance in outdoor conditions.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), autofocus instabilities

Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Exynos), generally accurate autofocus

Xiaomi Mi 11, autofocus instabilities

Texture

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

53

97

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

This graph shows the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)’s video texture measurements in the lab.

The level of video detail is low in all lighting conditions in 1080p mode on the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon). 4K footage from the Xiaomi Mi 11 is generally excellent and a notable improvement on 4K video captured on the Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Exynos). The Vivo X60 Pro (Exynos) captures 4K footage as well.

Noise

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

96

105

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (105)

These video stills show the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)’s video noise performance in an indoor scene.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), indoor video still (1080p)
Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), crop: well-controlled noise
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Exynos), indoor video still (4K)
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Exynos), crop: very visible noise
Xiaomi Mi 11, indoor video still (4K)
Xiaomi Mi 11, crop: well-controlled noise

Artifacts

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

79

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 still shows ringing and hue shift artifacts.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), video artifacts
Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), crop: ringing and hue shifts are visible

Stabilization

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

95

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).

These sample clips shows the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)’s video stabilization performance under 1000 lux lighting in the lab.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon), effective stabilization

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