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Vivo X70 Pro (Mediatek) Camera review: A Premium segment leader

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The Vivo X70 Pro (Mediatek) is the international version (there is also a China-only version with Exynos chipset) of Vivo’s Premium smartphone. It is powered by a Mediatek Dimensity 1200 chipset and comes with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. The curved AMOLED display measures 6.56 inches and displays images at FHD+ resolution and with a 120Hz refresh rate.

Like the flagship model X70 Pro+ the X70 Pro comes with a quad-camera that features a dual-tele setup and Zeiss-certified optics but the Plus model uses higher resolution sensors and/or faster apertures in some modules. The primary camera uses a large 50 MP sensor behind a f/1.75 lens and the 12 MP ultra-wide comes with a gimbal-style stabilization system. Tele zooming is delivered by a 12 MP 2x lens in combination with an 8MP 5x periscope-style module.

Let’s see how the Vivo X70 Pro Camera compares to its rivals.

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 50 MP Sony IMX766V sensor, f/1.75-aperture lens, gimbal-OIS
  • Ultra-wide: 12 MP sensor, f/2.2-aperture
  • Tele: 12 MP sensor, f/1.98-aperture 2x lens
  • Tele: 8 MP sensor, f/3.4-aperture 5x lens
  • LED flash
  • Video: 4K/1080p/720p at 60/30/24 fps (4K/30fps 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 X70 Pro (MediaTek)
131
camera
139
photo
77
zoom
111
video

Pros

  • Accurate exposure down to low light and wide dynamic range
  • Nice colors
  • Good detail in low light
  • Accurate autofocus and wide depth of field
  • Accurate white balance on ultra-wide camera, good detail at medium range tele
  • Good exposure, white balance and detail in bright light video
  • Effective video stabilization

Cons

  • White balance casts indoors and in low light photo and video
  • Clipping of fine detail in high-contrast scenes
  • Slight noise in all conditions
  • Shutter lag in all conditions
  • Color fringing on ultra-wide camera
  • Sudden resolution drops in consecutive tele shots
  • Unstable exposure in video
  • Lack of detail and autofocus instabilities in low light video
Vivo X70 Pro, outdoor image, excellent color, good exposure and dynamic range
Vivo X70 Pro, crop: slight luminance noise in areas of plain color

With a DXOMARK Camera score of 131 the Vivo X70 Pro achieves a new top score for the Premium price segment and comes pretty close to the X70 Pro+ (135) and other top performers in the Ultra Premium category. Despite the different chipsets (Mediatek instead of Snapdragon 888) and the slightly less impressive camera hardware the non-plus model matches the overall Photo performance of the X70 Pro+ and even outperforms the Vivo flagship in some categories, for example autofocus. With the X70 Pro Vivo presents a very well-rounded imaging package without any real weaknesses.

Vivo X70 Pro, nice colors, accurate white balance, good exposure and dynamic range
Vivo X70 Pro+, similar exposure and dynamic range but visible color cast

When shooting still images the camera excels for landscape and interior shots, thanks to an excellent dynamic range as well as vivid colors. It also does well in low light. The autofocus system works reliably in all conditions but has a slight shutter lag in all conditions.

Bokeh simulation: accurate depth estimation and blur gradient but slight lack of detail on face
Night shots: good target exposure down to lowlight and a fairly wide dynamic range, decent level of detail but some noise

The Vivo also does a good job when using the ultra-wide and tele cameras. The ultra-wide doesn’t offer the widest field of view we have seen but produces good image quality. Exposure is good with a fairly wide dynamic range ensuring good detail in the brightest and darkest parts of the frame. The auto white balance system delivers natural color but shadow noise and color fringing artifacts are areas for improvement.

Ultra-wide, good exposure and white balance
Ultra-wide, crop: fringing and noise

The dual-tele setup  delivers good image quality at longer tele settings but lacks a little at closer distances. Our testers also observed an occasional sudden drop of resolution between two consecutive shots of the same scene.

Long range tele
Long range tele, crop: good detail

The X70 Pro is also among the best Premium devices for Video. Video footage usually has good exposure and nice color with accurate white balance, especially when recording in bright light. In addition the stabilization system works effectively, with only very little residual motion. In typical indoor conditions and in low light our testers saw some color casts, though, as well as a loss of detail and some autofocus instabilities.

Vivo X70 Pro, accurate target exposure, nice colors and effective stabilization

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