Pro+review. Is his camera really that good?

Vivo X70 Pro+review. Is his camera really that good? - Deep-Review

A few months ago, we released a detailed review of the Vivo X70 Pro with a Zeiss lens. This camera phone showed excellent results, producing clean images with relatively little noise and minimal aberration. Shooting in RAW format on all cameras and quiet color reproduction in Zeiss mode made this device very attractive for fans of mobile photography. But this smartphone had one serious drawback in terms of cameras — the presence of an older model called Vivo X70 Pro+, which uses even more high-power optics with the same multi-layer anti-glare coating, as well as a larger matrix.

From a technical point of view, the Vivo X70 Pro+ camera surpasses all popular analogs in terms of the main parameter (aperture), including the Galaxy S21 Ultra, iPhone 13 Pro Max, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and Google Pixel 6 Pro. And if you compare it with the acclaimed Sony Xperia PRO-I, then the camera phone from Vivo captures 70% more light at all!

In short, it would be a serious omission not to try the Vivo X70 Pro+.

Therefore, I suggest that we briefly discuss general issues in order to move on to the most interesting part — the main camera of the smartphone. And immediately I draw your attention to the fact that Vivo X70 Pro+ is not officially sold in the CIS countries.

Vivo X70 Pro+review. Design, Performance, Screen, and General Information

Vivo X70 Pro+ is a premium segment without any discounts. We again see a large box, in which even for a paper clip a separate envelope is made of thick cardboard with a beautiful and pleasant texture to the touch.: The complete case looks very solid. Instead of the usual transparent silicone, it uses artificial leather pasted on the outside of the case:

Vivo x70 pro plus case

This is the rare case when the case not only does not spoil the appearance of the smartphone, but even complements it, adding solidity:

Vivo x70 pro+ in a case

Complete headphones sound good, but the smartphone is able to reveal much more expensive and high-quality models. The fact is that it uses such a rare option today as a dedicated DAC (digital-to-analog converter) with a built-in headphone amplifier. This is the CS43130 model from Cirrus Logic. The complete USB-C to 3.5 mm adapter does not have a built-in DAC, so when connecting any headphones, the smartphone's DAC will be used, and the signal to USB-C is sent in analog form. Just don't forget to enable the corresponding option in the smartphone settings by selecting the apps where you listen to music, so that the sound goes along the dedicated path.:

Wi-fi mode on vivo x70 Pro+

By design, the Vivo X70 Pro+ is similar to the younger X70 Pro model, but stands out due to a very effective and unusual glass processing. It feels like soft rubber and does not collect any fingerprints or scratches at all:

Vivo x70 pro cover material

The camera block is also interesting-to the right of it is a mirror insert, which, if desired, can be used as a mirror for taking selfies.:

Vivo x70 pro plus camera block design

But this area is instantly stained, which is why you often have to wipe it. The frame is made of aluminum and resembles the back cover in processing. The build quality is excellent. Here, for the first time, Vivo smartphones use maximum IP68 moisture protection. Placement of all elements on the Vivo X70 Pro+ case is similar to the younger X70 Pro model. On the top edge, we see a beautiful plastic insert. There is also a microphone and an infrared port for controlling household appliances.:

Vivo x70 pro plus on top

If the younger model used only one speaker, then here we have stereo sound. The main speaker is placed on the lower edge, while the second speaker is placed on top. It also acts as a colloquial language.Unlike Xiaomi/Redmi smartphones, the top speaker on the Vivo X70 Pro+ has only one sound guide. Accordingly, all the sound from above comes only from the front side.

The sound quality is good, the stereo effect feels great, the low frequencies are slightly audible, and the maximum volume is high. There are also branded features like audiometry, equalizer, and more.Super Audio-a feature that tries to replace Dolby Atmos. The front of the Vivo X70 Pro+ is practically no different from the younger model. There are the same frames, curves around the edges and a fingerprint scanner under the screen:

Vivo x70 pro+ front  Deep-Review

There are no comments on the operation of the scanner or the face unlock function.

Given the current trend to get rid of everything "superfluous", it is worth mentioning separately that Vivo continues to install classic infrared proximity sensors in its flagships. Accordingly, the screen lock function during calls works perfectly.

The quality of mobile communication is excellent, the smartphone supports working with two SIM cards, but there is no support for built-in eSIM cards and memory cards. There is frequency aggregation and Wi-Fi 6 with signal relay function, NFC for contactless payments and dual-frequency GPS. A linear vibration motor with a pleasant tactile feedback is responsible for vibration.

Display

The smartphone display is very bright, and when viewing an HDR image, the maximum brightness for small areas of white color can reach 1500 nits. Brightness in the sun rises to 1000 nits, which is a very good indicator. From the HDR standards, both the regular HDR10 and the more advanced version of HDR10+ with dynamic metadata are supported. But it will not be easy to assess the advantage of the latter, since there is very little content in HDR10+.

All certificates and permissions have been obtained for the smartphone, so videos with a wide dynamic range also work on Netflix, which cannot be said about the younger X70 Pro model. However, here you will be limited to HDR10, which has certain problems with displaying dark scenes.

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The screen of the Vivo X70 Pro+ is slightly larger than that of the younger model. This is a high-quality AMOLED matrix with a diagonal of 6.78" with a resolution of 1440 x 3200 and a pixel density of 517 ppi (in the younger model — 398 pixels per inch).

In the screen settings, you can choose the resolution (1080 × 2400 or 1440×3200) and the image refresh rate (120 Hz, 60 Hz, or dynamic). When you select a dynamic frequency, 120 Hz is disabled in many applications, even in browsers.

The display has a low level of HEV radiation (<7.5%), and the DC Dimming function is also supported, which reduces harmful screen flicker. But for some reason it is hidden in the developer menu and removes the strobe effect only if the brightness level is not lowered to the minimum (1-3%). By default, the white balance is slightly shifted to cool tones. White color looks nice, without any overflows and shades. The smartphone supports 3 color profiles: standard, professional and bright. In standard mode, the colors are quite bright, but not over saturated. The viewing angles are good, the color is practically not distorted, and the brightness drops slightly if at all:

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (left) and Vivo X70 Pro+ (right)

As mentioned above, the display is quite strongly curved at the edges. It looks beautiful and impressive, especially when viewing photos, but there are noticeable highlights and a drop in brightness on the edges: The smartphone supports AOD mode, which displays notifications and other information when the screen is turned off.

The only drawback is that the AOD screen can display notifications from only 4 selected apps, the list of which is limited (even mail clients are not supported).

Autonomy and performance

It doesn't make sense to talk about performance for too long. This is the most powerful solution to date. It uses the flagship Snapdragon 888+ processor and UFS 3.1 memory, which has a read speed of more than 2 GB/s. RAM here is 12 GB, plus you can allocate an additional 4 GB at the expense of the main one, which makes no sense. On average, the amount of memory used does not exceed 5.3 GB, that is, about 60% of the memory is always free.

The trottling test is light.

In everyday life, the device does not heat up, while playing PUBG at maximum settings, the temperature in the processor area can rise to 39-40°C. When shooting video at 8K for a long time, the temperature is also kept at 39°C. The smartphone runs the Funtouch OS 12 shell based on Android 12 and contains many new interesting features. A full review of this shell on the Vivo X70 Pro + smartphone was released in a separate article, so we won't repeat ourselves here.

In general, the device works quickly and smoothly, only occasionally there are random microlags associated with the novelty of the firmware. The battery capacity of 4500 mAh is responsible for autonomy. This is not the best indicator on the market, but even taking into account the large screen and powerful processor, the Vivo X70 Pro+ confidently holds a charge for a day, giving out 6-7 hours of screen life.:

Battery test

A complete 66W power supply unit charges the device from zero to 50% in 15 minutes, with a total charging time of 47 minutes. It is important to note that the Vivo X70 Pro+ does not consume all the available power of the power supply (66 W), as its power is limited to 55 W.

The smartphone also supports fast wireless charging (50W) and can charge other devices using wireless reverse charging (10W).: If we summarize the first part, then we can safely say that the Vivo X70 Pro+ is a flagship device without any reservations.

Excellent equipment, beautiful design and effective processing of materials, relatively thin body and memorable design of the camera unit, maximum power and acceptable autonomy, stereo sound and built-in DAC with amplifier, as well as a huge bright screen with HDR support in Netflix and other applications.

Of course, there are disadvantages to the smartphone, but we will list them at the very end of the review. Now let's talk about the camera.

The smartphone has 5 cameras installed:

  1. Selfie: 32 MP, 26 mm f/2.5 lens, 1/2. 8 " sensor, 0.8 microns
  2. Main camera: 50 Mp, 23 mm f/1.6 lens, 1/1.31 " matrix, 1.2 microns, OIS, laser autofocus + PDAF
  3. Ultra-wide angle: 48 MP, 14mm f/2.2 lens, 1/2 " sensor, 0.8 microns, autofocus, gimbal OIS
  4. Portrait mode: 12 MP, 50 mm f/1.6 lens, 1/2.93 " matrix, 1.22 microns, PDAF, OIS
  5. Telephotolens: 8 MP, 125 mm f/3.4 lens, 1/4.4 " matrix, 1.0 microns, PDAF, OIS
  6. Expectedly, there is not a single useless camera, such as a "depth sensor" or a macro lens.

You can use an ultra-wide-angle camera with autofocus as a macro camera. Due to its high resolution, it is able to produce a good result, although it is inferior to noticeably highlighted macro cameras.

Even the 5-megapixel macro cameras of the Redmi Note 10 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite or 11T Pro will produce much more interesting shots than the 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera of the Vivo X70 Pro+. It's all about focal lengths — 14 mm on Vivo versus 50 mm on macro cameras, which corresponds to almost 4x optical zoom. Even the increase in resolution is not able to compensate for such a difference in focal lengths.

However, if you make a crop (cut out part of the image), you can get a more or less interesting result:

Watch movement photo

If you use an ultra-wide-angle camera for its intended purpose, then we get more interesting results. It uses the same sensor (Sony IMX598) that was installed as the main camera on the previous model (Vivo X60 Pro).

This is a fairly large matrix for an ultra-wide-angle camera (diagonal-8 mm, crop factor 5.4). And the Gimbal system is used as stabilization. If you compare the ultra-wide-angle cameras Vivo X70 Pro and X70 Pro+, the latter collects almost twice as much light, which significantly reduces the aggressiveness of computational photography and thereby make pictures more natural:

Here we see a wide dynamic range and acceptable sharpness throughout the frame, including the edges. Of course, camera JPEG slightly blurs the details when processing " raw " images, but no one forbids using the modeBe a pro and shoot in RAW. Especially when all cameras support SuperRAW technology, which significantly expands the dynamic range of pixels (more on that later):

Even in poor indoor lighting conditions, the ultra-wide-angle camera gives a good result with a small amount of noise.: The portrait camera (50-mm lens) is designed, in fact, for shooting portraits and when you select the same mode, the smartphone switches by default to the 50-mm lens.

Obviously, this camera was not installed for show, since its lens has a very wide aperture — the same as the main camera (f/1.6), as well as just a huge "hole" (the diameter of the entrance pupil) - 4.5 mm, which is even slightly larger than the main camera:

Top-down cameras: Ultra-wide, primary, portrait, Telephoto

Accordingly, the 50 mm lens blurs the background due to optics more strongly than any other on this smartphone. But do not be deceived, the overall aperture of a portrait camera roughly corresponds to the aperture of an ultra-wide-angle camera and is significantly inferior to the main one.

That is, the main camera with an identical aperture (f/1.6) and a smaller "hole" captures 2 times more light than the portrait camera. However, for a portrait camera, this is a very good result. And taking into account SuperRAW support, the camera can be used even in manual mode with further" development " of images in a RAW converter. The result is great, especially in terms of dynamic pixel range:

There is not a single white or black pixel in this image, so there are no burnt-out areas, no overexposure, although there is bright snow and a shadow under the branches in the frame. Also pay attention to the details:

Crop of a 50 mm image on vivo x70 pro+

When shooting portraits with a 50 mm lens, you can use the software portrait mode, which enhances the bokeh effect. At the same time, the camera transmits the skin color very efficiently and naturally, although it smooths it out by default to hide various flaws:

A telephoto lens with a focal length of 125 mm (equivalent) brings the image closer to 5 times relative to the main camera. This is the weakest camera in technical terms. In terms of light intensity, it corresponds to a full-frame camera with an f / 37 lens when shooting at ISO-11000. But in addition to the very weak aperture, there is a problem with template noise when shooting in RAW, which is familiar to us from the Vivo X70 Pro.

Naturally, the smartphone "knows" about this feature of the sensor and the camera JPEG (in the picture on the left) perfectly hides the defect, but it often pops up in RAW. Notice the white dots scattered across the orange frame in the image on the right (crop 150%):

Template noise of the x70 pro plus telephoto lens

Whatever it was, the 125-mm lens copes well with its main task — it brings the picture closer by 5 times: But, I repeat, it is difficult to evaluate this module from a technical point of view, since this camera is much weaker than the others.

The main camera at 50 MP is the familiar Samsung ISOCELL GN1 sensor, introduced back in 2020. Of course, in terms of size, this matrix is inferior to the best sensor of 2021-ISOCELL GN2: However, the ISOCELL GN1 is larger than any 108-megapixel sensor used in Samsung flagships.

To open such a matrix, you need an appropriate high-power lens. And it really uses good optics from Zeiss with high-quality illumination, as well as a large entrance pupil diameter (>4 mm), which gives a beautiful natural bokeh.:

Vivo x70 pro's natural main camera 

The X70 Pro+ ' s main camera is superior in light output to many competitors, including the iPhone 13 Pro Max with an f/1.5 lens, the Galaxy S21 Ultra, the Pixel 6 Pro, and even the Mi 11 Ultra.

Unfortunately, I do not currently have these devices available to confirm the theory with examples, but you can compare the Vivo X70 Pro+ with the simpler cameras installed in the Galaxy Fold 3 and Galaxy S21 FE on the example of this picture:

Example of an image taken with an iso-100 camera

We shoot in very poor light conditions with a shutter speed of 1/30 and ISO-1600 (do not pay attention to color reproduction — the white balance is set almost randomly):

The superiority of the Vivo X70 Pro+ is obvious here. Images are cleaner with much less noise, as the X70 Pro+ captures much more light in the same amount of time.

As for the already mentioned SuperRAW format, the situation is as follows. If you enable this option, you will not be able to manually set the ISO or shutter speed, since the point of SRAW is to collect as wide a dynamic range as possible in a" virtual superpixel " that exceeds the capacity of a physical pixel.

This is achieved either by using a longer shutter speed, or by gluing several images together in RAW. Accordingly, the main difficulty when shooting in SuperRAW is to stabilize the sensor. And even if the camera uses high-quality optical stabilization or is mounted on a tripod, using Super RAW is always a small lottery.

On the one hand, you greatly expand the dynamic range of the pixel, which allows the RAW converter to get details even in the most difficult places. For example, this result is difficult to achieve for many SLR cameras (on the left — a blockage in the shadows, on the right — the same area with restored details):

Super raw dynamic range extension

But on the other hand, you will often lose small details, such as, for example, the texture of materials. Even if the camera and objects in the frame were completely still. Therefore, it is certainly convenient to use SRAW, and you can get very interesting results in a RAW converter. But you should do it wisely, depending on the situation.

Given the two-fold increase in signal quality due to pixel binning and the additional expansion of dynamic range with SRAW, I see no reason not to shoot with the main camera in RAW.

Vivo X70 Pro+ without the slightest exaggeration will give a better result than many entry-level SLR cameras with "whale" lenses. Night photography here is also at the highest level. This applies to the minimum amount of noise, and high detail with good exposure.:

Again, the result is quite expected, given that this is one of the most powerful cameras on the market. Yes, and it is easier for" night algorithms " to work with good stabilization, which is present on all cameras.

Special praise should be given to the special color correction mode from Zeiss, which makes the colors in the pictures look very natural. In terms of software, everything here is also at a fairly high level. In the mode ofPros there are a huge number of options available to you:

Pro mode

In addition to the standard settings, there are also more "exotic" functions found mainly on cameras, for example, exposure bracketing: There is also a tracking auto focus and various tools.: ModePro is also available for shooting videos, and you can even shoot in Log (with a logarithmic profile for further color correction).:

Pro mode for videos

Vivo X70 Pro+ writes video with a resolution of up to 8K at 30 frames / s. The image quality is good, including stabilization. But we will not discuss the video shooting in detail here, as this is a topic for a separate long conversation. So let's briefly summarize.

Instead of conclusions…

Vivo X70 Pro+ deserves the title of the best camera phone of 2021, which is fully revealed when shooting in RAW with further processing of images in a RAW converter. Of course, the device perfectly shoots on the machine, but a camera JPEG can not be compared with a RAW file.

In this device, Vivo paid a lot of attention to really important things, such as glass lenses, a large matrix and a high-speed lens. And even if for the average user the iPhone 13 Pro Max camera will be more convenient, then for amateur photographers Vivo X70 Pro+ gives more features.

 Pro+review. Is his camera really that good?

You can not ignore the beautiful design of the device with a practical and effective glass processing, as well as a chic package.

In the piggy bank of advantages, you must add a dedicated DAC with an amplifier, IP68 moisture protection and a bright juicy 10-bit screen. In this device, Vivo corrected literally all the shortcomings that were listed in the review of the Vivo X70 Pro, leaving the most important minus — it cannot be officially purchased in many markets, including all CIS countries.

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