Vivo X80 Pro review: an attractive premium smartphone, but lacking in endurance

Vivo X80 Pro review: an attractive premium smartphone, but lacking in endurance

With this X80 Pro, Vivo wants to offer a versatile photophone capable of dealing with all situations. It has a quadruple sensor consisting of a 50 megapixel main module whose lens opens at f / 1.6, a 48 Mpx ultra wide-angle (f / 2.2), a telephoto lens X2 of 12 Mpx (f / 1.9) and a periscope module of 8 Mpx (f / 3.4). Everything benefits from the contribution of an image processing chip designed in-house, the Vivo V1. The brand also benefits from the expertise of the German Zeiss, which we have already mentioned in our columns.

The Oppo Find X5 is an almost all found competitor in the field of photography. It is marketed at a similar price and has a configuration quite similar to that of the X80 Pro, even if it ignores the periscope module.

Main module: 50 MP, f/1.6

This module therefore embeds a 50 Mpx sensor taking advantage of the pixel binding. This technique makes it possible to merge four pixels into one in order to capture more light when it runs out. By default, the smartphone captures 12.5MP snapshots.

Oppo Find X5 (12.5MP, f/1.8, ISO 254, 1/500s) Pro

Vivo X80 Pro (12.5MP, f/1.6, ISO 66, 1/100s)

In good light conditions, the sensor allows very good shots. As we can see here, however, they are less well exposed than on the Find X5 Pro. We perceive slightly more smoothness on the cover of the book and less precision on the contours of the colored balls, whose tint lacks intensity.

Oppo Find X5 Pro (12.5MP, f/1.8, ISO 6848, 1/20s)

Vivo X80 Pro (12.5MP, f/1.6, ISO 1310, 1/20 sec)

The performance of the X80 Pro is less convincing at night, even if the picture is not entirely to be discarded. The image is fairly well exposed, but we can spot artefacts that dot the image and blur the whole, despite the sharpness of the contours and fairly good colorimetry.

50MP mode

It is possible to capture snapshots in their maximum definition. In the photo menu, simply choose the High resolution mode, available only on the wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle modules.

Vivo X80 Pro (50MP, f/1.6, ISO 3646, 1/15 sec)

Vivo X80 Pro (50MP, f/1.6, ISO 61, 1/160s)

During the day, this mode grants a slightly higher level of detail. It can therefore be interesting on very busy scenes. This is not really the case in the dark, where the difference with the standard mode is minimal. Useful for cropping, but snapshots inevitably weigh more on storage.

Ultra wide-angle module: 48 Mpx, f/2.2

The ultra wide-angle is a tricky exercise for smartphones. Vivo relies heavily on this type of module since it equips its terminal with a 48 Mpx sensor delivering thanks to the pixel binding 12 MP snapshots. These benefit from an accurate colorimetry and a nice sharpness. The accentuation is however less than on the images of the Find X5 Pro, and there are some difficulties on small elements, such as the colored balls whose contours lack precision. However, we appreciate a limited distortion in the corners, where the level of detail remains high.

Oppo Find X5 Pro (12.5MP, f/2.2, ISO 250, 1/250s)

Vivo X80 Pro (12MP, f/2.2, ISO 195, 1/100s)

This observation applies during the day, because the smartphone is more difficult after dark. Vivo opts for a marked accentuation in order to restore maximum detail and compensate for significant smoothing. The whole therefore lacks accuracy.

Oppo Find X5 Pro (12.5 MP, f/2.2, ISO 7744, 1/8 sec)

Vivo X80 Pro (12MP, f/2.2, ISO 1310, 1/20s)

48 MP mode

Like the wide-angle module, the ultra-wide-angle system allows you to capture images in full definition. Here too, we see that if it lacks interest at night, switching to 48 Mpx during the day results in a high level of detail that is useful in the event of cropping. At night, the absence of processing, on the other hand, results in digital noise that is too present for us to be able to advise using it.

Vivo X80 Pro (48MP, f/2.2, ISO 11908, 1/10 sec)

Vivo X80 Pro (48MP, f/2.2, ISO 156, 1/100s)

2x telephoto module: 12 MP, f/1.9

The lack of color vibrancy at wide-angle is still visible when the 50mm equivalent telephoto lens is used. The smoothing is contained, and even if the colored balls always put the device in difficulty, the whole is harmonious.

Oppo Find X5 Pro (13MP, f/2.4, ISO 219, 1/100s)

Vivo X80 Pro (12MP, f/1.9, ISO 66, 1/100s)

The defects observed at wide-angle at night remain present at telephoto, with artifacts being visible near the edges of the elements in our scene. Nevertheless, the comparison with the Find X5 Pro is clear: the software processing operated by Vivo offers much better readability.

Oppo Find X5 Pro (13MP, f/2.4, ISO 5669, 1/20s)

Vivo X80 Pro (12MP, f/1.9, ISO 2940, 1/15 sec)

5x telephoto module: 8 MP, f/3.4

High-magnification telephoto lenses are rare on the current market, with most manufacturers favoring ultra-wide-angle lenses. Vivo nevertheless plays the versatility card, which is to its credit… even if the shots resulting from its periscopic zoom module are of modest quality. By day, the low sharpness makes the details difficult to read. At night, they are too scrambled for the image to be really usable.

Vivo X80 Pro (8MP, f/1.9, ISO 10016, 1/10 sec)

Vivo X80 Pro (8MP, f/1.9, ISO 190, 1/50s)

Front and video module

The smartphone has a central punch on the screen, where a 32 Mpx sensor is housed whose lens opens at f / 2.5. It allows you to take very good quality selfies. The shots are detailed and the colors very accurate. We note here and there some difficulties during very strong exposures, but nothing prohibitive.

The Vivo X80 Pro is a very good device to indulge in video. It is capable of filming up to 8K at 30 fps, but also in 4K up to 60 fps. The use of 8K is extremely energy-intensive and takes up a lot of space (nearly 800 MB for 1 min of recording). Unless you want to enjoy it on a compatible screen, we advise you to stay in 4K. The rendering is very convincing and the colors quite shimmering. The ultra wide-angle module is also capable of filming in this definition and proves to be one of the best in the exercise. It is therefore a smartphone that will appeal to amateur videographers.