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

With this X80 Pro, Vivo wants to offer a versatile videophone that is capable of handling 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 internally, Vivo V1. The brand also benefits from the expertise of the German Zeiss, which we have already mentioned in our columns.

Oppo Find X5 is an almost all found competitor in photography. It is marketed at a similar price and has a configuration similar to the X80 Pro, although it ignores the periscope module.

Main module: 50 MP, f / 1.6

This module therefore embeds a 50 Mpx sensor that utilizes pixel binding. This technique makes it possible to merge four pixels into one to capture more light when it runs dry. By default, the smartphone takes 12.5 MP snapshots.

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

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

Under good lighting conditions, the sensor allows very good images. As we can see here, however, they are less well exposed than on the Find X5 Pro. We perceive a little more smoothing on the book cover and less precision on the contours of the colored spheres, whose hue lacks intensity.

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

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

The performance of the X80 Pro is less convincing at night, though the image does not have to be completely discarded. The image is pretty well exposed, but we can spot artifacts that dot the image and blur the whole despite the sharpness of the contours and pretty good colorimetry.

50 MP mode

It is possible to capture snapshots in their maximum definition. In the photo menu, simply select the High Resolution mode, which is only available 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 condition provides 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 difficult exercise for smartphones. Vivo is heavily dependent on this type of module as it equips its terminal with a 48 Mpx sensor that delivers thanks to pixel binding 12 MP snapshots. These benefit from an accurate colorimetry and a nice sharpness. However, the accentuation is less than in the images of the Find X5 Pro, and there are some difficulties on small elements, such as the colored spheres, 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 harder after dark. Vivo chooses a marked accentuation to recreate maximum details and compensate for significant smoothing. The whole thing 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 take pictures in full definition. Here, too, we see that if it lacks interest at night, shifting to 48 Mpx during the day provides a high and usable level of detail in case of pruning. At night, on the other hand, the absence of processing results in digital noise that is present for us to advise on 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-wide wide angle is still visible when the corresponding 50 mm telephoto lens is used. The smoothing is contained, and although 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 by telephoto, where artifacts are visible near the edges of elements of our scene. Nevertheless, the comparison with Find X5 Pro is clear: the software processing run by Vivo provides 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 in the current market, with most manufacturers prefer ultra-wide-angle lenses. Vivo nevertheless plays the versatility card that is to its credit … even though the images from its periscopic zoom module are of modest quality. During the day, the low sharpness makes the details difficult to read. At night, they are too encrypted for the image to really be used.

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 placed, whose lens opens at f / 2.5. It allows you to take selfies of very good quality. The footage is detailed and the colors very accurate. We note here and there some difficulties during very strong exposures, but nothing insurmountable.

The Vivo X80 Pro is a very good device for indulging 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 (almost 800 MB for 1 minute recording). Unless you want to enjoy it on a compatible screen, we advise you to stay in 4K. The rendering is very compelling and the colors are quite flickering. 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.

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