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

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

The Oppo Find X5 is an almost all found competitor in the field of photography. It is priced at the same price and has a compression similar to the X80 Pro, even if it ignores the periscopic module.

Main module: 50 MP, f/1.6

This module therefore embeds a 50 Mpx sensor which takes advantage of pixel binding. This technique makes it possible to combine four pixels into one to get more light when exhausted. Typically, 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 for very good shots. As we can see here, however, they are less bright than the Find X5 Pro. We noticed little smoothing on the book cover and less accuracy with the contours of the colored balls, whose tint lacked 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 X80 Pro’s performance isn’t very convincing at night, even if the image isn’t completely cast. The image is pretty well lit, but we can see artefacts that accentuate the image and blur throughout, despite the sharpness of the contours and good colorimetry.

50MP mode

It is possible to capture snapshots in their highest definition. In the photo menu, simply select High resolution mode, only available in 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 provides a small level of detail. So it can be interesting in very busy scenes. This is not really the case in the dark, where the difference in standard mode is small. Useful for cropping, but snapshots will inevitably be heavier to store.

Ultra wide angle module: 48 Mpx, f/2.2

The ultra wide angle is a tough exercise for smartphones. Vivo relies heavily on this type of module because it equips its terminal with a 48 Mpx sensor that delivers thanks to pixel binding 12 MP snapshots. It benefits from an accurate colorimetry and a nice juice. However, the accentuation is smaller than the images on the Find X5 Pro, and there are some difficulties with small elements, such as colored balls whose contours lack precision. However, we appreciate a limited distortion at 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 chose a marked accentuation to bring back the most detail and pay for significant refinement. So the general 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 images in full definition. Here too, we can see that if it lacks interest at night, switching to 48 Mpx during the day will result in a high and useful level of detail in the cropping event. At night, the loss of processing, on the other hand, results in digital noise that is too much for us to advise on its use.



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 can still be seen when a 50mm equivalent telephoto lens is used. The smoothing is included, and even if the colored balls always put the device in difficulty, the whole thing comes together.



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


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

Defects observed at wide angles at night remain present in telephoto, with artifacts visible near the edges of the elements of our scene. However, the comparison to the Find X5 Pro is clear: the Vivo -powered software processing 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 in today’s market, with most manufacturers favoring ultra-wide-angle lenses. However, the Vivo plays on the versatility card, which to its credit… even if the shots resulting from its periscopic zoom module are of moderate quality. During the day, the low juice makes it difficult to read the details. At night, they were torn too much for the image to really work.



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 center punch screen, where a 32 Mpx sensor is installed whose lens opens at f / 2.5. It allows you to take very good quality selfies. The shots are detailed and the colors are very precise. We have noticed here and there some difficulties during very loud revelations, but nothing is forbidden.

The Vivo X80 Pro is an excellent device to indulge in video. It can film up to 8K at 30 fps, but also 4K up to 60 fps. Using 8K is extremely energy intensive and takes up a lot of space (almost 800 MB in 1 min recording). Unless you want to enjoy it on a compatible screen, we advise you to stick with 4K. The translation is very convincing and the colors are a bit sparkling. The ultra wide-angle module is also capable of filming in this sense and has proven to be one of the best in exercise. So it’s a smartphone that will appeal to amateur videographers.

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