Many of today’s flagship smartphones come equipped with advanced camera systems that allow users to capture professional-quality photos and videos. And since smartphones are more portable and versatile than any dedicated camera, many people prefer them to the latter.
Cue the vivo X80 Pro, the company’s latest flagship phone that promises to help you create professional-quality content without ever picking up a DSLR, thanks to its top-notch camera and robust suite of preinstalled shooting modes, including slo-mo video and 8K capture at 30 frames per second.
The X80 Pro arrives with ZEISS lens, plus vivo‘s new V1+ in-house imaging chip, which allows for high-speed data processing and reduced power consumption when using AI and software enhancements to improve a photo. There’s also the custom 50-megapixel ISOCELL GNV sensor, in addition to three other cameras, each with its own unique purpose. The GNV unit uses sensor-shift optical image stabilization to produce sharper images — even in low light.
What we think of the vivo X80 Pro after using it for around two months. For more videos, check out our YouTube channel
On paper, the vivo X80 Pro is a highly competent camera phone, but is it the most impressive shooter we’ve used to date? The short answer is yes.
Not only does vivo’s newest high-end handset shoot better photos and videos with greater consistency than camera-focused flagships like the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, Huawei P50 Pro, and OPPO Find X5 Pro — all of which we’ve used and tested — it also offers more camera options and editing tools to make your content even more appealing. You can, for example, use the Eraser tool to quickly rub out unwanted objects or persons in your photo. We’ve used it to remove stands and wires from our toy photos.
The X80 Pro’s Slo-mo mode is particularly noteworthy and maintains the focus efficiently as you move the phone around. The standalone camera we use to shoot our B-roll footage doesn’t even have auto-focus when shooting slo-mo clips, nor does it capture super-sharp 8K video at a decent frame rate like the X80 Pro. For vloggers, the phone’s truly impressive stabilization options, which include Horizontal Level stabilization for landscape scenes, are a highlight. Similarly, the ability to shoot videos while using the X80 Pro’s sizable 6.78-inch screen as a teleprompter is a nice bonus.
In the Philippines, the vivo X80 Pro in Cosmic Black is priced at P59,999 (around $1,089). There’s also the standard vivo X80, which costs P45,999 ($835) and is perfect for those who want a more affordable alternative with plenty of the same specs and features as the X80 Pro. Both high-end devices arrive with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of built-in storage, although it’s worth noting that the X80 Pro is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G chipset, while the X80 has a MediaTek Dimensity 9000 5G SoC.
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