VIVO X30 Pro Review: Dual-Mode 5G Phone With Great Imaging Experience

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After launching iQOO Pro 5G version and NEX 3 5G version successively, VIVO, which took the lead in the 5G market, has gained the market share. Recently, VIVO has launched its first dual-mode 5G smartphone, the X30 series. This makes VIVO's 5G product line more abundant, and the positioning of the user base is also clearer. The iQOO Pro 5G edition focuses on high performance, the NEX 3 5G edition focuses on technological innovation, and the VIVO X30 series focuses on imaging experience. Among them, the VIVO X30 Pro, which supports 60x zoom, is also the only 5G smartphone with the farthest shot ability.

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The VIVO X30 Pro has many new features. But in summary it is also clearly distinguished: ultra-small punch screen, support for dual-mode 5G, ultra-wide-angle-5x optical zoom quad-camera (equivalent to 16-135mm), and 4350mAh battery + 33W fast charge.

The VIVO X30 Pro uses a 6.44-inch perforated full-screen with an aperture size of only 2.98mm, which is also the smallest perforated screen in the industry. And in the ultra-small hole, there is a 32MP front camera. In addition, the brightness of this screen has reached 800nits, and the local maximum brightness is 1200nits. At the same time, it uses E3 material that reduces blue light by 42% and supports HDR 10 technology.

The phone is equipped with a dual-mode 5G SoC Exynos980 as a standard. This chip jointly developed by VIVO and Samsung. It has a maximum frequency of 2.2GHz and integrates a 5G modem (supporting SA and NSA). Compared with the plug-in solution, the integrated SoC can greatly save the layout area.

In addition, VIVO has worked with Samsung to optimize the smooth use of 5G. For example, in order to improve the uplink rate and user experience in the 5G SA scenario, VIVO’s research and development team uses the dual-SA design technology to enable the X30 Pro to achieve dual-channel signal transmission in normal signal areas, and the uplink speed is increased by 100% compared to single SA transmission. In the weak signal area, the dual-channel combined transmit signal flow increases the uplink speed to an astonishing 200%.

Apart from the 5G performance, the overall performance and game performance of the Samsung Exynos 980, which debuted the A77 architecture, is also quite eye-catching. This chip has two large A77 cores (2.2GHz) and six small A55 cores (1.8GHz). It is based on an 8nm FinFET process. With an 8GB of running memory, the VIVO X30 Pro’s AnTuTu score is much higher than the current mid-range smartphones’ scores, which is in line with the performance of mid-to-high-end models.

The Samsung Exynos 980 has a built-in Mali-G76 GPU, which surprised us slightly. The VIVO X30 Pro does not support the limit frame rate in ‘Peace Elite’.

In order to explore the performance of the VIVO X30 Pro, we have coded ‘Peace Elite’ support for the extreme frame rate mode.

You can see from the frame rate of fast recording that the VIVO X30 Pro has no problem running the extreme frame rate mode under smooth, balanced and high-definition picture quality. When the image quality is adjusted to HDR, the frame rate fluctuation will occur only when the extreme frame rate mode is ON. Considering that this is the ultimate frame rate mode after cracking, if the VIVO X30 Pro is optimized for this mode, we believe that the effect of smooth running with high picture quality and high frame rate is worth looking forward to.

In terms of battery life, the VIVO X30 Pro sports a built-in 4350mAh battery, which maintains a level with flagships such as the VIVO NEX 3 and iQOO Pro.

16-135mm full focus four-camera module

As VIVO's first dual-mode 5G phone, the VIVO X30 Pro is also the first VIVO telephoto zoom phone. It is equipped with a full-focus quad-camera module covering 16-135mm, consisting of an ultra-wide-angle, 64-megapixel main camera, a 50mm standard camera, and a 5x periscope camera.

Of course, the VIVO X30 Pro does not simply add a camera, and users get more than just cold hardware. Based on the new quad-camera module, support for 60x zoom, super moon mode, night moon mode, and professional portrait modes are added to make the shooting experience more convenient. Let's try the telephoto effect of VIVO X30 Pro first.

We took a real shot of a tall building in the distance, and we can see that the weather was sunny and the light level was very suitable for taking pictures. From top to bottom are the super wide-angle, main photo, 2x (50mm), 5x (135mm), 40x, and 60x samples.

The first is the exposure and color performance of the ultra-wide-angle, main camera, and 2x three cameras, which have already performed well in consistency. At 5x, the color temperature became a bit cold because there was no blue sky background at all in the viewfinder. For the 5x color temperature control, we feel that reference to super wide and main camera is added to the post optimization.

From this picture, we can see that the equivalent 50mm sensor has less distortion, which is why many photography enthusiasts like to use 50mm lenses as camera heads.

At 5x, we can start to read the text on the elevator clearly. And everyone can notice that the 13-megapixel periscope lens of the VIVO X30 Pro shows good details and sharpness. Especially on the track of the elevator, the composition of the steel frame structure is also relatively clear. However, the 5x of the VIVO X30 Pro is not just as simple as taking pictures. We will share more gameplay with you later.

At 30-40 times, the VIVO X30 Pro's telephoto stability is not bad. It is usually recommended to use this gear.

At 60x, although the image quality has been reduced, we can shoot content that cannot be captured with a large pixel main camera or a low magnification zoom head. We can say that 60x can shoot much clearer, but super telephoto solves the problem of whether it can be captured first.

It can be seen that the VIVO X30 Pro can show sufficient clarity on telephoto. And more focal length selection means that users have more room to play on various shooting topics.

We don't make too much experience about telephoto, let's try the core function point-portrait mode.

Portrait photo measurement: without a benchmark we ourselves

When the periscope camera brought telephoto shooting capabilities to smartphones, manufacturers and users paid more attention to the focal lengths that phones can cover. The VIVO X30 Pro's article on the shooting function of each camera undoubtedly opened up a new idea. It's a bit like the different gameplay of a camera with a long zoom lens and a multiple fixed focus lens combination. The former emphasizes the convenience of a machine (mirror) to travel the world, while the latter shows that the unique lens has more performance in different subjects. The VIVO X30 Pro shows the advantages of each camera with specific optimization.

However, first of all, in fact, any smartphone can take portrait photos, many phones also have a portrait beauty mode for the main camera. However, completely different from these, the VIVO X30 Pro is configured separately for the portrait part from the camera specifications and even the algorithm.

In portrait mode, the VIVO X30 Pro will switch to an equivalent 50mm sensor. This camera is based on the Samsung ISOCELL GD1 sensor. It has a maximum resolution of 32MP and supports 4-in-1 technology. The default output is 8MP. The single pixel area is 1.6um, and it has an F2.0 aperture. In this regard, do you think of the iPhone 7 Plus? However, the latter uses the advantage of the 50mm focal length of the telephoto lens, and the VIVO X30 Pro has created a dedicated camera entirely for portrait mode.

So the question is, why do Apple iPhones and VIVO X30 Pro both make articles on 50mm cameras? VIVO product manager once gave a basis at the press conference that the 50mm focal length distortion is small, and the portrait photo is more in line with human vision. How big is the difference? You can compare, the same face photo composition of the girl's face.

Of course, focal length and distortion cannot be generalized. Because of the optical principle of the lens, we can generalize it. The longer the focal length, the easier it is to control the distortion, and the shorter the focal length, the more difficult it is to control the distortion.

As you understand, there are no fixed options for focal length and portrait shooting. But the larger the wide angle, the more elements are incorporated, and the composition of the picture becomes more difficult at this time. Generally speaking, subtraction is performed to remove extra elements to highlight the subject. This is also an important foundation in portrait shooting.

In addition, because it is closer to the subject, we can better grasp the facial expressions of the portrait in portrait mode. However, it must be emphasized again that the focal length used to shoot portraits will ultimately depend on the picture effect you want. For example, the equivalent of a 135mm 5x periscope camera has a better performance in portrait mode.

In portrait mode, the default background blur is the effect of F2.0 aperture. In addition, the system also provides four portrait styles. However, these four style effects can not satisfy us for the time being, and considering the issue of post space, there is no choice of style for shooting here.

Speaking of the blur function above, for small smartphones, it is a very important part to simulate the shallow depth of field effect. However, the VIVO X30 Pro is not brainless, but judges the distance between the portrait subject and the background.

2x (50mm) portrait mode real sample

Compared with the photo above, the red curtain and white curtain are not the same distance from the girl. The latter is farther away. At this time, it is also half-length shooting, and the background in the picture below achieves the effect of blurring. The more reasonable place is that the background curtains are slanted, and the left side is closer to the right side away. You can notice that the blur on the right side will be more obvious, creating a three-dimensional space.

2x (50mm) portrait mode real sample

We don't have too much post-production here, mainly just pulling the curve, the overall atmosphere and the little fresh temperament of the girl are highlighted. What must be liked here manually is the tolerance of the VIVO X30 Pro, which allows more room for the post-adjustment. As for the areas to be optimized, the smearing of photos should be a little bigger.

2x (50mm) portrait mode real proofs

135mm telephoto portrait

Although not the first long-zoom phone, the full-focus section supports eye tracking and the full-focus section supports portrait mode shooting. The VIVO X30 Pro is the first smartphone to achieve telephoto portrait shooting. The 5x periscope camera is equivalent to a focal length of 135mm. We believe that photographers and enthusiasts know what this means.

Despite the indoor shooting, the advantages of the space compression brought by the telephoto head cannot be reflected too much. However, the composition of the photo changes the style of the photo. This is also what we have mentioned many times. The combination of functions of multiple cameras allows more possibilities in creation.

5 times (135mm) real mode sample in portrait mode

And when shooting a portrait at 5x zoom, the effect of front and back will become more obvious. At this time, you can even try to add a foreground shot in front of the portrait (see the tulle below). What is slightly inadequate is that the aperture effect is not adjustable in the 5x portrait mode.

5 times (135mm) real mode proofs in portrait mode

5 times (135mm) real mode proofs in portrait mode


As a dual-mode 5G smartphone with the main image experience, the VIVO X30 Pro allows us to see more possibilities about smartphone photography. Prior to this, for zoom smartphones, everyone would pay more attention to the distance of the zoom, without giving full consideration to the performance of cameras with different focal lengths. But for users who like photography, each camera can achieve the corresponding performance, in order to achieve different subject shooting. At this point, the VIVO X30 Pro is undoubtedly the most outstanding product in multi-camera zoom smartphones.



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