Camera Shootout of the Pro phones


A lot reward has been bestowed on the iPhone 13 Professional’s digital camera system previously weeks, with some respected retailers calling it the perfect smartphone digital camera. However what if I informed you there was one other smartphone launched just lately, one which has sadly been buried by the onslaught of iPhone media protection, that may go head-to-head with the iPhone 13 Professional, and greater than maintain its personal? I’m speaking in regards to the Vivo X70 Professional Plus (or, as per official styling, X70 Professional+). I’ve been utilizing it side-by-side with an iPhone 13 Professional or 13 Professional Max (the 2 Professional iPhones have an identical cameras) for the previous two weeks, a interval through which I snapped a whole bunch of images throughout city. Most of the time, I’ve most well-liked the shot from Vivo’s cameras.

However that’s simply my private choice, and there’s extra to a smartphone digital camera than simply nonetheless images. So on this article, I’m going to share images and movies I’ve captured and share my very own observations.

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Click on to increase: Vivo X70 Professional+ and Apple iPhone 13 Professional/Professional Max: Specs

Vivo X70 Professional+ and Apple iPhone 13 Professional/Professional Max: Specs

Specs Vivo X70 Professional Plus Apple iPhone 13 Professional and iPhone 13 Professional Max
  • Aluminum mid-frame
  • Gorilla Glass Victus again
  • Gorilla Glass Victus entrance
  • Stainless-steel mid-frame
  • Glass back and front
  • “Ceramic Defend” for entrance glass
Dimensions & Weight
  • 164.5 x 75.2 x 8.9 mm
  • 213 grams
  • iPhone 13 Professional:
    • 146.7mm x 71.5mm x 7.65mm
    • 204g
  • iPhone 13 Professional Max:
    • 160.8mm x 78.1mm x 7.65mm
    • 240g
  • 6.78″ AMOLED
  • 3200 x 1440 pixels
  • 517ppi
  • variable 120Hz variable refresh rate
  • Tremendous Retina XDR OLED:
    • iPhone 13 Professional: 6.1″
    • iPhone 13 Professional Max: 6.7″
  • ProMotion 120Hz variable refresh rate
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ Apple A15 Bionic
RAM & Storage
  • RAM not disclosed
  • 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB
Battery & Charging
  • 4,500mAh
  • 55W Wired quick charging (charger included in field)
  • 50W wi-fi charging
  • Battery dimension not disclosed; Approximate dimension from regulatory filings:
    • iPhone 13 Professional: 3,125 mAh
    • iPhone 13 Professional Max: 4,373 mAh
  • Wired charging as much as 20W
  • Wi-fi charging as much as 7.5W
  • MagSafe charging as much as 15W
Safety Optical in-display fingerprint reader Face ID
Rear Digital camera(s)
  • Main: 50MP large, Samsung GN1, f/1.57, 1/1.31″
  • Secondary: 48MP ultra-wide, Sony IMX 598, f/2.2, Gimbal expertise
  • Tertiary: 12MP telephoto, Sony IMX 663, f/1.6, 2x optical
  • Quarternary: 8MP Periscope, f/3.4, 5x optical zoom
  • Main: 12MP large, f/1.5 aperture, 1.9μm
  • Secondary: 12MP ultra-wide, f/1.8 aperture
  • Tertiary: 12MP telephoto, 3x optical zoom, f/2.8
  • LiDAR digital camera
Entrance Digital camera(s) 32MP 12MP TrueDepth digital camera system
Port(s) USB-C Lightning
Audio Stereo audio system Stereo audio system
  • 5G (mmWave)
  • Gigabit LTE with 4×4 MIMO and LAA
  • Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with 2×2 MIMO
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • NFC
  • 5G (sub-6 GHz and mmWave)
  • Gigabit LTE with 4×4 MIMO and LAA
  • Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with 2×2 MIMO
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • NFC
Software program FunTouch OS 12 over Android 11 iOS 15
Different Options Twin bodily SIM Twin bodily SIM or Twin eSIM assist

Apple iPhone 13 Professional vs Vivo X70 Professional Plus: Primary Digital camera

Evaluating the cameras of an iPhone towards a Chinese language Android flagship was a narrative of software program vs {hardware}. Prior to now, Apple would use comparatively pedestrian digital camera {hardware} after which lean on its software program smarts to provide an excellent picture. Chinese language Android manufacturers, alternatively, have been chasing greater megapixel counts and bigger sensors for years — however they suffered from inferior software program processing.

Apple and Vivo have taken steps within the different camp’s course right here. With the iPhone 13 Professional, Apple’s advertising and marketing group centered closely on its “all-new digital camera sensors,” which within the case of the principle 12MP digital camera is a bigger 1/1.65 inch sensor, with a sooner f/1.5 aperture too. Vivo, alternatively, really reused the identical 50MP GN1 sensor of the X60 Professional Plus, after which leaned on its self-developed V1 imaging chip to deal with ISP (picture sign processing).

In different phrases, Apple chased flashier digital camera {hardware} numbers, whereas Vivo has developed its personal SoC to deal with your complete picture processing pipeline the best way Apple has for years.

Vivo X70 Pro plus and iPhone 13 Pro

The consequence? Each telephones have superior cameras which are a lot improved over their 2020 releases. With good lighting, photographs from each telephones look very good.

Each telephones have some type of filter choices — the iPhone has “Photographic Fashion” whereas Vivo has “Zeiss true coloration.” I ignored each and shot on the default mode for each telephones. We are able to see that Vivo usually dialed up the distinction, whereas the iPhone has extra muted, true-to-life colours. This has been the case eternally — the iPhone usually tries to indicate images the best way the eyes understand it. For this specific above set, which digital camera carried out higher comes down to non-public choice.

Nonetheless, as soon as we ramp up the issue by taking pictures in more difficult circumstances, akin to towards harsh mild or in high-contrast scenes, the iPhone 13 Professional tends to over-expose the supply of brilliant lights.

The iPhone 13 Professional tends to over-expose the supply of brilliant lights. The Vivo does so significantly better.

In the event you look out the window of all 4 of the above photographs, you’ll be able to see the iPhone 13 Professional’s photographs present a brilliant white display rather than what’s the sky in Vivo’s photographs.

You’ll be able to argue that the iPhone is simply “protecting the shot real looking” right here, that Vivo’s pictures look overly processed, nearly prefer it’s CGI’ed a sky into the shot. However in some situations, the iPhone 13 Professional over-exposes so unhealthy that no justification could be made. Just like the beneath shot — that’s not a stylistic selection, that’s simply blowing out lights.

The issue turns into extra noticeable at night time, at the very least in a metropolis like Hong Kong, the place there are many brilliant neon lights to distinction with the darkness of night time.

And whereas the iPhone 13 Professional’s picture sensor is bigger, it’s nonetheless smaller than the X70 Professional+’s 1/1.31 inch sensor. So if we take nearer photographs of objects/topics, the X70 Professional+ pictures exhibit noticeably stronger pure bokeh for that further depth-of-field. Nonetheless, in these similar close-up photographs, I believe the iPhone 13 Professional’s cameras produced extra detailed textures and colours of those deceased sea animals.

Low Gentle Photographs

As a result of the X70 Professional+ has a bigger picture sensor, it takes in additional mild naturally. However the iPhone 13 Professional has a extremely good night time mode that kicks in seamlessly to even the enjoying subject. So for essentially the most half, in reasonably low mild images, photographs are fairly even. These are usually wonderful nighttime photographs that telephones from a few years in the past would have fumbled on.

In the event you really need pixel peep and zoom in, Vivo’s shot is a bit brighter and sharper, however we’re in nitpicking territory.

iPhone 13 Pro (left); X70 Pro+ (right).

iPhone 13 Professional (left); X70 Professional+ (proper)


Each telephones have superior cameras which are a lot improved over their 2020 releases, however the iPhone 13 Professional nonetheless wins total

The iPhone has arguably been the perfect telephone for capturing movies for an excellent decade, however Android smartphones are closing the hole. Within the beneath video pattern, shot in 4K/30fps, you’ll be able to see the Vivo’s X70 Professional+ really has superior stabilization, significantly once I run (on the 0:10 mark). At night time, the Vivo video footage is brighter with punchier colours.

However the iPhone 13 Professional nonetheless wins total for me for a couple of causes. It processes human pores and skin tones on video rather more naturally (I look overly pale within the Vivo footage), and the iPhone can change between lenses in an nearly seamless method. Just about all Android telephones present a slight hiccup when switching between lenses mid-filming. In actual fact, Vivo’s X70 Professional Plus can’t change between the ultra-wide and the principle digital camera in any respect when you’ve begun rolling the digital camera. And I haven’t even talked about Cinematic mode, of which I’m a fan.

All in all, the iPhone 13 Professional nonetheless retains the crown of the perfect video digital camera, nevertheless it’s a lot, a lot nearer in 2021 than it was a few years in the past.

Total, if I need to choose a winner, I’d say I favor Vivo’s pictures higher. Colours look extra aesthetically pleasing to me, and there isn’t that over-exposure downside. However the iPhone’s important digital camera has a extra responsive shutter. Vivo, like many different Android flagships, has a split-second delay between tapping on the shutter button and the image really snapping. The iPhone nonetheless captures higher movies and close-up photographs.

Apple iPhone 13 Professional vs Vivo X70 Professional Plus: Extremely-wide digital camera

The iPhone 13 Professional’s ultra-wide digital camera has improved during the last two years, due to a sooner aperture (which takes in additional mild). For essentially the most half, the iPhone 13 Professional’s ultra-wide photographs look excellent — it’s simply no match for the Vivo X70 Professional+’s ultra-wide, whose photographs nearly at all times have higher sharpness and correct publicity significantly in high-contrast scenes.

This isn’t too noticeable in daytime photographs….

….until you blow these pictures as much as full dimension on a big monitor. For instance, let’s take a more in-depth have a look at the primary set of samples, of a bustling road market in Hong Kong. The beneath collage are 100% crops of every picture.

Ultra-wide shots zoomed in.

iPhone 13 Professional (left); X70 Professional+ (proper)

The middle of the picture is sort of shut, though you’ll be able to see the iPhone 13 Professional’s picture has extra noise (have a look at the pavement) and picture sharpness is only a tad softer. If we have a look at the perimeters of the ultra-wide photographs, the variations turn into extra obvious.

Zoomed in crops

iPhone 13 Professional (left); X70 Professional+ (proper)

There’s noticeably extra noise within the corners of the iPhone 13 Professional’s ultra-wide shot. That is the case if we zoom in 100% to the opposite set of daytime ultra-wide photographs, of the freeway overpass too. Vivo’s shot retains the feel of the highway and freeway overpass cement block higher. It’s only a sharper picture throughout.

ultra-wide zooming

iPhone 13 Professional (left); X70 Professional+ (proper)

This hole in picture integrity widens at night time. Not solely is Vivo’s shot nearly at all times sharper, however Vivo’s shot is normally correctly uncovered with out affected by the over-exposure downside of the iPhone 13 Professional pictures too. Beneath are two ultra-wide photographs of a Chinese language village, captured at night time.

Even from the above framing, you must have the ability to see the X70 Professional+’s picture is sharper. However zoom in 100%….

Zoomed in samples.

iPhone 13 Professional (left); X70 Professional+ (proper)

…and the distinction is night time and day. Yet one more set.

All nice. Now zoom in.

zoomed in samples

iPhone 13 Professional (left); X70 Professional+ (proper)

Earlier than iPhone followers seize the pitchforks, remember that is nitpicking on my finish right here (I’m imagined to!). For essentially the most half, folks aren’t taking ultra-wide photographs to pixel peep on a bigger monitor. They’re taking them to put up to Instagram or Fb. When you resolve to do this, the iPhone 13 Professional’s ultra-wide continues to be fairly good. However calling it the Greatest can be technically incorrect and doing a disservice to the progress that Vivo has made.

The iPhone 13 Professional’s ultra-wide photographs look excellent — it is simply no match for the Vivo X70 Professional+’s ultra-wide, whose photographs nearly at all times have higher sharpness and correct publicity significantly in high-contrast scenes.

Listed here are some extra ultra-wide samples from each telephones.

Macro mode

Each telephones’ ultra-wide sensor can double as a macro lens — and it kicks in routinely for each telephones whenever you get shut sufficient to a topic. That is the place the iPhone 13 Professional wins, as its macro mode can get nearer to a topic and produce extra correct colours.

Extremely-wide video

Vivo’s ultra-wide digital camera is constructed on a “gimbal digital camera system” that first made its debut within the Vivo X50 Professional. I’ve examined this gimbal system totally previously, and my takeaway is it does carry further stabilization in excessive conditions like operating and climbing stairs. That is nonetheless the case right here, as you’ll be able to see the X70 Professional+’s footage is noticeably much less shaky on the 0:03 mark as I’m strolling upstairs. Likewise on the 0:28 mark, once I’m operating, the iPhone’s footage is far shakier.

Apple iPhone 13 Professional vs Vivo X70 Professional Plus: Portraits

The iPhone 13 Professional’s telephoto zoom lens obtained an improve this 12 months, from the earlier 2x (or 2.5x for the iPhone 12 Professional Max) to 3x this 12 months. Not solely is the focal size vary longer, the picture sensor can also be bigger, which together with Apple’s software program smarts produces some actually spectacular portraits with wonderful edge detection and a semi-natural bokeh (software program nonetheless performs a task).

Vivo’s X70 Professional+ in the meantime, makes use of a 2x zoom lens for portraits, and normally, I believe the iPhone wins this spherical. The iPhone’s 77mm 3x focal size is a extra supreme focal size for portraits (Vivo’s photographs appear only a tad additional away than I’d like) and the X70 Professional+’s edge detection is simply not as correct.

Significantly within the final two units of images (the one shot at night time, and the one of many wood determine), Vivo’s depth notion and the software-generated bokeh are noticeably imperfect in each photographs.

Apple iPhone 13 Professional vs Vivo X70 Professional Plus: Zoom photographs

The iPhone 13 Professional has one zoom lens — a 3X telephoto zoom — whereas the Vivo X70 Professional+ has two zoom lenses — a 12MP 2X telephoto and an 8MP Periscope 5x zoom. On paper, Vivo takes this one proper? The outcomes are literally nearer, at the very least in brief zooms.

The iPhone’s 3x zoom is a extra helpful quick zoom than Vivo’s 2x zoom for my part, and photographs at 3x-4.9x are wins within the iPhone’s favor. Within the beneath pattern, the iPhone’s 3x optical zoom shot is barely sharper than the X70 Professional+’s hybrid 3x zoom shot.

As soon as we hit 5x, then the X70 Professional+’s Periscope sensor kicks in, the X70 Professional+’s shot is clearly a extra detailed, cleaner picture. As a result of the iPhone’s 1x has a tighter field-of-view than Vivo’s 1x, the iPhone’s 3x and 5x zoom photographs are nearer too.

The standard hole widens if we go to 15x zoom.

So this actually comes all the way down to choice, as a result of I do know loads of individuals who say quick zoom is extra necessary, and so they by no means want something past 5x. However me personally, I really like zooming 10x, 15x into topics throughout the road, or up a tall constructing, and so forth. We are able to name this one a tie.

Apple iPhone 13 Professional vs Vivo X70 Professional Plus: Selfies

As anticipated, Apple’s selfies are usually hotter and extra real looking, whereas Vivo’s selfies will whiten and smoothen my pores and skin, even once I don’t activate any sort of magnificence filter. Often, this comes all the way down to choice, however within the dozen or so selfies I captured, I favor the iPhone 13 Professional’s selfies more often than not.

It’s not simply that Vivo’s software program makes my pores and skin seem paler than I’m, but additionally generally the X70 Professional+’s selfie will misfire. Just like the beneath set, I turned on portrait mode for each, however just one telephone produced that synthetic bokeh I used to be going for.

Within the beneath set, through which I purposely shot towards very harsh daylight to see how the cameras deal with publicity, we will see the X70 Professional+ botched the primary image, utterly blowing out the sky, whereas Apple discovered steadiness. That is ironic as a result of, with the rear-facing important digital camera, it’s the opposite means round.

Vivo lastly takes a win within the final set of selfies above, additionally towards harsh backlight. However for essentially the most half, the Apple selfie digital camera is extra constant and reliable. For selfie movies, each telephones seize stabilized footage and pulled in mild at the same degree, however the iPhone’s microphone is superior. My voice sounds too digitalized/processed within the X70 Professional+’s footage.

After which in fact, the iPhone 13 Professional’s Cinematic mode additionally works for selfies, including one other power to the iPhone 13 Professional’s selfie footage.

Conclusion: Two very competent digital camera telephones, however I favor the Vivo X70 Professional+

Let’s do a tally of the scorecard. Vivo’s X70 Professional+ wins the ultra-wide in a landslide, whereas Apple’s iPhone 13 Professional takes the portrait and selfies in conclusive vogue. For the principle digital camera and zoom lens, I personally favor the X70 Professional+’s cameras, however that may be up for debate. For instance, the X70 Professional+ important digital camera doesn’t over-expose just like the iPhone’s, and colours appear extra pleasing to my eyes, however one can argue the iPhone’s extra responsive shutter and superior video recording evens the enjoying subject.

Vivo's X70 Pro Plus and iPhone 13 Pro in the hand

The Vivo X70 Professional+ is the perfect all-around Android digital camera telephone proper now

Finally, these conclusions don’t shock me. I’ve lengthy thought iPhone cameras have been the perfect for movies, selfies, and portraits, whereas high Android cameras produce punchier, extra Instagram-worthy night time panorama metropolis photographs. I’ve examined sufficient cameras to say that, for my part, the Vivo X70 Professional+ is the perfect all-around Android digital camera telephone proper now. However we’ll see what occurs when the Google Pixel 6, which makes use of the identical important picture sensor because the X70 Professional+, hits the market in a couple of weeks.

    iPhone 13 Pro
    The iPhone 13 Professional is essentially the most highly effective smartphone available on the market and has an excellent digital camera system that excels in videography too.

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