The vivo X80 Pro is equipped with an impressive quad rear camera system with ZEISS optics and enhancements. It’s composed of a 50 Megapixel main camera, 48 Megapixel ultra-wide camera, 12 Megapixel 2x telephoto camera, and 8 Megapixel 5x periscope telephoto camera.
I was able to take a lot of pictures and several videos using the device while touring my wife’s relatives around tourist spots in Leyte.
Let’s start with this simple picture of my wife’s cousin sitting on a rock while enjoying the expansive view from Lintaon Peak’s 16,000 Blossoms.
This was captured using the default “Photo” mode of the vivo X80 Pro.
Notice the details on the rock, some buildings in the city of Baybay in the background, and the natural-looking colors of the greenery. It also captured the blue sky faithfully without overly increasing the saturation.
Our next destination is the Sea of Clouds in Villa Solidaridad, Baybay City. We managed to arrive early and capture the sun rising above the clouds.
I took the opportunity to compare the main camera of the vivo X80 Pro and its ultra-wide camera.
The sunrise picture looks better in terms of colors but the ultra-wide picture taken about an hour later also looks great. It was able to balance the scene despite the very bright sun and the dark shadows cast by the coconut trees.
After taking in the breathtaking scenery, we proceeded to shoot solo pictures. I explored the “Portait Mode” of the vivo X80 Pro which automatically switches to 2x zoom and applies blurry backgrounds with different bokeh effects.
It managed to create decent subject separation although it’s still not perfect. The amount of blur can be adjusted before and after taking a picture. I did this in the third picture because the messy strands of hair on top of my head were clipped making the picture look unnatural.
The pictures produced by the “Portrait Mode” looked very impressive according to my wife’s relatives. We took more pictures and this became a recurring request.
It’s the island life in our next destination. We spent a day at Canigao Island Paradise in Matalom, Leyte. They decided to ride a banana boat while I opted for the safer role of being their photographer and videographer.
This is another comparison of the main camera and the ultra-wide camera. Both cameras can capture great-looking pictures with sharp details and natural colors.
The vivo X80 Pro has 8K video recording capability but I chose to record at 4K since it’s the highest resolution with support for 60fps and standard stabilization.
It looks great with sharp details, vibrant colors, and reduced shakiness given that I was also riding on a speed boat. The noontime sun was shining brightly casting harsh shadows on their faces when the boat is moving towards the island.
The second video above has a 1080p resolution instead of 4K since it’s the highest resolution that supports Ultra stabilization. Notice how smoother the video looks with almost no up and down movement.
A favorite video capture feature of mine is slow motion. The first video is 120fps slow motion while the second one is 240fps. The vivo X80 Pro has even slower options but the video quality already drops significantly after these.
I’m impressed by the quality of the 240fps slow-motion video. Notice the sharp details in the white water wake of the speedboat and the splashing of water droplets by the banana boat.
Here’s another slow-motion video shot on the beach with my wife’s cousin casually strolling with the waves and other island guests enjoying in the background. It’s a neat feature for posting on TikTok, Facebook stories, and Facebook reels.
I also added a simple walk-around video in 4K.
The “Portrait Mode” of the vivo X80 Pro can sometimes fail to enable the bokeh background if the subject is more than one person. It can still deliver good-looking pictures but blurry backgrounds look better.
An “AI Group Portait” camera profile is available in the camera settings but the subjects have to be lined-up or else, those at the back will have blurry hair.
The second picture has me and my wife in a clearing along the narrow road towards Hindang, Leyte’s Caves and Wild Monkeys. It was taken by my wife’s uncle at 4:29 pm which means it was slightly backlit but look at the quality of that shot.
A monkey was sitting on the rail of the stairway that leads toward the caves so I snapped a Portrait Mode picture. It turned out great but I had to reduce the amount of background blur so his fur isn’t clipped too much.
Another monkey was sitting farther so I used the 5x telephoto camera to capture a close-up picture. It’s a great picture with sharp details in the money’s eyes and fur. It’s very hard to find smartphones that can produce good-quality zoomed-in pictures like this!
I trekked upwards to reach the cave and took a panorama of the exposed stalactites.
From the southern parts of Leyte, we moved up north to Ormoc City and visited the Junction. It’s the base camp for trekkers to the Alto Peak of Mount Amenduen, the highest point in Leyte and Eastern Visayas at 1,332 meters above sea level.
If I’m not mistaken, the first picture is Mt. Amenduen in all its glory while the second one is my wife’s cousin posing for another portrait shot with the mountain in the background.
These pictures highlight the power of the vivo X80 Pro’s telephoto camera. I decided to climb the exposed rocks of this hill and have a picture taken from the road.
It looks good despite the distance from the photographer, who is my wife in this case.
My sour expression is due to the foul smell of the hill. It’s near an area called Sulfatara with huge deposits of Sulfur but surrounded by majestic mountains.
After all the mountains and beaches, we finally headed down to the city. It’s time to explore the capabilities of the vivo X80 Pro in terms of low-light photography.
The first photo is of my wife’s cousin posing in front of the beautifully-designed Chinatown East Gate building. It looks good with well-preserved details even with the weak warm lighting.
Meanwhile, the second picture is of me in a Portrait shot. This is significantly less detailed than the well-lit portraits before because the only sources of light are the decorative streetlights and some reflected light from the water fountain.
The vivo X80 Pro has a dedicated “Night Mode” but I seldom use it because the regular “Photo Mode” is enough for capturing pictures in low light.
It also has very minimal ghosting or lens artifacts thanks to the ZEISS T* Lens coating.
Here’s a 4K video of Ormoc City’s famous water fountain captured by the vivo X80 Pro.
It looks detailed despite the poor lighting and has a stable focus and color balance. Most smartphones would have a jumpy focus or exposure to this subject.
Flash photography is always an option for group pictures at night and the vivo X80 Pro is well-equipped. It has a triple-LED flash with two tones – warm and daylight.
For more impressive shots, it has dedicated “Supermoon” and “Astro” camera profiles with tutorials on how to capture pictures of the moon or the stars.
One can also explore other camera profiles including “Night Graffiti”, “Star Trails”, “Dual View”, “AR Sticker”, and more.
The front camera of the vivo X80 Pro is 32 Megapixels and can capture great-looking selfies.
I’m not great at taking selfies but the first one was taken in a shaded area at noon. The second selfie was taken under the bright noontime sun with the tall water slide of Libhu Hill Resort in Maasin City, Southern Leyte, in the background.
The last selfie was taken in a restaurant in Ormoc City with warm lighting at night.
After all these sample pictures, I realized that I haven’t taken a picture of a very close subject using the vivo X80 Pro. I immediately went outside to snap a picture of a rose flower.
Notice the incredible detail and the natural bokeh of the main camera. Some of the petals are already out of focus and the phone tried to switch to the ultra-wide lens for this subject.
In conclusion, the vivo X80 Pro has one of the best sets of cameras in any smartphone right now. It can go toe to toe with other premium flagship smartphones.
In fact, it’s better than most in several aspects like ultra-wide pictures, Portrait photography, and telephoto photography. These sample pictures and videos are impressive!
The vivo X80 Pro is one of my top recommendations as a photography smartphone.
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- 6.78-inch QHD+ LTPO AMOLED Display (1440 x 3200 Pixels), 517 ppi
- Android 12 Operating System
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Chipset
- 12 GB of RAM
- Quad Cameras (50+48+12+8 MP) with Dual-tone LED Flash
- 32 Megapixel Front Camera
- Dual SIM
- 256GB Internal Storage
- 5G, 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE & GPRS Networks
- Wi-Fi 6
- Bluetooth 5.2
- USB Type-C
- Fingerprint Sensor
- 4700mAh Battery
- 80W Fast Charging (vivo FlashCharge, 100% in 38 minutes), 50W Fast Wireless Charging (100% in 50 minutes)
- ₱ 59,999.00 Official Price in the Philippines
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