Vivo X60 Pro Camera Review – A weekend in Pulgia

by Nicole on November 5, 2021
Vivo X60 Pro
Positives
  • Smooth UI experience
  • Useful selection of cameras
  • Appealing design
  • Exceptionally thin & light
  • Great main camera
  • Gimbal-stabilised video
Negatives
  • Price is too high
  • Weaker specs than rivals
  • No wireless charging
  • No IP rating
  • Average ultrawide camera
  • Charges Quickly, but it's 33W vs 65W

The Vivo X60 Pro is an absolute looker and we have to admit that the camera has won our hearts. We know that when it comes to specs the X60 Pro doesn’t go toe to toe with the other phones at its high price point. But we love it anyway.

I had a weekend in Puglia Italy, the dreary weather that has descended on Berlin has made me nostalgic for sunnier days. Let me take you through a weekend with the Vivo X60 Pro, the battery life stands up which is great considering just how much I used the camera to take a ton of photos and video.

The Vivo X60 Pro packs four cameras, one on the front and three on the back. On the rear, the main camera is a 48MP f/1.5 snapper, and we were generally impressed by its performance. To start off my day I’ll generally spend about 45min on my phone reading news, checking social media and giving my emails I quick look over breakfast. This might take my battery down to 93% before I even leave the house! Even on this weekend in Pulgia this was the case, but my morning swim showed a brave soul doing some cliff diving, if you hold down the shutter button the phone takes a rapid fire of photos, I took about 20 of this jump, this was my favorite. Photos looked bright, with lots of detail, they are a little saturated, but the water was very blue, so it only pumped it up a bit.

 

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On thing that you’ll notice about the wider shots is that they have good dynamic range, but close up shots benefit a bit more from the post processing.  Close-up snaps looked great, with photos of food and other objects looking bright and bold, but the AI software wasn’t as handy at ‘fixing’ wider shots like the ones above, they still look great, and can easily be fixed up in a photo editor, but the food photos look exceptional as is.

 

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Of course no camera review is complete unless there is a photo of a pet! Here is Olivia the cat that adopted us all, she was a stray that decided she now lived at this house! What a queen!

Low light Camera Test – Vivo X60 Pro

In low light the photos were good, but nothing exceptional that are what you expect from a smartphone in 2021, and do disappoint a little considering the price point. The street lights in particular is a software fix that we started to see a few years ago, the light should not extend out across the photo. Having said that, the photos inside the old castle were taken in virtual darkness, I did however have to remain very still, it was easy to get a blurry photo if I wasn’t careful. There is a built-in gimbal stabilizer which is supposed to counter the effects of shaky hands on a photo, we found we still had to take care in low light.

 

What we can see with t wide-angle shots is that they aren’t as good as the main camera which is more color accurate and offers more detail.

I attended a concert that evening and I was very impressed with the camera quality, I took the time to pull down the exposure on these shots and the results are fantastic.

At the concert we had some dinner, these were taken in very low light, the results were also good for the conditions.

 

Looking at the display I do think it’s worth mentioning since 120Hz is a feature I need in my smartphones. I can go down to 90Hz, but 120Hz and a good quality panel are ideal! The Vivo x60 Pro has a generous 6.56in display and design-wise the X60 Pro is remarkably svelte and lightweight. It’s either 7.7mm thick and weighs just 179g. This makes this one of the lightest and slimmest phones of the year while still offering a large display, and I only wish more manufacturers would pay attention. The feel of the phone is fantastic too, with comfortably curved edges and a strangely appealing softness to the frosted glass finish.

Compared to many other Android forks, Vivo’s Funtouch is clean and free of bloatware, with a few useful extra features that we appreciated.

One note that I should make about battery life is that I was able to make it through the day, even though I basically had the camera running all day! One downside is the lack of wireless charging. This is a deal-breaker for me, I’ve gotten used to wireless charging. When you pair this with the charging speed of 33W and not the 65W that are becoming more common.

Wired charging is capped at 33W, which was enough to top the battery up to 62% in half an hour. That’s faster than you’ll get from Samsung or Apple for the most part, but rivals around this price now often deliver 65W speeds or even faster, and in fact you can find faster charging than this on some budget phones this year.

Price

We’ve complained about the Vivo X60 Pro’s price throughout this review, it’s the biggest problem we can see with the phone. But it’s been out a while so maybe you can land a decent discount which would make the phone a much more tempting proposition.

 

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Rating
Design / 8.5
Camera / 8.6
Sound / 8
Performance / 7.5
Battery Life / 8
Software / 8.5
Price / 7
Editor's Choice / 8
Hardware / 7.5
Display / 8.5
Vivo X60 Pro

The Vivo X60 Pro is a top-end smartphone, with a price that matches the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Xiaomi Mi 11. Though it doesn't match them in the specs department. In 2021 it's a lion fight in the high end category with the top contenters basically having a 10% difference in camera, battery life and usability. We'll agree with you that it is unfortunate that you can take 4K video with this phone, but you aren't able to easily edit it because it doesn't have a powerhouse processor. But you gain things like battery life and you should ask your self if you are someone who needs to edit a lot of 4K video. Personally, the high end feature that's stopping the Vivo X60 Pro from being my true daily driver is the lack of wireless charging. I've become used to this feature and the ease in which I drop it on the wireless chargers I have around my home. This isn't something that many have made the move toward, but it's something that I cannot give up.

The Vivo X60 Pro has the looks, feels great in hand, has stand up battery life and the camera is a joy to use. The price tag is high for the processor that it's got, which makes it feel like it's not the best value. However, if you look past it the X60 Pro might not have won the lion fight but it certainly didn't loose either.

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