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vivo has an upcoming flagship camera phone that can take stunning shots like these: 👇👇👇

Continuing its partnership with legendary optics maker ZEISS, vivo will soon launch its latest flagship camera phone in the Philippines.
A flagship camera phone is coming!

To recap, the deep collaboration of vivo and ZEISS range from software, hardware, AI development, design, and manufacturing.

As a result, the companies claim that their combined R&D efforts will bring improved flagship imaging capabilities for this device.

It will also come with ZEISS professional imaging technologies from the lens coating, massive ultra-sensing camera sensors, mobile gimbal capabilities, and an improved night mode.

This camera phone will also feature the vivo V1+ image chip to help improve its cameras by enhancing the night mode for photos and videos along with the HDR performance and overall picture quality even in unfavorable light conditions.

Ahead of its official local reveal, we were lucky enough to get a hold of the said handset to try its cameras.

Let's have a look at the first few shots we took using it.

It has bang-for-the-buck-worthy mid-range specs!

First Camera Samples using the upcoming vivo flagship camera phone

Main cam daylight close-up s
Main cam daylight close-up

The first image that we took is a close-up photo of this plant. We didn't use its Portrait mode and this is just a close-up point and shoot.

It captured the subject very well with plenty of details and accurate colors. The weather is a bit gloomy at the time we took this shot, so we appreciate that this phone didn't make it look too bright.

AND, look at that background blur! Wow.
Ultra-wide cam daylight
Ultra-wide cam daylight

One weakness of most high-end camera systems is they use a good primary camera, but the ultra-wide camera will be lower res. 

That is not the case with this device as it uses a former flagship high-resolution Sony sensor.

The result is it produced a super crisp image with impressive details, dynamic range, and colors. The barrel distortion is minimal as well. Look at the details in the clouds too!
5x zoom!
5x zoom!

A modern flagship will not be a modern flagship if it doesn't have super zooming capabilities. This device has up to 5x optical zoom and as you can see in this shot, it is almost noise-free and it retained the colors from compared to the main shot.
Ultra-wide to 60x zoom!
Ultra-wide to 60x zoom!

Moreover, it has up to 60x zoom. This allowed us to see things from afar that even our naked eye can't see. This is a feature that I won't personally use often, but it is nice to have. This is thanks to its use of a 5x periscope camera.
Macro mode
Macro mode

Another thing that we like here is it has an automatic macro mode. So, you do not need to select this function every time you need to take a super close-up shot.

In this shot, we took a photo of a tiny baby mushroom and it has a decent amount of details.
ZEISS Portrait mode!

This is not a selfie shot. I managed to take a photo of myself easily using its main camera due to the glossy part of its back that allowed me to frame myself (the subject) well.

As expected, the 
ZEISS Biotar bokeh effect gives the background blur a swirling look. It is reasonably clean and quite impressive for a software-based camera trick.
Natural bokeh
Natural bokeh

Though personally, I still prefer the natural background blur effect when taking close-up photos. The main sensor of this device is large enough to let its users take shots with high-quality digital camera-like bokeh.
Steak shot
Steak shot

After taking several images in Podium, we got hungry. So, we ordered this budget Black Mountain Angus ribeye. This is an indoor shot near a blue-tinted window and the photo I took looks just how it is in person. It suggests that its ZEISS Natural color mode works.

Then of course, we took a close-up shot of the meat to check its doneness. In this shot you can see the details on the muscle fibers and connective tissues of the meat with a creamy and dreamy natural background blur.
Ultra-wide indoor
Ultra-wide indoor

After eating, we of course tried the ultra-wide shot again. AND, look at that impressive range, details, and colors.
Lantern shot
Lantern shot

We also checked if it can handle light sources well too. This is a point-and-shoot shot of a lantern with a bulb inside at night. As you can see, it still has crisp details and there is no overexposure. Unwanted flares are non-existent as well.
Night mode 1
Night mode 2
Night mode 2

vivo also claimed that they have improved their Night mode and we think that it is accurate.

The Night mode took using its primary camera still looks like a shot taken in the dark and it isn't overexposed. Details are crisp, artifacts or the cartoonish look versus older Night modes are lesser, and grain is almost not visible to the naked eye.

This mode performed really well on non-moving subjects.
Ultra-wide Night mode
Ultra-wide Night mode

Thanks to the large sensor it used, it was also able to take flagship-worthy images using the ultra-wide Night mode. For me, the level of details and overall picture quality of this secondary camera could compete or beat some Night mode shots from the main camera of other premium smartphones. It is quite good!
Selfie Night mode!
Selfie Night mode!

I almost forgot to take a selfie shot using its front camera and I'm glad I didn't. It performed quite well even in low light thanks to its Night mode tech.

Quick thoughts

This upcoming flagship smartphone with premium mobile imaging capabilities showed that vivo has finally bloomed as a must-check brand in terms of mobile photography in the high-end market.

We haven't fully tested everything that it can do yet. We heard that it is also really good for videos due to its built-in gimbal stabilization technology and the new image processor could help it take crisp-looking videos even in the dark. 

But so far, the first few shots we took are mostly highly impressive and most of them are at par or better with the very best we've seen and tested.

For a handy smartphone, it took stunning images that could rival even some dedicated digital cameras with larger sensor sizes. 

The question is, what vivo device did we use to take these impressive shots for a smartphone? The answer is the vivo X80 Pro.

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