Just how good is the Gimbal camera system in the Vivo X50 Pro? Well, a hands-on review of the device has shown it to be competitive with flagships like the Apple iPhone 11 Pro, Huawei P40 Pro Plus, Google Pixel 4 and the Samsung 20 Ultra which is quite the coup for Vivo. However, the Gimbal camera system is not as revolutionary as Vivo has claimed it to be. Let’s take a deep dive into how that works exactly.
The X50 Pro is not to be confused with the X50 Pro+. While both feature the same chassis and display, the latter can reach a higher refresh rate and has a more powerful SoC. Additionally, the X50 Pro+ has more rear-facing cameras and supports a higher charging wattage than the X50 Pro does. Nonetheless, the X50 Pro has Vivo’s new Gimbal camera system, which distinguishes it from the X50 Pro+ somehow.
Vivo X50 Pro: What is a gimbal camera?
Smartphones have seen rapid development in the optics department over the last few years. While most modern-day phones offer above par photography performance, there still remains a number of key areas where there is scope for improvement. One of these is image stabilization which, in turn, also impacts the overall camera performance, particularly in low light.
The Vivo X50 Pro aims to improve the camera performance with the use of a tiny gimbal inside the camera module which also houses the phone’s primary 48-megapixel Sony IMX598 sensor with a bright F1.6 lens. Once enabled from within the phone’s camera settings, this gimbal mechanism calibrates itself and then helps the user by providing them with a better lens stabilization than just current generation OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) systems present on other phones.
n other words, while clicking the photos or recording footage, the Vivo X50 Pro almost eliminates the inevitable camera shake. In the Vivo X50 Pro’s camera app, the company has actually put in a nice little visual animation of the gimbal mechanism which shows the phone’s movement in a visible manner and just how stable the frame is eventually helping the end result of the shots clicked by them.
Gimbal Stabilisation works as a screen animation in the photo preview interface. There’s essentially an animated ball at the center which moves to reflect the gimbal’s actual movement. When the ball is within the innermost circle, it means the frame is stable for the better end result.
All this tech is powered by Vivo’s ingenious and tiny gimbal system that uses a “special magnetomotive frame”. This tech puts the gimbal system into a “double ball suspension mount,” which in turn ensures three-dimensional camera stabilization in use.
Vivo X50 Pro: Gimbal makes a difference
It also helps that the rest of the camera system is quite capable. The phone’s primary image sensor is a 48-megapixel piece from Sony. This sensor is paired with a very fast F1.6 lens whereas most of the other phones in this price bracket come with an F1.8 lens. This primary camera also uses the gimbal tech. Then there is an 8-megapixel super-wide camera and another 8-megapixel camera with a 5x telephoto lens. There is one more camera with 13-megapixel, which is used to capture depth information for superior photos. When it comes to the front camera, the Vivo X50 Pro comes with a 32MP camera that takes some detailed and sharp selfies which will surely elevate your selfie game.
The cameras perform well in usage. We will have more detailed camera performance impressions in our review but our initial impression is that the camera system is incredibly capable. The cameras in the X50 Pro click photos that have tons of details and extremely vibrant colors. In low light, the camera is pretty good at getting blur-free photos. There is another mode called Extreme Night Vision for low-light photos which is just great for clicking photos when the light is very very low, for example, a scene lit only by the light from a half-moon.
The biggest advantage of this gimbal-like stabilization solution on the X50 Pro is in low light scenarios where the camera usually takes longer to feed itself more detail and light. With the shutter time longer, the presence of the gimbal stabilization helps remove the effects of unwanted shaking of the user’s hand and provide cleaner, blur-free images.
Vivo X50 Pro: More than its gimbal camera
While the phone’s Gimbal Camera System is quite unique, it is not the only feature that makes the Vivo X50 seem like a better choice in the market.
The X50 Pro comes with a premium design language and a lightweight design that can take on the best in the business right now. It gets a 6.56-inch 3D curved 90Hz AMOLED display with HDR10+ support and a maximum resolution of 1080 x 2376 pixels. X50 Pro is protected by SCHOTT Xensation Up. 3D on both front and rear for protection. The display also houses a fingerprint scanner and flaunts a punch-hole.
Under the hood, the Vivo X50 Pro gets a Snapdragon 765G chipset. The Vivo X50 Pro is the first phone in India to come with this chipset. It supports 5G and makes the phone future-ready. This has been paired with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. Keeping the lights on here is a 4,315 mAh battery with support for 33w Vivo Flash Charge fast charging. So, you can hope for not only long battery life but also an incredibly fast charging time.