Released at the end of October in France, the Vivo X51 is the brand’s first high-end device to come out here. The main feature of this camera is that it does particularly well in photos. But how does he behave after dark?
Vivo is a major smartphone brand that has long been confined to Asia. It launched in France just a few months ago with a wide variety of smartphones, from low prices with the Vivo Y20s and Y11s to high-end with the Vivo X51.
The Vivo X51 is precisely the device that interests us today. Available since the end of October, its proposal is very interesting. It is a smartphone with a frankly successful design with a frosted glass back, it has an excellent AMOLED screen, an impressive autonomy and a sober and intuitive interface. The editorial staff of Frandroid awarded it a score of 8/10 in its test.
But what is most interesting about this Vivo X51 comes from its camera located on its back. Because it is the first of its kind to have a gimbal. The gimbal, as we have already talked about, is a mechanical stabilization system on several axes allowing to stabilize the photo sensor. It compensates for user movement when moving around to take videos, but it also helps reduce shaking when taking a photo. And attenuating the shaking is always very useful when you are shooting at night and the pictures can quickly become blurry.
So much for the theory, but what does it look like in practice? We took the Vivo X51 on a night out in Paris to see what it is capable of.
Vivo X51 night mode
To see what the Vivo X51 is capable of in low light photos, we used the night mode of the photo app. The main difference that stands out when activated is the management of high lights, in other words very bright lights, which generally have a tendency to “burn” certain parts of the photo.
This is particularly visible on the streetlights in this photo. Without night mode, streetlights turn into shiny balls. When applying the night mode, their real silhouette appears. The Vivo X51 handles high lights particularly well when night mode is activated. This is one of its main strengths: it transcribes complex night scenes very well, with a lot of strong or different lighting.
This night mode tends to exaggerate a little on the brightness. In the end, it’s all about the photographer’s sensitivity: do you want to favor the night atmosphere (and in this case go through the classic mode of the camera) or highlight a subject in a night photo (by activating the mode? night).
This night mode is also really powerful when it comes to drawing on the brightness of photos. The photo below was taken in the dark. Night mode is then able to really bring out the colors and the smallest details in the photo.
Crisp, detailed photos
The Vivo X51’s night mode, coupled with the stabilization of the photo sensor’s gimbal, truly shines when the scenes captured in photos are complex or in motion.
In this photo taken on a football stadium, it is particularly visible on the players who move. When we pressed the shutter button on the Vivo X51’s camera, it took about 10 seconds to capture the scene. He then stitched the shots together to provide a final photo that is very clear, well contrasted and with highlights that stand out well in the background. It is for example possible to read the logo which is on the tower at the back!
Same observation on this photo. The contrast between the bright foreground and the dark background is very successful. The Vivo X51 also manages very well to bring out precisely the many bright spots in the background.
Sharpness and detail can also be found in this photo of a metro stop. The scene is complex here: lights are present everywhere in varying degrees of intensity. The Vivo X51 is not losing ground. The yellowish atmosphere of the photo is present and despite everything, we find very different colors and a very clear background. It is a successful night shot.
Finally, in difficult conditions like in this image (moving objects, multiple and diffuse lights), the Vivo X51 is still doing very well. The colors are particularly faithful and the background is sharp. As for vehicles and bicycles in motion, the blur effect makes it possible to transcribe the movement very well. The work on the highlights – on the streetlights, and the car headlights – is particularly visible here: we can distinguish them without any burning effect.
A very versatile camera, day or night
The Vivo X51 is a device that doesn’t just shine with its night mode. It has a total of four different photo sensors:
- A main 48 megapixel sensor with gimbal system (f / 1.6);
- a 13-megapixel x2 telephoto lens used in particular for portrait mode (f / 2.46);
- an 8-megapixel, 120-degree ultra-wide-angle, also used for macro mode (f / 2.2);
- an 8-megapixel x5 telephoto lens (f / 3.4).
These four sensors give the Vivo X51 great versatility, as Frandroid showed during its test. It also has a premium technical sheet embedding a Snapdragon 765G SoC which makes it compatible with 5G. This is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM and a generous storage space of 256 GB. The battery measures 4315 mAh, and benefits from a fast charging technology of 33 watts.
The Vivo X51 available at 699 euros
The Vivo X51 is now available in the vast majority of online stores at a price of 699 euros. It is also currently sold in a pack at this price with TWS Neo wireless headphones, at Boulanger or at Fnac.