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Vivo X50 Pro Mid-Range Smartphone with Gimbal Camera: Please, May We Have Some More?

The Vivo X50 Pro's special feature is its gimbal camera system for the main camera
The Vivo X50 Pro's special feature is its gimbal camera system for the main camera
The Vivo X50 Pro is the first smartphone with a gimbal camera world-wide that made it into our lab. Given the very promising results we are hopeful that more manufacturers will follow Vivo's lead and integrate this new camera unit into their smartphones.
Marcus Herbrich (translated by Finn D. Boerne), 🇩🇪

The main sensor of Vivo’s midrange smartphone is a Sony IMX598 with a resolution of 48 MP and a gimbal mount. Compared to the newer IMX698 the IMX598 is more akin to an improved version of the IMX586. The main sensor’s hardware upgrade is thus not particularly impressive. In addition to some minor improvements the main lens’s aperture has been increased to f/1.6.

Vivo X50 Pro gimbal camera system
Vivo X50 Pro gimbal camera system

In return, the Chinese manufacturer found a very interesting solution to implement image stabilization for its X50 Pro. The gimbaled camera mechanism has a magnetic frame controlled by oscillator coils, and the so-called “Big Eye” camera is mounted in a double-hinged spherical suspension allowing for deviations of up to 3 degrees from both the X and Y axis. According to Vivo, his is up to 300 % more than on traditional OIS. In order to prevent stress on the cables the X50 Pro’s band was extended and designed in a double-S shape.

The most prominent benefit of this gimbal camera are its significantly improved image stabilization capabilities, particularly when recording fast-paced videos. In our test, the X50 Pro’s stabilization turned out to be excellent and even better and smoother than traditional OIS in high-end smartphones.

Find out more about the Vivo X50 Pro in our detailed and extensive review thereof.


 Vivo X50 Pro review

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Marcus Herbrich
Editor of the original article: Marcus Herbrich - Senior Tech Writer - 303 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I have always been very passionately interested in mobile technologies, especially smartphones. Being a tech enthusiast means the half-life of my devices isn’t exactly long, and being the latest hardware is not enough to suffice as the manufacturer and operating system play a minor role – the most important aspect for me is that the device is state-of-the-art. After posting for Mobi Test I joined Notebookcheck in 2016, where I have been pursuing my enthusiasm for technology by reviewing the latest smartphone, tablet, and accessory trends.
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Finn D. Boerne
Translator: Finn D. Boerne - Translator - 450 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
Born in the United States and raised in Germany I became acquainted with both languages from an early age and turned this into my profession later in life. Computers have always played an important role in my life, and my love for all things digital is a huge part of my daily routine. Virtual Reality has captured my imagination and interest in particular, and I cannot wait to see what the (near) future will bring.
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Marcus Herbrich, 2020-10- 6 (Update: 2020-10- 6)