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Vivo X51 5G Smartphone Review - Performance

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Vivo X51 5G Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.


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Vivo X51 5G Sample Photos


Sample Photos - Generally, the Vivo X51 5G produced decent looking images but it does have a tendency to overcook some colours with blues and greens looking particularly toxic in some shots. Having said that, it didn't happen in every shot so we were able to capture some images with really great dynamic range and accurate colours. We did have some issues with focusing but again, it was consistently troublesome. 

The images captured with bokeh in the background are generally good with only the odd bit of clipping occurring. You can also change the aperture value to adjust how much of the background is in focus and also adjust the shape of the bokeh created. 

As for the macro mode, it can focus up to 2.5cm away from your subject and it uses a cropped view from the ultra-wide camera. Results are good, producing a better image than dedicated macro lenses do on other smartphones which tend to have 2MP sensors. 


Night Mode | 0.3 sec | f/1.6 | 4.8 mm | ISO 8521


We've touched on low light performance and when you look at the sample photos you'll see how impressive the Night mode is. You can use the zoom options when capturing low light images but we'd suggest you don't bother as detail's not great and we'd still recommend using a tripod even though you do get minimal shake when working handheld with the longer exposure times. The sample images shown above, which say they were captured with Night mode, were taken at around 7 pm and there's still plenty of detail in the shots with minimal noise and shake (they were captured handheld). There is a slight colour past on white detailing but other than that, colours are true to life and even though the image does have an HDR feel to it, it's more realistic than some other night shots we've captured with other smartphones. You can also make use of Night Mode when indoors where light levels aren't perfect to boost detail and improve the dynamic range of your shots. 


Vivo X51 5G Lens test images


Lens Performance - You can go from ultra-wide to 5x optical zoom with just a few clicks and we have to say that all results are pretty impressive. The jump from 1X to 2X zoom is big with much more close-up detail captured and then when you use the 5X zoom, you can get really good detail without having to move your feet. The 5X zoom tends to perform better when there's a good amount of light and as we've said, don't use it at night. You do have the option to use up to 60X digital zoom but as with all digital zooms, detail falls off quickly so it's best avoided. The wide-angle camera also performs better than the ultra-wide-angle camera with more detail and sharpness throughout the shots. 


Vivo X51 5G ISO test images


ISO Noise Performance - ISO ranges from 50-3200 with Auto ISO doing a spot on job throughout. However, you can switch to Pro mode to adjust ISO manually but if you do, stick to the lower ISO numbers and a loss in detail soon becomes apparent. 


Vivo X51 5G White-balance test images


White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance does a great job in all lighting conditions but the Fluorescent preset is a little on the cold side with blue tones more noticeable and the Tungsten preset washes colour out of the image. 


Vivo X51 5G Digital filters


Digital Filters - Plenty of digital filters are built-in which you can apply live and there's also a long list of filters you can apply once you've captured your images, too. 



Panorama mode - Panoramas are stitched well, colours are accurate and there is a good level of detail throughout the image. However, they do need a bit of a boost in post-production to make them 'pop' as brightness levels can be on the duller side. 



Video - Video is captured at 4K or 1080p but if you want to use the Super Anti-Shake mode, you can only capture footage in 1080p. However, it's worth the sacrifice as the footage is much smoother. The Vivo also uses the 48MP sensor when in this mode so quality doesn't drop off (unlike with some other smartphones where a different sensor is switched to when using stabilisation). You can capture footage without the super mode active and it looks fine (if a little jerky in places) but if you plan on running or doing some off-roading, you'll definitely benefit from using the Super Anti-Shake mode.

You can view more sample videos on our YouTube channel


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