Vivo’s X-series smartphones are camera-focused of course, but the triple-camera setup lets the device go a bit beyond standard photography. Interestingly, there’s are a few difference between the Vivo X100 and the X100 Pro in the camera department, but everyday users are unlikely to see too much of a difference in regular use cases. Essentially, the main camera sensor and telephoto sensor are different, with the Vivo X100 featuring slightly toned-down equipment. You also get the V2 pro imaging chip, which was introduced on last year’s X90 Pro.
You get a 50-megapixel main camera with optimisations by Zeiss, a 64-megapixel 70mm telephoto camera that can do 3X of optical zoom and also backs up the portrait mode with reduced distance constraints, and a 50-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera.
There are a few other software-related tweaks and capabilities as well, such as cinematic portrait mode, multi-focal portrait shots, night mode for photos and video, and astro mode, which helps identify stars, constellations, and planets while using AI to enhance the image. Artificial intelligence enhancements play a big part here, and largely do a good job on the Vivo X100.
Perhaps my favourite photo mode on the Vivo X100 is the telephoto mode. The 3X optical zoom gets you far enough in zooming into distant details, but you can go all the way up to 100X digitally if you like. I found that pictures were actually pretty good at even around 10x in daylight conditions, with the image stabilisation working impressively to keep the camera steady for a clean shot.
Portrait mode works reasonably well on its own without much human effort, standard and ultra-wide angle shots look accurate in most conditions including at night, and most of the AI modes are subtle in the ways that they enhance the images. The only mode I really had an issue with was the specific night mode, which managed to distinguish between sky and everything else fairly well, but gave the sky an unnatural shade of blue that looked quite obviously artificial, purely to make the picture pop a bit more. I found the regular camera much more colour-accurate and detailed in these scenarios.