The Vivo X50 Pro 5G series sports unique gymbal camera stabilization and Samsung's new 50MP sensor
- Vivo X50 Pro+ specs: 6.56" 120Hz 1080p OLED display, Snapdragon 865, 50MP Samsung GN1 main camera, 5x periscope zoom camera, 4315mAh battery
- Vivo X50 Pro specs: 6.56" 90Hz 1080p OLED display, Snapdragon 765 5G, 48MP main camera with gymbal stabilization, 5x periscope zoom camera, 4315mAh battery
- Vivo X50 specs: 6.56" 90Hz 1080p OLED display, Snapdragon 765 5G, 48MP main camera, 4200mAh battery
Vivo X50 Pro and X50 Plus camera specs
Mobile photography, redefined
For Vivo, said experiments are usually test-driven first with its Apex series of concept phones, and the Apex 2020 that was previewed back in February showed what may be in store for Vivo's flagships this year. Besides the impossibly curvy screen sides and the under-display front camera wishful thinking, the Apex 2020 concept featured a "48MP gimbal camera," and that new image stabilization idea is now likely to make it in a commercial device.
Vivo was quick to move from concept to reality, and the Vivo X50 Pro is the pioneering gymbal-bearer among phones. It, however, will get something else entirely, not the 48MP sensor of the Apex 2020. The "50" in the title doesn't denote 5G connectivity, albeit sereies has it, but clicks with the new 50MP Samsung sensor that is on the X50 Pro+.
That "gimbal camera" will be the showstopper when the phone gets announced in the next two weeks or so, as it will allow the lens to basically float around a single axis for unprecedented stabilization while shooting video, or focusing during stills. Here's how it will work, according to the teaser that leaked on Weibo.
To wit, the gimbal system consists of "a limit mechanism, dual ball suspension, lens, voice coil motor, dual S-type FPC lines, T-FPC, magnetic frame, and protective cover," whatever all those mean, but the gist of it is that it is able to compensate for hand movements up to 300% better than the current optical image stabilization solutions.
The gimbal suspension will be useful in freezing moving objects for perfect shots without edge blurring, too, so, overall, color us excited to take this baby for a spin when it is launched globally.
In addition to the gimbal thingy, the Apex 2020 concept smartphone presented something called Continuous Optical Zoom, in a world's first. The idea is to continuously zoom between 5x and 7.5x thanks to a “4-group lens combination” with two fixed lenses and two movable ones. It still has the periscope zoom design seen on recent 5x-10x optical zoom cameras, and maintains a thickness of only 6.2mm, ensuring it easily fits inside the smartphone.
While the Continuous Optical Zoom didn't make it into the X50 Pro and Pro+ models, they both do sport 5x periscope zoom lens which coupled with the large main sensors allows Vivo to boast with up to 60x Hyper Zoom levels.