Vivo is a brand that has recently been impressing a lot of us in ways we never expected from the brand. They started this year with under-the-display fingerprint scanner, then among the sea of ugly notches came to the refreshing new Vivo Nex with elevating selfie camera. Now today, we have another phone with a refreshing display design and promising cameras. While all other aspects of it have been thoroughly analysed in my full review, today we take a look at its cameras. The Poco F1 and the Asus Zenfone 5z sit at either side of the Vivo V11 Pro but how do all of them compare when it comes to their cameras. I go on to find out who is the winner among these three in terms of camera department.
Talking about performance in the daylight wide scenario. First of all, without zooming I think it’s gonna be a close call because what a great job have all these phones done. As you can see in the pictures, the dynamic range is clearly better on the Vivo and Asus phones when compared to the Poco handset.
The Zenfone 5z has slightly better highlights than the Vivo, but coming to dynamic range, I feel Asus did the best. Now coming down to objects in the image, the Asus slightly lags behind the other two and that’s clearly visible. The Vivo does little over-sharpening and that’s clearly visible. Whereas the Poco F1 for me has produced the best image here. The reason I say that is because it has the right amount of detail and looks the most natural. When looking at a whole the Vivo and the Poco both are winners although if I have to give one winner then I’d pick the F1. And that would be because I can still bring down the highlights in post, but can’t bring down the oversharpening in the Vivo V11 Pro.
Asus while had the best highlight control, couldn’t compete in the rest of the picture primarily because of softer details.
So for HDR we first looked at a non-HDR sample and here I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how well the Poco performs where it almost looks like an HDR shot, where the shadows that we see in the Vivo and Asus images have been dealt with well.
The details are also quite natural looking on the Poco where the Asus also gets them quite right, the Vivo V11 Pro also gets elements right, but for some reason, I just see a lot more noise in the Vivo V11 Pro image compared to the other two.
Looking at other parts too, the Poco clearly wins, the Vivo has a better dynamic range here too, without the HDR mode whereas we can clearly see that the highlights were clipped on the Asus Zenfone 5z.
Now, watch what happens when I switch to the HDR shots, yes you saw that right. While the V11 Pro and Asus Zenfone 5z worked on making the Dynamic range better, the Poco made it worse.
This has been a pattern with all Xiaomi phones and I seriously have no idea why they are doing this. Well, getting past that, Vivo and Asus have done a commendable job of improving the dynamic range. Asus and Vivo both oversharpen here, but while I myself might prefer the Poco’s more natural take, I’m pretty sure most consumers would like the punchier sharper looking pictures of the Vivo and Asus.
Now between the two, I chose Asus Zenfone 5z here, because although both of them have done dynamic range well, the noise levels on the Vivo V11 Pro are clearly visible but the Asus Zenfone 5z has been able to keep it well under control.
Coming to daylight closeup shots, we take a look at this flower without zooming in my personal favourite is the one from the Vivo V11 Pro. Just because the slightly warmer tint that here looks ravishing. Now if we look dynamic range-wise, then it would be Poco F1, followed by Vivo V11 Pro with the Zenfone 5z coming in at last.
Zooming in, the V11 pro really loses details here, in the centre, the Poco F1 did pretty well and looks very natural. Whereas I think the Asus has managed to preserve much more details in the subject. I mean the other two just went soft on that core and Asus has to be applauded for the work here.
I chose Vivo V11 Pro for an Instagram ready image but I won’t be surprised if you find Asus’ image looks Instagram ready as well. But if you go by details, they are clearly available more on the Asus Zenfone 5z captures.
The grass shot
This shot was something I put here to just show you how differently these phones are taking things, the Vivo and Poco completely boost color and also produce slightly warmer output. I generally don’t mind that but here it’s just in your face when you see how good Asus does. The Zenfone 5z shows the real colors of the grass and that wall behind. This is also a good representation of how the post-processing on these phones is done.
Now, coming to selfies, Vivo and Poco clearly have taken a better-looking selfie than the Asus Zenfone 5z. That’s primarily all based on the skin tones and the way it makes you look.
I am pretty sure that the Asus Zenfone 5z’s image is quite natural, but it just doesn’t look as pleasing. Zooming in we see a slightly different story. There definitely are details on the Asus Zenfone 5z, where I can see my face pimples, The other two do a slightly better job in bringing out the gestures.
I personally love the color science of Poco here with the Vivo V11 Pro closely following. Even the colours of the shirt are slightly more natural on the V11 Pro, while for the Poco F1, the colours just pops.
Coming to selfie portraits where we test the ability to blur out the background and rightly identify and cut out the subject, The Poco F1 wins this round, hands down. The cuts are just more precise and while there are irregularities in both Vivo and Asus, the Poco F1 does it perfectly. The Zenfone 5Z and Vivo V11 Pro still do a good job and if you like the selfies they push out, you should be perfectly fine with their bokeh mode.
Coming to low light, the tables turn because here the Asus Zenfone 5z really shines, I think you can clearly see just how much more elements are visible in the Zenfone 5z image.
Now, its still not perfect, but It’s definitely been able to get more areas exposed right. The Poco F1 and the Vivo V11 clearly just clip out the top area of the image. Now, when you zoom in, it’s just an aha moment, when you see the details in the Asus Zenfone 5z image.
The Poco F1 does the worst here, and the Vivo V11 actually does manage to be quite a lot better than the Poco when it comes to details. There’s definitely noise in the Asus Zenfone 5z image at the top, but at least it’s not black.
Low light Selfie
Now coming to low light selfies, without flash, I didn’t even expect an image because the lighting was too low, but the Vivo V11 and Poco seem to have captured a lot. The Asus Zenfone 5z struggles, here. While I would never use any of these pictures for anything, I’d still prefer the Vivo over the Poco purely because the subject and background are both quite well focused.
Now when you turn that screen flash on. The Vivo V11 Pro just produces magic because that picture is awesome. The other two phones also do some great work, but the Vivo V11 Pro is unbeatable in colors and details. The Poco F1 is a second, and there is this weird green tint on the Zenfone 5z that I didn’t like.
Coming to the video recording capabilities of these phones, the Poco F1 and the Vivo V11 Pro for some reason are capped 1080p at 30fps. The Asus Zenfone 5z is on another level, it can go up to 4K resolution at 60 fps. That is just unbeatable compared to the other two. The Poco F1 will soon be bringing, more resolutions and maybe even higher frame rates, it’s not here yet, so I can’t be sure unless I test it myself. The Vivo V11 Pro also record 1080p at 30fps and they too have promised that 4k will be coming in the near future. Now, that said, the Poco F1 has the best output of the bunch here, purely because the stabilization has been handled very well. Even the colours on it are really good and you can clearly see the difference. So the Poco F1 is the winner because of a better output, but Asus Zenfone 5z is capable of shooting a lot more resolutions at higher frame rates so if that’s your cup of tea, you know your choice.
So who’s the winner, well when it comes to taking daylight pictures, I’d pick the Poco F1 as my winner with the Vivo and Asus Zenfone 5z closely following. It’s a tight pick and in most cases, the difference between them has been after we zoomed in. Without zooming in, I’d say that all three looked equally good to me.
Now, I said this first because there’s a lot more to say here. The Vivo V11 Pro does some aggressive processing in their images and hence generally has over-sharpening and vibrant colours which might look beautiful always. But they might not be the actual representation of the surroundings. The Asus Zenfone 5z, on the other hand, does mostly push out real colours, and steers away from oversharpening in almost all cases.
So if you want an accurate representation and like to edit your pictures in your own style then the Zenfone 5z is beautiful. The Poco F1 sits somewhere in the middle, it does post-processing, but does that very tastefully and at least gets my attention. Though, the post-processing is not pushed to the point where it looks unnatural.
Selfies is somewhere I pick the Vivo V11 Pro, mainly because you get good performance in daylight and excellent performance in low light. Plus the Vivo camera app is just filled with features for people who are selfie oriented like stickers and a very advanced AI beauty mode.
Low light is where the Asus Zenfone 5z shines, and if you take a lot of pictures with your back camera in the night, then the 5z should be your pick.
Now, coming to video, the Poco F1 has impressed me the most, followed by the Asus Zenfone 5z and the Vivo V11 Pro. The Asus although has an edge when it comes to shooting up to 4K at 60fps.
If I have to choose a single winner here, then I will go with the Poco F1. While the still photo part was a very clear tie between the three, the video part was, at least for me, single-handedly won by Poco F1.
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