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Apple iPhone 13 Pro vs Vivo X70 Pro Plus: Battle of the Pro-Sumer Cameras

Apple iPhone 13 Pro vs Vivo X70 Pro Plus : In recent weeks, the iPhone 13 Pro’s camera system has received a lot of praise, with just some respectable channels dubbing it the best mobile camera.

But maybe if there was another cellphone announced recently that go face with the iPhone 13 Pro and has more than hold itself and its,  referring to the Vivo X70 Pro Plus (or, as the official branding suggests, X70 Pro+). Again, used it beside each other with an iPhone 13 Pro or 13 Pro Max (the two Pro iPhones have identical cameras) and have taken lots of images all across town.

Main Camera

It’s now a case of software vs. hardware when trying to compare the cameras of an iPhone and a Chinese Android flagship. Earlier, Apple would employ low-cost camera hardware & rely on its programming wizardry to create a good picture. For years, Chinese Android manufacturers have been chasing bigger megapixel count & bigger sensors, so they have due to poor software processing.

Apple and Vivo have made steps to make of the opposing group. Apple’s advertising agency focus a lot on the iPhone 13 Pro’s “all-new camera sensors,” although in the example of the primary 12MP camera is a bigger 1/1.65-inch sensor with a quicker f/1.5 aperture. Vivo, on either hand, employed the same 50MP GN1 sensor found in the X60 Pro Plus and relied on its own V1 camera technology to handle ISP (image signal processing).

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In those other words, whereas Apple has been chasing flashier camera hardware statistics for years, Vivo has developed its own SoC to conduct the full image analysis process.

Both smartphones have filters, with the iPhone having “Photographic Style” and the Vivo having “Zeiss true colour.” Both for phones, I disregarded both and shot in the usual mode.

Vivo has enhanced the brightness in general, whereas the iPhone has more subdued, true-to-life hues. This has always been the case: the iPhone strives to display photographs in the same way as the eyes do. Which camera performed best in this specific set is a matter of preference.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro vs Vivo X70 Pro Plus

The iPhone 13 Pro, on the other hand, has a propensity to more than the supply of bright light when we increase the difficulty by photographing in more difficult situations, like against harsh light or in high-contrast scenarios.

User could argument that perhaps the iPhone is simply “making the shot realistic” in this case, and that Vivo’s images are highly processed, as though a sky was CGI’d into the shot.

However, in other cases, the iPhone 13 Pro overexposes to the point where it is impossible to justify. That’s not a matter of style in the photo bellow; it’s blowing things out the lights.

At all in a place like Hong Kong, where there are several bright neon lighting to contrast well with dark of the night, the issue becomes more visible at night.

Whereas the picture sensor on the iPhone 13 Pro is bigger, it is still smaller than the 1/1.31 inch sensor on the X70 Pro+. As a result, when we photograph items at a closer distance, the X70 Pro+ photos have notably greater natural blurring for that additional depth.

Meanwhile, I believe the iPhone 13 Pro’s cameras captured more realistic patterns and hues of these fallen sea animals in such similar close-up images.

Low-Light Photographs

Because the X70 Pro+ has a bigger camera sensor, it automatically captures additional light.

The iPhone 13 Pro, on the other hand, features a fantastic night vision that automatically kicks in to level the playing field. As a result, photographs in relatively poor lighting are generally quite even.

These are often excellent nighttime images that would have failed on smartphones from a couple of seasons later.

Vivo’s shot is a little brighter and crisper when you really would like to pixel peep and focus in, but getting into nitpicking area.


Again for past few years, the iPhone has probably become the finest phone at recording videos, but Android devices are reduce the gap.

In the video example beneath, filmed in 4K/30fps, users can notice that the Vivo X70 Pro+ has better stability, especially when I run (at the 0:10 mark). The Vivo video clip is brighter and has more vibrant colours at night.

However, for a few reasons, I still prefer the iPhone 13 Pro.

The iPhone can switch among lenses in an alpha mode, and it handles real complexion on video far more realistically (I appear too pale in the Vivo movie).

Ultimately, if I had to choose a victor, I’d go with Vivo’s photographs. Colors appear to me to be more visually pleasant, and there is no issue with more than.

The iPhone’s primary camera, on the other hand, has a faster aperture. Vivo, like other Android flagships, has a split-second latency among pressing the camera button and the image being captured.

Video and close-up photos are still superior on the iPhone.

Ultra-Wide Camera

The ultra-wide camera on the iPhone 13 Pro has advanced within last two years, mainly to a quicker shutter (which takes in more light). The iPhone 13 Pro’s ultra-wide images are often excellent — they’re really no equal for the Vivo X70 Pro+’s ultra-wide, which almost always has greater clarity and brightness, especially in high-contrast scenarios.

At night, the picture quality chasm grows. Vivo’s shot is often clearer, and it is often aperture settings, alone without over-exposure problem that plagues the iPhone 13 Pro images. 

Before you get your pitchforks out, please in mind that this is nitpicking on my part (I’m meant to!). Individuals are really not shooting ultra-wide images to pixel peep on the a larger monitor, for most part.

They’re uploading them to Facebook or Instagram to share them.

If do that, the iPhone 13 Pro’s ultra-wide camera is still extremely impressive. However, referring to it as the best would’ve been totally incorrect and a disgrace.

Until user get their pitchforks out, please in mind that this is nitpicking on my part (I’m meant to!). Individuals are really not shooting ultra-wide images to pixel peeping on a bigger screen, for most thing. They’re taking them to Facebook or Instagram to share them.

If do that, the iPhone 13 Pro’s ultra-wide camera is still extremely impressive. However, labeling it the greatest would be technically inaccurate and an insult to Vivo’s achievements.

Macro Setting

The ultra-wide sensor on the both smartphones can be used as a macro lens, and it activates immediately when users approach near enough from an object.

The iPhone 13 Pro takes the lead here, as its macro mode allows it to go closer to a subject and exhibit more realistic colours.

Video Shot in Ultra-Wide Format

Vivo’s ultra-wide camera is based on the “gimbal camera system” introduced in the Vivo X50 Pro. I’ve extensively tested this gimbal system in the past, and my conclusion is that it provides additional stabilisation in difficult conditions such as sprinting and ascending stairs.

This has been the case here, as you’ve seen at the 0:03 mark while I’m going upstairs, the picture from the X70 Pro+ is significantly less shaky. Similarly, the iPhone picture is much shakier at the 0:28 point, while moving.


The telephoto zoom lens on the iPhone 13 Pro has been upgraded from 2x (or 2.5x for the iPhone 12 Pro Max) to 3x on in the year. So is the focal length range longer, but the camera sensor also is bigger, resulting in some very stunning photos with superb edge detection and a semi-natural background thanks to Apple’s software wizardry (software still plays a role).

In contrast, Vivo’s X70 Pro+ employs a 2x zoom lens for portraiture, and I believe the iPhone wins a round. The iPhone’s 77mm 3x focal length is a better fit for portraiture, although the X70 Pro+’s edge detection isn’t quite as good.

Zoom Photos

The Vivo X70 Pro+ includes two zoom lenses: a 12MP 2X telescopic and an 8MP Periscope 5x zoom. The iPhone 13 Pro contains a single zoom lens: a 3X telephoto zoom. Vivo should win it on theory.  At all at shorter zooms, the comments are pretty closer.

In my perspective, the iPhone’s 3x zoom is a more useful short zoom than the Vivo’s 2x zoom, and images at 3x-4.9x are wins for the iPhone. The iPhone’s 3x optical zoom shot is marginally sharper than the X70 Pro+’s hybrid 3x zoom shot in the sample below.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro vs Vivo X70 Pro Plus


Apple’s pictures are warmer and much more genuine, as promised, whereas Vivo’s selfies lighten and smooth complexion also when don’t use any kind of beautification mask. Normally, it’s a matter of personal taste, but out of the couple hundred or so selfies I took, I like the iPhone 13 Pro’s selfies the majority of the moment.

Not only does Vivo’s software make my complexion appear whiter than it is, but the X70 Pro+’s selfie function occasionally fails.

I used portrait mode on both phones, as shown below, however only one phone created the desired artificial bokeh.

The X70 Pro+ botched the first photo, totally blasting out the sky, whereas Apple achieved balance inside the set below, where I purposefully took against really intense sunshine to observe how well the cameras handled exposures. This is amusing because that’s the other way around with main rear camera.

In the last batch of selfies above, Vivo ultimately wins, despite the harsh lighting. However, the Apple camera module is more consistent and reliable in general.

Both phones capture stabilised footage and lighting at a comparable scale in selfie videos, but the iPhone’s microphone is better. In the film from the X70 Pro+, my speech sounds overly digitalized/processed.

The ultra-wide category goes to Vivo’s X70 Pro+, whereas the picture and selfie categories go to Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro. I like the X70 Pro+’s cameras for the primary camera and zoom lens, but it is a matter of preference.

The X70 Pro+ main camera, for illustration, does not too much like the iPhone’s, and the colours appear more pleasant to my eyes, although one could argue that the iPhone’s faster shutter and better video recording level the playing ground.

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