vivo Xplay 6 Review: Camera
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vivo Xshot once had the best camera at that time. However, although vivo really made lots efforts, Xshot was not that accepted by the market, so no successor models released. But vivo claimed that Xshot do mean something to them many times, because Xshot proves that they can also make an excellent phone camera. vivo changed their slogan to Camera & Music, Xplay 6 is the one to present.

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Lens, Focus and Metering

Overview

Xplay 6 has dual cameras, the main one uses the 12MP Sony Exmor IMX362 image sensor that features 1.4-micron pixels. Sony does not provide more detailed information about this sensor, and vivo noted Full Pixel Dual-Core AF just like what Samsung noted for Galaxy S7/S7 Edge about the IMX260. The specifications of IMX362 and IMX260 are quite similar, we suggest that IMX362 is just a difference type of the IMX260.

Let's talk something about the dual-pixel AF. Dual-pixel AF is a kind of on-chip phase detecting AF, it is faster and more accurate than the previous gen on-chip PDAF. The previous gen on-chip PDAF relies on special photo-diodes into the pixels on the sensor, 5-7% photo-diodes are phase detection enabled and others are used for image capturing. So if those phase detection diodes are too much, it would affect the image quality. While the dual-pixel AF sensor uses all effective pixels on the surface of the image sensor consist of two individual photo-diodes, which are read separately for phase-detection autofocus and together for imaging. Full Pixel means every single pixel on this sensor are used for detection, the autofocus is incredibly fast. However, the pixel size is larger than others, so it is a 12MP sensor. vivo noted 24MP photodiodes on chip, but you will only get a 12MP photo. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge's autofocus speed is incredibly fast and seamless thanks to this technology.

The lens of the main camera is a F1.7, 26mm equivalent and 4-axis OIS one, which is also similar to Samsung S7/S7 Edge.

The sub-camera of Xplay 6 is a 5MP one. We suggest it has a same equivalent focus length with the main camera. This sub-camera is used for bokeh simulation, similar to HTC M8.

Lens

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Vivo Xplay 6 has a larger aperture and wider focus length than normal phone camera, which make it harder for optical lens design, especially on the edge. Xplay 6 has a fair corner image quality, the corner sharpness decline is acceptable. The overall sharpness is excellent. Sharpening process existing to make the images looks more detailed, but also hardening the images.

Xplay 6 has an excellent anti-reflection performance, when strong light sources shining into the lens directly, it would produce ghosting and flare rays, and when the lights are vertically shining into, it may produce petal-like flares. Except these two scenes, others would not affect much, and those ghosting and flares are easy to be avoided. When meeting side backlights, it may produce a haze across the image, and circular ghosting, but also easy to avoid.

Although Xplay 6 has a larger aperture and a wider focus length than normal phone cameras, it still has an outstanding optical quality.

AutoFocus

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Xplay 6 can AF incredibly fast in normal mode, no matter under low or bright light scene. This smartphone will capture whatever you touching on the screen immediately with pre-focus and the dual-pixel technology. The Xplay 6's AF experience is on a par with Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge. However, Samsung S7 series still has the best AF performance, because sometimes Xplay 6 may focus on the background, not the subject you want, in some scenes.

Xplay 6 has a dual-camera bokeh mode, the effect is rendered in real time on your screen, but it would slow down the AF speed. The AF speed under dual-camera bokeh mode is like those smartphones equipped with IMX214 2 years ago. We suppose this is a result by simulation computing.

Metering

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Brands=VIVO;Model=VIVO XPLAY6;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=25mm;F-number=F1.7;Metering Mode=Center Weighted Average;ISO Speed=ISO50;White Balance=Auto;Exposure Time=10/29194seconds;Exposure Program=Not defined;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2016.12.15 13:53:20
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Xplay 6 has an average default metering mode, able to cope with most scenes. It is a little darker than the X9, and because it has a better tolerance, it has less overflow in high light scenes. It also meter on focus point, and will adjust the sensitivity according to scene luminance ratio to avoid changing the photo too much. Xplay 6 provides exposure comprehension tool in both auto and manual mode, this tool is similar to iPhone in auto mode with 0.1EV stop, and similar to Lumia Professional Camera in manual mode with 0.3EV stop. However, Xplay 6 will not record the exposure comprehension parameters, in fact, lots experienced users would use these parameters to improve themselves.

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