Vivo’s X50 flagship smartphone expected to have a huge gimbal-like camera module

May 21, 2020

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Vivo’s X50 flagship smartphone expected to have a huge gimbal-like camera module

May 21, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Vivo’s next flagship smartphone will have a giant gimbal-style camera, a teaser posted to Chinese social media site, Weibo suggests. The gimbal-like smartphone camera technology was first shown off in March in Vivo’s Apex 2020 concept phone.

According to The Verge, Vivo was inspired by the way a chameleon’s eye works and its effectiveness and that this system 200% more effective than the types of optical image stabilisation found in most smartphone cameras today. If the implications in the teaser hold true, this will be its first implementation in a commercial device.

Another teaser also posted to Weibo, shows off the camera modules on the back of the phone itself, with the gimbal module swinging around at various angles. It also suggests some pretty impressive low light performance, too.

What we can tell from the video is that the phone contains a quad-camera setup. It’s labelled as a “16-135” (presumably this is the full-frame equivalent field of view) with an f/1.6-3.4 aperture. Whether this focal length range means that it contains an actual zoom lens or it’s just the two extremes of a multiple fixed lens setup is unclear.

But, Vivo did show off a somewhat unique periscope zoom system with lens elements that move in the APEX 2020 concept phone shown off a couple of months ago. So, perhaps that’s made it in there, too.

The periscope zoom system was shown in the APEX 2020 concept phone

It’s possible that the X50 does include this camera, and that its focal length offers a field of view equivalent to 16-135mm, but for now it’s all speculation.

We should find out for sure soon, though, as Vivo’s X50 event is expected to take place on June 1st.

[via The Verge]

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “Vivo’s X50 flagship smartphone expected to have a huge gimbal-like camera module”

  1. Freelance cameraman China/HK Avatar
    Freelance cameraman China/HK

    Interesting,
    On the teaser, the lens is moving only from “left to right” (just one axis).

  2. Hazel Frank Avatar
    Hazel Frank

    No doubt, Vivo is improving its product quality with the passage of time but Honor is ahead the game with the launch of Honor 9x.