Vivo X51 5G review

Punchy pricing and a clever gimbal camera — meet the Vivo X51 5G

Vivo X51 5G review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Vivo X51 5G is one of the most exciting phones around from a camera point of view. It covers the holy trinity of camera focal lengths (and then some), and it’s got a nifty USP - that gimbal system. That isn’t to say its camera is the best around, and at £749, we wouldn’t expect it to be. Nevertheless, with midrange power inside, Vivo’s opted for some punchy pricing. Irrespective, with 5G, beautiful design, and a fine looking screen, not to mention ample storage, unless you’re a serious gamer, the X51 will check most of your boxes.


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    Premium design and screen

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    Uncluttered interface

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    Very steady video capture


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    Expensive given processor

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    No wireless charging

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    Dynamic range not best-in-class

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The best gimbal stablizers are bigger than smartphones, so the idea of squeezing the former into the latter sounds a bit ridiculous. Luckily, the clever folks at Vivo claim to have cracked that nut with the Vivo X51, a serious photography and video-focused phone with a floating camera element steadied by a clever gimbal system. 

Vivo who? Good question - the Vivo X51 is the brand’s first launch in the UK (and Europe), but its roots can be traced back to China and BBK, Oppo’s parent company. Vivo made a break for it though as a standalone business and has achieved monumental success in other markets already - not least of all on home turf. With accolades like ‘the world’s first in-display fingerprint scanner on a smartphone’ amongst others, we’re delighted to see Vivo applying that innovative inclination in with its camera tech. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.