Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro Review: HD Gets A Pro Flavor: Camera And Video RecordingBy cheatmaster 04:31 Tue, 10 Aug 2021 Comments
Vivaz pro can snap some nice shots
The Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro packs a 5-megapixel capturing camera and is capable of taking photos of up to 2592 x 1944 pixels. There’s also a Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash, but it’s better suited as a video light.
The Vivaz pro capturing camera interface is quite comfortable. The viewfinder usually occupies the center of the classy screen with two black bars around it. The capturing camera UI buttons are over the bars, so it’s not gigantic deal. You could switch to 16:9 mode but that drops the photo resolution down to 3MP.
On the left side of the viewfinder there are five shortcuts. Those cover Scenes, Shoot mode, Focus settings, Exposure compensation and Auto mode.
The settings menu gives you another set of customizable options. Those include self-timer, white balance, flash on/off, effects, image stabilizer and picture size. You can also choose whether you'll see a preview of every taken snapshot and if the image orientation should be recorded in the EXIF info. The camcorder part of the capturing camera supports a very similar set of customizable settings except the image stabilization.
The Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro capturing camera caries over the cool features from the 8MP capturing camera of the first Vivaz. For the autofocus settings, there’s face detection and touch focus, and there are other features too, like smile detection, geotagging and panorama mode.
As the name suggests, Touch capture allows you to focus on any particular subject in the frame by simply tapping on it in the viewfinder. The Vivaz pro will automatically focus on it and hold the shot.
There are handy assist buttons for most features, but you could just tap the Auto button and let the phone worry about picking the correct settings – you just point and click.
Speaking of clicking, just like the other Vivaz, the Vivaz pro has two shutter keys – one for the still capturing camera and the other for the camcorder. The still capturing camera shutter can be half pressed to lock focus.
Image quality is nice
The Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro may have a 5MP capturing camera rather than a 8MP one, but the images it produces are very pleasant.
The amount of captured detail is remarkable – there’s a remarkable balance between noise-reduction and sharpening and there’s no sign of the typical side effects of both. The resolved detail is great, even foliage - which usually gets an oil-painting see after the noise reduction - comes out quite well.
There’s one problem with the photos though – the contrast in all photos is low. The colors are accurate though.
Here go the Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro samples.
Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro capturing camera samples
We also snapped our resolution chart with the Vivaz pro. You can check out what that test is all about here.
Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro resolution chart photo • 100% crops
Vivaz pro shoots HD video
We’ve reached the fine stuff - the Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro captures 720p videos at 24 fps, joining the cool kids club.
Probably the best feature of the Vivaz pro is the continuous auto focus during video recording - it allows it to act just like a dedicated video camera. We have a video demo below that shows the feature in action.
The frame rate hovers around and just below 24fps – depending on the scene, and under close inspection that might become visible.
As far as the 24 vs. 30 frames per second – this is one of those rare cases where more isn’t better. All of us are used to seeing 24fps as “movie quality” and faster frame rates have a certain see that many rec recognize as “that cheap camcorder look”.
Despite having different image sensors, the videos from the Vivaz and Vivaz pro are almost a match in video quality.
The quality of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz videos is nice with reasonably well-resolved detail and accurate colors. The contrast is low here too, like the still camera, but the sharpening is excessive, which sometimes leads to visible artifacts
We’re also pleased to report that the rolling shutter effect that the first Vivaz suffered from has been greatly reduced.
The Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro videos utilize an AAC codec with 48kHz sampling rate, which produces a much better audio quality.
Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro video sample | Sony Ericsson Vivaz video sample
Here’s a couple of other Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro capturing camera video samples:
And a demo of the continuous auto-focus feature in action:
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