From the DXO review of the x90 pro+:
So they say the noise level of the vivo is higher (but controlled) than the x80 and even the samsung and go onto show pictures showing the opposite.....
They just got the text wrong here. It scores well above the X80 pro and S22U. Noise, texture and artifacts are the categories the X90 Pro+ was nearly top. Zoom too.
Autofocus it failed badly, understandably as it's too slow and then cannot detect moving objects and switch to another mode on them or for the whole picture (Pixel 7 axes this). Preview lacks dynamic range - yeah preview is better than the competition in dark light but that's not part of the test. In the test they do it's clear the X90 pro plus fails and during the day that's quite obvious in real life.
Bokeh will default to the 2x camera because it's tested in portrait mode. Now the 2x camera isn't great and the bokeh on it is all AI. 70/80 is just right as a rating. They don't test bokeh on the main lens in their protocol.
The ultra wide camera sensor is also not as good as on some other flagships, rating just right. Also it loses out a bit here because it's starting at 14 not 12 degrees.
The Tele gets 1 point less than the same sensor on the honor. That's better than I expected as honor is more consistent with color and exposure.
Color and exposure, I actually wondered that it didn't score even lower as vivo simply has a lot to improve there in difficult situations.
And yeah it really did bad in the video score, understandably though I expected even worse here and that with the autofocus and preview dragged down it's score.
Autofocus and preview are also what makes the phone a bad snapshot camera.
It scored first place in the pixel peeping photo scores combined. it's exactly my criticism on the camera all along. colors, exposure can mostly be improved in Photoshop and Co.. details, noise and texture are up with the best. It's the best camera for photos if you know how to use it well, be willing to edit all pics afterwards and not shoot moving objects. It's clearly not great as a point and shoot camera.
The 1 inch sensor without variable aperture simply isn't a net positive, it's just a bit different. Autofocus is of course also much harder the bigger the sensor.
Vivo has to include a scene detection mode to introduce zero shutter lag when needed and or motion unblur like google on pixel 7, fix their colors and exposure to offer good pictures without editing afterwards (something between vivid and Zeiss), and heavily improve the video section which only has good stabilization. Seeing the track record on older models and updates it's highly unlikely it will become a camera that can win in tests that value snapshot performance. The mari silicon/vivo x2 chip fails to show any value so far IMHO. Huge discrepancy to google tensor which isn't flagship level on performance but really improves stuff on the camera as well as features like live translate.
A lot of this surely has to do with training the AI. Google and apple spent much more time and money on it. Huawei/Honor started much earlier too and that's why the ace the tests on dxomark. They got what it takes for just point and shoot. Just throwing money on the sensors isn't enough. The more pixels the more work for the ISP... Let's see how and if Samsung can solve it on their 200MP sensor. Samsung did poorly to since they switched to high resolution/large size sensors on dxomark after dominating until 5 years ago.