Technology has changed a lot during the last decade and with time this change has a huge impact on the camera market. Many people rely on the smartphone cameras to capture their moments, but will these smartphones replace professional cameras?

By Sayyed Shehzer Abbas

When talking about megapixels, smartphone cameras are better as we can already see smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra featuring 108 MP camera sensor. But DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras will always be considered a winner when talking about the dynamic range, manual control over settings, wide range of lenses, and colors, etc. But with time, the smartphone camera technology is also revolutionizing, and it is quite unsure if professional cameras will stay forever.

Vivo launching their Vivo X60 which might be the first phone to use DLSR technology to improve image quality. Pixel Shift is a technology mainly used in DSLRs to improve the image quality by filling in gaps between the red, green, and blue channels to get 100% on all channels. This is done by allowing the sensor to shift pixels side to side and up and down one pixel at a time. The filling of gaps results in better image quality and better color accuracy.

Vivo has already launched its X60 series in China including Vivo X60, X60 Pro, and X60 Pro+ but none of these devices are using the Pixel Shift technology. They are currently powered by Exynos chipsets and rumors claim that the global launch of the X60 series will be featuring Snapdragon 870 except for Vivo X60 Pro+ that will be having Snapdragon 888. The global version will be launched on March 22 and we might be hearing about the use of pixel shift technology in these phones.


Last year, Vivo launched Vivo X50 and the world experienced a built in gimbal inside a phone for the first time. Considering the innovative strategy of Vivo in mind, the use of pixel shift might become a reality and someday phones might evolve to a point where they can compete or even replace professional cameras.