Camera HW Scores #10: Infinix Zero X Series – Ubergizmo

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After carefully looking at all technical aspects of the Infinix Zero X Pro rear camera system, its objective CAMERA HW overall score is 155.
With such a high score, we expect the Infinix Zero X camera to have better overall imaging performance than likely competitors (listed in the table below) while maintaining a high “value for the price,” making it the perfect camera champion in its sub-$399 market segment.
The Infinix Zero X (non-Pro) gets a CAMERA HW overall score of 138. We currently do not have an official MSRP from Infinix for this phone, but it is more affordable than the Pro SKU, perhaps in the $199-$249 range.
We estimate that the Zero X Pro will cost around $320-$350 and as it stands, the Zero X Pro has the best camera hardware under $400.
The Zero X and Zero X Pro share the same Zoom and Ultrawide camera modules but have a different primary camera design.
The Infinix Zero X Series rear camera systems have been carefully crafted with the most common use cases in mind, featuring an excellent primary camera module supported by a powerful zoom and an Ultrawide camera.
The 52.92 mm² primary camera sensor of the Zero X Pro is larger than most competitors and stands at the upper range of what we found in this group of cameras (52.92 mm² vs. 40.96 mm² vs. 30.72 mm²).
While there are a couple of other cameras with similarly sized sensors, the Zero X Pro is the only 52.92 mm² sensor supported by Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).
The technical quality of the primary camera helps the Zero X Pro tremendously, and it is comparable to the Redmi Note 10 Pro (Global SKU). The ultrawide cameras in the Infinix Zero X series are competitive but slightly below average in their segment.
The inclusion of a very decent zoom lens provides a definitive advantage to the Infinix phones, given that competitors have decided to shy away from supporting zoom altogether, sometimes favoring more exotic solutions such as a macro camera.
While data shows that macro usage is on the rise, zoom photography is objectively a much more common use case and is, therefore, more important.
We previously said that the Infinix Zero X Ultrawide camera was technically modest, which means that we expect it to function relatively well in daylight conditions.
Still, a more powerful ultrawide camera such as the Samsung Galaxy A52 would probably fare better at night. That said, the Galaxy A52 is an exception in this line-up, and the Infinix Zero X is in line with other competitors.
The Infinix Zero X series has top-notch camera features. Compared to these likely competitors, the Infinix Zero X Pro captures the highest CAMERA HW score and the best value simultaneously, a rarely achieved feat.
With an estimated $199.99 launch price, the Infinix Zero X “value” score of 69 will likely fend off mobile camera competitors priced slightly below the Zero X Pro. If that is the case, it will allow Infinix to claim a high-ground position in the $200-$250 smartphone market, as far as the camera is concerned.
You will notice that the Vivo V21 camera has a lower score than the Vivo V20. It may seem strange, but it looks like the Vivo V21 uses a different camera module with slightly lower-performing optics compared with the Vivo V20. We suspect that it is why they added OIS to try maintaining quality.
The changes are not evident on the VIVO V21 public specs sheet (smart marketing…), but the focal lengths give it away. It would be interesting to see how that translates in terms of image quality, but our model shows that V21 seems to be a slight camera regression, perhaps due to budget.
We rank these mobile camera systems based on our mobile camera HardWare benchmark called CAMERA HW. It ranks the hardware strength of an unprecedented number of mobile camera systems (189 today) with a proprietary algorithm that analyzes the cameras’ hardware.
For more details about this benchmark, check the CAMERA HW FAQ. The complete list of cameras is at the bottom of the page. The algorithm is tuned and adjusted with real-world image analysis from our image-based CAMERA IQ benchmark (IQ = Image Quality).
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