nubia Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition Review

2 June 2024, 17:16:08

nubia Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition Review
You can buy nubia Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition from nubia's official European store.

Rear cameras - specifications, sample photos and videos

The Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition features a versatile camera system backed up by the latest imaging system by the brand called NeoVision TaiShan. Named after the first of the Five Sacred Mountains in China, it relies on core AI capabilities that enable a number of features and extensive camera modes. For example, all three cameras support a pre-recording feature and a 65:24 ultra-wide cinematic aspect ratio. The main shooter has a dedicated mode for Street Photography just like the ultra-wide camera is intended for the starry sky and nightscape shooting. The NeoVision system brings the HyperS Enhanced Video Stabilization, multiple color styles, a full-scene filter collection, optical quality zoom, natural light and optical focal length for textured portraits, etc. All these are previewed in detail below. In general, we appreciate the conservative approach of nubia to post processing and the end results looks as natural as possible. That's possible not only by using advanced software and AI but also by using quality optics.
12.5MP (4096 x 3072), 35 mm
12.5MP (4096 x 3072), 18 mm (wide)
16MP (4624 x 3472), 85 mm (telephoto)
50MP (8192 x 6144), 35 mm
50MP (8192 x 6144), 18 mm (wide)
64MP (9248 x 6944), 85 mm (telephoto)
The circular module surrounded with a red circle houses the main camera. The main camera combines a 7-element lens with a 54MP Sony IMX800 sensor. The lens comprises six plastic and one glass element and contributes a lot to the overall image and video quality. This is further aided by the blue glass spin-coated IR filter. The Sony IMX800 sensor has a 1/1.49" optical format and a 1.0 µm pixel size. The original resolution is cropped a bit to 50MP (8192 x 6144 px). The 4-in-1 pixel binning technology results in a default output resolution of 12MP. This camera offers a 35 mm focal length equivalent and is optically stabilized. It is also aided by laser autofocus, a flicker sensor, and a multi-spectral color temperature sensor. It can shoot 8K videos at 30 fps and 4K videos at up to 120 fps.
12.5MP (4096 x 3072), 35 mm
12.5MP (4096 x 3072), 18 mm (wide)
16MP (4624 x 3472), 85 mm (telephoto)
50MP (8192 x 6144), 35 mm
50MP (8192 x 6144), 18 mm (wide)
64MP (9248 x 6944), 85 mm (telephoto)
The second rear shooter is an ultra-wide unit that resides in the elongated camera module with curved vertical sides. It uses a 50MP OmniVision OV50E40 sensor with a 1/1.55" optical format and a 1.0 µm pixel size. It is combined with a 7-element lens with an f/2.0 aperture, a 125° field of view, and an 18 mm focal length equivalent. It supports autofocus and a three-level OIS. The ultra-wide unit also uses four-in-one pixel binning and the default output resolution is 12MP. It can record 4K videos at up to 120 fps. This is the camera to use if you want to take advantage of the Star Trail, Milky Way, and Starry Night shooting modes. It supports DCG HDR technology and full-pixel precise focusing. These options of the nubia Z60 Ultra are expanded in 12 starry sky algorithms for galactic captures and nightscapes.
50MP (8192 x 6144), 35 mm
50MP (8192 x 6144), 18 mm (wide)
64MP (9248 x 6944), 85 mm (telephoto)
50MP (8192 x 6144), 35 mm
50MP (8192 x 6144), 18 mm (wide)
64MP (9248 x 6944), 85 mm (telephoto)
50MP (8192 x 6144), 35 mm
50MP (8192 x 6144), 18 mm (wide)
64MP (9248 x 6944), 85 mm (telephoto)
50MP (8192 x 6144), 35 mm
50MP (8192 x 6144), 18 mm (wide)
64MP (9248 x 6944), 85 mm (telephoto)
50MP (8192 x 6144), 35 mm
50MP (8192 x 6144), 18 mm (wide)
64MP (9248 x 6944), 85 mm (telephoto)
The third rear camera is a periscope telephoto one and occupies the black rectangular module with curved corners. It uses a 64MP OmniVision OV64B sensor with a 1/2" optical format and a 0.7 μm pixel size. The sensor is paired with a 5-element lens with an f/3.3 aperture and an 85 mm focal length equivalent. It is optically stabilized and supports PDAF. The default output resolution of the photos made with the tele lens is 16MP. This unit is also capable of recording 4K videos at up to 120 fps.
50MP (8192 x 6144), 35 mm
50MP (8192 x 6144), 35 mm
50MP (8192 x 6144), 35 mm
50MP (8192 x 6144), 35 mm
50MP (8192 x 6144), 35 mm
50MP (8192 x 6144), 35 mm
50MP (8192 x 6144), 35 mm
50MP (8192 x 6144), 35 mm
50MP (8192 x 6144), 35 mm

Daytime video samples

Below we publish several video samples shot with the rear cameras of the nubia Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition. The top one is an 8K @ 30 fps video shot with the main camera. It is followed by 4K @ 120 fps, 4K @ 60 fps, and 4K @ 30 fps videos made with the main camera. There's also a single 4K @ 120 fps video recorded with the telephoto camera and two 4K videos shot with the ultra-wide unit - one at 120 fps and one at 60 fps.

Video samples using OIS

In terms of video stabilization, the Z60 Ultra allows you to choose from three options - standard, super, and no stabilization at all. The "super" stabilization woks only at shooting FHD videos at 60 fps. The "standard" stabilization works with 4K videos at 60 fps. Below we publish a 4K @ 60 fps video sample with standard stabilization shot with the ultra-wide camera (18 mm). We also compare two 4K at 30 fps videos shot with the main (35 mm) and the ultra-wide lens (18 mm) using standard stabilization. Finally, there's a comparison between an FHD @ 60 fps with standard and an FHD @ 60 fps video with super stabilization, both shot with the ultra-wide camera.

Slow motion

Low light photos and videos

All three cameras of the nubia Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition automatically detect low-light conditions and switch Night Mode shooting. You can check out our photo and video samples shot at night with the Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition.
50MP (8192 x 6144), 35 mm
50MP (8192 x 6144), 18 mm (wide)
64MP (9248 x 6944), 85 mm (telephoto)
12.5MP (4096 x 3072), 35 mm
12.5MP (4096 x 3072), 18 mm (wide)
16MP (4624 x 3472), 85 mm (telephoto)
12.5MP (4096 x 3072), 35 mm
12.5MP (4096 x 3072), 18 mm (wide)
16MP (4624 x 3472), 85 mm (telephoto)

Selfie camera specifications photo samples

nubia Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition arrives with an under-display camera using ZTE's UDC Ultra Gen 5 technology. As we've already explained in the "Display" section of this review, it combines the improved properties of BOE's Q9+ OLED display panel with a dedicated display chip. The latter optimizes the display accurately to the pixel level, with low-grayscale dual adjustment algorithms, high-precision dynamic shadow elimination, and full-scene intelligent display enhancement.

The fifth generation of the UDC technology uses the Front Camera Enhancement Algorithm 5.0 with AI engine, a high-transmittance design circuit board, and a nanometer-level high-transmittance material to improve the image and picture quality. The algorithm with AI engine enables multi-frame RAW fusion, intelligent image quality enhancement, optimizations in low light situations, and beautification filters with natural-looking effects.

On the hardware side, the front under-display camera uses an f/2.0 lens and a 12MP OmniVision OV12D2Q sensor with a 1/2.45" optical format and PureCel Plus‑S Technology. It has an original pixel size of 1.4 μm but the fusion of pixels achieves a size of 2.8 μm. Still, the selfie camera outputs 12MP photos. It can also record FHD videos at 30 fps.

Despite being in its 5th generation, the UDC technology is still young and leaves a lot for improvement. While it yields satisfactory results, it is not for people obsessed with selfies. We could even go a step further and say that such solutions are employed not to solve photography issues but to offer an even better-streamlined design and a truly uninterrupted full-display experience. In that the nubia Z60 Ultra Photographer Editions excels.
12MP (4608 x 2592)
12MP (4608 x 2592)
12MP (4608 x 2592)

Camera app and software features

The camera app reflects the advanced capabilities of the rear cameras and contains plenty of features and elements, which, at times, are a bit overwhelming. However, the layout, design, and photo and video settings are the same for each of the three cameras with some minor differences that reflect the nature of the lenses. This makes working with the app a lot easier. The only recommendation we have to improve usability is to simplify the "Camera-family" layout UI. But first things first.

The general layout is standard. The bottom of the screen is occupied by a big and round shutter button. There's a small icon for Google Lens to its left. The shortcut to the list of photos and videos is further left, while the camera switch is to the right. The different shooting modes appear in a reel above the shutter button. Three icons with focal lengths that designate each of the three cameras is positioned above the reel. The 35 mm refers to the main camera. The 18 mm one refers to the ultra-wide unit and the 85 mm corresponds to the telephoto camera. If you tap and hold on each of these icons, this activates a feature for choosing a different zoom level with a corresponding focal length equivalent. The icons on the top of the screen change depending on the shooting mode you're working with.
The default shooting mode is "Photo". The icons on the top of the screen let you manually select the LED flash and HDR status, and choose from a number of filters. The small circle with a downward arrow opens additional settings such as photo aspect ratio, self timer, gradienter, grid lines, and Smart AI. There's also a "More settings" option which opens the general camera settings. The "Pro" mode lets you shoot in RAW format and contains plenty of features that allow you a more granular control over your photos and videos. These include shutter speed, white balance, ISO, focus metering, exposure, time intervals as well as options to lock the white balance, exposure, and focus metering. When you use manual focus, the app facilitates you with a DOF preview by outlining in red this part of the frame that's in focus. Under this mode, the camera switch icon is replaced by a video recording one as the "Pro" mode is also supported during video shooting. The "Street" mode adds a 50 mm option, autofocus options, and beautification features. You can also set exposure and white balance, after which the camera will snap three images one after the other and you can choose the one you like best.
The "Camera-family" mode is, in fact, a list of additional shooting modes. Each uses a picture and because of that, it is difficult grasp at first that these are, indeed, various shooting modes. Once you select one, it replaces the "Camera-family" and you have to tap on it again in order to go back to the full list. The latter includes three modes dedicated to night sky photography or astrophotography - "Star trail", "Starry sky", and "Moon". For all three using a tripod is recommended. "Slow motion" and "Time-lapse" video shooting is also enabled. "Full size" is the shooting mode you should choose, in case you want to snap photos in the sensors' original resolutions - this applies to each of the three rear cameras. There's a "Macro" mode as well even though when you're very close to an object, the software automatically switches to "Macro". "Document" is for occasions in which you want to photograph documents and it uses various tools to make the end result perfect. "Electronic aperture" is very similar to the "Pro" mode and lets you set the type of photos - handheld or with a tripod. The rest of the modes include "Light draw", "Panorama", "ID Photo", "Effect factory", "Clone", "Multi-exposure", and "Multi-camera".
The "Video" shooting mode uses beautification features, background blurring effect, and lets you choose the video resolution and frame rate in addition to the standard LED flash, filters, and grid settings. The "Milky Way night" shooting mode brings back the RAW format and options to kill reflections. The "Portrait" mode switches to three other focal lengths - 35 mm, 50 mm, and 85 mm. For best results, portraits should be shot within a 1.5 mm distance from the object. For this you can tinker with the level of aperture and beautification effects. We must say that the beautification effects are quite natural and even at maximum level do not appear to distort the natural look of faces. There's also a choice of various lighting effects that imitate different light sources and situations.
The design and layout of the camera app for the front camera is the same as the ones for the rear cameras with some minor differences that reflect the nature of the shooter. For starters, it lacks HDR support but adds beautification features to the "Photo" mode. It supports features such as activating the shutter by smiling, gesture control, etc. "Photos" is the default app to open and edit photos and videos. It arrives with Lens integrated and some of the latest AI-powered editing features such as "Magic eraser", for example.

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