As the camera bump and ubiquitous branding suggest, the X90 Pro’s raison d’être is really its camera array. Not only does it have its own V2 imaging chip, but it has also teamed up with camera expert ZEISS for the entire photography experience.
In terms of hardware, the 50MP Sony IMX989 which has a large 1-inch sensor, topped with ZEISS optics and ZEISS T* coating. With that laundry list of specs and names, it’s no surprise that you get sharp, detailed images at every tap of the shutter button. Colors are pleasant and natural, though you might get different results whether you enable the ZEISS natural color mode or not. The sensor size makes short work of less-than-ideal lighting, and Night Mode really makes the combination of sensor, ISP, and ZEISS tuning really shine.
The 50MP Sony IMX758 “portrait” camera is just as impressive, with its 50mm focal length producing excellent bokeh effects. This camera gives nearly the same quality output as a DSLR, helping put the X90 Pro above its peers. Unfortunately, this is also the phone’s telephoto camera, and it is capable of only 2x optical zoom. Anything beyond that takes a sharp nosedive in quality. The 12MP ultra-wide camera, which also functions as the macro shooter, barely makes an impression in any aspect.
While the individual performances of both 50MP cameras are quite excellent, some might find some inconsistencies when switching between them, even if they have the same pixel count. Details are fairly uniform, you might observe some color shifting as you change from wide to telephoto cameras, especially on overcast days due to the different sensor sizes. Despite the large camera bump, there’s really only room for one 1-inch sensor on the block.