Every year, the mobile industry introduces a new trend and 2017 is the year of dual cameras. Almost every other phone has a dual-camera setup — either at the front or the back or, in few cases, both — capable of shooting admirable pictures in portrait mode and wide angle.
All these phones are in the sub-Rs 18,000 range and pack admirable camera specs along with decent hardware specs. So, it seemed only fair that we compare the performance of the rear camera of all the phones and see which comes out as the ultimate winner.
The next picture shows a green cover on a road divider in broad daylight. Again, the flagship Xiaomi dual camera was able to reproduce the image almost accurately in the HDR mode with a well-balanced play of shadows and exposure.
Following close behind was the Honor 9i. The InFocus Turbo 5 Plus and the K8 Note gave a less than impressive performance with the green almost turning into white in the image.
Here are a few more examples of low light photography with the four phones.
8. Portrait Mode
Portrait mode is one of the main highlights of the dual-camera setup. The Mi A1 and the Honor 9i managed to pull this feature off beautifully.
The pictures from the Mi A1 produced a soft blur with clear borders and a significant depth of field. Even the K8 Note did a better job producing the Bokeh effect. Although there were a couple of misses when it came to the sharpness, the overall execution from the K8 Note was satisfactory.
Here again, the Turbo 5 Plus did a sub-par job with its blur creeping on to the subject in focus.
Comparing the pictures above, Xiaomi's Mi A1 seems to be the clear winner among the four. The shadows and the exposure levels were perfectly balanced with accurate color reproduction both in normal and low-light conditions.
The Honor 9i comes a close second with a balanced performance in daylight and some amazing representation under low light, even better than that of the Mi A1. Still, the images felt a bit over saturated.
The InFocus Turbo 5 Plus, being a relatively new and lesser-known entity in the smartphone world, gave an impressive performance. It were the poor low-light shots and the portrait pictures that turned me off.
Lastly, we have the Lenovo K8 Note. Priced at Rs 13,899, it gave a less-than-average camera experience with washed-out pictures, hazy outlines in portrait mode, and a blue hue in the daylight images.
So, if you're looking for a good dual camera phone in the sub-Rs 18,000 price bracket, Xiaomi's Mi A1 seems to be the ideal option if low-light photography and selfies are not your favorite types of photography. If so, you can consider going for the Honor 9i.